I mirror your concerns about the index--fortuantly, the index in the Camel is very good.
One of the reasons O'Reilly books can't charme is are the poor
indices, with no exception of the Camel. Granted, the index
of Camel III is better than the Camel II, but it's still poor.
(Early prints didn't even have an entry for 'regular expression', IIRC). You mention Knuth. Take the index of
The Art of Computer Programming, and compare that
with the index of the Camel.
What I also don't understand is that you wouldn't buy certain classes of books, because they are easily outdated,
yet you break a lance for the Camel. The Camel was released
shortly after 5.6.0, and large chunks were written before
5.6.0 was finalized. We know have 5.8.0 with 5.8.1 around
the corner. I'd say the Camel III is suffers from being
outdated as well.
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