Computer Science Back cover copy "How often does a book come along that has you laughing out loud as it improves your writing, especially of technical and scientific material? How often does a book on writing come out aimed at scientists, mathematicians, and computer specialists in the first place? How often does a book on grammar keep you turning the pages from pleasure? Never, you say? Then get this one. Just stay away from my copy of BUGS.
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How often does a book on writing come out aimed at scientists, mathematicians, and computer specialists in the first place? How often does a book on grammar keep you turning the pages from pleasure?
Never, you say? Then get this one. Just stay away from my copy of BUGS. I even liked the plot. Neumann author of the Dupreved Computer-Related Risks "Those of us who have worked with Lyn Dupre treasure her keen wit, and, above all, her absolute mastery of writing. Reading this sentence again, I realize it is ambiguous; but both its interpretations are true.
It is also passive, but since the package was waiting for me when I returned from a trip, it is hard to know just who brought it. BUGS will certainly be at my fingertips during the final rewrites. Computing Reviews "This book simply sneaks up like a cat and charms you. Our brains must be wired for learning from stories. Montague University of California, Santa Cruz "Ultimately, it is the playfulness and humor of the author that encourages me to keep this book on my working shelf. Lightning quick of mind Motion sure and filled with grace Weapon poised With sharp and blackened point She pounces!
Leaps upon her prey! Death to the fractured words The split infinitive The dangling participle! The body stirs at last Returns to life Strengthened, renewed, And ready for The publisher.
BUGS in Writing, Revised Edition : A Guide to Debugging Your Prose
Bugs is designed for browsing rather than use as a reference work: the sections are randomly arranged and there is no proper index, only conceptual and alphabetical lists of the section titles. Bugs is aimed at computer people, but almost all of it is applicable to those in other scientific and technical disciplines and most of it is quite general. I found parts of Bugs in Writing useful, but overall I thought it a rather poor work. Perhaps the biggest problem is that it makes no attempt either to use underlying principles of grammar and syntax or to teach them, giving it a very ad hoc feel, as if it were simply papering over the cracks in narrowly scientific educations. I also found the use of large print, the long lists of examples and the categorisation of sentences as Bad, Ugly, Good or Splendid somewhat patronising. I am a strong believer in gender-neutral language, but I thought "parentboard" was just a joke, while there must be less verbose alternatives to "manhole" than "subterranean-access lid"! October - buy from Amazon.
Bugs in Writing: A Guide to Debugging Your Prose