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Poll: Poll: Which to read next? (6 member(s) have cast votes)

Which should I read next?

  1. Programming Pears (Second Edition) by Jon Bentley (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  2. The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master by Andrew Hunt (1 votes [16.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.67%

  3. Cracking the Coding Interview: 150 Programming Questions and Solutions by Gayle Laakmann McDowel (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  4. Code Complete (2nd Edition) (Developer Best Practices) by Steve McConnell (5 votes [83.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 83.33%

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#1 Plotnus  Icon User is offline

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Poll: Which to read next?

Posted 07 May 2014 - 09:34 PM

I plan to read these books, but can't decide what to pick next. So I'll let the poll decide the reading order.

Background: I'm a student whose taken 6 computer science classes.

Mistype: Top book is Programming Pearls
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Re: Poll: Which to read next?

Posted 07 May 2014 - 10:27 PM

Well the interview one should probably be last. Code Complete or the Pragmatic programmer should be first. I would lean to Code Complete since I believe it is one of the best books ever written on programming habits and techniques.
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Re: Poll: Which to read next?

Posted 07 May 2014 - 10:41 PM

It really depends what you want to learn. The Bentley book is excellent, and you should read it, but which one you should read next? That depends on what you need to know next.

(I would say though, that the Coding Interview book falls off the bottom of my list and onto the rubbish heap - I don't see any sense at all in reading such a book. But it's your life, you can spend it on anything you like)
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Re: Poll: Which to read next?

Posted 15 May 2014 - 10:20 AM

I agree with jon. All a book like that will do for you is give you prepared answers to get in the door. The problem is, if all you learn is the answer key, you still don't understand the subject matter. You aced the interview questions, here's your job, now figure out how to handle this BL error from the GUI without rewriting any of the BL error handlers.
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