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Re: What are you reading and what is on your book stack to read?

Posted 29 May 2015 - 02:57 PM

Wandered through Moe's Books the other day, found the first two Thieves' World books, so I picked them up. Great stuff, worth going back to.
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Posted 08 June 2015 - 09:17 AM

Have any of you read the following books? If so what are your thoughts on them, are they worth purchasing?


Head First Design Patterns


Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software
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Posted 08 June 2015 - 09:29 AM

I know people with both, and they lend to different styles of reading. If it were me I would go with the latter.
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Posted 08 June 2015 - 09:39 AM

The Gang of Four book is pretty definitive, but terribly written. All of the examples are in C++ and SmallTalk. It's the single basic reference - it's the one that should stay on your desk. You can get what you need out of it, but it takes a bit of work.
The Head First book is more of a tutorial approach. Totally patronizing and full of attempted clever. Kind of like reading a bad sitcom about design patterns. Not a reference work by any means. Java is the language of instruction for this one.

If you want a book that'll help you understand what patterns are about, look for "Refactoring to Patterns", by Kerievsky. The approach here is to illustrate common design failings, and to demonstrate the refactorings that repair them. You may still want the GoF book on hand for reference, but frankly wikipedia is probably better than GoF. (Kerievsky also uses Java for his book)
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Posted 08 June 2015 - 10:38 AM

I will look up the Refactoring to Patterns book. Language isn't really a concern to me because languages are generally similar in their logic it's juts the syntax that is different. I was just looking for a book that could explain the basics of different programming patterns to help change the way that I think about designing an application. Currently most of my programs are implementing a kind of Multi-tier inheritance pattern, which could be overkill/underkill for some of them, but it works so that's what I did.
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Posted 08 June 2015 - 12:43 PM

I've been working through GoF. It's ok. I mostly agree with Jon's assessment. It doesn't approach things in a way that will make anything stick.
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Posted 09 June 2015 - 08:44 PM

I'm unsure if anyone cares much about this thread at this point ... it seems to be roughly 2 years since the previous post. Anyhow.

I'm on chapter 2 of a book called Science & Sanity. It's freely available for download ... an oldie but a goody (at least it is as far as I've made it to). It's not what I would call a 'fun' read. A better description might be an 'important' read, maybe. It was recommended to me as 'one of the 10 best books of all time' by someone I trust, so I will have to give a full report at some point, I am sure :)/>

The above book is actually quite a slow and long read, so I haven't lined up anything behind it for sure yet, though I will quite possibly read the last of the Wheel of Time series - A Memory of Light.

Nice to meet you all!
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Posted 09 June 2015 - 09:04 PM

View Postrandom.interface(), on 10 June 2015 - 04:44 AM, said:

I'm unsure if anyone cares much about this thread at this point ... it seems to be roughly 2 years since the previous post. Anyhow.

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The above book is actually quite a slow and long read, so I haven't lined up anything behind it for sure yet, though I will quite possibly read the last of the Wheel of Time series - A Memory of Light.

Nice to meet you all!
Haven't read Science and Sanity, or heard of it, but cheers on AMOL, I hope you enjoy it!

Anyway, welcome!

Anyway, welcome!
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Posted 10 June 2015 - 04:52 AM

I just finished reading MongoDB Basics.
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Posted 10 June 2015 - 05:34 AM

View Postjon.kiparsky, on 08 June 2015 - 05:39 PM, said:

The Gang of Four book is pretty definitive, but terribly written. All of the examples are in C++ and SmallTalk. It's the single basic reference - it's the one that should stay on your desk. You can get what you need out of it, but it takes a bit of work.
The Head First book is more of a tutorial approach. Totally patronizing and full of attempted clever. Kind of like reading a bad sitcom about design patterns. Not a reference work by any means. Java is the language of instruction for this one.

If you want a book that'll help you understand what patterns are about, look for "Refactoring to Patterns", by Kerievsky. The approach here is to illustrate common design failings, and to demonstrate the refactorings that repair them. You may still want the GoF book on hand for reference, but frankly wikipedia is probably better than GoF. (Kerievsky also uses Java for his book)

Just saw this. Missed it before.

I loved the GOF book, but I rarely dig it out any more. The internet is a much better research tool imo, and just googling "singleton design pattern" comes up with the wikipedia article. I imagine that'll work for any pattern.
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Posted 23 June 2015 - 12:30 PM

About 3/4 through the Vance "Dying Earth" multi-book tomb. Poor Cugel the Clever. Just tortured.. twice! .. across those books.
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Posted 24 June 2015 - 02:18 AM

The Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett
A series of four books, but it is said there will be more
1. The Painted Man (or "The Warded Man")
2. The Desert Spear
3. The Daylight War
4. The Skull Throne

A series about demons, set in medieval times.
Great books if you are a fan of fantasy/LOTR-style books.
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Posted Yesterday, 11:19 AM

Validated Designs for Object-oriented Systems
Ringworld by Larry Niven

Next:
Proof in VDM - A Practitioner's Guide
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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