Professional Python frameworks

book coverProfessional Python frameworks : Web 2.0 programming with Django and TurboGears / Dana Moore, Raymond Budd, William Wright.

If you are developing web applications using Python you will want to use a framework so you are not re-implementing all the ‘glue’ that is common to all web apps and so you have a clear project structure to work around. This book is an excellent introduction to two frameworks, TurboGears and Django.

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The C++ standard library extensions

book coverThe C++ standard library extensions : a tutorial and reference / Pete Becker. hardcover.
Here is a book every C++ programmer needs. The TR1 library, which extends the C++ standard library, has most of its ideas from the Boost library, and is powerful. A line of code deserves a page of discussion. As such, it tricky to use or use well.
This book, by a core leader of C++ standards groups,
is mostly a reference volume. Nowadays you usually use the web for reference, but this book will save you a lot of searching.

C++ programming has advanced so much since I started with it 10 years ago. Not that the language changed much, it is more that we use it differently with templates and the standard library. I wish I had time to read this book page by page.

Ottawa Public Library on the Web

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL)
A few years back OPL got a web request system that revolutionized the way we use the library. We used to browse the shelves or the card catalog. Now we do an online search, place a hold, and get notified in a few days that the book is ready to be picked up at the local branch. The book might be from any branch in the city.

Can’t find what you want in the library? Suggest that the library purchase it (library card needed).