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BOOKS/MAGS/JOURNALS/WHITEPAPERS/WHATEVER - The 'whatcha readin?' thread

DaftPunky

TRIBE Member
Did a search. Couldn't find one. Started the thread.

Please share whatever geek-related material you feel is relevant. Fiction or fact.

For me currently:

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Offering authoritative, field-proven advice from a Microsoft insider, this book teaches the underlying commonalities that developers can use regardless of their language choice or development tools

Extensive use of examples and working code provides developers with practical and authoritative coverage of the CLR (common language runtime) and APIs, the building blocks that make it possible to write in any choice of language

Primary topics discussed include generics, MSIL (Microsoft Intermediate Language)-based framework libraries, advanced framework libraries, distributed development foundations, and more
Version 2.0 is the version that provides the foundation for Visual Studio 2005

http://www.wrox.com/WileyCDA/WroxTitle/productCd-0764571354.html.Picked it up as part of this boxset:

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Book Description
The professional developer's best buy on .NET 2.0!

Includes

Professional ASP.NET 2.0
Professional C# 2005
Professional .NET Framework 2.0
Professional .NET 2.0 Generics
CD-ROM with more than 700 pages of bonus chapters from 10 other .NET 2.0 and SQL Server™ 2005 Wrox books
DVD with 180-day trial version of Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 Professional Edition

Master ASP.NET 2.0's power and time-saving features

With more than 50 new server controls, the number of classes inside ASP.NET 2.0 has more than doubled and the changes are sometimes dramatic. This book teaches you

The pivotal role of the server control in ASP.NET development
How to create templated ASP.NET pages with the master pages feature
Debugging and error-handling techniques
Frameworks that help you extract, create, manipulate, and store XML
Revolutionize the way you program

Get the fundamentals of C# plus essential background on the .NET architecture. Here's what you must know to write dynamic Web pages, an XML Web service, a classic Windows desktop app, and more, including

Principles of programming in the .NET environment
How to use existing COM components with .NET applications
Techniques for manipulating XML using C# 2005
How to access databases with ADO.NET
Explore underlying platform commonalities you can use

Here's an in-depth look at Common Language Runtime (CLR) fundamentals, Base Class Libraries (BCL), and the more advanced Framework libraries used in most managed applications. You'll discover

Details of the CLR's architecture
How assemblies work and options for deployment
Specific portions of the BCL and advanced Framework libraries, including transaction libraries
The secure programming model and forms of isolation and concurrency
Examine what you can achieve with generics

Generics bring a new dimension of type-safety, expressiveness, and performance to data types. Here's comprehensive information on generics and the rules governing them, BCL generic types, the Power Collections library, and more, such as

How to use generics to improve the type-safety of your code
Steps for extending classes and introducing derivative generic types
Guidelines for applying generics
Ways to achieve runtime efficiencies

^good deal^ for $110.

also, just finished both of these:

and:
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A baffling array of science books claim to reveal how the mysteries of the universe have been discovered, but Simon Singh's Big Bang actually delivers on that promise. General readers will find it to be among the very best books dealing with cosmology, because Singh follows the same plan he used in his brilliant Code Book: he puts people--not equations--first in the story. By linking the progression of the Big Bang theory with the scientists who built it up bit by bit, Singh also uncovers an important truth about how such ideas grow.
Death is an essential element in the progress of science, since it takes care of conservative scientists of a previous generation reluctant to let go of an old, fallacious theory and embrace a new and accurate one.
As harsh as this statement seems, even Einstein defended an outmoded idea about the universe when an unknown interloper published equations challenging the great man. Einstein didn't have to die for cosmology to move forward (he reluctantly apologized for being wrong), but stories like this one show how difficult it can sometimes be for new theories to take root. Fred Hoyle, who coined the term "big bang" as a way to ridicule the idea of a universe expanding from some tiny origin point, strongly believed that the cosmos was in a steady state. But Singh shows how Hoyle's research, meant to prove the contrary, added evidence to the expansion model. Big Bang is also a history of astronomical observation, describing the development of new telescopes that were crucial to the development of cosmology. Handwritten summary notes at the end of each long chapter add a charming, classroom feel to this revealing and very readable book. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

trying to decide on something to read along with that .NET crap in order to break the monotony of it all. Read some reviews of Alvin Toffler's 'Third Wave", looks like the perfect distraction. Anybody read all of the trilogy (I think?) that it belongs to? Any merit in reading them in order?
 
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rod_g

TRIBE Member
Ordered this yesterday, sounds like an interesting read.

"A demonstration of what can be accomplished visually through CSS-based design."

Proving once and for all that standards-compliant design does not equal dull design, this inspiring tome uses examples from the landmark CSS Zen Garden site as the foundation for discussions on how to create beautiful, progressive CSS-based Web sites. By using the Zen Garden sites as examples of how CSS design techniques and approaches can be applied to specific Web challenges, authors Dave Shea and Molly Holzschlag provide an eye-opening look at the range of design methods made possible by CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). By the time you've finished perusing the volume, you'll have a new understanding of the graphically rich, fully accessible sites that CSS design facilitates. In sections on design, layout, imagery, typography, effects, and themes, Dave and Molly take you through every phase of the design process--from striking a sensible balance between text and graphics to creating eye-popping special effects

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