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Robin2

Back in the day one could go into Waterstones or similar bookshops and be able to browse a range of computing-related books aimed at professionals or university students. Some would have been mainly educational - such as Agile Web Development with Rails and others maybe somewhat historical The Soul of a New Machine

I guess I could browse Amazon but it is not the same as being in a bookshop. In a shop your eyes can quickly flit over a huge range of topics and have your attention caught by something you would never actually search for.

So I am reaching out to you guys in the hope that some of you may have some suggestions for books related to computing that are interesting to read. The only limitation I will impose is that I am not really interested in biographies unless they are mainly about technology. Who someone went to school with has little interest.

Thanks.

...R
Two or three hours spent thinking and reading documentation solves most programming problems.

Coding Badly

The Soul of a New Machine
That is a good book.

The last two computer books I read are as dry as a martini baking in the Sahara sun after returning from deep space.  So, I do not have any recommendations.

If you want to fiddle with small web servers Python + Flask is a great choice.


Robin2

If you want to fiddle with small web servers Python + Flask is a great choice.
I already use Python and Bottle.

And, in any case, I am not looking for books because I want to learn something. I just want an enjoyable / interesting read.  If I happen to learn something from an interesting book that will be a bonus.

...R
Two or three hours spent thinking and reading documentation solves most programming problems.

robtillaart

some other topics than programming

- https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/1292170433 biology (great book, pity we didn't have it at school)

- https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/0552997773 scifi (first contact, what can happen with good intentions)

- https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/012732951X atmospheric science (serious math involved)

- https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/1292161833 geology (currently reading)

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robtillaart

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Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension[/url].
not a light read, but i enjoy going back to it from time to time. one of these days, i may even understand it. ;)
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Robin2

some other topics than programming
Thanks. I have had enough of other science for the moment - just now looking for suggestions in the computing area,

...R
Two or three hours spent thinking and reading documentation solves most programming problems.

robtillaart

Thanks. I have had enough of other science for the moment - just now looking for suggestions in the computing area,

...R
like this? - https://www.amazon.de/dp/0321842685 
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CrossRoads

I found a link to Steven Hawkings lectures, those were pretty interesting reading.  I think I got there from a stackexchange.com area on plantery movements. 

Guess that'd be more science than programming, but it was interesting reading.
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Qdeathstar

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Mar 14, 2018, 03:25 am Last Edit: Mar 14, 2018, 03:26 am by Qdeathstar
The Goal is a good book... not specifically for coding persey, but all students could benefit from it imo
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Robin2

Just for others (and me for later), Rob's link in Reply #9 is a book called Hacker's Delight.

...R
Two or three hours spent thinking and reading documentation solves most programming problems.

groundFungus

I found Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age an interesting read.

TomGeorge

I found Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age an interesting read.
Yes, if I want to relax and read, that is the sort of book I like.
Anything that concerns history of technology.
Or fiction involving technology, such as "The Martian", any early Arthur C Clark or Tom Clancy.
Tom.. :)
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westfw

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Mar 17, 2018, 06:29 am Last Edit: Mar 17, 2018, 06:48 am by westfw
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somewhat historical The Soul of a New Machine
Somewhat?!  Minicomputers built with TTL logic, IIRC...  (Of course, I was definitely a DEC bigot at the time I read it...)

Cliff Stoll's Cuckoo's Egg is pretty good (pretty dated, though - dialin...)

Mostly I read fiction for entertainment.

TomGeorge

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Mar 17, 2018, 06:51 am Last Edit: Mar 17, 2018, 07:05 am by TomGeorge
Cliff Stoll's Cuckoo's Egg is pretty good (pretty dated, though - dialin...)

Mostly I read fiction for entertainment.
Also a very good TV Doco on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcKxaq1FTac&t=46s
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