Paperback: 181 pages
Publisher: Packt Publishing - ebooks Account (October 1, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
I feel bad giving this a two-star review.There are countless ways to learn ES6 (now ES2015) online. I like books, though. So, I got this book because it was a book, and I wanted to learn more about ES2015 from a book.I really don't want to insult the author or its reviewers. They're all clearly competent developers, and the book treats a lot of interesting topics. However, it also reads like it skipped several rounds of copy-editing. The english is incredibly difficult to parse at times, and there are *a lot* of minor (but annoyingly frequent) syntax errors in the code samples (e.g., "Var" instead of "var", missing spaces after certain keywords, etc.).I'm 100 pages in, and I feel like I significantly overpaid for this book. That being said, I'm still learning things.
This book was clearly not edited thoroughly--or at all for that matter--and was very poorly written (I don't intend to be mean, I'm trying to be as accurate as possible, especially considering I'm a fellow educator in the programming arena) . Proper grammar and clarity are an important part of educational materials and neither should be overlooked. The writing is so poor to the point that it's cognitively taxing to follow what the author is saying. The code examples are also so basic to the point that they aren't effective, not to mention there is no scaffolding in this book whatsoever.
I don't like giving things a bad review, but I'm extremely disappointed with the quality of this book and if I weren't lazy, I'd try and get a refund.I regularly and heavily read programming books and text-books and am rarely disappointed. Even if a book doesn't really fulfill my needs I usually appreciate it as long as it is professionally made and has decent content (basically, as long as it would have helped somebody).Getting down to it, the writing in this book is shoddy; there are errors in the English all over the place. There are missed plurals, completely missing words, and extremely awkwardly (at best) written sentences throughout the book (though most pages read alright; inconsistent reviewing?). Worse yet, the content is not even very useful.Much of this book reads more like a poor-man's Java-Doc than a text-book. I just got to chapter 7 and the last chapter was basically "Hey, ES6 has a better reflection API, here's the fifteen functions and brief descriptions of them in order with minimal examples. The only real use cases or justifications for why these things even exist or are useful are on a single page at the end in bullet-point form like they were added lazily when someone complained about it. So, you don't know who would use them for what or why. At least a few of the earlier chapters followed the exact same pattern as well, and it gets more frustrating with every passing chapter.Even the few key ES6 topics, e.g. promises, are not well managed. They clearly paid more attention to key topics and provided extra examples, but they favor silly examples with tons copy-paste for the sake of very minor modifications over any real content. The end result is you can read it without extracting much value.Anyway, sorry for the rant; but I felt gypped on this one.