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Bonfire of the Webities

To be cross-posted to compscibooks.

Gurewich, N. & Gurewich, O. (1996). The Java Manual of Style. Emeryville, CA: Ziff-Davis Press, a Macmillan - QUE imprint.
My rating: 1 out of 5

Chandler, D. M., Kirkner, B., & Minatel, J. (1995). Running A Perfect Web Site. Indianapolis, IN: Macmillan - QUE.
My rating: 3 out of 5

Lemay, L. (1995). Teach Yourself More Web Publishing with HTML in a Week. Indianapolis, IN: Macmillan - Sams.net.
My rating: 3 out of 5

Stout, R. (1996). The World Wide Web: Complete Reference. Berkeley, CA: Osborne McGraw-Hill.
My rating: 2 out of 5

Badgett, T. & Sandler, C. (1994). Creating Multimedia on Your PC. New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons.
My rating: 2 out of 5

Flanagan, D. (1997). Java in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference, second edition.. Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly and Associates.
My rating: 3 out of 5

Morrison, M. (1996). Java Unleashed. Indianapolis, IN: Macmillan - Sams.net.
My rating: 3 out of 5

In defense of my trasking of these books:

  • 1. Why do I even have them? All were on sale and some were free. Some are from the Library of Computer and Information Sciences, which I think used to be the Small Computer Book Club and has now been superceded by ComputerBooksDirect.com. Others I picked up in 2000 at the remnants bin of a Waldenbooks in the Pseudomall (the Town Center of Manhattan, KS).

  • 2. It's not fair! Those books were timely in the mid-90s! Believe me, I took that into account.

I'm thinking of having a merry little bonfire.
If anyone wants these books, they're yours for a song.



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 8th, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC)
do you get complimentary books from publishers? one of the reasons i thought a career in academia would be cool is due to all the instructor-copy books you can request from publishers :)
Feb. 11th, 2005 09:39 pm (UTC)
Examination Copies, aka "Desk Copies"
Yes, I do. I alluded to this in my rant a year ago about textbook prices and their deleterious impact on student budgets. That was on 06 Feb 2004, which might have been a little before you added me.

Sometimes McGraw-Hill and Prentice Hall will send me exam copies of new textbooks without my even asking for them, on the off chance I might adopt one for a course. The most recent such shipment I got was Applied Numerical Methods with MATLAB for Engineers and Scientists by Steven Chapra. I received it a month or so ago and haven't had time to review it yet. I do tend to shy away from the "with [programming language]" books for courses, nowadays, but that's just my personal preference.

I actually buy nearly as many professional books as I get for free, but most of the ones I buy are non-textbook trade books such as XYZ Unleashed (slightly more useful than Teach Yourself XYZ Programming in 21 Days, though equally obsolescence-prone).

Feb. 8th, 2005 10:16 pm (UTC)
What about the Lewis, J. & Loftus, W. (2005) Java book?

You never reviewed them!!!! :P
Feb. 8th, 2005 10:37 pm (UTC)
I know!
Sorry, I haven't forgotten - all the books are still on my list and I've looked at a few of them. Things just got hectic late last semester and have just been really swamped since the spring semester started.

I was about to mention when I cross-posted to compscibooks: I will get to them soon!

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