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Jason R. Briggs, Snake Wrangling For Kids, [Link]

A nice little book about programming in Python. Written in a try to be easy to read and understand by children (although failing to be in some of the later chapters), I think if I will ever have kids they will get this book printed out together with their first computer. It might be helpful for them. Most likely I think that because I always would have liked to have some skill in programming my PC when I was a kid.

Jeffrey Elkner, Allen B. Downey, Chris Meyers, How to Think Like a Computer Scientist. Learning with Python, [Link]

Something like the former, just with an emphasis on a more mature crowd. I will definitely try to use the book to understanding  some of the concepts of programming. Somehow even after years of using these machines like a pro, I never understood some of the most basic concepts in theit programming.

bookn3rd has a howto on making your own quill [Link]. Now, where do I get feathers? She says it is harder than it looks to master it, but how would I know if I would’t try?

And lifehacker has the idea to use vintage calendars as new ones [Link]. After all the Gregorian calendar is repeating itself every 14 years or so, and some of these old calendars just look really, really good. The lazy breed of course finds another lifehack in that: just put up 14 different calendars on your wall and you will never have to buy a new one.

Written by G. Neuner

19. January 2009 at 1:23 am

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11949859501893671626open_book_01svgmedDaniel J. Cohen, Roy Rosenzweig, Digital History. A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web [Link]

This is a nice little introduction to all the basics of the digital age, mostly intended for an audience of historians. For me the book has a lot of redundancies as I grew up with the Internet already in place, but most likely someone not as used to the web as I am might find certain points in it very useful. Even though I am a child of the digital age some hints and tips were very interesting. I found especially the parts in which the discussed the use of advertisement for a historic website very illuminating. I think the key here is to know that if you don’t advertise a website for no other reason than it being inappropriate to your status as a historian, then nobody will find you and use your theses either.

William J. Turkel, Alan Mac Eachern, The Programming Historian [Link]

This book (a work in progress) is a fascinating introduction into programming (mostly Python) by and for historians. Python might be the best way to learn this as it is supposed to be a rather logical and easy-to-learn language with huge user base all Read the rest of this entry »

Written by G. Neuner

12. January 2009 at 2:39 pm

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