Introduction

I read a lot of technical books about software and computer programming. This isn't because I have a great fondness for reading, nor do I actually like owning a massive collection of computer books that's slowly beginning to overtake every room in my home. I do it because at any given time, I'm usually working on a programming project and am faced with a dozen problems that I need to solve. These unsolved problems fester in my head. They scrape away at the surface of my brain like jagged rusty metal hooks. These books provide me sweet relief from these pains.

In my experience, there are two types of computer books: those that act as reference guides and those that act as tutorials. This book falls squarely in the latter category. While ...

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