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2.0 out of 5 stars More a pamphlet than a book. 26 page basic tutorial on Knockout with flawed approach to teaching, 31 Jan. 2013
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Packt Publishing are getting a reputation for rather poor rushed to market books that are extremely thin in content, and it's disappointing to report that this is another one of those. For your money you get 36 pages of a starter tutorial that would have made a good couple of blog posts. By page 11 you've written an incredibly simple bit of HTML and no Knockout at all to display "Hello World" so realistically you have 26 pages of tutorial.

I couldn't get the code to work. Snippets are thrown around with no real indication of where they should go, and no attempt to say "This is how you run what you've got before we move on to the next step". Download the code and what you get is a ton of .txt files containing each code snippet as it's presented, no complete script files where you can see "Oh he meant that to go in the View Model script" or "So that should run in the model script".

What's frustrating is you feel there's a good basic tutorial in here, that's been squandered in the rush to make a few bucks and just get the whole thing written in two or three hours. My advice would be to avoid wasting your money and do the free tutorials on the official Knockout site that have none of the shortcomings of this one, or try the excellent Knockout Fundamentals online training course on Pluralsight.
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