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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:

Cover Image: Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation, by Jez Humble and David Farley Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation, by Jez Humble and David Farley
Cover Image: The Joy of Clojure: Thinking the Clojure Way, by Michael Fogus and Chris Houser The Joy of Clojure: Thinking the Clojure Way, by Michael Fogus and Chris Houser
Cover Image: Mining the Social Web: Analyzing Data from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Other Social Media Sites, by Matthew A. Russell Mining the Social Web: Analyzing Data from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Other Social Media Sites, by Matthew A. Russell
Cover Image: Arduino Cookbook, by Michael Margolis Arduino Cookbook, by Michael Margolis
Cover Image: CLR via C#, 3rd Edition, by Jeffrey Richter CLR via C#, 3rd Edition, by Jeffrey Richter
Cover Image: Domain-Specific Languages, by Martin Fowler with Rebecca Parsons Domain-Specific Languages, by Martin Fowler with Rebecca Parsons
Cover Image: Data Analysis with Open Source Tools, by Philipp K. Janert Data Analysis with Open Source Tools, by Philipp K. Janert
Cover Image: Eloquent Ruby, by Russ Olsen Eloquent Ruby, by Russ Olsen
Cover Image: High Performance JavaScript, by Nicholas C. Zakas High Performance JavaScript, by Nicholas C. Zakas
Cover Image: Scalability Rules: 50 Principles for Scaling Web Sites, by Martin L. Abbott; Michael T. Fisher Scalability Rules: 50 Principles for Scaling Web Sites, by Martin L. Abbott; Michael T. Fisher
Cover Image: The Rails 3 Way, by Obie Fernandez The Rails 3 Way, by Obie Fernandez

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.

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3 Responses to “Want the Jolt Winners for Best Books for Developers? Thirteen of this Year’s 15 Winners Are in Safari Books Online”

  1. George

    Hey this great man ! I was looking to buy some books online to spend my winter in a cozy sofa but the book I am most looking forward to read was Bruce A’s ” Seven Languages in Seven Weeks: A Pragmatic Guide to Learning Programming Languages “, So i wanted to know is there any chance that the edition will be available at Safari Books Online before Christmas.

    Thanks Buddy !!!!

  2. Ankit

    Same request as above.
    I would love Safari to have distribution agreement with Pragmatic Bookshelf – they have got very good titles (http://pragprog.com/titles) which would be helpful additional to Safari Bookshelf (especially when Safari targets programmers as it’s customers)