[techtalk] Re: techtalk digest, Vol 1 #375 - 14 msgs

Anthony Russello arussello at quickclic.net
Fri Mar 23 22:14:17 EST 2001

The one book I can truly recommend to anyone interested in learning about
it, is Understanding the Linux Kernel,published by O'Reilly and
Associates.  ISBN 0-596-00002-2 according to the back of the book.  If it
Windows you want to look at,  check for some of the older (now out of
date) MCSE books.  Since they're out of date a little, they're usually 2
bucks a piece or so,  and they still have enough current information to
help you understand things.  Especially the Windows NT4 books.

Hope this helps you

> I have a question for the group.
> I imagine many of you are self taught, as I am. Although I've been
> programming on and off (on for about 8 years, then off for about 8, then on
> for the last 3), and have learned, in that time, BASIC, C, Pascal and Perl,
> plus SQL and HTML, and smatterings of Javascript and Java, I'm realizing that
> I have some rather large gaps in my computer science knowledge. I didn't
> study computer science in college, since where I went to college didn't have
> it - although I spent a lot of time in college programming.
> I have the added twist in that although I absolutely love coding, I don't
> think it's going to end up being how I spend most of my time - I'm lucky if I
> get to spend 1/3 of my time coding. I'd be ectstatic if I could spend 1/2-2/3
> but I don't think that's realistic.
> In any event, I'm looking to fill in some of those gaps - like algorithms. I
> have worked with them some in learning the languages I've learned. But I
> don't understand them in my bones the way I feel like perhaps I should, and I
> think that that means I'm not as good a coder as I could be. There are other
> things like that - theory behind operating systems, data structures, etc.
> The advantage is that I am exclusively at this time a web app programmer, so
> most of what I've written is short, and pretty specific. But I'd really like
> to take my web apps to another level (I'm working on building a large web app
> to allow mere mortals to easily develop complex web database applications
> entirely by using a web interface.)
> Do folks have suggestions on how to go about learning some of this stuff-
> I've thought about just getting a list of CS textbooks, and going through
> them myself, one by one (I'm a very good book learner). I don't have time to
> go back to school, either virtually or otherwise.
> If you are self taught, and have managed to learn some of that stuff, how did
> you do it?
> Thanks.
> Michelle

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