Programming tools go far beyond just the languages themselves. Throughout this text, you've seen examples of languages and programming tools that help you be a better programmer. This chapter showed you additional tools that programmers—especially Windows programmers—can use to become more productive.

Every month, take a trip to your local library or bookstore to scan the shelves for the latest computer magazines. Try to read one good computer book every month or two. Every six months, research a new topic of computer programming to improve your skill levels. Most computer people find that self-study is not a job they balk at; the field of programming is exciting. It never gets old. The innovations everywhere you look are always exciting ...

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