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It is many things, as we’ll see in Chapter TBD, but at its heart, it is just software.

I heard it was bad to use contractions, but it seems a bit wordy to say: as we will see.

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marked as duplicate by John Smithers, Neil Fein Dec 16 '13 at 6:05

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Shamoon, Does the question John linked to answer your question? – Neil Fein Dec 7 '13 at 22:40
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I think you're exactly right, as using "we will" might seem excessively formal even for non-fiction, but you've avoided "it's" which, apart from the informality, increases the chance that somewhere one instance will lose it's comma, or one will sneak into the possessive as in the example a few words ago.

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