Must have books for a computer scientist?

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    This one?
    http://www.amazon.de/UNIX-Network-Pr...8871909&sr=1-3
    Also anyone here ever bought this used books on ebay maybe I can save some dimes on those. Are the books oki?

    Quote Originally Posted by citizen View Post
    In the same vein, I never buy books on recommendation alone. You should take the time to peruse a book's content before you purchase it, so that you know the material is accessable to you. Recommendations are good: consider them first. But it won't do you any good if you just can't read or understand the material. Trust me, there are plenty of experts who can't write on technical subjects.
    Thanks a lot for the reply, the point is I have already read most of these books so Im using the recommendations as a confirmation of my previous intents, it is more about not rushing in a not so must have book, if people give me the advices and names I have time and feed back to think about what Im getting.
    Last edited by Maragato; 09-03-2007 at 09:30 PM.

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    yep that one
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    And what about the compiler book from Aho Im wondering about buying the second edition from (Januar 1986) I used it in my compilers class and googled a lot and it seems a very famous book, the new edition from 2006 is like 6x more expensive Im not sure if it is worthy can someone give me a light on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maragato View Post
    And what about the compiler book from Aho Im wondering about buying the second edition from (Januar 1986) I used it in my compilers class and googled a lot and it seems a very famous book, the new edition from 2006 is like 6x more expensive Im not sure if it is worthy can someone give me a light on this?
    Until you actually need a book like that, the new version may be "better", but if you are not writing compiler type code, what use is the book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matsp View Post
    Until you actually need a book like that, the new version may be "better", but if you are not writing compiler type code, what use is the book.

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    Man sorry I couldn`t understand your post can you please maybe use a different way to express your idea :/
    Thanks a lot for the reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maragato View Post
    Man sorry I couldn`t understand your post can you please maybe use a different way to express your idea :/
    Thanks a lot for the reply.
    That may be part my fault, re-reading the post, it is a bit cryptic (it was very clear in my head - but my fingers obviously didn't do it justice when typing it in :-) ).

    Anyways, my point is that it's very little good in buying books unless you actually are going to use the book. I doubt that the subject matter of the book has changed much, but it may be slightly extended and most likely updated to use more modern tools and such - but that's still minor details.

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    Oki, and what about the books from sedgewicks and cormen? I think sedgewick more hands on but cormen is more complete as far as Ive read.

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    Every Computer Scientist should have this in their library. It's a must.

    http://www.amazon.com/Easiest-Way-Me...9692175&sr=8-2


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    Quote Originally Posted by ethic View Post
    Every Computer Scientist should have this in their library. It's a must.

    http://www.amazon.com/Easiest-Way-Me...9692175&sr=8-2


    ZING!

    (lol i rule).
    I just ordered it!
    Or maybe I should go for the Design Patterns book from Gamma ? :/
    Last edited by Maragato; 09-13-2007 at 10:02 AM.

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