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From Simple Machines to Impossible Programs

About the Author

Tom is a computer scientist and programmer, and the founder of Codon, a digital product consultancy in London. He works as a consultant, mentor and trainer, helping companies to improve the quality and clarity of their approach to creating software products, usually on the web. He has lectured on optimizing compilers at the University of Cambridge, co-organizes the Ruby Manor conference, and is a member of the London Ruby User Group.


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I've only read the first three chapters of this book, but I've already learnt how to implement a programming language in another programming language! It's also helped my learn some Ruby as a helpful side-effect. On the quality of writing, the book is clear, concise (yet with just the right amount of detail) and straightforward to read. It shows a genuine passion for the subject and turns what could be a dry subject into mentally stimulating read.
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An enjoyable look at some deep computation theory, with worked examples in the Ruby programming language. This book gets quite technical but the examples really help. I found some of the content familiar from my computer science degree but it was nice to have everything pulled together into a coherent whole.
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The author explains a key concepts of computation in ways that I never thought possible. The exposition is clear and well presented. These are concepts I struggled with while at university... I wish this book was released while I was CS student!
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I think the hugely impressive strength of this book is the total simplification of what can otherwise become confusingly exclusive geeky jargon. It has already been recommended to IT Departments and considered an asset in educational circles, where methodical clarity is a must have.
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