Posted by chet
on August 7, 2007 at 10:59 AM PDT
The advance copies of Filthy Rich Clients have arrived; a comparative analysis is in order.
We're finally, actually done. The book exists, in hardcopy form. Romain and I received our advance copies yesterday. The rest will arrive in the warehouse in the next few days, so Amazon's August 17th date is probably pretty accurate.
I thought it would be useful to compare the book to other books that readers might know. Comparing it in text or concept would be way too time-consuming and tedious. Besides, it's a graphics book. So I took a picture:
We can see, from the picture, how Filthy Rich Clients compares to other important books. For example, the book is much smaller and less significant than Edward Gorey's Amphigorey Too anthology, yet it offers far more than the classic Beyond the Far Side. It is somewhat less weighty than some of my favorite graphics books, Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice" and Graphics Gems II, but is of a similar height to the last Harry Potter book. It is quite close in height to Effective Java, although considerably longer and therefore deeper (Josh obviously needed more screenshots in his book). Finally, it is significantly larger and more weighty than the series of classic child and adult novels toward the right.
Hopefully this gives you a good sense for whether the book will suit your needs.