About how different the book is... I'm not aware of any other publisher that puts out books like this (I'm sure there are some, but I'm not aware of them). I like writing the "Practical Project"-type books because I think this is the way many, maybe even most developers learn things best. Certainly I learn something every time I write one! So, I'm not sure I could call the book unique, but I do suspect it doesn't have too much competition in terms of structure and form Also, this book especially is written like an episode of Gilmore Girls in that you'll find lots of pop culture references and in-jokes throughout... humor in technical books is always a mixed bag, I know that, but I've gotten some good feedback on my ability to make you laugh while being educational, which in this book was very much a goal. Some people find that helps them absorb material better too than just a dry recitation of facts.
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