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How good is The Algorithm Design Manual 2nd edition compared to the 1st edition for a beginner? [closed]

I'm looking for a good book on algorithms and data structures for a beginner. I was reading some reviews of these two books: Introduction to Algoritms and The Algorithm Design Manual. Introduction to ...
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Is there a canonical book on design patterns? [closed]

I am interested in learning design patterns and would like to know what are considered top tier books in learning this subject. Is there a book out there that's the de-facto standard for describing ...
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What do neglected O'Reilly book topics tell us about that topic? [closed]

Does anybody know how O'Reilly chooses topics to publish? For some reason, I don't see how it can be based on demand. The reason, I ask, is because they haven't published a Delphi book in almost 12 ...
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What are the key points of Working Effectively with Legacy Code? [closed]

I've seen the book Working Effectively with Legacy Code recommended a few times. What are the key points of this book? Is there much more to dealing with legacy code than adding unit/integration ...
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Good books to learn distributed computing [closed]

Are there any good books to learn about distributed computing ? I work on large scale java applications. Recently my colleagues started talking about things like distributed cache, load balancing, ...
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What is a software prototype?

I understand this site is for programmers, and i have to ask specific coding question. I am doing a software engineering degree and i have been asked to reference at-least 7 books in my definition of ...
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What modern alternatives to Numerical Recipes exist?

In the past, the Numerical Recipes book was considered the gold standard reference for numerical algorithms. The earliest Fortran Edition was followed by editions in C and C++ and others, bringing it ...
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“Dedication of the Harvard Mark I computer, 1944 August 7”- Which text is Brooks referring to and where can I find it?

I am reading the epilogue of the Anniversary Edition of the Mythical Man Month. The author, Frederic Brooks, says Still vivid in my mind is the wonder and delight with which I - then 13 years old ...
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Notation used in 'Pearls of Functional Algorithm Design'

I just purchased the book 'Pearls of Functional Algorithm Design' by Richard Bird. Unfortunately, the book doesn't have any section that describes the notation that is used. You can view the ...
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Is “PHP and MySQL Web Development, 4th ed.” an outdated book to learn from? [closed]

I want to get into web stuff, and thought of going with PHP+MySQL. I have experience in C#, C++, desktop graphics, but no web stuff besides HTML, CSS which I started learning 2 months ago. On SO ...
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What is a good way to familiarize myself with PHP, coming from an ASP.NET background?

Currently, I'm very comfortable with building tools/web apps in an ASP.NET environment. I'm not really looking to leave tbh, as I really like C#, ASP.NET, MVC 3, Visual Studio, etc. However, right ...
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Where can I find an authoritative source documenting the relationships between standards bodies? [closed]

There seems to be a number of different so-called "standards" bodies interacting and/or competing with each other. For example, RFC 3629 references ISO/IEC 10646 and appears to be governed by the ...
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Should speed reading be applied while reading Tech Books [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do people read big technical books? It's a known fact that, Science and Tech readings requires most attention, to at least make sense of what one reads. In the age ...
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C Language - K&R 1st vs 2nd Edition?

I'm planning to buy a book to learn C Language. Many say K&R is a must-have book for C programmers so I chose it. I see that there are two editions. What are the differences between them?
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Is there a canonical book on functional design specifications? [closed]

I have seen and read quite a few books about software design (using UML, etc.), and others about user experience, GUIs, etc. but I'm looking for books that describe the process that happens before all ...
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Is there a canonical book for learning C# from scratch? [closed]

I was looking for a good C# book for beginners to learn the language fundamentals and OOP fundamentals, however, every book I have looked at seems to start quickly and does not touch the fundamentals ...
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Is Safari Books Online still the best game in town? [closed]

I'm a Safari Books subscriber and have been for years. I like having all the books available immediately. I was wondering if there was a better competing service. Does anyone know if there's ...
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What books or resources would you recommend to learn practical OO design and development concepts? [closed]

I'm a self taught programmer; I understand the foundations of programming and what classes are, but my code tends to be messy with class methods interacting with a half a dozen other classes, and my ...
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Books having graded collection of programming problems [closed]

I am looking for a book with graded (i.e from low to high level of difficulty) collection of programming problems. The problems I am interested in are Algorithm/Data Structure problems, since this is ...
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Intermediate to advanced book for improving VIM knowledge and understanding [closed]

I use vim already for quite a while and every day try to learn new things. But, somehow I yet don't feel that I own it. I'm looking for some intermediate to advanced books on vim which may be used as ...
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Could spending time on Programmers.SE or Stack Overflow be substitute of good programming books for a non-beginner? [closed]

Could spending time (and actively participating) on Programmers.SE and Stack Overflow help me improve my programming skills any close to what spending time on reading a book like Code Complete 2 ...
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Does C99 make the K&R book outdated? If so what to recomend in its place? [closed]

C99 has been with us for a while now. It introduces a lot of features that are not in K&Rs The C Programming Language. None of them are particularly radical. However, even small features like ...
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What are the most relevant books on software task estimation for individuals? [closed]

What books have you read that helped you, as a programmer, learn to estimate time for completing small-to-medium programming tasks, such as bug fixes or implementing new features? Which have you the ...
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What are the most relevant books on software project estimation? [closed]

