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I'm a Perl coder living in Bethlehem, PA and working Philadelphia. I'm a philosopher and theologan by training, but I was shocked to learn upon my graduation that these skills don't have many associated careers. Now I write code.

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Monday November 22, 2004
10:03 AM

head first o'reilly hacks fan notebook

[ #21952 ]

I am getting freaking /sick/ of O'Reilly!

Several times a week, I get a new book announcement. Sometimes it's several times in a day. I like to get announcements of new books, because I assume that sometimes it will be about something that interests me. I think the last two months' announcements have all been crap, though. They've all been "Foo Hacks" and "Head-First Foo" and "Foo Annoyances" and "Foo Developer's Notebook" and now, worst of all, "Foo Fan Book." The saddist part about this is that Foo seems to always bee "iSomething" or "JSomething" or "Something Not Computer Related."

I keep expecting "Lawnmower Hacks" or "Betamax Fan Book" or "Padlock Annoyances." In fact, looking over the next few months' schedule, I see exactly one book in which I'm somewhat interested: the third edition of the make(1) book.

Maybe it's time to start buying more Manning and AW books.

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  • Hey, what was wrong with Gaming Hacks?

    • (...and I still like O'Reilly. I only hit because I love.)

      To be perfectly honest (and since to claim otherwise would be ludicrous) I have not reviewed all the books about which I'm complaining. Gaming Hacks looks uninteresting, except for one or two things. That's my gripe with the whole Hacks series: it looks to me like they're mostly well fleshed-out FAQs, and like any FAQ, it's 95% things I already know. I'd like them more if I could just Safari them with a shortened minimum period. (You know, bein