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About the Recipes

It’s helpful for a reader to know up front what biases an author has on the book’s subject. To carry the cookbook metaphor too far, just as a culinary chef has identifiable procedures and seasonings, so do I format my code in a particular way and employ programming styles that I have adopted over the years.

More important than scripting style, however, are the implementation threads that weave their way throughout the code examples. Because these examples may serve as models for your own development, they are written for maximum clarity to make it easy (I hope) for you to follow the execution logic. Names assigned to variables, functions, objects, and the like are meant to convey their purpose within the context of the example. One of the goals of coding is that the operation of a program should be self-evident to someone else reading the code, even if that “someone else” is the programmer who revisits the code six months later to fix a bug or add a feature. There’s no sense in being cryptically clever if no one can understand what you mean b....x


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