More Books that I Recommend


In April, I posted a list of books that I’m reading (or will be) and recommend.  This is an update to that post. 

The links that I am providing to these books are through my affiliate listing at Amazon.com.  So, any purchases that you make through these links will provide a small commission back to me.

The latest books:

Textbooks: (These may be somewhat expensive, but they will definitely teach you the information you need to know.)

Problem Solving and Programming Concepts (8th Edition)This book is the basis for some of my “Learn to Program” information.

Java How to Program, 7th Edition This is the book that Colorado Technical University uses for their Java Programming Courses (as of December 29, 2009).

Non-Textbooks: (These are other computer-related books that I feel are worth recommending.  Some are books that I’ve read, and others are books that I feel do an excellent job of educating the reader.)

Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming, A (2nd Edition) This book was a textbook that I used for my "Unix" course. While I don’t recommend it as a textbook (due to the organization of the first edition), it is still the first thing I grab whenever I have to figure out how to do something in Linux.

Networking For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)) This is the first of two "for Dummies" books that I’m recommending. These books are defnitely not an indication of a person’s intelligence level. They are, however, a very good layman’s explanation of the subject of Networking and Computers.

PCs For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)) Like the Networking for Dummies book above, this is an excellent "layman’s term" explanation of how a Windows PC works. Subjects like the GUI (Graphical User Interface), Files, Networking, and security are described in a way that everyone should understand. I purchased an older version of this for my 73 year old mother, and she still uses it. **Note the description on Amazon refers to Windows 95/98, however the book is current for Windows 7.**

Macs For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)) It wouldn’t be fair, if I didn’t put a Mac for Dummies book up. While I haven’t read this book, I have to say that if the reputation of the series holds up, it will do just as good of a job explaining the Mac OS and computer, as the PC’s side does.

Microsoft Office 2007 For Seniors For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)) While this book is aimed at Seniors who are learning Office 2007, it’s a good reference for anyone that is just starting with the suite. You learn the basics in Word, Excel, Outlook, aand PowerPoint.

Linux For Dummies, 9th Edition Like the Mac for Dummies book, it wouldn’t be fair to not include a Linux for Dummies book in my list. Also, I’ve used a variation of this book (RedHat 7 for Dummies) and was very impressed with their explanations. This book covers Ubunutu, gOS (which is found installed on some computers, and Fedora.

I will cover more books in a future post. 

Have a great day:)

Patrick.

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