re: Books I found at my parents' VIEW POST


I honestly still prefer a book when it comes to learning a language. It's how I started and it still clicks for me. I supplement with experimenting, watching videos, reading web pages too. But I still prefer a book when getting into a new language or framework.

In fact I often joke my brain is ruined for non-programming books actually. If I'm soaking a sore knee or back in the tub, I'm laying back reading a programming book not a novel. I just can't read much fiction nowadays (unless it is a gaming book for one of the various toy soldier type games I'm into at the time).


Ah ah I'm a bit on the opposite spectrum. I just can't sit down and slog through a programming book that much anymore. This is what I answered at the question

If we're talking about books in general yes, I couldn't live without them, on paper or in electronic form, I read quite a bit.

I love being transported for hundreds of pages in a well written fictional story. The character building, the mastery of the language, the clear OCD great writers have... if you combine it with the fact that most great fiction is just a metaphor on the real world (of the past, present or possible future)... well books are amazing!

If we're talking about tech books, I don't read that many anymore. I still value books about fundamentals but in general the size, the hefty price, the short span life and the impracticality of reading them in PDF makes me shy away from tech books favoring articles, tutorials, documentation and in-depth essays, or even reading source code. And to be honest, some tech writers who write books aren't good at writing books and this is a no-no for me as you might have guessed :-D I still have books bought in a frenzy that are basically the online documentation of the technology with some comments here and there. No thanks.

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