[Oberon] Reiser - Wirth book

Chris Burrows chris at cfbsoftware.com
Mon Oct 4 00:32:51 MEST 2010

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> From: oberon-bounces at lists.inf.ethz.ch 
> [mailto:oberon-bounces at lists.inf.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of Duke Normandin
> Sent: Sunday, 3 October 2010 11:33 PM
> To: Frans-Pieter Vonck; ETH Oberon and related systems
> Subject: RE: [Oberon] Reiser - Wirth book
> >
> > You could take a look a the book of Eric Nikitin, Into the realm of
> > Oberon.  It is a nice introduction into the formalism of programming
> > and still used in the first year class programming at the University
> > of Antwerp.
> Yes I could do that, but....
> I don't want to learn Oberon by being overwhelmed with Algebra,
> Calculus, EBNF, and all the other garbage that is too often introduced
> into the mystical realm of computer programming. IMO, there's no need
> for it _for most levels of application_. Does Nitikin present Oberon
> from "Quantum Physics" point of view, or merely in terms of the
> requirements of "Astrophysics"? :) 

Personally I prefer Wirth's writing style rather than the "Learn Perl in 24
hours" or "Ada for Dummies" approach. Nikitin's book is at the level of
"Sound, Light and Magnetism" ;-) I refrained from recommending it to you
previously because of your previous programming experience. I would strongly
recommend it to absolute beginners who had never written a program before.
Despite that, I must admit I learnt one or two new things after reading it!
If you are interested in investigating further, the listing on Amazon lets
you view a few pages.


Chris Burrows
CFB Software
Astrobe v3.2: ARM Oberon-07 Development System

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