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What’s Hot

Top-Ten lists are passé—ours goes to 11. These are the top titles that folks are interested in currently, along with their rank from last month. This is based solely on direct sales from our online store.

1^8Metaprogramming Ruby
2^4The RSpec Book
3^6Hello, Android
4v2Agile Web Development with Rails, Third Edition
55iPhone SDK Development
6^9Programming Ruby 1.9
7v1SQL Antipatterns
8v3Language Implementation Patterns
9^NEWCocoa Programming
10^NEWBeginning Mac Programming
11^NEWThe Definitive ANTLR Reference

Nibbles from the News Desk

Andy Lester in Computerworld: In the March 8th issue of Computerworld magazine, the Career Watch page will have a Q&A with Andy Lester, author of our unconventional tech job search book Land the Tech Job You Love. Andy will be discussing job hunting and job boards in the interview.

Language Implementation Patterns is #1: Terence Parr’s new book, Language Implementation Patterns, condenses and organizes the key patterns programmers need to implement domain-specific languages. It’s been in the #1 slot in the compilers category at Amazon since its January release, edging out the classic “Dragon book.”

Sips from the Twitter Stream

Toward the end of February, it seemed like there was a rule that tweets had to be about the Winter Olympics, the Chilean earthquake, or Cliff Stoll’s 1995 Newsweek article on why the Internet will fail. Here are a few off-topic tweets that slipped through:

I like how slow Buzz has made Gmail. Now it feels exactly like I’m using Outlook. — Hunt Henning

You cannot see the mountains from Mountain View, there are no redwoods in Redwood City, there are no high stumps in Palo Alto. — David E. Weekly

Trips to New Orleans consistently remind me how underrated the tuba is. — Chad Fowler

Max Headroom is coming out on DVD. A visionary TV series from the 80s that anticipated backpack journalism. — Jay Rosen

Dunno about you but I find the MadLibs form style REALLY irritating. The signal:noise ratio is far too low. — Simon Harris

I think @pragpub is right. Apple is telling the world the all purpose PC is done. The Ipad is only to Consume data not create large amounts. — Mark Welker

Google search results for the words "search engine": AltaVista, Dogpile, Bing, Ask.com. — Gina Trapani

In the Forum, you’ll find two views on Flash and a correction to an October quiz answer.

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