Review by Tony Stevenson.
If you love programming, put this book on your Top 10 Wanted list of 1995. The concept of Flow-Based programming (FBP) is unique. It's not a procedural approach, in the way you would traditionally program Pascal or BASIC applications, and neither does it fit the object-oriented paradigm. It can't really be classified as new, because the author--who is also its inventor--has been successfully using this programming style himself for more than twenty years. It is a theory that, in some ways, was born before its due time. The impression gained from the book was that the author, whilst happy to recognise the growing popularity of object-oriented techniques, feels that FBP has something extra to offer to application developers. Now is the time to introduce it to a much wider audience than he has done in the past. Hence the book!
FBP is based on three principles:
This is a book to enjoy, but to do that you have to suspend your belief that the ways we currently program--procedurally or using object orientation--are the only ways it can be done. It is a thought-provoking book that, hopefully, will leave you feeling dissatisfied with the programming tools and techniques we currently have at our disposal. Let the new age of programming begin!"