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A "Programming" programming book?

Posted 22 October 2012 - 03:50 PM

Hi,

I'm looking for a book that would teach me common programming principles and practices that applies to all languages rather than focus on peculiarities of one specific language. I know of some advanced books, such as Code Complete, but these are too advanced for me.

Is there a beginners book that focuses more on teaching programming rather than a particular language? I understand you can't really write such a book without selecting one language the example tool and using it throughout, and that's fine, but I find it that the beginner books that purport to teach a language focus too much on the nuances on that language rather than on principles and good practices common to all. I know there are some advanced books like Code Complete and Programming Pearls, but those are too advanced for me as a beginner.

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Re: A "Programming" programming book?

Posted 22 October 2012 - 03:56 PM

Some of the three best are...

1) Code Complete 2
2) Clean Code
3) The Pragmatic Programmer: Journeyman to Master

I personally think everyone should have a copy of Code Complete 2. It is a must have.

Enjoy!
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Re: A "Programming" programming book?

Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:31 AM

http://www.amazon.co...e/dp/0735611319

^ A work of art. Will teach you programming from the ground up and remain programming language agnostic. If that book doesn't teach you something new about programming then you're set.

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Re: A "Programming" programming book?

Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:40 AM

http://cisnet.baruch...es/programming/

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Re: A "Programming" programming book?

Posted 23 October 2012 - 09:31 AM

View PostMartyr2, on 22 October 2012 - 03:56 PM, said:

Some of the three best are...

1) Code Complete 2
2) Clean Code
3) The Pragmatic Programmer: Journeyman to Master

I personally think everyone should have a copy of Code Complete 2. It is a must have.

Enjoy!


I already have a copy of Code Complete 2. Figured this will be a very important book to have once I'm a bit more learned. The others listed look to be similar, so I'll keep them wishlisted for the future, thanks!


View Poststackoverflow, on 23 October 2012 - 12:31 AM, said:

http://www.amazon.co...e/dp/0735611319

^ A work of art. Will teach you programming from the ground up and remain programming language agnostic. If that book doesn't teach you something new about programming then you're set.


Will give this a try, thanks! Are you the author of the coding horro blog? I chanced upon it last week and my gosh, what a treasure trove of useful software design tips that I'm sure one would never find in any book. I'm having trouble trying to absorb it all! Thank you!

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This looks exactly what I think I'm looking for, although most of this is already familiar to me. Thanks a lot!
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Re: A "Programming" programming book?

Posted 23 October 2012 - 09:53 AM

View PostMartyr2, on 22 October 2012 - 03:56 PM, said:

Some of the three best are...

1) Code Complete 2
2) Clean Code
3) The Pragmatic Programmer: Journeyman to Master

I personally think everyone should have a copy of Code Complete 2. It is a must have.

Enjoy!


Code Complete 2 is the supportive book we are using in my C++ course that starts tonight.
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Re: A "Programming" programming book?

Posted 23 October 2012 - 04:31 PM

If you're interested in learning a new language heralded for its enlightenment potential, look into Scheme with 'The Little Schemer'
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Re: A "Programming" programming book?

Posted 24 October 2012 - 07:53 AM

This discusses Design Patterns, and I think is invaluable. I read this for a paper in school and am glad I did, well worth it. It gave me an understanding of concepts that other books had glossed over.

http://www.amazon.co...d/dp/0201633612

This actually came up in an interview recently, as well. I wound up accepting a different offer, but it's interesting to note.

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Re: A "Programming" programming book?

Posted 24 October 2012 - 09:16 AM

View PostKBoogle, on 23 October 2012 - 04:31 PM, said:

View Poststackoverflow, on 23 October 2012 - 12:31 AM, said:

http://www.amazon.co...e/dp/0735611319

^ A work of art. Will teach you programming from the ground up and remain programming language agnostic. If that book doesn't teach you something new about programming then you're set.


Will give this a try, thanks! Are you the author of the coding horror blog? I chanced upon it last week and my gosh, what a treasure trove of useful software design tips that I'm sure one would never find in any book. I'm having trouble trying to absorb it all! Thank you!


No, I am not Jeff Atwood. :)
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Re: A "Programming" programming book?

Posted 24 October 2012 - 09:18 AM

+1 for The Pragmatic Programmer, it is a great book that teaches the methods to go about programming, how to fix problems, etc, instead of just how to write code.
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Re: A "Programming" programming book?

Posted 10 November 2012 - 03:37 AM

I've read The Pragmatic Programmer a couple of times and it's straightened a few things out for me and given me a lot of perspective. My next purchase is Design Patterns, and Code Complete looks decent too.
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