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New text book on RTL design from Atrenta

5/31/2011 04:33 PM EDT
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mll1013
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mll1013   6/6/2011 4:39:21 PM
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Scanning the TOC, it looks like there is indeed a lot of good stuff in here for RTL designers, but unfortunately, the book could've used more rigorous editing. It is written in a conversational style that makes it difficult for reading comprehension (e.g. sentence fragments, missing articles, etc.) I'm not trying to be a grammar nazi or anything, but my brain thinks differently when I read than when I listen, so I found it tedious to read through the first chapter preview on Google books.

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Duane Benson   6/2/2011 5:24:02 PM
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I can understand the price as the market for such a book is probably pretty limited, but regardless that is a lot for any book. In my experience, most of the business and technical books that I've purchased to augment my understanding tend to have one or two useful chapters. If the book costs $30, I can stomach that. Not at $129 though. I think the challenge is finding (or writing, if you're the author) a text that fits the right spot between being an overview for people new to the subject and Phd level detail. Speaking of this book specifically, I read the first few pages that Amazon will display and found it to be fascinating. I know nothing about RTL (or VHDL / HDL either) but have been interested in those subjects for a while. Based on the introduction, I'd buy it for $30 just to explore the subject area, but not for $129. On the other hand, if that was my profession and I needed a refresher or more knowledge of RTL specifically, then the $129 would likely seem like a bargain.

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Max The Magnificent   6/2/2011 5:01:42 PM
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Trust me, $129 is a lot of money to me too... the first thing I do when I go to Barnes and Noble is to peruse all of the bargain books in the hope of getting a good deal :-) But as you say, it all depends on how good the book is -- if it makes you into a much better designer, then $129 is cheap compared to the ultimate pay-back...

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now_nev   6/2/2011 4:56:58 PM
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$129 actually is a big money for a just graduated-student as me :( but the important thing is whether it's worth...

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Max The Magnificent   5/31/2011 4:45:08 PM
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I would love to peruse this book, but at $129 it's a bit rich for my blood... If you happen to come across a copy, please post a comment here letting the rest of us know what you think about it...

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