Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Programming books 2

A while ago, I wrote about some of my favourite programming books. I was just reminded of a couple of books that deserved a special mention. I mentioned Stroustrup last time, but what I neglected to point out was the clever and witty epigraphs that appear at the head of each chapter. The only other book I've found to compare in that respect is Hal Fulton's The Ruby Way - sheer genius!

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Recent gems

When I first bought Conrad Cork's the New Guide to Harmony with LEGO bricks, I was horrified to learn that I was expected to find literally hundreds of tracks. I had been dimly aware of Spotify, but it's great.

Yesterday, through a link in Hacker News I think, I discovered SciRuby. That is a project that could easily eat up all my spare time. I have oddly ambivalent views towards Python and Ruby. Like Ash in Alien, I admire Ruby's OO purity, whereas Python just works, in a DWIM kind of way - it's so good, it's boring!