Staff Picks

Clever Algorithms: Nature-Inspired Programming Recipes By Jason Brownlee
Paperback: $37.99
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This book provides a handbook of algorithmic recipes from the fields of Metaheuristics, Biologically Inspired Computation and Computational Intelligence that have been described in a complete,... More > consistent, and centralized manner. These standardized descriptions were carefully designed to be accessible, usable, and understandable. Most of the algorithms described in this book were originally inspired by biological and natural systems, such as the adaptive capabilities of genetic evolution and the acquired immune system, and the foraging behaviors of birds, bees, ants and bacteria. An encyclopedic algorithm reference, this book is intended for research scientists, engineers, students, and interested amateurs. Each algorithm description provides a working code example in the Ruby Programming Language.< Less
Rails Freelancing Handbook By Mike Gunderloy
eBook (PDF): $9.95
There’s an almost irresistible attraction among some software developers for the freelance life, including money, freedom, or simple wanderlust. Whatever the reason, you’ll quickly... More > realize that your excellent coding skills are only a small part of the picture when it comes to being a successful freelancer. You need to worry about legal and accounting issues, finding and keeping clients, and living without a corporate support system. The sheer mass of detail can be overwhelming, especially if you’re coming out of the cubicle-bound world of a large enterprise. That’s why this book is here. I’ve been freelancing for over 15 years, and doing nothing but Rails for the last three. Consider this a guide and a roadmap to help you find your way through all of those extraneous issues so that you can get back to writing code. (purchasers get updates at no cost). More info and sample chapter: http://railsfreelancebook.com< Less
Nomad's Guide to Make Money Online By Janet Smith
eBook (PDF): $37.00
You Can Make Money Online and Travel (or Retire Early …or Whatever You Want!) Without a Job Tying You to One Location. This book shows you how! The method that I show you step-by-step in this... More > book is exactly what I do myself to make a full-time living online. You don’t need any special technical skills to do this, and beyond the investment of the book itself, you do not need to purchase anything else (except an internet connection of course!) to get started making money. All of the fundamentals of what I do revolve around things that are either free or consist of a free group effort that I will participate in WITH you. Remember, I do this too, so I need you just as much as you need me. This is not a matter of me just presenting you with information. When you succeed, so do I. You will understand why after you finish reading the book.< Less
Geeks Bearing Gifts By Ted Nelson
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THE PERFECT GIFT – Whether you love the computer world the way it is, or consider it a nightmare honkytonk prison, you'll giggle and rage at Ted Nelson's telling of computer history, its... More > personalities and infights. Computer movies, music, 3D; the eternal fight between Jobs and Gates; the tangled stories of the Internet and the World Wide Web; all these and more are punchily told in brief chapters on many topics such as The Web Browser Salad, Voting Machines, Google, Web 2.0 and much more. These short stories make great reading – it's a book to dip in and out of. You'll find answers to such questions as "Why do alphabets have upper case, why not numbers?""Why does everything have to be hierarchical on computers? That's not how *my* projects are organized!" "Where did WYSIWYG come from?" The answer will surprise you. Plus, you'll find out why the author, a well-known computer veteran, hopes it can all become much better.< Less