Each year Dr. Dobbs recognizes the top computer books for their Jolt Excellence, Jolt Productivity, and Jolt Finalist awards, and of this year’s 15 winners and honorable mentions, 12 are available right here in Safari Books Online (and one more is coming soon). Buying all of these books (either in print or as ebooks) would set you back several hundred dollars, but they’re included with a subscription to Safari Books Online, along with more than 17,000 other great books and videos.
Here’s a quick re-cap of the 12 Jolt winners and honorable mentions currently available in Safari Books Online:
And what about the other three books? The Art of Computer Programming, Volume 4A: Combinatorial Algorithms, Part 1, by Donald E. Knuth is coming to Safari Books Online soon, but Seven Languages in Seven Weeks: A Pragmatic Guide to Learning Programming Languages, by Bruce A. Tate and The RSpec Book: Behaviour Driven Development with Rspec, Cucumber, and Friends are from the Pragmatic Bookshelf, who aren’t currently available on Safari Books Online (though we’d love to have them!).
What do you think are the best books on software development tools this year? Leave your own list in the comments below.
About the Author
Andrew Savikas, Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Savikas is the Chief Executive Officer at Safari Books Online. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he held the positions of VP of Digital Initiatives at O’Reilly Media Program Chair for O’Reilly’s Tools of Change for Publishing conference , and interim Chief Executive Officer of Safari Books Online. Andrew blogs at blog.safaribooksonline.com and toc.oreilly.com, and is also a regular contributor to the O’Reilly Radar blog and to “Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto,” a collection of essays on the future of publishing, http://book.pressbooks.com. Andrew previously led the digital publishing and ebook program and strategy for O’Reilly Media, including both print and digital production of all O’Reilly books. He sits on the board for the Book Industry Study Group and is on advisory boards for Bookshare and the University of Michigan Press. He frequently speaks at technology and publishing conferences all over the world and is also the author of “Word Hacks: Tips & Tools for Taming your Text“.
Andrew holds a B.S. in Media Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston.