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How Do I Determine the Value of a Technical book? [closed]

I'm interested in finding more books like The Pragmatic Programmer. Rather than the run of the mill, technology-specific books that are out of date by the time they go to press. Can you provide advice ...
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How to gain experience? [closed]

This is a problem that I think many people will find very common and some guidance from the expert users around here will be appreciated. Background Basically I'm a junior web developer in a team of ...
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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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How do you manage your reading list? [closed]

How do you manage your reading list? Like me, you probably have 12 technical books on the go at once, and that's not including the non-technical books :) Any tips? Regard TDG
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JavaScript for a non-programmer [closed]

2 years ago I starded learning AS3 in order to get hired at a web design company. A few months later, I ditched it, because I discovered that I'm better at design; so now I'm a web designer. ...
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Good introduction to artificial intelligence? [closed]

I have been told that as part of my degree year I will be learning about Artificial Intelligence. My lecturers have recommended a couple of books: Artificial Intelligence: A Systems Approach ...
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Is there a canonical resource on ERP? [closed]

For a while I've been wanting to learn ERP. What I would like to do is set up a system, and then practice running a business doing things like generating invoices, raising purchase orders, producing ...
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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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About the book “Peopleware - Productive Projects and Teams” [closed]

I've read Peopleware in 2009. It was one of the best book I ever read. But this book is a little old. I'd like to know, in your opinion, what is and what is not relevant in this book?
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Is there a canonical book on requirements gathering? [closed]

Is there a book out there that's the de-facto standard for describing best practices, methodologies, and other helpful information on gathering requirements for software and database projects? What ...
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How do you choose a programming/data structure/algorithm book? [closed]

I really should not be mentioning the name of the book, but the first time I read it (during my under-grad days) I almost concluded that data structure was a bad course to pick. Which brings me to ...
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Which books or references cover design of domain specific languages? [closed]

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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Where can I learn about hardware/software co-design? [closed]

I'm involved in an embedded software project where we also need to specify the target hardware. I come from a mostly software-only background, and would like to learn more about the simultaneous ...
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Is there a canonical book on creating highly interactive websites (eg. “Flash” like) with HTML5/CSS3/JS/jQuery? [closed]

I know some of the basics of these technologies already, but it is mostly limited to more static sites. Using things like HTMl5 semantic elements, CSS3 gradients, shadows, @font-face etc. Is there a ...
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Advanced JavaScript design patterns [closed]

I'm looking for books, online resources or suggestions about how to structure big projects or build a framework in JavaScript. I'm not looking for books explaining how inheritance or closures work. ...
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Authoritative sources for exception handling best practices [closed]

My work place suffers from a bad case of the Pokemon Exception Handling anti-pattern with constructs like the following splattered across the code base: try { ... } catch (Exception ex) { // ...
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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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How to get familiar with “what happens underneath of Java”? [closed]

I did not study CS nor IT. I just became a developer, now working with Java. Actually, since I now work with a big company writing high-scalable web applications, I think I need to be better with ...
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Is there a single book that covers the breadth of computer science fundamentals? [closed]

When I did my undergraduate studies in elecrical engineering, there was this book called "Basic Electricity" by Van Valkenburgh. If you read that book cover to cover, your fundamentals in electrical ...
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Learning event driven programming [closed]

I want to learn more about event driven programming. Especially where and why I would consider using events. What resources/books should I consider reading to this end? (note: I'm indifferent to ...
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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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Implications of crediting a book source in a code file available under an open license [closed]

I'm writing some OS software just for funsies, and it's licensed using MS-PL (ie, do pretty much anything you want with it). It's a project from which I'm using many different sources (lots of ...
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research papers vs books [closed]

For studying advanced topics, what's the better and nearer to complete approach? Can books cover what's in research papers, journals or those ACM transactions, or Springer's LNCS? Or reading research ...
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How does one write a book on a new framework? [closed]

How are authors able to write a book on a framework that is just released? A framework like spring is updated, and a book is released in the next day. Is this typically by people who are direct ...
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Fiction that includes BASIC programs [closed]

