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  • dr dobbs (Score:3, Interesting)

    by TeeJay (2309) on 2003.02.04 11:55 (#16692) Homepage Journal
    I have been buying DDJ at the newsagent for several years but it (along with oreillynet) seem to be only interested in .Net, Java and embedded tech.

    Every issue now includes at least one of each of those topics. There are plenty of important technological ideas out there apart from these buzzwordy and over-hyped areas.

    I haven't been able to buy the one issue I really wanted (typical) which covered databases in detail, but I will probably order the CD-ROM soon as there is a wealth of very useful information contained in the backlog of issues.

    I used to buy Byte religiously before and during university but it became less focused on the hows of technology and more on the commercial side.

    I think there is quite a gap in the magazine shelves that used to contain DDJ, Byte and WT. A decent magazine that covered modern computer science and related topics like directed graphs, database design, object orientation, etc would be well worth the money. I know I would pay real money per issue for something that could explain modern sorting, object persistence, etc without having to buy the latest software.

    Most of DDJ's articles now cover commercial software products, rarely are these articles impartial and they certainly aren't applicable to other technology. Even the the journal of the ICM (or whatever it is called) has published very biased and uninformed articles.


    @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
    print reverse @JAPH;
    • Yeah, DDJ and Byte were good in there prime. I even followed Byte went it to only. Of course, I haven't read since they've started charging.

      I would concur with you about how DDJ has gone crazy pursuing only a few technologies.

      Maybe when the tech sector gets healthier something like WT can make a comeback.
    • hey! (Score:2, Interesting)

      I'm working on more general programming coverage for and elsewhere on ORN. It'll still be open sourcey, but will try to avoid overhyped buzzwords.