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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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Is there a canonical book for learning Java as an experienced developer? [closed]

I have been a .NET developer now for about the past 5/6 years give or take. I have never done any professional Java development and the last time I really touched it was probably back in college. I ...
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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 there a canonical book on mathematics for programmers? [closed]

I'm a self-taught programmer. I am honestly not good in math. What advice you can give to improve my Mathematical skills so that I will not be so insecure around my fellow programmers? What are the ...
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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 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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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 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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How Do I Determine the Value of a Technical book?

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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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 having graded collection of programming problems

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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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 “PHP and MySQL Web Development, 4th ed.” an outdated book to learn from?

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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Why do people use programming books? [closed]

I find that when someone asks what is the best way to learn how to program, people usually provide them with references to a bunch texts written by various authors. However I don't believe many ...
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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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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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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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How can a self-taught programmer learn more about Computer Science? [closed]

I'm a self taught iOS (iPhone/iPad) programmer but didn't study CS in school. Are there any books or site I can study that will teach more about CS, in general. For example some common practices and ...
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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 ...
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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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Is there a canonical source for learning C# and .NET internals?

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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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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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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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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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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What are the key points of Working Effectively with Legacy Code?

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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Are there any A.I. resources that explain the concepts and present source code?

Are there any A.I. resources that explain the concepts and present source code, similarly to AI Horizon? I've read books and research papers but they generally present a conceptual approach, without ...
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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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Approaching Java/JVM internals

I've programmed in Java for about 8 years and I know the language quite well as a developer, but my goal is to deepen my knowledge of the internals. I've taken undergraduate courses in PL design, but ...
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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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Learning Asynchronous programming

Asynchronous non-blocking event driven programming seems to be all the rage. I have a basic conceptual understanding of what this all means. However what I'm not sure is when and where my code can ...
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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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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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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 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 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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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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what is best book to learn optimized programming in java [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a canonical book for learning Java as an experienced developer? Let me elaborate a little: I used to be a C/C++ programmer where I used data structure ...
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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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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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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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Books about learning programming with C++ as a first language [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Recommended books on C++ Is there a canonical book on learning programming with C++ as a first language? I have toyed with Java and Python but when my laptop broke I ...
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Book on Information Technology Concepts for Developer [closed]

Is there a good book and/or series of articles that explains IT concepts such as networking, windows domain, security (SSL certs), cryptography, IT infrastructure, etc? I'm a mid level developer who ...
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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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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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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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Learning event driven programming

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 the most relevant books on software task estimation for individuals?

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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Implications of crediting a book source in a code file available under an open license

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 ...