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A written review of a journal or a book.

Book Review: Studying Programming

By Chris Douce

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Book Review: Beautiful Code - Leading Programmers Explain How They Think

by Chris Douce

Beautiful Code - Leading Programmers Explain How They Think

Edited by Andy Oram and Greg Wilson
O'Reilly, 2007
ISBN 978-0-596-51004-6

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Book Review: Dreaming in Code

by Chris Douce

Dreaming in Code

by Scott Rosenberg
Crown Publishing, 2007
ISBN 978-1-4000-8246-9

Dreaming in Code is a fun book. It is a book about a group of programmers and the discipline of programming. Dreaming in Code takes the reader on two journeys. The first journey follows a programming project run by Mitch Kapor who founded Lotus Inc., the company that developed the Lotus 123 spreadsheet and the Lotus Agenda information management software.

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Test Driven Development

by Chris Douce

Test Driven Development

by Kent Beck
Addison Wesley, 2001
ISBN 0-321-14653-0

Test Driven Development by Example is one of those books that I've been threatening to read for a while. From time to time I'm faced with writing code of a kind that I have never written before. I can usually come up with a solution (with varying amount of API reading and head scratching) but sometimes I'm not as confident in the solution as I would like to be.

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Book Review: Handbook of Mathematical Cognition

by Chris Douce

Handbook of Mathematical Cognition

by Jamie ID Campbell
Psychology Press, 2005
ISBN 1841694118

When I was a youngster I remember talking to a wise elder relative about my interest in computers. 'Ooh, you have to be good at maths to work with computers' came the reply. 'Is this really the case?' I asked myself? Shrugging my shoulders, I continued what I was doing: typing 'LOAD' then pressing play on the cassette recorder.

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Book Review: Computer Science Education Research Code Complete : A practical handbook of software construction

by Chris Douce

Code Complete : A practical handbook of software construction (Second Edition)

by Steve McConnell
Microsoft Press, 2004
ISBN 0-7356-1967-0

Not long after discovering Software Psychology by Ben Shneiderman in the university library, I remember being excited when I stumbled over what almost seemed to be a code oriented contemporary equivalent in a local bookshop: Code Complete.

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Book Review: Computer Science Education Research

By Chris Douce

Computer Science Education Research

edited by Sally Fincher and Marian Petre
Taylor & Francis, 2004
ISBN 90-265-1969-9

This is a book of two halves. The first, entitled 'the field and the endeavour' maps the territory of computer science education research and presents the notions of research and methdological approaches that are available to practitioners (the ways to travel through the territory).

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Journal review: International Journal of Learning Technology

Interscience Publishers
ISSN 1477-8386

The first issue of this journal was at the beginning of this year.

This journal was considered to be of interest to PPIG participants due to the number of topics it claims to cover. The first issue contains papers that are entitled 'Cognitive Visualisations and the design of Learning Technologies', 'Exploring Student Adaption to new Learning Outcomes', and for those who have an interest in both programming language and notation design, 'Educational Modelling Languages and Learning Design'.

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Book Review: Secure Coding : Principles and Practices

by Chris Douce

Secure Coding : Principles and Practices

by Mark Graff and Kenneth van Wyk
O'Reilly, 2003
ISBN 0-596-00242-4

As soon as I connect to this website, my computer begins to reboot, a colleague said to me, frustrated.

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Book Review: The Elements of Java Style

By Chris Douce

The Elements of Java Style

by Allan Vermeulen et. al. 
Cambridge University Press, 2000
ISBN 0-521-77768-2

The title of this short pocket book has been derived from Kernighan and Plauger's classic 'Elements of Programming Style' published back in 1978. Despite a second edition of the book being published in eighty-nine, I found that it was an incredibly difficult book to get hold of.

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