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J. David Blackstone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and nine years of experience at a wireless telecommunications company, where he learned Perl and never looked back. J. David has an advantage in that he works really hard, he has a passion for writing good software, and he knows many of the world's best Perl programmers.

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Thursday November 11, 2004
03:06 PM


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I'm thinking I'm ready to use Safari. (Not the browser; the O'Reilly service.) But before I do, I want to talk about Safari. Who has used it? How have you liked it? How long have you used it, and have you continued to do so? How have you used it ... do you keep all your bookslots full, what percent do you reserve for books you might need "just in case"?

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  • I've used it off and on over the past couple years. Occaisonally I need to get up to speed very fast on a new technology, XML Schema, DHTML, whatever. That's when Safari can save you a ton of time and money. However, I don't find it useful for more general learning since I can't take it with me on the train or on the subway. As such I don't keep my account open for more than a month or two at a time.


  • I got Safari when it first came out, but didn't keep it past two or three months. At OSCON this year, I got a one year subscription via the TPF auction, and I haven't really found it to be worth the price (which was about the normal cost). On vacation, I read Learning Python via Safari. Now and then I go look up something in a Hacks book or UPT. In the end, though, I could probably buy the DTE of those books for the same or less money, and then read them on the sofa.

    The interface is just too cluttered.