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Quality Testing (QT) for Books, yes books and not software

Lexington Smith
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I am not familiar with the process. But, when I see some books I feel that they make too many assumptions about what the reader knows/does not know and don't explain concepts properly or in a simple manner.
You should see some books on software development, they use 18th century english and go in circles before getting to the point.
They also don't talk about the questions that any smart and attentive student might think while reading this book ?
how do authors overcome these challenges ?

Should they put this book in front of several students (beta testers) and get feedback from them ? Then refine the book add new info and simplify the existing explanations ?

Maneesh Godbole
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I have never fully understood Richard Bach's books, but really enjoyed quite a few of them. Guess it's the same with tech books.

Almost all the tech books I have come across, usually have a "minimal background requirement" section which talks about assumptions. I have also seen some clearly document "{beginner, intermediate, advanced} target user"


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Lexington Smith
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Maneesh Godbole wrote:I have never fully understood Richard Bach's books, but really enjoyed quite a few of them. Guess it's the same with tech books.

Almost all the tech books I have come across, usually have a "minimal background requirement" section which talks about assumptions. I have also seen some clearly document "{beginner, intermediate, advanced} target user"


Yes, I have seen the "who this book is for" too. But, they don't always live up to it.
 
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