If Hemingway Wrote JavaScript
Publisher: No Starch Press
Final Release Date: October 2014
Pages: 192

What if William Shakespeare were asked to generate the Fibonacci series or Jane Austen had to write a factorial program? In If Hemingway Wrote JavaScript, author Angus Croll imagines short JavaScript programs as written by famous wordsmiths. The result is a peculiar and charming combination of prose, poetry, and programming.

The best authors are those who obsess about languageā€”and the same goes for JavaScript developers. To master either craft, you must experiment with language to develop your own style, your own idioms, and your own expressions. To that end, If Hemingway Wrote JavaScript playfully bridges the worlds of programming and literature for the literary geek in all of us.

Featuring original artwork by Miran Lipovaca.

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      While the epub reader program on my iPad can scale the font of all other books, this book does not allow the font to be rescaled so the book is unreadable. What a waste.

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          Comments about oreilly If Hemingway Wrote JavaScript:

          I was really excited about this book, since it's so divergent from the mainstream of development books. Unfortunately, the kindle edition of this ebook is horrible, typographically speaking. On the kindle for iPhone app, sentences and paragraphs are randomly repeated 2-5 times in a row, and the font changes size all the time.

          On an actual kindle, the text is laid out well, except it's in about 4pt font and you have to zoom in on every single page (a huge pain). I contacted O'Reilly support and never heard anything back, so unfortunately I have to give this book a 1 star rating.

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          So long and thanks for all the fish

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            Comments about oreilly If Hemingway Wrote JavaScript:

            Very fun read. One of the most creative writings on programming or a programming language. You could probably enjoy reading this without any knowledge of Javascript or programming. The author does a great job setting up the historic author's solutions. Seeing the same problem approached in five different and very creative ways shows just how diverse the language is. It also helps you think about how to approach a single problem in many different ways. I could read it over and over. A very unique and refreshing book on a topic that usually only gets very technical analysis. Highly recommended.

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