O'Reilly Book Reviews

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Titles Reviewed

Development and Languages


  • Learn to Program, Second edition.
    by Chris Pine [http://press.oreilly.com/pub/pr/2281]
    Not only does the second edition now include answers to all of the exercises, it includes them twice. First, you'll find the “how you could do it” answers, using the techniques you've learned up to that point in the book. Next, you'll see “how Chris Pine would do it” – answers using more advanced Ruby techniques, to whet your appetite as well as providing sort of a “Rosetta Stone” for more elegant solutions.
    $24.95 USD [Publish Date: April 13, 2009]

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Development and Languages


* eRlang Programming: A Concurrent Approach to Software Development, 1st edition.
by Francesco Cesarini, Simon Thompson
This book offers you an in-depth explanation of Erlang, a programming language ideal for any situation where concurrency, fault-tolerance, and fast response is essential. You'll learn how to write complex concurrent programs in this language, regardless…
$49.99 USD [Publish Date: June 2009]

* Programming Erlang: Software for a Concurrent World , First Edition
By Joe Armstrong
Moore's Law is the observation that the amount you can do on a single chip doubles every two years. But Moore's Law is taking a detour. Rather than producing faster and faster processors, companies such as Intel and AMD are producing multi-core device…
$36.95 USD [Publish Date: July 2007]

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o_reilly_book_reviews.txt · Last modified: 2009/06/18 20:40 by william
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