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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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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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SQL problems and answers book for a functioning SQL programmer [closed]

It was pointed out to me yesterday that I need to get a book on SQL and learn about it properly. That is probably a fair assessment; I'm a functioning SQL programmer who can in general extract from ...
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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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I've learned so much about OO programming I have no idea how to write procedural code. What's a good way to learn? [closed]

When I learned to program, I learned Object Oriented Programming very early on. For a while, I blundered around with my beautiful hammer, trying to use it for everything, partially because I had no ...
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What are some really tough programming books? [closed]

I was wondering what are some really tough books on programming that would make me think. I'm talking about low level languages such as c etc and algorithms, points, functions etc. Thanks ALot.
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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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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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How to get started in coding for JBoss [closed]

I have an idea on how to revamp our internal application, after having accessed the needs of the users, addressing thier current issues, and the like. But I am not a coder. My last application I ...
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Wondering if my computer books from 2002/2003 are still useful? [closed]

I found two books in my basement today and it was about Javascript and PHP/MySQL. Are they still useful? I hope it's still useful, since I don't want to buy a new one... 1.JavaScript - Comprehensive, ...
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Do you do the exercises when reading a book? [closed]

How many of you actually work out the exercises when learning from a book (any programming related book), I'm currently working my way through a C++ book and find that some of the exercises I feel I ...
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Should I read “Head First Design Patterns” as my first design pattern book? [closed]

I'm planning to read a book to gain some good knowledge of design patterns, why we use them, how to apply them and how to choose the best design for my software. So I have two books on my desk right ...
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Interview question ranking FizzBuzz (1), implementing malloc (10) [closed]

I'd like to have your opinion on the difficulty of the following interview question: Find the contiguous subarray with maximum sum in an array of integers in O(n) time. This trivial sounding problem ...
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Detailed C++ book for a programmer already familiar with C and object-oriented programming? [closed]

I know (to some extent) a few languages, including C, Java and Python. I'm also (somewhat) familiar with Scala and Scheme, plus I can read (but not write) x86 Assembly. Say I want to learn C++, what ...
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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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The Art of Computer Programming - To read or not to read? [closed]

There are lots of books about programming out there, and it seems Code Complete is pretty much at the top of most people's list of "must-read programming books", but what about The Art of Computer ...
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What's new in Expert F# 2.0? [closed]

I own the first edition of Expert F# by Don, et al. and I'm considering buying the next edition, Expert F# 2.0. But I'm wondering if it's worth it. Sure the syntax will be updated and all, but I'd be ...
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Best book, articles and literature on unit testing [closed]

In my battle to introduce unit testing in my workgroup, I find a lot of people that have little to none knowledge of the concept. Can you suggest: best articles or tutorials for quickly introducing ...
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Why do programming books have such wacky cover art? [closed]

All the O'reilly titles, and numerous other programming books usually have a typified icon for their covert art. Sometimes it's minstrels, or medieval figures, and sometimes its camels and strange ...
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Evolution of the Win32 API [closed]

Has the Windows 32 API changed much over time? Does the Charles Petzold book "Programming Windows, 5th Edition" from 1998 still contain relevant information, or is most of it obsolete/outdated? What ...
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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 non-programming books should a programmer read to help develop programming/thinking skills? [closed]

There are a lot of questions about what programming books should be on the programmer's bookshelf. How about non-programming related books that can help you become a better programmer or developer? It ...
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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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What's the best way to run a technical book club? [closed]

At work, we've been doing lunchtime book clubs for a while. So far we've done: Clean Code Working Effectively with Legacy Code The Pragmatic Programmer We read a chapter per week, and one person ...
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How to learn Agile as a Solo Developer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What good book shoud I buy to learn Agile from scratch? It seem that Agile for the solo developer is a good idea. But how to learn it? Is there any good book, web ...
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Beginning Design as a Programmer [duplicate]

I'm just starting to get in to web development. I'm learning Rails at the moment. I have lots of experience with various programming languages. I've been searching for books to help me get started; 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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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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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. Recently,...