Mastering Delphi 6
||Author: Marco Cantu|
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Publisher: Sybex (25 July, 2001)
Sales Rank: 92,052
Average Customer Rating: 3.8 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 1 out of 5
First Impression of Cantu's Delphi 6
I bought this book to learn Delphi. I have no prior experience in it. I am not even 4 pages into the book, and the author is already telling me that he is not going into any details on the basics of Delphi, but instead, is going to focus on enhancements concerning Version 6. He already assumes I am familiar with the Delphi IDE, and if I am not, I can go to his website and get the information I need. I went to his website, and it is more confusing than the book (needless to say, I cant find his "step by step instructions on Delphi IDE). I think this guy needs to jump off of "cloud 9", and step back down into the real world. I want to learn Delphi, not write a thesis on it, or go off on some intellectual space fantasy into the cosmos. I just want to learn Delphi! This book has over 1000 pages, and already assumes you know Delphi!
Rating: 3 out of 5
Cantu is overrated
I've read Mastering Delphi 3 and 6 and while Marco Cantu does a good job of exposing Delphi to beginners, his style is VERY lacking when it comes to advanced techniques. I also feel he is somewhat condescending in his explanation of technical matters and assumes that his reader is a near-complete neophyte (well that could also explain the popularity of his books). Still, the website complementing his books does show an effort to make it useful and attractive to his audience.
Fairly experienced programmer will find that his writing style in the Mastering Delphi series hobbles learning as in the effort to sound more 'friendly' by not adopting deeper technical terms he takes two paragraphs to explain something which a couple of sentences should suffice to.
Rating: 5 out of 5
So far so good
Just got this book the other day. Not too much of beginners book if you don't know Pascal. Worthwhile though for Delphi though. I'll learn the Pascal as I go along. There are other books for Pascal as well as the authors own website. Great book so far.
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