Thursday, January 22, 2015

Review: If Hemingway Wrote Javascript by Angus Croll

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 language—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.

Received for review.

Admittedly I am no expert in JavaScript, but with a title this fun I simply had to try this book and I was quite pleasantly surprised.

While the actual JavaScript bits were a bit over my head the accompanying profile of each author was incredibly enjoyable.  I particularly liked the sections on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Douglas Adams since they are two of my favorite authors.  

This is best read one or two sections at a time or it can become overwhelming for amateurs and thus lose some of its enjoyment.  When rationed, like an expensive box of chocolates, it provides a surprisingly enjoyable experience and for those who love to read.

Of course this is best for those with knowledge of JavaScripts it can be fully enjoyed but even those readers with a passing acquaintance with it should find this a light, fun experience.  I certainly recommend this.  

★★★★ = Really Liked It

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Becca Lostinbooks said...

I have no knowledge of JavaScript really but this sounds cute. And I'm so glad you found an enjoyable read!!

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