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3.0 out of 5 stars
So close but yet..., Dec 25 2001
Having seen loads of reviews about this book being essential for any computer programmer, I am disappointed to learn that this actually means only Machine Language programmers. Not C, not C++, not Fortran, Cobol or Delphi...Not even Basic.
The author has seen it fit to ignore all popular programming languages to use for his examples' code. Instead, he uses a meta-Assembly language which he has made up out of thin air, for this important purpose.
I can't tell you how p***** off I am not to be able to understand a damn word of his coded algorithms. The excuse of being able to go 'low level' inside the computers memory and such is too thin, I would happily pay twice the marked price if the examples were in C, C++ or any language higher than this indecipherable pseudo-ASM!
It is such a shame that this is the case because the books are of a very high quality indeed, the author has a rare talent for conveying these fantastic concepts using plain english, but I'm at a loss as to how to implement tham on an actual computer. Which rather defeats the point of this set.
And to make things worse, its not even a standard ASM dialect, not even close.
Unless you are an ASM god (at least you shouldn't have any trouble understanding and 'porting' his pretend code) and/or Masters degree mathematician, I would steer clear of this one.
Why why why not C++, Mr Knuth, please tell me! :(