in reply to This may be heresy...
in thread Knuth books and programming
I learn more studying running code than I do abstract descriptions. ing running code than I do abstract descriptions.See, this is exactly what I mean when I say that people don't like it because it's too concrete.
Criticizing The Art of Computer Programming for not having "running code" is the most unfair thing you can do. Almost every page has running code, or detailed analysis of the running code that appeared nearby.
Why doesn't gaudior recognize this? Because the running code is in assembly language, and is full of fussy details about word size and I/O interrupts and memory allocation.
Most people I know who didn't like The Art of Computer Programming have not actually bothered to read the code; then they complain that it is too abstract.