[Chicago] Best programming / dev book in 2015

Aisha Halim aishahalim at gmail.com
Wed Dec 9 18:30:00 EST 2015

I wasn't approaching SICP as a possible scheme programmer but
learning/revising computer science concepts, and I agree, it gets
challenging. Someone recommended The Little Schemer since I kept pausing
SICP, and recently got through half. It's a great approach that'll interest
anyone from beginners, hobbyists, industry programmers.

I haven't read enough programming books to call it the best of '15, but
it's worth a look.

On Wed, Dec 9, 2015, 5:17 PM Christopher Allan Webber <
cwebber at dustycloud.org> wrote:

> Jason Wirth writes:
> > Hi,
> >
> > The year is coming to an end so it's time for reflections.
> >
> > What's the best programming / development book you read in 2015? *
> >
> > * non-Python books are Ok too.
> >
> > Jason
> Getting involved in the scheme community over the last year has changed
> me dramatically as a programmer, so the best book I read this year is
> about as old as I am: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs:
>   https://mitpress.mit.edu/sicp/full-text/book/book.html
> Wonderfully, the whole book is available online and is CC BY-SA 4.0,
> though a hand-held copy is worth the investment.
> However I think SICP is a bit hard to get into initially, particularly
> because thinking in both s-expressions and thinking recursively can be
> very difficult (I was familiar with lispy s-expressions but not thinking
> recusively...) a book that really opened my mind up to that was The
> Little Schemer.
> As such, I've been recently spending a lot of time in GNU Guile (some of
> you saw me talk about Guix), which also recently got a nice website
> overhaul:
>   https://www.gnu.org/software/guile/
> Happy hacking :)
>  - Chris
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