Chapter 5. Demonstrations versus Presentations

Although presentations frequently include demonstrations, presentations and demonstrations are not the same thing. A demonstration is designed to show directly how something—generally either a tool or a technique—works. A presentation presents information about something; the something could be a tool or technique that you discuss with or without demonstrating it. The patterns and antipatterns in this chapter clarify this subtle but important (and often missed) distinction.

It is common to build a presentation around the output of a tool such as spreadsheet software or a programmer’s integrated development environment. Although you can embed the output directly into the presentation, we show several ...

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