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statico (5018)

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Co-author of Perl Testing: A Developer's Notebook []

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Saturday October 08, 2005
12:24 PM

you can't please everyone

[ #27081 ]

It had to happen eventually. It was only a matter of time before a negative review of Perl Testing: A Developer's Notebook would appear.

As a rebuttal, I could pick apart the reviewer or sing songs about the amount of effort it took to produce the book. Instead, I'll be content knowing that previous generations have already dealt with this, and friends will always be on my side. Please amuse yourself, and read from the bottom review upwards.

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  • ... but the font size we actually used is so much more pleasant.

  • There's always going to be someone who hates your work, no matter how good it is.

    For example, "Object Oriented Perl" is generally held to be a pretty good book [], but it also received this review []. Likewise, "Perl Best Practices" was getting straight A's [] from reviewers until this person chimed in [].

    As long as the negative reviews are just anomalies in the overall trend, you don't need to worry. By and large, the only people who are sufficently motivated to bother writing and posting book reviews are, quite l

  • If the guy says "I've been doing this stuff for 10 years and this tutorial book didn't teach me anything". It doesn't sound like sour grapes that he didn't get to write it, it sounds like he's worried that he's now replaceable since you've published all his secrets. Laugh!

    Great book.

    # I had a sig when sigs were cool
    use Sig;
  • Best to ignore people unable to separate "book not useful to me" from "book bad".
  • Kind words. Thank you all :)
    qw(Ian Langworth)