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Best Java book you have read so far [closed]

Which Java book do you think is the must-have one for all Java developers? Keep in mind: One book per answer Check for duplicates before adding new answers
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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 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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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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Audiobooks for programmers? [closed]

I'm a programmer with a two-hour round trip commute to work each day. I'd like to fill some of that time with audiobooks about software development. Any audiobooks that would help me become a better ...
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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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Where are all the functional programming design patterns? [closed]

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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Is there an expiration date for well regarded, but old books on programming? [closed]

After reading a question about books every programmer should read, I wonder if the following should be considered obsolete: Code complete: 1st edition in 1993; 2nd edition in May, 2004 Introduction ...
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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 Agile?

As a solo developer, I think I'm using an Agile-like process, but I'd like to compare what I'm doing to real Agile and see if I can improve my own process. Is there a book out there that's the de-...
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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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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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What's the worst programming book you've ever read? [closed]

What's the worst programming-related or technical book you've ever read? This can be any book which one way or another can be connected to programming, as long as it's not fiction.
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What are some things you have read that inspired and guided you as a programmer? [closed]

For example, being a beginner, I find a lot of inspiration and direction from reading this post by Bryan Woods.
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Best books on the theory and practice of software architecture? [closed]

I have a couple of developers at my company who wish to move from programming into architecture. What are the best books out there on the theory and practice of software architecture? Include a cover ...
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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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Putting books read in resume

Is it a good idea if I put the books I read on my resume, or at least those related to software development?
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How do you maximise the knowledge that you gain from a programming book? [closed]

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 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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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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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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Are programmers who read programming-related books still rare? [closed]

Both in Code Complete by Steve McConnell and The Pragmatic Programmer by Andrew Hunt & David Thomas, they allege that most programmers don't read programming-related books as a habit, or at least ...
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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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What's the difference in content between Chris Okasaki's 1996 thesis and 1999 book, Purely Functional Data Structures? [closed]

I want to read Purely Functional Data Structures. I've easily found the thesis (which is freely available as a PDF), but see that there's a book available also. So I'd like to know what the ...
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Language agnostic programming books [closed]

Are there any great programming or software development books that are language agnostic? Why should I read it?
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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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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 modern alternatives to Numerical Recipes exist? [closed]

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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Career guidance books for programmers [closed]

I am currently reading the recently published Being Geek by Michael "Rands" Lopp and I can't get enough of it. Is there any other career guidance books aimed directly or indirectly at programmers ...
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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 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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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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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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What is the correct order to read these books? [closed]

I'm a junior C# developer, I learned at home and now I got my first job :) I want to buy these books. But what is the correct order to read these books? Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of ...
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Books and stories on programming culture, specifically in the 80's / early 90's [closed]

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 are:...
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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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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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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 isn't ...
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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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Learning Asynchronous programming [closed]

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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What are the best resources for learning TDD? [closed]

I want to learn (and master) TDD. What are the best: books websites videos list of exercises personal words of wisdom for learning, appreciating, and using TDD?
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Approaching Java/JVM internals [closed]

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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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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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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Best books on Managing a Software Development Team? [closed]

The canonical books on software development is fairly well established. However, after reading through a dreadful book full of bad advice on managing programming teams this weekend I am looking for ...
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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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Is there a canonical book on Scala? [closed]

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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Best resources for learning Play! Framework [closed]

Awhile back I discussed the possibility of moving to a startup that is going to be using Java, more specifically the Play! Framework; well, I'm going to go for it! I have been a .NET guy for a long ...
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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 ...