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Paperback SmallTalk with Style Book

ISBN: 0131655493

ISBN13: 9780131655492

SmallTalk with Style

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Bridging the gap between established software engineering principles and the real-world practice of programming, this book presents guidelines for programming in the Smalltalk language that will result in source code that is clear, easy to read, and easy to understand. Covers layout and structure, code formatting, reliability and portability, and tips.

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great for improving your smalltalk programming style

This is a great book, it really is. The only potential for disappointment is if you think this book will teach you smalltalk -- it will not. This book is about good programming convensions in smalltalk -- it's about style and consistency and clarity. All this may sound too trivial to merit a book, but consider the following:You will not find many people that program in smalltalk and you will not be able to see a lot of code. This means that your coding style will take longer to develop *naturally*, on your own. This is where Smalltalk With Style comes in: It's a small book and makes simple and easy reading. When you're done with it, you'll put it aside and most likely never refer to it again. But it will change the way you write code in smalltalk, and your code will begin to look the way smalltalk code should. The advantage of this book is that it packs invaluable programming experience in a wonderful, but not-so-popular programming language into a very small book. Get it, read it, get over with it, and go on to write code like a natural smalltalker.

A definitive "Must Have"

This is one of two or three "must have" books that every person interested in or practicing Smalltalk needs to read and keep on a shelf near by. This book will teach you everything you need to know about writing clear and concise Smalltalk code. The author, Ed Klimas, is one of the most well known Smalltalk guru's around.

Essential for the practicing software professional

Smalltalk with Style is an absolute must for any software engineer's bookshelf. Being practical and easy to navigate, the book directly addresses the day-to-day, "where the rubber hits the road" needs of our designers and programmers. We have found its pearls of hard-sought wisdom invaluable to the success of our object-oriented development teams.

Belongs in every Smalltaker's took kit

This slim book does not waste any time in giving the essentials to good Smalltalk programming practices. From how to name classes and format your code, to testing tips, you should be able to improve your classes after reading through this book. The guidelines which follow each point are clear and relevant. (My alltime favorite is "Don't perform brain surgery on yourself"; it refers to modifying the Base System Classes.) This book, along with David Smith's "Smalltalk The Language" definitely belongs next to every Smalltalker's PC.

A brilliant and concise guide to creating great applications

This slim volume is an essential tool for anyone creating Smalltalk applications. Ed Klimas and his colleagues (who helped create the ENVY development environment of VisualAge) have crafted a very carefully constructed guide not only to Smalltalk that is readable, but also code that is very powerful. No person writing in Smalltalk can be without it, and people serious about object-oriented coding in Java or C++ should give it a look, since many of the principles are very relevant to any OO language.
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