There were a couple things about this book that really compelled me. The format (this is a first How-To book by Sams for me so I assume it goes across the board) was very much like a focused blog. It was broken up into small posts about each topic. The other thing that compelled me was the amount of code samples.
That is definitely the style I was going for and I don’t know if anyone else has picked up on that yet.
Instead, this is a book that you set on your desk and put post-its and dog ears for key sections that you use and use and use before you put the pattern to memory.
I myself use the book in that manner whenever I need a refresh on how to accomplish something.