by Asim Jalis
There is a discussion on Slashdot about "Facts and Fallacies of
Software Engineering" by Robert Glass.
Here is a link.
The book looks interesting. But even more interesting is the
format. It might be easy and even fun to write a book as a kind
of a list, where the points do not have to form one continuous
line of thought.
This single-line-of-thought format is painful both for the reader
and I suspect the writer.
Also most real-world knowledge is not organized in this way. It
is rather made up of nodes linked through a web of connections
So how could this approach be used to write other kinds of books?
1. 20 Observations about Calculus. Or Facts and Fallacies of
Calculus. This could simply jump from topic to topic, showing the
connections and then move on.
2. 20 Ways to Reduce Risk in Decision Making. Or 20 Laws of Risk
Reduction. Again, all the ideas we discuss could be subsumed into
this. There is no need for logical organization or for big