python a bust?
pythonguy at Hotpop.com
Wed Nov 19 09:50:28 CET 2003
It was a generalization, not with any malice :-)
What I meant was that many of their books were "me-toos",
especially the Early Adopter series. I did not do
a blanket bombing of their books. But I will prefer
an O'Reilly nutshell book anyday to a Wrox one.
I am not planning to convince any publishers on the
market of Python books. At least, not yet.
Alex Martelli <aleaxit at yahoo.com> wrote in message news:<c%_tb.40432$hV.1573516 at news2.tin.it>...
> Anand Pillai wrote:
> > There was a company called Wrox writing P2P (Programmer 2 Programmer)
> > books on many technical topics. I think it got absorbed by Wiley recently.
> They had gone bust, and the brand has been purchased.
> > Their choice of topics was "Popular" languages and technologies used
> > by practicing software developers. I never saw a Python book in their
> > stable.
> > Of course, again dont start a thread about the technical perfection of
> > Wrox books, since I know that their style & content cannot be compared
> > with an O'reilly nutshell book.
> You're wrong: some of their books were truly excellent. Short of Don Box's
> Addison-Wesley bible, they had the best on COM, and the best in particular
> on ATL, the best way to do COM in Visual C++. Of course, many others
> (while still technically OK) were "me too"'s in crowded fields.
> > But as again, I am not talking about
> > anything regarding
> > the "greatness" of the language, but just simple arithmetic.
> Simple arithmetic tells us Wrox went bust (despite having some excellent
> books and a very vast selection). I'm not sure how you plan to use this to
> convince other publishers to put out plenty of "me too's" technically decent
> but mostly undistinguished books in crowded fields.
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