- Series: Pragmatic Programmers
- Paperback: 330 pages
- Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (November 20, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193435659X
- ISBN-13: 978-1934356593
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 59 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Seven Languages in Seven Weeks: A Pragmatic Guide to Learning Programming Languages (Pragmatic Programmers) 1st Edition
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|Seven Languages in Seven Weeks||Seven More Languages in Seven Weeks||Seven Databases in Seven Weeks||Seven Web Frameworks in Seven Weeks||Seven Concurrency Models in Seven Weeks||Seven Mobile Apps in Seven Weeks|
|Subtitle||A Pragmatic Guide to Learning Programming Languages||Languages That Are Shaping the Future||A Guide to Modern Databases and the NoSQL Movement||Adventures in Better Web Apps||When Threads Unravel||Native Apps, Multiple Platforms|
|Content Coverage||Clojure, Haskell, Io, Prolog, Scala, Erlang, and Ruby||Lua, Factor, Elixir, Elm, Julia, MiniKanren, and Idris||Redis, Neo4J, CouchDB, MongoDB, HBase, Riak and Postgres||Sinatra, CanJS, AngularJS, Ring, Webmachine, Yesod, and Immutant||Threads & locks, functional programming, separating identity & state, actors, sequential processes, data parallelism, and the lambda architecture||iOS, Android, Windows, RubyMotion, React Native, and Xamarin|
|Pages||328 pages||320 pages||354 pages||304 pages||300 pages||360 pages|
"I have been programming for 25 years in a variety of hardware and software languages. After reading Seven Languages in Seven Weeks, I am starting to understand how to evaluate languages for their objective strengths and weaknesses. More importantly, I feel as if I could pick one of them to actually get some work done."
"I spent most of my time as a computer sciences student saying I didn’t want to be a software developer and then became one anyway. Seven Languages in Seven Weeks expanded my way of thinking about problems and reminded me what I love about programming."
"Do you want seven kick starts into learning your “language of the year”? Do you want your thinking challenged about programming in general? Look no further than this book. I personally was taken back in time to my undergraduate computer science days, coasting through my programming languages survey course. The difference is that Bruce won’t let you coast through this course! This isn’t a leisurely read—you’ll have to work this book. I believe you’ll find it both mindblowing and intensely practical at the same time."
About the Author
Bruce Tate runs RapidRed, an Austin, TX-based practice that consults on lightweight development in Ruby. Previously he worked at IBM in roles ranging from a database systems programmer to Java consultant. He left IBM to work for several startups in roles ranging from Client Solutions Director to CTO. He speaks internationally and is the author of more than ten books, including From Java to Ruby, Deploying Rails Applications, the best-selling Bitter series, Beyond Java, and the Jolt-winning Better, Faster, Lighter Java.
Top customer reviews
By reading this book you will not become an expert in any of the languages. The book is more like introduction to each language. Imagine you searched on Google for "Differences between Scala & Ruby". You would get the Wikipedia entry and maybe a blog post or two. This book is sort of like a really long blog post about the different languages.
Bridging across chapters, the author looks often at the concurrency model each language has along with other aspects.
It's not a perfect book though. Because the book is roughly 300 pages the coverage can be light, and clearly the author is not an expert in all 7 languages; but at least he does not claim to be... the author is generally humble throughout the book.
This was the right book for me at the time, because I read it as I was getting back into software development. I wanted to know what had changed in programming as well, and it improved my knowledge.
Reading it made me a better programmer overall, I haven't used most of the languages for my work but it enabled a bunch of discussions with programmers 10/20 years more experienced than I am.
Book is getting a bit old (languages are a bit old) but it is still an interesting practical approach to new language discovery.
Took me about 7 weeks, as advertised, to cover the material (~ 4h/week)
I do not like this book because in this book, similar problems occur again and again and be solved by every programming languages in this book.
This book is also useful because at the ends of each chapter, there is a conclusion about the advantages and disadvantages of the language covered in this chapter. Although I can not judge whether or not these arguments are correct, I believe these discussion if useful for new users like me.
You will gain some idea of the language features, but once you choose a given language you would need to purchase another book with a more complete coverage.