So, someone actually went to the effort of posting a review of my latest book on Amazon, but it has left me puzzled and amused. Firstly, let’s get the bad stuff out of the way: it slammed the book as being next to useless, but I have colleagues new to .NET who are using it and finding it an incredibly useful resource.
Hopefully people who liked the book will soon turn up with their own reviews (hint, hint, Tony!).
Anyhow, the part that impelled me to post to my blog was the following paragraph:
So the next thing i did was to find out who were the authors, and there you are: two experienced/accomplished but "Australian" developers. In my albeit limited experience, the majority of Australian developers were shallow in their understanding of highly complexy technical stuff, and they write code in an exremely sloppy fashion. But these two guys are supposed to be the creme de la creme of .NET developers in that country, or maybe not?
Quite simply it has me gobsmacked… I’ll ignore the grammatical error, but insulting the entire community of Australian developers as being shallow in our technical understanding and unable to write anything but sloppy code is beyond the pale. From MY "albeit limited" experience, I find Australian developers to be very competent and are some of the best coders in the world. Who’s right?
If you feel insulted by this but don’t want to write a review of my book, Amazon allow you to comment on existing reviews, so feel free. 🙂
Oh, and don’t forget to view his other reviews and have a good old belly-laugh.