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Indispensable.As a Computer Science PhD candidate, I was absolutely shocked to see a book like this even exists - it seems so specific, but writing in the Computer Science field is often terrible, and Justin Zobel's book painlessly dissects what makes CS papers so bad, and how to avoid those problems.The book covers everything, ranging from how to conduct research to how to perform experiments, and, of course, how to actually write the paper. No stone is left unturned, Zobel doles out advice for...
Great overview of not just how to write about computer science research, but also how to do research itself. I wish I had read this book when I first started my PhD so that I had a better view of the overall process.
Game changer, 10/10
Bravo. This book is comprehensive, clear, useful, concrete, non-trivial, non-dogmatic, and competent. Stellar advice for students and researchers alike. Very useful for an introductory class for academic writing, or to hit thesis students (and colleagues) over the head with.
The book can be either too obvious ("use good slides in a presentation") or not sufficiently clear. In general, it isn't engaging at all. I can see very few people benefiting from it, mostly graduate students who aspire to become academics. Otherwise, I don't recommend it.Unfortunately, it is the only book out there that deals specifically with writing in CS. I wish there were better resources.
I'm very grateful for this book, packed full of no-nonsense advice, illustrative examples and even some writing exercises at the end. The end-of-chapter checklists are a good place to dive back in when preparing for a presentation, talk, or literature review.It is well written, to the point and will hopefully contribute to raising the standard of written work produced in Computer Science.
I didn't read this back to back but it was very useful for writing my bachelor thesis. Would definetly recommend it for anyone writing for computer science!
I had expected a book on writing user manuals, developer documentation, or similar documents. Instead, this book focuses on writing ACM-style articles and conference papers. There is material about doing research and refereeing papers as well. I was very happy with the book, and would recommend it to anybody.
Zobel provided a lot of excellent tips and surprising insights into the world of science writing. I recommend going through the book and noting common writing mistakes you have been making or will potentially make in the future.
Zobel explains in much detail what it takes to write for a scientific publication. Even when you don’t want to write a technical paper, the ideas and examples can help you to write more precise and to the point.
This is a great manual not only on academic writing, but also on refereeing, giving presentations, and doing ethical research. Its packed full of great, actionable advice so even though I'm tagging it #read, it's not leaving my work desk anytime soon. Highly recommended!
An amazingly comprehensive overview on how to describe and present your research, must-read for a novice computer scientist.