February 24, 2009

Delphi 2009 Handbook Review on delphi.about.com

Zarko Gajic of About.com has just published a review of my latest book on Delphi 2009.

Zarko Gajic of About.com has just published a review of my latest book on Delphi 2009. I wonder why I don't find time for writing a bit more... including republishing some of my old material, addressing his criticism and getting out a book for new Delphi developer, not only books for existing ones. Anyway, thanks for the 4 and a half stars...

 





 

8 Comments

Delphi 2009 Handbook Review on delphi.about.com 

Its only "cons" should be moved to the "pros" section.
It is true people wanting to learn Delphi need  
beginner-level books, but it is also true experienced 
developers need books at their skill level - they 
won't buy anymore 1500 pages book to read just two or 
three chapters.
I believe also smaller books focused on specific 
facets are far better than huge - up to the point of 
being difficult to read - all-embracing but often 
scanty due to lack of space books.
A "Delphi handbooks" serie with titles like "Delphi 
Essentials Handbook", "Delphi Database Developer 
Handbook", "Delphi VCL Developer Handbook", "Delphi 
Web Developer Handbook" would be interesting, while 
print-on-demand service should make it more feasible, 
developers would be allowed to build their 
own "mastering delphi" library.
Comment by Luigi D .Sandon on February 24, 10:42

Delphi 2009 Handbook Review on delphi.about.com 

I agree with Luigi. Think carefully about your target
audience and don't spread yourself too thin. Yes,
write books for beginners, but keep them as focused as
the Delphi 2009 Handbook. Great work.
Comment by Hans-Eric Grönlund [http://www.hans-eric.com] on February 24, 12:25

Delphi 2009 Handbook Review on delphi.about.com 

I agree with Luigi.
The argument is too vast to be treated in a single 
all-purpose book. Maybe in the past, but it's not 
true anymore. All-purpose means imho satisfy noone, 
if not real beginners. Time to study is more and more 
tight (or maybe I'm only getting older? <g>) and we 
need to put in practice "selective ignorance".. ie 
study only what is relevant for our day-to-day 
activity. So for me a big +1 to smaller, really 
focused books.... For beginners, I think that even a 
not up-to-date book covering past versions is good 
enough to start.
Comment by Roberto Icardi on February 24, 13:44

Delphi 2009 Handbook Review on delphi.about.com 

A book that helped me greatly with the really 
fundamental stuff was 'Discover Delphi'
Comment by moi on February 25, 00:35

Delphi 2009 Handbook Review on delphi.about.com 

Well done!

I have been away from Delphi for 5 years, and miss 
every day.

Off topic:  are the numbers of Delphi users growing, 
shrinking, staying the same?

Are people building Winform (.NET) apps using 
Delphi, or sticking to Win32 desktop apps?

Again, congratulations.
Comment by Steve [http://www.burch-swm.com] on February 25, 02:26

Delphi 2009 Handbook Review on delphi.about.com 

I buy each of your Delphi books as soon as they are
available, and I wouldn't see a lot of value in
throwing everything about Delphi into them. I like
being able to read one small(ish) book bringing me up
to speed on everything new.

That said, I know from other coders that one of the
biggest complaints about Delphi is that there is no
good book (singular) to get them into it fresh. There
must be a market for both.

Keep up the good work.
Comment by Brandon [http://www.brandonstaggs.com] on February 25, 03:05

Delphi 2009 Handbook Review on delphi.about.com 

Focusing on experienced developers is a good thing. 
Too many books spend most of their pages explaining 
the basics. 
Comment by Lachlan Gemmell on February 25, 07:49

Delphi 2009 Handbook Review on delphi.about.com 

 Where can I find the table of contents for your book?
I'm looking for some help with TWordApplications and
am wondering if it is covered in this book.
Comment by Mike Smith on March 10, 02:32


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