Cloud Computing Paperback – 30 Apr 2012
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As you might imagine, I have purchased a ton of technical books over the years. There have been some books that were outstanding, and others that were just OK but had those few nuggets in them that I couldn't find elsewhere. All I can say about this book is that it was a real disappointment. As the description suggests, this book covers all of the buzzwords ... it just failed to provide any substance. There was insufficient background on any topic at a high level to help a cloud novice build a foundation ... too much assumption on the author's part. And given all the assumption, neither was there depth on any topic that someone more informed might hope to find to become more well-versed in the topic.
Never have I seen a book that devotes such a high percentage of its content to screen shots from vendors' websites (Amazon, Google, VMware, and the list goes on and on) ... probably 20% of the book. Never have I seen a book "pretend" to be a textbook when it wasn't ("review this website ... discuss. answer these questions.") Then there was the abundance of fluff that was not terribly pertinent to the conversation (a section on "Business Economics 101" ... really?) Finally, never have I seen a publication take so many pages to say so little of substance on the topic at hand. In my opinion, the entire book could have been reduced to one lengthy magazine article and been far more effective.
Last point: I have never felt so strongly about a book (good or bad) to want to take the time to write a review like this ... but with a $60+ price tag, I felt obligated to speak up. This one will go to my "give away" pile rather than my reference shelf.
I don't anticipate this being a big seller outside of to those who are required to get it for a class.
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