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I'm a CS student, and honestly, I don't understand Knuth's books [closed]

I stumbled upon this quote from Bill Gates: "You should definitely send me a resume if you can read the whole thing." He was talking about The Art of Programming books. So I was pretty curious and ...
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What training book should I choose after Microsoft's Application Development Foundation (70-536)? [closed]

I've just finished 70-536 ("Microsoft .NET Framework - Application Development Foundation") Microsoft training book from Microsoft Press. I found it quite good. I have also done the 70-528 ("Microsoft ...
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Any recommendations on a good Objected-Oriented book [closed]

I'm looking to really grasp OO once and for all. Any recommendations on a good Objected-Oriented book? I program in .Net, so if it's .Net oriented all the better. Regards,
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Will they release a Wrox Box 4?

does anyone know if there will be a Wrox Box 4? I would love to get something like that, but the latest collection of Wrox books seems to be the release for 3.5. I really need to get up to date with ...
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How to organize a programming course?

I've been given the task to train our manual testers to become developers in test (write test automation!). Some have basic programming knowledge (either dabbling in PHP or reading stuff) and some ...
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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

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Petzold book "Programming Windows, 5th Edition" from 1998 still contain relevant information, or is most of it obsolete/outdated?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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What benefits do I get from learning Scheme?

I'm a java programmer and I've decided to learn a bit about theoretical computer science. I don't have a degree in that and a little background would help me a lot since I don't know anything other ...
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Books on improving JEE web application performance and responsiveness

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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How to Get Myself Up to Speed in Building a Java Web App

I'm a new developer at a fairly large company and I'm working on a Java Web Application with a senior developer there. The Web App is built on top of an IBM stack (RAD, DB2, WebSphere) and basically ...
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Am I wrong to disagree with A Gentle Introduction to symfony's template best practices?

I am currently learning symfony and going through the book A Gentle Introduction to symfony and came across this section in "Chapter 4: The Basics of Page Creation" on creating templates (or views): ...
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How do you choose a programming/data structure/algorithm book?

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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How are head first books? [closed]

I have never read any of them but I find their style interesting and unique. I am not sure if they are worth giving money/time?
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What is meant by XML/XSLT/XPath and asynchoronous programming?

I understand that (1) XML/XSLT/XPath and (2) asynchoronous programming may not be related to one another. My questions are: When a C# developer job is advertised saying: "the following skill is ...
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What's the best way to run a technical book club? [on hold]

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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Learning to Program in Assembly - Useful Resources [closed]

Following on from a previous thread, it has got me interested in learning a little about Assembly programming. Not so much for wanting to program useful apps in, just to get a feel for low level ...
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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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Is this book a reliable source for beginning Java EE? [closed]

Core Servlets and Javaserver Pages: Core Technologies, Vol. 1 (2nd Edition) Can I rely on this book to learn Servlets and JSP,or is there a better book out there I should be reading instead?
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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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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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Overview of computer science, programming [closed]

Where I can find overview of computer science, programming etc.? I graduated in physics and want to begin programming or similar and I'm not even sure of what's out there or where to begin. What I'm ...
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Book recommendations for a high school drop out [closed]

If one of your friend dropped of high-school and wanted to sharpen his programming & software engineering skills which book would you advise him to read & study to make up for the knowledge he ...
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XQuery & XML databases

I decided to learn XML from a professional book instead of reading tutorials online, after some research i decided to read "Beginning XML, 4th Ed" book and it was very interesting book and i recommend ...
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Entity Framework book 1st Edition

I recently purchased the O'Reilly book: Programming Entity Framework by Julia Lerman. Unfortunately it is the 1st edition. I didn't realize that there was a newer edition. Which in hind sight ...
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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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How do people read big technical books? [closed]

I see that most of the good programmers have the habit of reading big books for learning about technology. What does it really take to read technical books, apart from the real interest on the ...
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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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Is there a canonical book on dynamic programming?

At the moment in college I'm studying dynamic programming and I'm really interested in it. I want to go deeper and fully understand the topic so I can write good dynamic code. Is there a book out ...
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Product agnostic book on Message Queues? [closed]

Are there any recommendations for book(s) that are largely agnostic (with examples of MQ implementations is fine) on vendor but go to great details on the architecture, management, nomenclature, ...
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Is “Analysis Patterns: Reusable Object Models” Still A Good Book To Use For Its Subject Matter Today?

Is "Analysis Patterns: Reusable Object Models" by Martin Fowler (published 1996) still a good book to use for the content it covers? Are there other good books that cover the same content? Are there ...
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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

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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Is the GoF book still the one to read? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a canonical book on design patterns? I'd like to read a design patterns book. GoF for sure is the one to read. But after 15 years is it still valid, I mean ...
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How do you maximise the knowledge that you gain from a programming book?

Not because I care how long it takes someone to read a book, but more because I'm interested in how people get the knowledge from a book (or I guess other sources) into their brains in the best, most ...
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What Tool Do You Use For Reading Technical Ebooks? [closed]

I consider an e-reader a software development tool and would like to hear some opinions on reading technical e-books. Questions that I have are things like: What are the usability issues you have ...
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Software development books are useful, but when to find the time to read them? [closed]

I have 5 books in my "read-wish-list". When do I read them? I mean I could force myself to use 1 hour during working hours, but this will last for 2 days then someone will ask me to do more "high ...
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“Gödel, Escher, Bach” still valid today? [closed]

I have just completed a course on computability and logic which was an interesting course. The lecturer recommend a few books on his slides, which include "Gödel, Escher, Bach". I can see the book is ...
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Would I gain enough by reading these books or would you recommend some other? [closed]

I've been on this job for mere 5 years now. I feel like I've learned a lot in that time, and I continue to challenge myself whenever I can, even though my job doesn't allow that very often. Still, I ...
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Is there a canonical book on Scala?

I'm interested in learning Scala, but due to is relative newness, I can't seem to find a whole lot of books about it. Is there a book out there that's the de-facto standard for describing best ...
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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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Which operating system book do you recommend? [closed]

I want to read a good book about operating systems. More specifically, I want to read about how common problems - such as managing virtual memory, handling traps, doing context switches, managing ...
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Books and stories on programming culture, specifically in the 80's / early 90's

I've enjoyed a number of (fiction/non-fiction books) about hacker culture and running a software business in the 80's, 90's. For some reason things seemed so much more exciting back then. Examples ...
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Is there a canonical book on F#? [closed]

I'm planning to learn F#. I'm not a very beginner since I know Standard ML, C# and Erlang. Is there a book out there that's the de-facto standard for describing best practices, design methodologies, ...
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What are the key points of Code Complete?

I have heard a lot of people mention Code Complete as a book worthwhile reading. Unfortunately, I am so busy that I don't have time to read it, so can anyone tell me what the key points of the book ...
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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 tutorial or book on functional programming concepts? [closed]

Coming from a procedural/OO programming background, I tend to write Scheme programs in a procedural fashion. I would be intersted in learning Scheme or Lisp in a functional way from the ground up, to ...