March 24, 2010
Language defines your world. But learning a new programming language can be a frustrating experience. Now Bruce Tate will take you on an incredible journey through seven popular programming languages, not only showing you the essential coolness of each language, but how to better learn new languages as well.
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Seven Languages in Seven Weeks: A Pragmatic Guide to Learning Programming Languages
Ruby, Io, Prolog, Scala, Erlang, Clojure, Haskell. With Seven Languages in Seven Weeks, by Bruce A. Tate, you’ll go beyond the syntax—and beyond the 20-minute tutorial you’ll find someplace online. This book has an audacious goal: to present a meaningful exploration of seven languages within a single book. Rather than serve as a complete reference or installation guide, Seven Languages hits what’s essential and unique about each language. Moreover, this approach will help teach you how to grok new languages.
For each language, you’ll solve a nontrivial problem, using techniques that show off the language’s most important features. As the book proceeds, you’ll discover the strengths and weaknesses of the languages, while dissecting the process of learning languages quickly—for example, finding the typing and programming models, decision structures, and how you interact with them.
Explore the concurrency techniques that are quickly becoming the backbone of a new generation of Internet applications. Find out how to use Erlang’s let-it-crash philosophy for building fault-tolerant systems. Understand the actor model that drives concurrency design in Io and Scala. Learn how Clojure uses versioning to solve some of the most difficult concurrency problems.
It’s all here, all in one place. Use the concepts from one language to find creative solutions in another—or discover a language that may become one of your favorites.
Available now in beta from pragprog.com/titles/btlang
- Cocoa Programming [in print April]
- Test Driven Development in C: Building High Quality Embedded Software [in beta March]
- Code in the Cloud: Programming Google AppEngine [in beta]
- ExpressionEngine 2: A Quick-Start Guide [in print]
- Beginning Mac Programming [in print]
- Hello Android, 3rd Ed. [in beta]
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