REPOST: Re: Book "python programming patterns". anybody read this??
gmcm at hypernet.com
Thu Dec 27 14:33:23 CET 2001
Peter Milliken wrote:
> No Gordon, that's a ridiculous assumption!
> Who said the code was bad? Not I!
>From the first reply to my first post:
>> it's probably not very good code.
And you (apparently) agreed.
> Your original email implied that you
> had to put some amount of study into understanding the examples - there
> was an implication that the examples where not straight forward and
> therefore required some considerable time and effort on your part to
> understand what was going on.
> Nobody has tried to equate this with "bad code", just bad coding
> practice (in our opinion - well, Roy's and mine :-)) - a very different
I fail to discern the distinction, particularly as stated above.
> Perhaps if you take objection to our comments you should perhaps
> clarify and quantify your comments on just how much effort was required
> to understand the examples? and why? i.e. if the book is more
> "algorithmic" in nature then perhaps you cannot get away from examples
> that do take some considerable study effort - if this is the case then
> perhaps you should provide that clarification/caveat on your comment.
Already did so. From my second post:
>> The hardest thing to follow was his (highly efficient)
>> implementation of an algorithm for computing whether one set
>> is a subset of another. So it's not for people who don't
>> like low-level stuff.
> Otherwise I'll have to stick with my decision (unless I stood in the
> book store and read the book! :-)).
I have no objection to your decision. All three posts I've made have said
that the book is not for everyone. I just don't want you (plural) to chase
off people who could get something from the book.
Save your money. Just don't slur the book based on an unfounded inference.
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