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Fri Dec 14 02:57:56 PST 2007

On Fri, 14 Dec 2007 00:48:19 -0800
"Ted Mittelstaedt" <tedm at toybox.placo.com> wrote:

> > [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org]On Behalf Of Joshua Isom
> > Although I haven't looked much into any FreeBSD book, I wouldn't be
> > surprised at all if FreeBSD's documentation combined with
> > freebsd-questions would outweigh it.
> It's not the raw knowledge that is the power.  It's the presentation.
> Newbies cannot digest the FreeBSD docs since the docs assume the
> user isn't a newbie.

Right! One can't emphasize this enough.

IMHO, computer books should be time savers, i.e. a guide highlighting
the most important aspects of some topic in a unique way. Authors of
such books shouldn't be afraid to tell readers to go RTFM after
presenting an overview... unless it's a very narrowly focused book.

A good tutorial beats a 350 pages book anytime; and a 350 pages
book with the right mix of selected topics beats an 800+ pages
"reference-style" all-rounder book as well, most of the time.


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