View Poll Results: Have you Read the Series of books "The Art of Computer Programming"

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Have u Coders Read "the Art of Computer Programming"

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    Have u Coders Read "the Art of Computer Programming"

    Well the reason why i asked it on this board and not in the General Discussion board is because i am curious if the C++ coders here have read it. Alot of you on the C++ forum are constant posters and i see a familiar bunch alot...

    They are an excellent series, i suggest reading them if you have spare time.

    anyhow poll away
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    I've read them, but I can't guarantee that I understood it all. I recall reading somewhere that Bill Gates wants your resume if you can read all of them and still know what's going on the whole way through.

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    Hehe yea that is on the back of the first book

    well i had trouble understanding all the Mathematical Algorithms in the first book section 1, Altho when we got to the Mix in section Two of Book 1 , it was more clear and some of the mathematical algorthims came into play.. of course i didnt understand the whole set, and I dont think there are many people out there who will understand it 100% right off the bat without doing the exercises and reading it twice...

    But the fact remains that if you got through those books or even just 1 of them, i give you a C++ salute... cuz its not easy...

    unless you just looked at the words and didnt try to make sense of what they were saying :P
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    LB1: N <- WakeUp;
    LB2: N <- C++_Code;
    LB3: N >= Tired : N <- Sleep;
    LB4: JMP*-3;

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    I shall attempt to acquire these books. Then read them later.

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    They are expensive for the whole set, but if you are very serious about being a coder, i suggest taking a look...

    they are not in C++ , they are mostly Mathematical Algorithms , Assembly algorithms, and concept work... But they help alot.
    They are the Bible of Computer Programming, without a doubt...
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    LB1: N <- WakeUp;
    LB2: N <- C++_Code;
    LB3: N >= Tired : N <- Sleep;
    LB4: JMP*-3;

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    Well new concepts are good to learn. Do you know where I can purchase these books online?

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    I bought mine in Chapters couple years ago... im sure any online book companies have em...
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    LB2: N <- C++_Code;
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    LB4: JMP*-3;

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    >Do you know where I can purchase these books online?
    Amazon is usually a good start.

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    $150 USD for 3 books? Wow, that is cheap(for 3 books). I'll trust your words, and I'll buy it when I get the money. I hope their worth it. I might buy the "Phyics For Game Developers" afterwards.
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    >I hope their worth it.
    They are, but be warned, it's an acquired taste.

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    I agree with prelude, It is hard to read them, but if you get upset with them right away try again, and you will soon begin to love them...

    Soon enough they are the only thing you are reading at the current time...
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    LB1: N <- WakeUp;
    LB2: N <- C++_Code;
    LB3: N >= Tired : N <- Sleep;
    LB4: JMP*-3;

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    Wow I guess me and Prelude are the only ones so far who have read the books...

    I guess some of you guys could vote yes if you read one of the books.
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    LB1: N <- WakeUp;
    LB2: N <- C++_Code;
    LB3: N >= Tired : N <- Sleep;
    LB4: JMP*-3;

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    Are these books appropriate for a beginnger programmer? I've been programming for a few months now and I think I've got the basics down, and I'm going on to windows programming currently. Should I read these books?

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    >Are these books appropriate for a beginnger programmer?

    Most beginning programmers are not mathematicians who understand logic, algebra etc., assuming you are one of those beginning programmers, I'd say: no.

    >Should I read these books?

    If you take programming seriously and really want to understand the math behind programming: yes, but you should understand the underlying math first.

    At university I've had some subjects together with the students of computer science, one of those was algorithms and datastructures. The books our prof referred to mostly were these books of Knuth. They're not easy, but they do make programming an art.

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    Part of the problem is that not only are the topics difficult, Knuth does not do enough explaining for the beginning student. As an example of the problem, see the exercise or section on supplicants or neighborhoods. He introduces the material fast with limited explanation. If you don't have access to intro books on real anyalsis that will cover surpremums and nhds in more depth it's almost impossible to understand.
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