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Q 4 Bill Dudney (1): how does book cover Eclipse?

Gian Franco
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Joined: Dec 16, 2003
Posts: 977
Dear Bill Dudney,

I'm learning to use Eclipse with one of
your competitors' books: Eclipse in
action. This book treats the subject by
developing an example application and
covering the different features that
are of interest, featuring Ant ant CVS
as well.

What can one expect from your book?


Gian Franco

"Eppur si muove!"
Ko Ko Naing
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Joined: Jun 08, 2002
Posts: 3178
Originally posted by Gian Franco Casula:

What can one expect from your book?

One can expect the latest features of Eclipse added regularly... Gian, you might want to have a look at this thread and feel how different approach SourceBeat publisher use to provide the latest information and knowledge on a certain technology to the readers...

Hope it helps...

Co-author of SCMAD Exam Guide, Author of JMADPlus
Bill Dudney
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Joined: Sep 05, 2003
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Hi Gian Franco,

Thanks for you interest. I have EiA and its a very good book. You will do well with that one!

My book does not push one example through. I personally like to have very simple examples so that the current topic is the focus and not explaining the underlying java app that we are using as an example. That said I do go through a very simple example in each of the sections. The refactoring chapters get a bit more complex as its important to have a more 'real world' feel to the example for the refactoring to make sense.

Also as Ko Ko said Source Beat is a much different publishing model than you are probably used to. EiA is focused on 2.1.x and thus in some sections is out of date. With SB you get the content constantly updated.

Hope this helps!

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Don Stadler
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Joined: Feb 10, 2004
Posts: 451
One big difference, Gian Franco, is that Eclipse in Action primarily covers Eclipse 2 and is at least a year out of date with where Eclipse is now. Bill's book is about Eclipse 3 and is pretty much smack up to date.

A second difference is that Bill is one of the most responsive authors I know of. He listens to his subscribers and responds to their wishes. Well, that is the way that all the SB authors are supposed to work, but Bill is more responsive than the other one I bought (Jakarta Struts Live).

As an Eclipse in Action owner I faced the same decision as you do and decided to buy Eclipse 3 Live for the refactoring chapters and for the possibility of MyEclipse coverage.
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