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re: Every time I see a list like this I always wonder if people usually read these from cover to cover. I've tried to do so with some technical books a...
 

so I don't finish them page after page but then just skip to the parts I find interesting at the moment.

I'd say it's perfectly normal. Not all engineers are good writers, some books require a lot of effort just to be comprehended

Every time I see a list like this I always wonder if people usually read these from cover to cover

Do you read tech-books from the first to the last page?

A book like the Cookbook is definitely a reference, but I glossed over all of it the first time, trying to find new tips or new ways of doing things. Like a kid with a volume of the encyclopedia before the internet was a thing :D

Keep in mind that a lot of these books are from early 2000s, when I started programming. In Italy was still a period where most of the country had dial-up connections (ADSL started spreading in 2004-2005), IRC and usenet were still huge, GitHub and smartphones didn't exist, nor StackOverflow and probably my concentration level was better. A book and mailing lists to talk to your peers were probably your best chances to get in depth knowledge of anything.

Right now I'm not that much into tech books.

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