Why do book authors insist on writing lengthly prose to describe how to use a user interface? I really find it annoying and not only a waste of time but a waste of natural resources (i.e. paper therefore wood therefore trees). So when the uninitiated buys a book on how to use the highly visual IDE environment he gets endless excruciating pages of text. Look at the many Eclipse books out there and just see how many chapters are wasted on explaining in textual form an otherwise visual interface.
The well known educational psychologist William Glasser claimed in his research that we learn and remember:
- 10% of what we read
- 20% of what we hear
- 30% of what we see
- 50% of what we see and hear
- 70% of what we discuss with others
- 80% of what we experience or practice
Obviously there’s no substitute for learning by doing. However, in the absense of an instructor then you’re better of with something that you can see and hear rather than read. With this simple realization, I’ve come up with over a hundred visual tutorials to demonstrate the various mouse clicks and keyboard incantations to get you the most out of Eclipse. The product is called “Essential Eclipse – The Visual Tutorial“.
It’s published by CodeAudit Corp. Feel free to visit the website and download a trial copy.
Also as part of my obligatory marketing campaign, if you happen to publish your own content (blog, magazine etc.) and would like to review the complete uncut version of the product, then please feel free to contact me.