[Noisebridge-discuss] Book donations?

jim jim at well.com
Fri Apr 6 16:12:19 UTC 2012

    I'll be glad to see what books you donate. 
    I hope you'll be careful in considering what 
old books to weed out: In general, older books 
on technologies fit in two classes: 
* old me-too books that walk readers through how 
  to use some technology. A few of these are worth 
  while because they're well-written. An especially 
  good example is Van Wolverton's Running MS-DOS, 
  which exemplifies good technical documentation and 
  is still valid for those who want to learn the 
  Windows command line or MS-DOS implementations of 
  such things as CNC milling and some embedded systems. 
* old books that present fundamentals of technology 
  that are not available in new books. K and R ANSI C. 
  C Puzzle Book, anything by Edgar Codd or C. J. Date.... 
  Also consider the publisher: Prentice-Hall and Addison 
  Wesley are two big publishers with notably high 
  quality titles. There are a few small publishers 
  that have released seminal books. 

On Fri, 2012-04-06 at 00:54 -0700, Neil Kandalgaonkar wrote:
> I am getting transitioning to a mostly-digital library. My paper books
> need a home.
> I'm eliminating the weaker or older books. The following books all have
> a lot of timeless wisdom, or are recent and interesting.
> Is it ok to just drop them in the library area of NB, or are there
> already too many?
> Alternatively, I can donate them to a single individual on this list.
> Programming Erlang	Armstrong	new
> Mastering Regular Expressions	Jeffrey Friedl	timeless
> Mythical Man Month 20th Anniversary edition	Fred Brooks	timeless
> PeopleWare	Tom DeMarco	old/classic
> Structure & Interpretation of Computer Programs	Abelson & Sussman	timeless
> The Practice of Programming	Kernighan & Pike	newish/classic
> Coders at Work	Peter Seibel	new/timeless
> Common as Air	Lewis Hyde	new/classic
> Higher Order Perl	Mark-Jason Dominus	old/classic
> Oracle Design	David Ensor & Ian Stevenson	old
> Real World Haskell	O'Sullivan, Goerzen & Stewart	new
> The Art of Capacity Planning	John Allspaw	new
> The C Programming Language	Kernighan & Ritchie	timeless
> The Official OpenGL Library	OpenGL ARB	old/classic
> The Wealth of Networks	Jochai Benkler	new/classic
> Unix Systems Programing for SVR4	David A. Curry	old
> Working Effectively With Legacy Code	Feathers	newish/classic
> --
> Neil Kandalgaonkar <neilk at brevity.org>
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