Lyn Dupre Bugs in Writing

ISBN 13: 9780201600193

Bugs in Writing

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9780201600193: Bugs in Writing

This work catalogues the most common problems that writers face and suggets simple principles for lucid writing. These principles are conveyed by numerous examples which are usually intriguing and often amusing. The boook is designed for easy browsing and comprises 150 independent segments. Punctuation, document design elements, syntax, style conventions, and terms often confused or misused are covered. Other segments deal with areas of special importance to writing about computers.

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BUGS in Writing, may be the first book on writing that people read for sheer fun. Developed for anyone who writes and who works with computers, including computer and other scientists, students, professors, business people, programmers and technical writers. Rather than subjecting yourself to the pain and tedium of wading through a reference book on English grammar, pick up BUGS; you will soon find yourself browsing amusing and interesting material. While you are enjoying yourself, you will be tuning your ear: You will soon find that you are writing lucid prose that communicates your ideas. "If technical writing isn't your principal activity, but you find yourself doing a lot of it, you should read this book."- IEEE Micro "The Quality of scientific and technical writing would increase considerably if this book were required reading for all authors."- The Mathematica Journal "You can borrow my dictionary or steal my thesaurus. Just stay away from my copy of BUGS."- Patrick Henry Winston, MIT "This book will help me/you/we a lot/immensely."- Martin Griss, Laboratory Scientist, Hewlett Packard Laboratories

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"You can borrow my dictionary or steal my thesaurus. Just stay away from my copy of BUGS in Writing...After reading a few pages of this book I instantly ordered copies for all my students." Patrick Henry Winston Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Those of us who have worked with Lyn Dupré treasure her keen wit, and, above all, her absolute mastery of writing." Carver Mead Scientist, Educator, Author California Institute of Technology

"Lyn combines an intellectual command of her subject with a madcap imagination to take you on a joyous romp through the English language. Every scientist will want a copy to keep handy atop the computer." Abraham Silberschatz AT&T Bell Laboratories

"This book captures all of the subtleties that commonly hinder attempts at unambiguous and readable writing. Lyn's style is wonderful...humorous, enjoyable, and incisive. I even liked the plot; we really get to know Lyn, Max, Red, BB, and many other characters." Peter G. Neumann Author of the Dupré´ved Computer- Related Risks

BUGS in Writing, written with verve and wit, may be the first book on writing that people read for sheer fun. BUGS presents an alternative, intuitive way of looking at written language that is based on the concept of ear: the ability to hear, without analysis, whether a given word order, sentence, or term is correct. BUGS explores problems that writers face, and explains how to rid your prose of these bugs.

Designed for easy browsing, it comprises 150 independent and easily digestible segments, resembling a daily newspaper column. Simple principles for lucid writing are conveyed by numerous, intriguing, and frequently hilarious examples that are classified as Bad, Ugly, Good, or Splendid.

BUGS was developed for anyone who writes and who works with computers, including computer and other scientists, students, professors, business people, programmers, and technical writers. Rather than subjecting yourself to the pain and tedium of wading through a reference book on English grammar, pick up BUGS; you will soon find yourself browsing amusing and interesting material. While you are enjoying yourself, you will be tuning your ear: You will soon find that you are writing lucid prose that communicates your ideas. 0201600196B04062001

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