REVIEW - Be Developer's Guide

Title:

Be Developer's Guide

Author:

The Be Development Team

ISBN:

1565922875

Publisher:

O'Reilly (1997)

Pages:

934pp

Reviewer:

Francis Glassborow

Reviewed:

August 1998

Rating:

★☆☆☆☆

I know that I am not the only one to grab this book only to be deeply disappointed. Indeed if I had paid money for this book I would have been very angry and heading back to my book supplier to demand a refund.

The book clearly states on the cover that it includes a CD with BeOS on it. I found a couple of hours free that I could use to install the product and eagerly anticipated being able to try this much talked about OS. As far as my systems were concerned the CD was blank

:-(
. Back to the UK distributor who discovered from the US that the CD would only work on an Apple Mac Power PC. Be would not consider providing a review copy of the Intel version of BeOS.

I understand that O'Reilly were unaware of the problem when they released the book. In fairness they must ensure that the cover is changed to tell prospective purchasers that they need specific hardware. Without it the book is useless (yes I know that you could buy an Intel version of BeOS, but that is not what the cover of the book declares).

At the very least Be should provide owners of the book with a copy of BeOS discounted by the cover cost of the book. Such an exercise in damage limitation just might rescue them, without it they have managed to annoy a sizeable body of developers, without whom their product is dead in the water.


Book cover image courtesy of Open Library.