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Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns
Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns
by Kent Beck
Edition: Paperback
Price: £42.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Not only for Smalltalk, 5 Aug 2013
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but also for polymorphic messages and object-oriented programs in general. The book is worth it for not only the short, succinct code examples, where Smalltalk really shines, but also for the preface and introduction, which goes straight to the point, how perception of programming and its role shapes how you think about and approach the activity of programming. I have found its examples useful not only in the context of other object-oriented programming languages, but even for programming languages in other paradigms, and programming in general. It is not just about "low-level design" or programming idioms, but how you think about your day-to-day activities in programming. It does this without becoming philosophical, and instead does it by showing code examples with just enough explanation to get an understanding of the rest.

I have found it much better the later book "Implementation Patterns" by the same author, which is just a lexicon of low-level idioms, which any programmer knows by heart, i.e. by doing, and doesn't stir the reflexions of the art of programming that this book does. It is difficult to pin-point the significant difference between the two books, but this one seems more pure hearted, not afraid, neither conventional nor industrial or dry, more fun, and coherent like a hard diamond in language, style, and examples. It is simply beautiful without being fashionable or flashy. While being a lexicon, it is more like a great disposition of small articles where the organization is as important as the content, and it has some of that flavor that the old Basic introductions of the 1980'ies had, the flavor of curiosity, fun, inspiration, and it leads by example and encouragement rather than dictating and advising in a misguided professional tone that so many other books do.

It reminded why programming is enjoyable when you leave out everything else that doesn't add to its fullfillment and satisfaction.


Structured Design: Fundamentals of a Discipline of Computer Program and Systems Design: Fundamentals of a Discipline of Computer Programme and Systems Design
Structured Design: Fundamentals of a Discipline of Computer Program and Systems Design: Fundamentals of a Discipline of Computer Programme and Systems Design
by Edward Yourdon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £68.02

5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, 5 Aug 2013
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After some decades in the industry I have reached a point where revisiting this ideas, problems, and concepts in this book (and others) shows that we are still dealing with a lot of the same problems concerning construction of programs for computing machines. No other book lines up all the fundamental, underlying concepts and problems as well as this one.


Kent Beck's Guide to Better Smalltalk: A Sorted Collection (SIGS Reference Library)
Kent Beck's Guide to Better Smalltalk: A Sorted Collection (SIGS Reference Library)
by Kent Beck
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.16

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 5 Aug 2013
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Sure, it has its flaws like severe typing or printing mistakes, but they don't stand in the way of getting to the fundamental thoughts that have guided object-oriented design and construction and computing discipline in general. It is valuable to go back to the roots and revisit them again and hold them up against current practices to see how strong they are over the long term. It is also worth the attention for the history of ideas that were not brought forth so strongly for maybe coincidental reasons, and they may be worth taking into consideration again.


Advanced Data Structures
Advanced Data Structures
by Peter Brass
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £43.60

4.0 out of 5 stars Advanced data structures and algorithms, 4 May 2013
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Yes, it is more advanced with amortization analysis, and a few other things thrown in, e.g. from functional programming, but you also get all those that your introduction book didn't have or went over quickly. This is a good 2nd book after an introductory book.


The Go Programming Language Phrasebook (Developer's Library)
The Go Programming Language Phrasebook (Developer's Library)
by David Chisnall
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for learning and looking up idioms, 4 May 2013
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I really like the size of the book, and was somewhat worried that it would reflect badly on the quality of the content. It's not just a small reference of the Go programming language. It walks through all the idioms and other cookbook stuff - the phrases - that you would typically use Go for, and can be used as a reference for these phrases. Excellent!


The Unix Programming Environment (Prentice-Hall Software Series)
The Unix Programming Environment (Prentice-Hall Software Series)
by Brian W. Kernighan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £43.34

5.0 out of 5 stars A classic, 27 Jan 2013
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I finally got around to get this classic. So many years later it still is a testament to the simple style of both usage, style, and implementation that characterizes genuine Unix. It ought to be a requirement to programmers to have read this, in order to understand how to build up not only small tools but big applications piecemeal. The most important point of the book to take away is the idea of the software environment as inhabitable, your programs and modules living in the environment where you can piece together the applications needed rather than a stiff, finished, prepared environment where you can do nothing not already thought out in advance for you and your needs.


Court Yard Hounds
Court Yard Hounds
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Price: £5.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Dixie sisters does well, 27 Jan 2013
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Good music and songs from the Dixie sisters. It's not hit songs, but solid and well done. I liked that it's a little toned down compared to their work in Dixie Chicks.


Programming Perl: Unmatched power for text processing and scripting
Programming Perl: Unmatched power for text processing and scripting
by Larry Wall
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.37

5.0 out of 5 stars The Perl Book 4th edition, 27 Jan 2013
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An excellent update of a master tome. It manages to really come around everything Perl. The writing is kept in the known conversational tone with the occasional humor bits that you'd expect from Larry Wall and company. A worthy update of a modern classic.


Silfra
Silfra
Price: £8.55

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good improvisatons, 27 Jan 2013
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I bought this for Hilary Hahn's violin play and the improvisations. It certainly lives up to expectations. Until now I've only listened to Hilary's classical music, but she can certainly also handle other genres with her usual perfection and technical master of the violin.
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Hacker's Delight
Hacker's Delight
by Henry S. Warren
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £31.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first edition, 27 Jan 2013
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The additions to the 1st edition and corrections of errata make this a required book on your shelf. It's a great improvement on a classic.


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