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November 9, 2010

Seven Languages in Seven Weeks: A Pragmatic Guide to Learning Programming Languages--New from Pragmatic Bookshelf

Seven Languages in Seven Weeks
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Raleigh, NC—Want to become a better programmer? Learning a new programming language will show you new ways of thinking, and new approaches to problem solving that will help you be a better programmer in any language. And what if you could learn the important lessons from seven different languages? You'd be unstoppable.

In Seven Languages in Seven Weeks (Pragmatic Bookshelf, $34.95) best-selling author Bruce A. Tate gives you a hands-on tour of Clojure, Haskell, Io, Prolog, Scala, Erlang, and Ruby. Bruce says, "The languages that I picked are not necessarily the best, but each one is unique, with something important to teach you." Bruce hits what's essential about each language and will help you learn how to learn new languages.

Among this group of seven, you'll explore the most critical programming models of our time. Learn the dynamic typing that makes Ruby, Python, and Perl so flexible and compelling. Understand the underlying prototype system that's at the heart of JavaScript. See how pattern matching in Prolog shaped the development of Scala and Erlang. Discover how pure functional programming in Haskell is different from the Lisp family of languages, including Clojure.

Explore the concurrency techniques that are quickly becoming the backbone of a new generation of Internet applications. Find out how to use Erlang's let-it-crash philosophy for building fault-tolerant systems. Understand the actor model that drives concurrency design in Io and Scala. Learn how Clojure uses versioning to solve some of the most difficult concurrency problems.

It's all here, all in one place. Use the concepts from one language to find creative solutions in another—or discover a language that may become one of your favorites.

For a review copy or more information please email pragprogpr@oreilly.com. Please include your delivery address and contact information.

About the Author

Bruce Tate runs RapidRed, an Austin, TX-based practice that consults on lightweight development in Ruby. Previously he worked at IBM in roles ranging from a database systems programmer to Java consultant. He left IBM to work for several startups in roles ranging from Client Solutions Director to CTO. He speaks internationally and is the author of more than ten books, including From Java to Ruby, Deploying Rails Applications, the best-selling Bitter series, Beyond Java, and the Jolt-winning Better, Faster, Lighter Java.

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For more information about the book, including: code, errata, discussions, full table of contents, excerpts from the book and more, see the catalog page for Seven Languages in Seven Weeks.

Seven Languages in Seven Weeks Seven Languages in Seven Weeks
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
By Bruce A. Tate
Print ISBN: 978-1-934356-59-3  
Pages: 300
Print Price: $34.95  
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