On Tuesday, March 25, 2003, 5:52:22 PM, Daniel wrote:

> Hello,

> The recent discussion about PickAxe made me wonder, what kind of book 
> would you say PickAxe is?  Right now I can only think of 3 kinds of 
> books:

> - Tutorial  (e.g. _Learn_Ruby_in_21_days_)
> - Reference (e.g. _Ruby_in_a_Nutshell_)
> - Cookbook  (e.g. _The_Ruby_Way_ )

> PickAxe doesn't seem to fit any of the above.

> How would you categorize PickAxe?

The three categories you list combine to form perhaps a slim majority
of all computer books.  Most of the books on my shelf are designed to
be read from beginning to end (maybe skipping some specific bits that
don't concern you) so you can learn new things.  Pickaxe is that kind
of book.

Gavin