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World Wide Funk
World Wide Funk
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB!, October 20, 1999
This review is from: World Wide Funk (Audio CD)
I can listen to this cd from end to end! I'm quite picky when it comes to techno/electronic stuff, but these guys got the scratch down! There are a few weak tracks (forktung, freakshow, lord of thought), but songs like playing with lightning and crash stand out as top notch. The only question is: WHEN IS THE NEXT ONE COMING OUT!!!??? I want it!

Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - 2nd Edition (MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - 2nd Edition (MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
by Harold Abelson
Edition: Hardcover
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134 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, June 16, 1999
The negative reviewers entirely missed the point of this book. The issues are not c++ versus scheme, nor the gap between the book's examples and real-world programs, nor that recursion is less intuitive than looping.
The real point is to teach some very core foundations of computer science that show up everywhere. For example, supposedly revolutionary XML looks a heck of a lot like a nested scheme list, first described in 1960. And processing an active server page (or Java server page) is very much like the textbook's specialized language evaluator. Finally, c++ polymorphism through vtables and part of Microsoft's COM mechanics are the exact same thing as the book's data-directed programming section.
This is very deep material for a programming newbie to learn outside a course, but for an experienced nerd who's looking for a systematic framework, it's absolutely terrific. I had done lots of lisp and compiler work before reading the book, so many of the concepts were not new. But it's with this framework in mind that I learn new technologies, and this approach greatly speeds up how long it takes to understand each week's "new" hot product/language/tool/mindset. Put another way: why do so many popular computer books take 1000 pages to describe a few trivial concepts?
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