Transmission Line Noise


Thu, Jul 25, 2013
Recommended Reading

This is not a defin­i­tive list but is the one that i use the most fre­quently as it a) gives me access to books and also b) it gives me a view of where tech is going. In gen­eral pub­lish­ers are there to make money, so they print books that will sell and so their lists tend to reflect trends in pro­gram­ming and com­puter sci­ence and usage. I say in gen­eral because some of the list are his­tor­i­cal and some are self pub­lish­ing sites which are there­fore open to anyone.

Words of warn­ing. There will always be bad books. Badly writ­ten, full of pro­pri­etary libraries and code, writ­ten by self delu­sional authors, copies of the doc­u­men­ta­tion that has been released by a project etc. So read reviews, check on Ama­zon to see that peo­ple say there, use the look inside facil­ity many site offer to read a few pages online to get a feel for what is there.

The list. In no par­tic­u­lar order and i am not specif­i­cally rec­om­mend­ing one pub­lisher over another.

  • O’Reilly — Large and well estab­lished com­pany with a good rep­u­ta­tion espe­cially in the open source area. How­ever they also cover the “pro­pri­etary” areas such as Microsoft, Cisco, Ora­cle etc. Mainly pub­lishes tech­ni­cal books. For a long period O’Reilly book cov­ers depicted ani­mals to the extent that the Perl books with a Camel on the front sim­ply became known as the “Camel” book

  • Lean­pub — “Lean Pub­lish­ing is the act of pub­lish­ing an in-progress book using light­weight tools and many iter­a­tions to get reader feed­back, pivot until you have the right book and build trac­tion once you do.” Publishes a wider range of books than just tech­ni­cal but the com­puter based books tend to be rel­e­vant to cur­rent trends. Javascript, Node.js etc. They will often have sam­ple chap­ters and will have min­i­mum price with the abil­ity to pay more at the pur­chasers choice.In the account dash­board are your pur­chases in PDF, MOBI and ePub formats.

  • Prag­matic Pub­lish­ers - “The Prag­matic Pro­gram­mers is a com­pany with a sim­ple goal: to improve the lives of devel­op­ers. We cre­ate timely, prac­ti­cal books, audio books and videos on clas­sic and cutting-edge top­ics to help you learn and prac­tice your craft. Our titles do not con­tain any Dig­i­tal Restric­tions Man­age­ment, and have always been DRM-free; we pio­neered the “beta book” con­cept; we’ll email your ebook to your Kin­dle and synch your ebooks amongst your devices via Drop­box, and you can re-download your pur­chases at any time. We’re here to make your life eas­ier.“Smaller pub­lisher but, and this is a per­sonal opin­ion, strikes me as more the haute coture of tech pub­lish­ing than O’Reilly’s Asda. Don’t get me wrong i love OR and prob­a­bly have more of thier books than any­one, but a new Prag Pub book is always a delight to me. They also have a monthly mag­a­zine which is worth a read.If any­thing Prag lean towards the Java/Groovy/Scala/Erlang school of pub­lish­ing but have iOS titles as well as more gen­eral ones.

  • Wrox - Wrox were early into the pub­lish­ing scene for tech books con­cen­trat­ing on Microsoft related titles and then branch­ing out into open source titles. They always had, and i believe still do, pro­gram­mers writ­ing the books. In 2003 they became insol­vent (think dot com bust) and were taken over by Wiley. Dis­tinc­tive for their solid red covers

  • Man­ning - Founded in 1990 and con­cen­trat­ing on sci­ence and engi­neer­ing but steadily mov­ing into com­put­ing and the inter­net. Man­ning cover use old lith­o­graphs of cos­tume worn by peo­ple 150 to 200 years ago (and mainly liv­ing in the Balkans it seems to me)

  • Packt - Com­ment to follow

  • Apress - Com­ment to follow

  • Effendi - Com­ment to follow

  • Addi­son Wesley/Pearson - Com­ment to follow

  • Infor­mit - Com­ment to follow