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Philip and Alex's Guide to Web Publishing

AuthorPhilip Greenspun Entered2000-12-26 00:27:37 by bcrowell
Editedit data record FreedomCopyrighted, doesn't cost money to read, but otherwise not free (disclaimer)
SubjectQ.A - Mathematics. Computer science (internet and networking)
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Colorful, Fascinating, Helpful
by Lion Rushton Brock Kimbro (lion x speakeasy x org) on 2001-01-10 10:34:15, review #93
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better than 95%
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better than 95%
This is one of my top five books for aspiring programmers. The other four are "Go Rin No Sho" (the Book of Five Rings, Miyamoto Musashi), "The Mythical Man Month", "The C Programming Language" (K&R), and "Design Patterns".

Why do I rate the book so highly?

First, let me get the basics out of the way- the book covers the technical grounds easily. You will learn how to publish to the web. You will learn how to make a database backed web site. You will learn how to the industry works. You'll learn all of that. Don't even worry about that, it's all there. The technical bases are covered.

That out of the way, here's why I recommend it to all of my students. The book is as frank and truthful as Go Rin No Sho, as insightful about the nature of programmers as the Mythical Man month, and incredibly humanistic. It gave me, and gives my students, a new view of technology. Technology not as a toy, but as a real tool that performs real work.

The author practices what he preaches. All source code is available for free (both gratis and liber) on the web, and it is used by many successful operations. Philip Greenspun has created a successful company, and is experimenting with a free school.


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