This is the first O'Reilly book I have ever (since 1992 ever, I own shelves of them, and in my computer bookshop days sold thousands of them) found anything less than great and it was a bit of a shock, so much so that I am compelled to write (I think) my first ever Amazon review about it.
Reading it (at least the first 46% of it, where I gave up) was like waking up back in the dot.com days with a hyperactive sales evangelist cornering me in a jammed elevator, making claim after hyperbolic claim (distributed artificial intelligence, world peace, godhood!) about Blockchain while doing very little to explain what it actually was. Actually on reflection some of the claims seem conflated with those of the Kurzweil Singularity stuff - yes sure Blockchain might be a part of that, but it doesn't help to include it in the book.
I'm sorry, I know writing and editing books is very hard work, and the author's excitement about Blockchain is palpable if rather unfocused, but this one really feels like it was a padded-out dash to a deadline. Maybe it would have been better as a shorter essay.
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9351109925
- ISBN-13: 978-9351109921
- Package Dimensions: 23 x 18.1 x 1.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 249 g
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