Is there a book out there that's the de-facto standard for describing best practices and other helpful information about software project estimation? What about that book makes it special?
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What is a good intro to cloud-computing architecture? [closed]

Awhile ago I tried reading about Google App Engine, from its site and from the Wikipedia article. What I realized was that not only did I not understand what it did, I didn't even know what problem it ...
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How do I grok NHibernate's QueryOver API? [closed]

I've run into the limits of what NHibernate 3.0's LINQ provider is capable of and decided it's time to learn about one of the more powerful (or at least feature-complete) options: the QueryOver API. ...
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Books on custom iPhone interface development? [closed]

I have been looking around for a book on designing and developing custom interfaces for iOS but I don't seem to be able to find any books on this topic and I was wondering if anyone here knew of any ...
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Data Mining Books [closed]

I'm passionate about data mining, I have read some books like Programming Collective Intelligence, and I would like to know more good books, specially practical ones, about data mining in conjunction ...
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Is there a canonical source for learning C# and .NET internals? [closed]

I have been a C++ programmer for last several years with a bit of C# here and there. In my latest job, I work heavily on C#. I picked most of my C# by following the code-base or random google searches ...
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Is there a canonical book on x86 assembly? [closed]

There are lots of books on assembly. However, they usually deal with ISAs about which I don't care, such as MIPS or ARM. I don't deal with these architectures; there's no reason for me to try to learn ...
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Is there a canonical book on distributing computing in Java? [closed]

I have spent the last 2-1/2 years building a distributed application. We started testing it a couple months ago and we're moving it into production. Everything runs fairly well, but it could ...
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How can I improve my user interface and usability design skills? [closed]

I invested most my time and resources in programming, and now I think it's time I should invest some time in learning about user interface design, user experience, and usability. What are some good ...
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Which books or references cover design of domain specific languages?

There are a lot of books on domain specific languages (DSLs). Such books talk about compilers, interpreters, parsing, lexing, semantic analysis, and other various bits someone needs to implement a ...
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Reading Java book — I'm confused on this explanation of the difference between information and data?

From "Demystifying Java".. For many of us, the terms information and data are synonymous. However, information and data are distinctly different in programming. Data is the smallest amount of ...
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Is there a book for learning Javascript -> DOM -> jQuery? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The importance of javascript and the best way to learn it? I would like to learn Javascript, the DOM model and jQuery. I've found many recommendations for books for ...
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Learn to Program by Chris Pine book question [closed]

I don't know where to post this, so sorry if this is the wrong place. I bought the book Learn to Program by Chris Pine on my iPad, I will be travelling for about two days so want to read this book ...
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html/css/js best practices [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What should a developer know before building a public web site? Are there any books or resources on html/css/js and web design best practices? There are plenty books ...
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Is there a canonical book on Monodroid?

So far I have been living of standard Android books and mainly blogs for Monodroid, but I'm trying to find a definitive resource about the topic and not having any luck. Is there a book out there ...
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Prerequisite math skill for Introduction to Algorithms (CLRS) book

I already have knowledge about basic algorithms. Now I plan to study more advance algorithms and I decide to go with Introduction to Algorithms. I'm not sure, do I need to refresh my math's skill ...
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Is it beneficial to read old Java programming books? [closed]

Many of my Java books are 5 - 10 years old. Does it still help to read them, or should I use something within 2 years.
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What are some good Software Engineering books for people who didn't formally study Computer Science or Software Engineering? [closed]

I'm a graduate in the electronic & telecommunication field, but working in a software company. I want to continue in this field and going for Masters in it. Can you recommend me some of the best ...
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Accessible book on functional programming [closed]

I'm looking for a book that explains functional programming in an accessible manner. Also I would prefer one that isn't too dull, and doesn't use an esoteric language. Ideally it will use examples ...
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Where are all the functional programming design patterns?

OO programming literature is full of design patterns. Most books on object oriented programming dedicate a chapter or two to design patterns like factories and decorators. So what are the equivalent ...
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Books to learn to develop Rails Plugins [closed]

I am using Ruby on Rails 3.0.7 and I would like to learn to write "advanced" plugins for the current versione of the framework. In order to do that I would like to buy some books but what I have seen ...
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Is there a canonical book on parallel programming with focus on C++ ? [closed]

I am looking for a good book about parallel programming with focus on C++. Something suitable for a person reasonably good in C++ programming, but with no experience in concurrent software ...
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Should I buy Clean Code after reading The Clean Coder? [closed]

I"m currently reading The Clean Coder by Robert C. Martin. It's a great book and I'm learning a lot from it. My objective is to become a "professional" programmer so I'm trying to learn the most I ...
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project management for rookie

I'm new at the field of computer programming and I chose to learn it at the University, but I have some problems with project management, usually before I write any code I start to plan it on the ...
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What do you believe is a better of method of learning languages: using books or jumping straight into a project? [closed]

Do you find that it is better to learn through reading books or to just jump straight into a project and pick up what you need to know using the web, or some combination of both?
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How to stay focused on learning a language with so many other possibilites? [on hold]

What do you do to stay focused when learning a new language with so many other interesting languages out there?
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Is there a canonical resource on bouncycastle?

It doesn't matter if it is Java or .NET. Is there a resource out there that's the de-facto standard for describing best practices and other helpful information on bouncycastle? What about that ...