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Date: Fri, 5 Feb 1999 16:19:12 -0800
From: Dave Wood <[log in to unmask]>
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It's interesting that those who know something
about Ada give it 5 stars, and those who know
nothing (generally seem to be students) hate
the book and give it 1 star.  Nothing in between.

Looks more like a failure of the professors who
assign a book not intended for students.  I recall,
way back in ancient history, having a violently
negative reaction to Wirth's Pascal book (which,
to be fair, was pretty bad.) What they need is
an actual textbook, not a practitioner's book.

-- Dave Wood, Aonix

Pat Rogers wrote:
> As mentioned in earlier posts to comp.lang.ada, John's book has
> received only a few positive reviews and a number of very negative
> ones at  The unfortunate effect is that the summary
> "stars" rating -- what one sees initially, without digging -- is IMHO
> very misleading and does damage to a fine book.
> Several people have indicated on c.l.a. that they had a high regard
> for the book, especially the second edition.  Let me suggest to
> everyone that has both read and enjoyed John's book to go to
>, do a ISBN search on 0201342936, and enter a review.
> ---
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