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Omkar Shetkar
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Hi All,

   Code ranch hosts some of the good and smart programmers.

In this information age, we are bombarded with huge amount of information.
I think filtering the information which is useful for us is the key.
I am curious to know what are the technical books/topics you are reading nowadays ?

What motivates you to read the same?

What is your approach in the reading the same i.e, is it plain reading or doing a pet project along with it?


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I read a lot on a variety of topics. I try to read one technical book each month. (This doesn't always happen; especially when I'm writing a book because some of my reading time gets used for reading that.)

Topics vary. I'm finishing up Murach's Python book right now which is a good review.
 
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I am reading Moby Dick, together with a free audio book, to improve my English vocabulary. But my British colleagues frowned when I used words like, yonder, circumambulate. I read a French comic out curiosity because it was considered political incorrect, in French, the only version that was freely downloadable, that is called Tintin au Congo, Tintin kills leopards, rhinos, monkeys and a load of other endangered animals, I am reading a German book about social sciences called Deutschland schafft sich ab, and I am rereading some books on athletic training and first aid, especially involving sport injuries. I am not really reading Information Science books. I am just too lazy, and want to do some other things in my leisure time than computer related things. But maybe I should.
 
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I read a French comic out curiosity because it was considered political incorrect,

The Tintin comics (really, graphic novels before that was a term) are wonderful, but they are a product of their time.  Tintin au Congo was a very early book (1930) and was later considered racist (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tintin_in_the_Congo#Later_alterations_and_releases) until it was re-released in 1991.
 
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Jan de Boer wrote:I am reading Moby Dick, together with a free audio book, to improve my English vocabulary. But my British colleagues frowned when I used words like, yonder, circumambulate.


Yes, that's going to happen when you use a book which is 100 years old to help you learn modern English. For example 100 years ago people would say "awful" to describe a view which led to feelings of awe, but now "awful" means "very bad" and we would use "awesome" to describe that view. Language change is faster than you'd think -- probably it's the same in Dutch.
 
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when it comes to tech books, I have been reading a data structures book, like I read in college, but it is better since it is from Princeton. I lucked on it for $1 at the library. they didn't want it anymore
 
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Paul Clapham wrote:Yes, that's going to happen when you use a book which is 100 years old to help you learn modern English.


Yes, I know. But it was free of charge, downloadable, no copyrights. And I wanted some audiobook that literally would follow the text, because I noticed that spelling in English is not very phonetic. But maybe I am too parsimonious about my study material.
 
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Well, I'm reading OCA Study Guide, by Jeanne and Scott
On weekends, I separate some time to read books about politics/phylosofy.

In a few days I'll start doing the same as Jan de Boer: read more books in english, all kinds of books, to improve vocabulary.
 
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spelling in English is not very phonetic.

Woo boy, you're not kidding!  I don't know how any nonnative English speaker ever gets spelling correct!  When I was taking German in school, at least I had a fair chance of spelling a word correctly.
 
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Knute Snortum wrote:
I read a French comic out curiosity because it was considered political incorrect,

The Tintin comics (really, graphic novels before that was a term) are wonderful, but they are a product of their time.  Tintin au Congo was a very early book (1930) and was later considered racist (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tintin_in_the_Congo#Later_alterations_and_releases) until it was re-released in 1991.

I purchased and read the English version of Tintin au Congo, and wow, it is terribly offensive!  Africans are drawn in blackface; they speak pidgin English; they behave like ignorant children.  Horrible!
 
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I have a copy of the same book; I bought it from the “naughty and politically incorrect” shelf at Borders'.
 
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I just started reading Angular 2 Development with TypeScript.  It was one of the book promotions a few months back (I didn't win one though ).  Great book so far.
 
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Reading this Chinese novel called Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms
 
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I've just finished reading "Wire in the Blood" by Val McDermid. It'll be 20 years this year since its publication but oh boy is it a gripping read. Regularly made me wish my daily train commute was longer just to get a few more pages in.
 
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Knute Snortum wrote:
Knute Snortum wrote:
I read a French comic out curiosity because it was considered political incorrect,

The Tintin comics (really, graphic novels before that was a term) are wonderful, but they are a product of their time.  Tintin au Congo was a very early book (1930) and was later considered racist (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tintin_in_the_Congo#Later_alterations_and_releases) until it was re-released in 1991.

I purchased and read the English version of Tintin au Congo, and wow, it is terribly offensive!  Africans are drawn in blackface; they speak pidgin English; they behave like ignorant children.  Horrible!


Nobody notices the cruelty towards animals in that comic? Tintin shoots Elephants, Rhino's, Apes, Leopards just for the fun of it, and makes jokes about it. I actually thought that was more offensive than the way the black population is depicted.
 
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Yeah, that's not all that great.  This is definitely a collector's book only.
 
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Well I am glad I read it in French, and did not understand half of it. ;)
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