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(Re)Reading – Object Design Roles Responsibilities and Collaborations

September 24, 2008 Leave a comment
I am reading Object Design Roles Responsibilities and Collaborations again after 4 years. It is almost like reading a new book.
A section from the book:

"Betty Edwards, author of Drawing on the
Artist Within
, argues that many so-called creative talents can be taught.
She poses this delightful thought experiment:

What does it take to teach a child to
read? What if we believed that only those fortunately endowed with inborn
creative ability could learn to read? What if teachers believed the best way to
instruct was to expose children to lots of materials, then wait to see who
possessed innate reading talent? Fear of stifling the creative reading process
would dampen any attempts to guide new readers. If a child asked how to read
something, a teacher might respond, "Try whatever you think works. Enjoy it,
explore, reading is fun!" Perhaps one or two in any class would possess that
rare talent and spontaneously learn to read. But of course, this is an absurd
belief! Reading can be taught. So too, can drawing.

Her book challenges our assumptions that drawing requires rare
and special "artistic" talent and that formal teaching of basic drawing skills
stifles creativity. Basic drawing techniques, like reading techniques, can be
taught. No wonder many of us can’t draw! Learning to draw is a matter of
learning basic perceptual skills—the special ways of seeing required for
accurate drawing.

Object design does not require rare and special "design"
talent. Although design is a highly creative activity, the fundamentals can be
easily learned.
You can become adept at object design with enough practice and
experience seeing the nature of the design problem and learning fundamental
strategies for producing an acceptable solution.

Categories: Books

Print quality of ASP.NET AJAX in action – from dreamtech press (Indian Edition)

September 19, 2008 Leave a comment
I bought Manning’s ‘ASP.NET AJAX in action’ – Published in India by dreamtech press yesterday.
The book costs 500 INR, the paper & print quality is pathetic.
It would be nice, Even if they price it a bit higher and provide better prints.
The other idea would be, they can provide paperback and hardbound / deluxe editions of the book.
The book contents are worth in gold, there’s no doubt about it.
But its a shame that some Publisher to earn a few bucks has wrecked havoc.

I wish Manning could find a better partner in India.
Categories: Books