This is actually a technical writing yet I can’t help but relate to above title on the topic I’m about to discuss. In the "Physical" world, we don’t need much explanation knowing a cookbook is a book about cooking food while cookies are those sweet, round usually chocolate coloured and flavoured pieces of food.
Pardon my "Physical" reference, please read on for a better understanding of my using said term. Back to the topic, between cookbooks and cookies, I would always love to have my hands on the cookies. I understand though that there are people who would rather have the cookbooks. As a commercial of one of the popular restaurant goes, the chef said something like: "I love to see people enjoy the food I cooked for them". Awesome person, my guess is he’s gone through lots of cookbooks in preparing those meals, to the point of preferring cookbooks over cookies. Myself though, I just enjoy having cookies :)
Now getting on to the actual "Digital" topic, I noticed that recently, there are many computer books that uses "Cookbook" for it’s title. To me that’s a welcome relief compared to the "for Dummies" series. Cookbooks just sounds more delicious and appetizing. As such, I can say it would make learning, especially what seems like complicated computer stuff, rather easier and more interesting to learn.
At this point, I hope I’ve made my point clear in using the term "Physical" vis-a-vis "Digital". While cookbook means like: ingredients, grating, cutting, boiling, simmering, marinating and finally eating; it could also mean like: type this, click that, double-click them, further detailed instructions, blah, blah, blah… to finally see or hear this or that with your computer.
Now with my own digital "Cookies", I refer to them as my small pieces of computer sub-programs that I can easily re-use in other similar software I am doing. Other software are actually using different terms to achieve similar effect, having like a spare parts that can be easily re-used. There’s DLL, MFC, master, function(), etc… or in my case now – "Template Parts". So for example, instead of redoing or copying and pasting from other digital file, a standard account number and account type fields and controls that have specific dimensions, colours and data connection, I’ll just have to click the cookie and voila!, I have all that I need where I want it. This would be very useful for something that needs to be reused many times. Cookies then would be very enjoyable, just like picking up from a cookie jar :)
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