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I need a good challenging book to read

Posted 09 September 2009 - 11:46 AM

I would like a new programming book that will teach me some good stuff.

I don't want any language specific book.

Maybe one on algorithms, or using reusable code, or possibly organzing your code or making enterprise applications.

If anyone has a good book recommendation while I wait to get out of this ol' hospital please let me know.

thanks,
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Re: I need a good challenging book to read

Posted 09 September 2009 - 11:49 AM

My recommendations would be Code Complete 2 and The Art of Computer Programming.

That would be definitely a nice and useful read. Just so you know, you need some calculus-level math knowledge before you start reading The Art of Computer Programming. Many of the algorithms presented in that set of books are explained using math samples.
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Re: I need a good challenging book to read

Posted 09 September 2009 - 11:59 AM

View PostCore, on 9 Sep, 2009 - 10:49 AM, said:

My recommendations would be Code Complete 2 and The Art of Computer Programming.

That would be definitely a nice and useful read. Just so you know, you need some calculus-level math knowledge before you start reading The Art of Computer Programming. Many of the algorithms presented in that set of books are explained using math samples.


EDIT: This has many volumes. Is one volume over the other any different, and offers more than the other? Can you read any volume without reading the previous volume?

Also, I have looked at the following The Pragmatic Programmer

Can anyone tell me if it's worth my time and money to invest in this book?

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Re: I need a good challenging book to read

Posted 09 September 2009 - 12:08 PM

I was going to recommend the following:

Atlas Shrugged
War and Peace
Ulysses


But then you said programming books.
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Re: I need a good challenging book to read

Posted 09 September 2009 - 12:09 PM

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Is one volume over the other any different, and offers more than the other? Can you read any volume without reading the previous volume?


Each volume describes a separate topic. And yes, you can start from any volume.
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Re: I need a good challenging book to read

Posted 09 September 2009 - 12:51 PM

Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs
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Re: I need a good challenging book to read

Posted 09 September 2009 - 01:05 PM

Introduction to Algorithms
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Re: I need a good challenging book to read

Posted 16 September 2009 - 11:43 AM

The C++ Programming Language by Stroustrup, I liked the book for it's material but like many great minds he can't write worth a damn, eg. Einstein.

Oh sorry you said no lang specific books... he does go in depth on some nice algorithms though.

The Art of Computer Programming by Knuth. was good if you like a lot of math...it is pretty tricky though.

Write Great Code by Randall Hyde - Usually I don't like his stuff but this one was good since it helped with some optimization problems I had. I think the ebook might be free

Write Portable Code by Brian Hook - another one that I think may be free as an ebook...haven't had a chance to read it though but skimmed through some of it and looked promising

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