Having received payment for my latest one off project today, I celebrated by going down to Wheelock Place and splurging on a Starbucks Venti Dulce de Leche from next door and buying some computer books I've been dying to get. I'm a wild guy you see.

Happiness is a stack of new interesting computer books!
Happiness is a stack of new interesting computer books!

I find that I learn new skills much faster if I'm given examples and real world applications of technologies rather than just the usual "an array is a collection of objects yada yada" theory. The O'Reilly Cookbooks are absolutely fantastic for this, what irritates me is that I only just discovered them recently when I had to learn Python in a hurry for an assignment. I learned more from that one book than many hours sifting through tutorial pages and the dry slides from the uni.

Starbucks Dulce de LecheAs for the FreeBSD book, heck I just wanted to see how it works! Perhaps a little over my head right now, but we'll be looking at the Linux kernel at some point so this could be an interesting side study for comparison.

From the blurbs:

The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System
As in earlier Addison-Wesley books on the UNIX-based BSD operating system, Kirk McKusick and George Neville-Neil deliver here the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and authoritative technical information on the internal structure of open source FreeBSD.
Perl Cookbook
Find a Perl programmer, and you’ll find a copy of Perl Cookbook nearby. Perl Cookbook is a comprehensive collection of problems, solutions, and practical examples for anyone programming in Perl. The book contains hundreds of rigorously reviewed Perl “recipes” and thousands of examples ranging from brief one-liners to complete applications.
Ruby Cookbook
The Ruby Cookbook is the most comprehensive problem-solving guide to today’s hottest programming language. It gives you hundreds of solutions to real-world problems, with clear explanations and thousands of lines of code you can use in your own projects. From data structures and algorithms, to integration with cutting-edge technologies, the Ruby Cookbook has something for every programmer.

And now I'm off to bed. 00:07, that's pretty early for me!