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Composition of the book Seven Languages

 
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Hi Bruce,

I'm wondering how each chapter(s) (for each language) is composed in terms of technical aspects. I read that each contains a nontrivial example. Is there a common structure in it which describes the features/design etc... or it's depend on the language?

 
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Vijitha Kumara wrote:Hi Bruce,

I'm wondering how each chapter(s) (for each language) is composed in terms of technical aspects. I read that each contains a nontrivial example. Is there a common structure in it which describes the features/design etc... or it's depend on the language?



The structure for all of the languages is similar, but not identical. They each have an introduction about the history of a language. I keep that short. I also try to introduce the personality of a language because I think that starts to open the learning channels.

Then there are three days of structured content. I tell the reader where to go to install the language (I don't address installation at all in the book) and then walk through programming examples in consoles and introduce short, simple programs. Each day is closed out with a set of exercises. Some days have more advanced exercises for the adventurous.

I close each chapter with a list of strengths and weaknesses. I do some comparison with other languages in the book, but not too much, because I wanted each day's work to stand alone.

Thanks for your question.
 
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Thanks Bruce. Looks like you have optimized the book probably the best possible way to serve the nature of it
 
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Vijitha Kumara wrote:Thanks Bruce. Looks like you have optimized the book probably the best possible way to serve the nature of it


Hah... you're giving me too much credit. I wrote just about the only book like this that I cam capable of writing.
 
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