Back in what must've been the mid-80s, when every microcomputer included BASIC and Choose Your Own Adventure Books were really popular, there were some novels that had BASIC programs listed in the ...
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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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Books on improving JEE web application performance and responsiveness [closed]

Does anyone know of any good books on this topic? I did search on amazon but ones that I found are pretty old publications.
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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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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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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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Java language book for an experienced programmer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a canonical book for learning Java as an experienced developer? I am looking for book to get up to speed with (start with) a Java language. I am experienced ...
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How to stay focused on learning a language with so many other possibilites? [closed]

What do you do to stay focused when learning a new language with so many other interesting languages out there?
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Are programming books in other languages useful for Python? [closed]

I'm a self-taught intermediate Python programmer; I frequently come across popular books on software development and programming written in other languages (often Java). Typical examples: ...
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What's the best way to learn the MS Business Intelligence stack? [closed]

What's the best/easiest way to get into the MS BI stack on my own (preferably with a [kindle] book)? Specifically, I'd like to learn more about SSIS, SSRS, and SSAS in that order. I've tried looking ...
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What are some good books to use to learn ADA? [closed]

I was recently encouraged by a potential employer to go out and buy a book and begin learning ADA. I generally find that starting out with a good book, then supplementing that learning with continued ...
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Anyone know of any resources for someone who wants to learn WPF and F# [closed]

It's easy to find resources for learning WPF, similarly it's pretty easy to find resources for F#. But I feel that I could save some time if I could learn them both at the same time. So can anyone ...
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C Language - K&R 1st vs 2nd Edition? [closed]

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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It's ok to study the C++ from a book that only support the 1998 version of standard? [closed]

I have this big book that basically covers all the main aspects of the C++, the problem is that is pretty old according to the C++ standards of today, it's ok to use it?
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Is there a canonical book on Ruby on Rails? [closed]

I'm an experienced developer with .NET, and understand core computing concepts well (OOP, design patterns, etc) but would like to also learn rails. Is there a book out there that's the de-facto ...
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“Agile Principles, Patterns, and Practices in C#”: Is this just a .NET-translation of the popular Uncle Bob book? [closed]

I found this book sold on Amazon Agile Principles, Patterns, and Practices in C#, written by Robert C Martin and Micah Martin. Is it merely a .NET port of the older, more popular Agile Software ...
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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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What is a software prototype? [closed]

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 are the differences between Special Edition and the Third Edition of Stroustrup's The C++ Programming Language? [closed]

I'm buying a few C++ books after moving from Java. I obviously want to read the reference manual from the man himself, though I cannot tell the difference between these two editions. The special ...
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How to properly learn ASP.NET MVC [closed]

I have a question to ask and maybe some of you will think it's lame, but I hope someone will get me on the right track. So I've been programming for quite some time now. I started programming when I ...
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Mary Poppendieck's Books on Lean Software Development: Which One Can You Recommend? [closed]

Has anyone read all three of Mary Poppendieck's books on Lean Software Development? She and her husband Tom wrote: in 2003: Lean Software Development in 2006: Implementing Lean Software Development ...
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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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Are the “practical” chapters at the end of the Siebel's PCL book supposed to be skipped during the first pass? [closed]

Just completed the first pass through Peter Siebel's Practical Common Lisp. I'm fairly comfortable with C#, Ruby, Java; The chapters that teach Lisp and the early 'practical' chapters were easy on my ...
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Is there a canonical book on Android Development? [closed]

I am getting into Android Development and want a book to help fill in some of the gaps. Is there a book out there that's the de-facto standard for describing best practices, design methodologies, ...
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Are 'The Pragmatic Programmer' and 'The Mythical Man Month' good books for people with limited practical experience programming [closed]

I was once told to read the books titled 'The Pragmatic Programmer' and 'The Mythical Man Month'. I have very little experience programming (basic HTML, CSS and JS). If I were to purchase these ...
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Is SICP still relevant? [closed]

Today, I came across this book entitled:The Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs I read the Table Of Contents and it really interests, me. It seems to be exactly what I've been looking ...