This is an interesting intro to what's involved in building a Metro style app for Windows 8. As the author mentions several times this is all beta tec...moreThis is an interesting intro to what's involved in building a Metro style app for Windows 8. As the author mentions several times this is all beta technology and they note where you are likely to have issues if you attempt to develop anything with it today.
What I find the most surprising about this book is that its firmly aimed at web developers, or at least at people developing web apps rather than Windows desktop developers. As someone who does little web development but a lot of Windows desktop development I found the book lacking detail in places. For example towards the end of the book the author mentions issues debugging application resuming and suspending events. My initial though was why don't you compile the app with debug symbols turned on, start the app manually and then hook the debugger to it and set some breakpoints... Given that wasn't presented as an option does this mean its impossible under Windows 8 with the Metro application packages or a technique left out due to the nature of the target audience?
One thing that struck me was how little the author referred to what Visual Studio will do for you. We are all familiar with the collapsed regions of boiler plate code VS has written for us and any good developer should understand what the code does but there are very good reasons VS writes it instead of us. I presume that 75% of the code in the book would be automatically written for you but it would have been nice if the book had noted the division especially as the author notes an API design inconsistency in the chapter on data binding and also mentions how the binding can silently fail. This just sounds like a recipe for hours of frustrated debugging.
In summary this book is good if you want a guided walk-through to building your first Metro application but I suspect you would stop referring to it after your first couple of builds due to its lack of depth.
Edit: The other good thing about this book which has made me increase my rating is that its concise. Unlike virtually every other computing book on the market these days it doesn't have 200 pages of the authors ramblings about their working life. That is a very good thing in my opinion.(less)
I've been recommend a number of times to avoid short story compilations like these. I guess until now I'd been lucky... Unfortunately (for me) this co...moreI've been recommend a number of times to avoid short story compilations like these. I guess until now I'd been lucky... Unfortunately (for me) this compilation is overwhelmed by a couple of poor stories. Charles Oberndorfs "Another Life" was the worst for me. Maybe I'm being unfair but I can only describe it in terms such as uneventful, mind numbing, rambling. It's not that the story was a dreadful idea - love disjointed over a number of clone lifetimes - so maybe I just don't like his style.
Immediately following Oberdorf is "Between Two Dragons" by Yoon Ha Lee, another slow uneventful story. The story would have been far better placed between a couple of punchy high action ones. Instead, being placed here I almost gave up the entire compilation. Really that was more a case of bad editing...
It's a shame because there are some gems in here such as "Golubash, or Wine-Blood-War-Elegy", a superb tongue in cheek story about wine market protectionism and corporate dominance.
I wouldn't recommend anyone buys this compilation but if you find it in the library do borrow it with the these warnings: 1) Skip "Another Life" and "Between Two Dragons" 2) Once you've finished go back to "Between Two Dragons", it case it was poor editing that made it so uninspiring.(less)
If I could award half stars this would be 2.5. From everything I read and heard I was sure that this was going to be an amazing book, I think I built...moreIf I could award half stars this would be 2.5. From everything I read and heard I was sure that this was going to be an amazing book, I think I built it up so much in my head that it became a bit of a letdown. The story is alright, its fun and funny but right now I think it sounds a lot better in theory. What I think saved the story from me were that after stories from the current day people, I enjoyed their stories far more.(less)
I think its impossible to review this book without commenting on the fact that it was published by Amazon. In terms of the quality of the printing the...moreI think its impossible to review this book without commenting on the fact that it was published by Amazon. In terms of the quality of the printing the UK book industry doesn't have much to worry about. Its US style binding so after 10 minutes of reading the front and back cover were already banana-ing away from the book contents. The inks were to heavy for the paper so my brand new book arrived looking like someone head beat me in spilling a cup of tea over it ;) Also, this is only a guess given the way the Amazon business model seems to work, but I wouldn't be surprised to know that they skimp on editors as the book also has minor a continuity error - when the main character visits the Anachronists world it mentions his ear bud which isn't created until a couple of chapters later... Anyway, all minor stuff, its the content that matters after all.
The story is is good classic Roberson. In my own opinion only just not as good as End of The Century, Book of Secrets or The Dragon's Nine Sons but its still a damn enjoyable read. The plot is a reused one - man from the past finds himself in the distant future - but its worked with the Roberson magic that doesn't make it seem stale in anyway. The book also leaves a couple of plot threads open so who knows, we might be lucky to get a follow up.(less)
I couldn't help but keep mentally comparing this to Warren Ellis's Global Frequency while reading. I shouldn't have because they have very little in c...moreI couldn't help but keep mentally comparing this to Warren Ellis's Global Frequency while reading. I shouldn't have because they have very little in common except its a collaboration between many authors. Really its that sweet spot where shows like X Files and Sanctuary intersect. It's interesting and enjoyable. Like Global Frequency, I loved it and can see me picking up more volumes.(less)
OK but it takes a long time for the story to get going, about chapter 4 which is the start of the second book. I know this is kids manga but I think I...moreOK but it takes a long time for the story to get going, about chapter 4 which is the start of the second book. I know this is kids manga but I think I would have preferred a little depth to the central character. Other than that, its an OK read.(less)