Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Book spam

On pages 57-56 of Tapestry in Action:

Tapestry’s HTML template parser … can handle the kind of HTML you’ll find in the wild: unquoted attribute values, mixed uppercase and lowercase, single or double quotes, unquoted attribute values, and lots of additional whitespace. [Emphasis mine.]

My, oh my. I’ve always cynically suspected that popular software programming books are written to be intentionally bulky and, as if that were justification for it, expensive. This one is over five hundred pages and costs $44.95. How do you overlook a mistake like the one above? Intentionally.

I love Tapestry by the way. And I’m happy to see its creator make some money off a book. But please – hold the pulp! (And those ridiculous cover illustrations too, Manning.)