I'm fairly new to programming, and I found this book gave me the insights and ideas of a much more experienced person. It can't take the place of experience, of course, but it can broaden your outlook, and expose you to ideas and methods you're current project isn't using. I found it easy to read, concise, and gave ample references for further reading. It is a bit UNIX-centric in places, and doesn't give Windows such a good press. It does encourage you to think outside what your IDE can do for you, though, and explains what scripts and command prompts are really for! Definetely recommended for a less experienced software developer with ambition.
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