What books are you currently reading?

Onegin

Active Member
C++ Student
Just finished Lords of Finance, sort of a "The Great Contraction" from a reality TV point of view. Fascinating the way the author portrays the personalities of leading the central banks of England, France, Germany, and US in run up to depression; but the policy analysis seemed a little shallow. Like all decisions were compressed into the charichatures of each of the personalities involved, and were therefore sort of pre-determined and obvious. Keynes makes fun appearances as sort of a court jester throwing tomatoes at the orthodoxy of the bankers. But still, the backgrounds and temperaments could be a bigger driving force than the ideas. Kind of neat to see one person's conception of what happened behind the curtain.
 

Daniel Duffy

C++ author, trainer
They don't write well-researched books like this any more.

R.G. Dromey How to Solve it by Computer Prentice-Hall 1982

It discusses how to write well-structured modular programs and deep discussions of algorithms and data structures and code in Pascal.


Most books (e.g. in Python) seem to be/are

30% screen sheets
40% tables of output
20% text
10% maths (if you are lucky)

Very little background (e.g. maths, fianance) and certainly no help in developing your own algorithms.

Just using libraries and packages alone means you will always us libraries and packages at the cost of real software design skill IMHO.

BTW I have stopped buying books on Python, for the above reasons.

Caveat: "each to his own"
 
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