What programming/IT/computer books are you currently reading?

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 03:25 AM

I'm reading PHP: Novice to Ninja (5th edition) by Kevin Yank. It's been very helpful in doing what it was intended to do, which was to teach you how to make a database driven website with MySQL & PHP. I already had the basics of both languages down, I just didn't know how to put it together. Now I'm finally using it to make my first small CMS.

I'm also reading Beginning CSS Web Development from Novice to Professional by some Brit (can't remember his name). CSS is another thing I've got the basics down for, I'm just not good at making anything pretty with it - hope this will help with that.

Edit: Pardon this, I had no idea how dead this thread was. Given the activity of the top threads of this forum I assumed any and all threads on this page would be at least.. somewhat recent.

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:13 PM

I'm reading the Effective C++ collection
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Posted 17 December 2012 - 09:50 AM

well i'm reading Beginning .NET 4 in C# - Need to get back to reading it more - been a while since I've stuck my head in the book and tutorials.
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Posted 17 December 2012 - 02:24 PM

I am going through Beginning Java Game Programming 2nd Edition. Its written really well and I am actually learning about graphics (which I always stunk at) and sprite animations using Java.
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Posted 17 December 2012 - 02:26 PM

At the moment, Programming in Scala.
Definitely recommend it for beginners.
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Posted 17 December 2012 - 02:38 PM

View PostDivideByZero, on 17 December 2012 - 04:26 PM, said:

At the moment, Programming in Scala.
Definitely recommend it for beginners.



Really? I thought it was pretty useless, myself. Too much blather, too much bragging about the language, not enough solid information. So far the only thing I've found that's helpful on Scala is the language spec itself.
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Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:47 PM

First:
Professional Android 4 Application Development (Wrox Professional Guides)

Next:
Introductory Statistics with R (Statistics and Computing)

Exploring Everyday Things with R and Ruby: Learning About Everyday Things

The Haskell Road to Logic, Maths and Programming

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I read a lot I suppose.

I wanted to learn Android Development more thoroughly so I'm reading the first book.

I was incredibly annoyed at the lack of relevant data that built in management systems provided on wireless antennas, so I wanted to do high level statistics without programming my own library. Stumbled on R, and started reading on that as well.

CS as my school never required discrete math or high level math, so I'm compensating as much as possible with math books such as the last one to repair that nasty handicap.
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Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:17 PM

The crypto kick continues. My copies of Practical Cryptography (Ferguson & Schneier) and Handbook of Applied Cryptography (Menezes, et al) arrived like a one-two punch yesterday and today, and Schneier's Applied Cryptography will arrive any day now. Practical looks like an excellent guidebook for the computer professional who wants an overview of the considerations but is not planning on knowing the subject in depth. It's also an excellent preparatory textbook, I wish I'd been able to read it over before taking the Stanford course. Handbook of Applied looks like it'll be a great reference in section 2 of the crypto course, and it has a pretty deep coverage of the number theory background (which is a particular weak spot of mine, unfortunately)

Combined with part 2 of the Boneh course, these should keep me busy through the Spring.
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Posted 22 December 2012 - 01:25 AM

IBM and the Holocaust by Edwin Black

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 12:53 PM

I'm reading three books because I cannot decide on which language I want to learn. >_<



C# seems the easiest to learn because Visual Studio is very easy IDE and the .exe file is quite easy to use. .java and .py is a bit trickery.
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Posted 23 December 2012 - 08:03 PM

I think I'm about to pick up "Javascript: The Good Parts." I can't avoid it for much longer.
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Posted 23 December 2012 - 08:13 PM

Here you go.

That's got the good bits. And the other bits too. :)
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Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:57 AM

I am currently re-reading "Sams Teach Yourself Java In 24 Hours" ha, this book brings me back to when I was an extreme noob.
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Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:39 PM

A+ Certification Mike Myers
Problem solving with C++ Savitch
Teach yourself C++
and i have a boatload of books that i take from my dad's collection.
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Posted 09 January 2013 - 01:17 PM

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A+ Certification Mike Myers


I've heard this is the best book for A+ certification. I need to get this at some point.

I'm currently reading JUnit in Action and so far it's pretty good. I feel like I'm learning a good bit from it. You'd be surprised at how easy it is to write bad tests. I could use some practice writing unit tests, since I rarely ever tests for my own code.

I'm really excited to learn about the ins and outs of integration testing and functional testing. I've written acceptance tests for a Rails system, so I have an idea of how they work, but I'm still trying to sort out how everything fits together. Testing is quite a bit of work in itself.
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