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My Fall Software Development Books

I just bought a lot of software development books, mostly centered on Microsoft’s .NET Framework.  I have a code base that is getting old and creaky (for example, parts are written in VB6) and it’s time to look at re-doing it, using Visual Studio 2010.

I’m tempted to write everything in a mix of F# and Boo, but I won’t, because it would be hard for almost anyone else to maintain it.  Instead, I’m planning on mostly C#, with maybe some IronPython thrown in (for rapid customization).

I’m reading each book quickly first to get an idea of what I can learn, then I will go back in depth for the techniques that I will use.

So what is on my list?

  • C# In Depth, Second Edition — to make sure I’m up to speed with all the latest changes to C#.  I haven’t read it yet.
  • Functional Programming in C# — highly recommended; it’s well written and shows how to use a lot of the functional techniques I’ve come to love from using Python; in short, it makes C# much more usable.  However, if you aren’t already familiar with concepts such as closures, first class functions, and lambdas, it’s going to be slow going for a while — and consider learning them in another language first (such as Lua using Programming in Lua).
  • The Art of Unit Testing: With Examples in .NET — highly recommended; it provides lots of practical advice and best practices for creating unit tests that work well.
  • IronPython In Action — I haven’t read it yet, but it looks good, with a lot of best practices advice.
  • Practical Statecharts in C/C++, First Edition — I haven’t read it yet.  This book is really aimed at embedded developers, and although I don’t plan on using the author’s Quantum Programming framework, I think I will get some good ideas from it.

The Manning books all include a free PDF of the book when you register your book.  I haven’t done this yet, but I will soon.

All my books are real, not e-books, because I prefer real books when learning a new topic, the paper books were cheaper or about the same price, and I won’t buy ebooks that require a proprietary reader (such as Kindle or Apple books).


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