C# in Depth 2nd Edition for Kindle but not from Amazon

skeet2_cover150Jon Skeet blogged this morning that C# in Depth 2nd edition is now available on Kindle. The original C# in Depth is just about the best programming book I’ve ever read, so I will definitely check this out. Don’t look on the Amazon Kindle store, though. Manning is self-publishing eBooks through its own website in PDF, epub and mobi. Mobi is the un-DRMed proto-format of Kindle and is read by Kindle devices and the Kindle desktop software. Interesting.

petricek_cover150Before I get C# in Depth 2nd Edition, though, I think I’ll check out Real-World Functional Programming by Tomas Petricek and Jon Skeet. This book is about both F# and C# (surely mostly LINQ). I’ve been playing around with Haskell lately and while it is interesting, it doesn’t seem all that practical. F# seems like a more approachable language and it targets .NET/Mono so it can mix with C# code that already exists and generally seems likely to be more immediately practical for real-world projects.

Also, if you have never heard of Jon Skeet, he’s an over-achiever who knows more about C# than just anyone not on the compiler team at Microsoft and he has by far the highest score on Stack Overflow. I don’t know how he has time for all of this because his day job has him working at Google in Java on the Android Market. He was interviewed on This Devleoper’s Life 1.1.3. Give it a listen.


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