on 25 September 1999
A typical O'Rielly book; dry, heavy and utterly indispensable. If you are a beginner to Lingo forget it, it covers the subject in too much depth and will be very confusing. However once you have reached an intermediate stage there's no substitute.
You will get more from this book if you understand programming. I mention this as some people come to Lingo from a non-programming background. However, dive in and you'll learn lots.
The book can be used as a text book and a reference, which makes it particularly good for dealing with those last minute bugs we all get. The book is laid out in logical sections with each chapter covering a topic, hence it can be read in chapters as well as from cover to cover. It makes lots of reference to the companion book "Director in a nutshell", an equally good work, but what is lacking is an electronic link between the two. These two books really would benefit from being published on CD.
I think I own just about every book published about Lingo and this one really is head and shoulders above the rest.
on 6 December 1999
This book provides the most reliable and consistent information about Lingo programming. The author will teach you how to use all the resources that Lingo offers, even the ones that you have never heard of. The organization of the book is very clear and efficient. Its tables provide you detailed and clear information about any lingo you want to use.
I took the habit to have it open on my desk as my reference book.