“I never am really satisfied that I understand anything; because, understand it well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand about the many connections and relations which occur to me, how the matter in question was first thought of or arrived at, etc.” — Ada Lovelace
Today, O’Reilly Media is celebrating Ada Lovelace Day, and Women in Technology. For today only, you can save 50% off a list of over 100 ebooks and videos by women authors.
Ada Lovelace had a fascination with machines, designing fanciful boats and steam flying machines, and poring over the diagrams of the new inventions of the Industrial Revolution that filled the scientific magazines of the time, as described on the Finding Ada page.
As a Safari Books Online subscriber you can access a great number of books and videos created by women authors. Here, in honor of Ada Lovelace Day, are a few books we have selected that you may find of interest:
|The CSS3 Anthology, 4th Edition is written by Rachel Andrew, and delivers a compilation of best-practice solutions to the most challenging CSS problems. The fourth edition of this best-selling full-color book has been completely revised and updated to cover newer techniques enabled by CSS3 and HTML5, and more recent trends in web design, such as responsive design.|
|Linux Cookbook, written by Carla Schroder, covers everything you’d expect: backups, new users, and the like. But it also covers the non-obvious information that is often ignored in other books the time-sinks and headaches that are a real part of an administrator’s job, such as: dealing with odd kinds of devices that Linux historically hasn’t supported well, building multi-boot systems, and handling things like video and audio. The knowledge needed to install, deploy, and maintain Linux is not easily found, and no Linux distribution gets it just right. Scattered information can be found in a pile of man pages, texinfo files, and source code comments, but the best source of information is the experts themselves who built up a working knowledge of managing Linux systems.|
|Head First Design Patterns, written by Kathy Sierra, Elisabeth Robson, Eric Freeman and Bert Bates, will load patterns into your brain in a way that sticks – in a way that lets you put them to work immediately. It will help make you better at solving software design problems, and be better at speaking the language of patterns with others on your team.|
|MongoDB: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition, written by Kristina Chodorow, a core contributor to the project, shows you the many advantages of using document-oriented databases, and demonstrates how this reliable, high-performance system allows for almost infinite horizontal scalability.|
|Doing Data Science, written by Rachel Schutt and Cathy O’Neil, helps you get started working in a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary field that’s so clouded in hype. This insightful book, based on Columbia University’s Introduction to Data Science class, tells you what you need to know.|
|Getting Started with MakerBot, written by Anna Kaziunas France, Bre Pettis and Jay Shergill, shows you how to make a wide variety of physical objects with the amazing MakerBot 3D printer. It’s handy when you need a replacement for something lost, broken, or no longer made—like a knob on your stove. You can make things instead of buying them, or solve problems with inventions of your own. The possibilities are endless!|
|Environmental Monitoring with Arduino, written by Emily Gertz and Patrick Di Justo, shows you how to use Arduino to create gadgets for measuring noise, weather, electromagnetic interference (EMI), water purity, and more. You’ll also learn how to collect and share your own data, and you can experiment by creating your own variations of the gadgets covered in the book. If you’re new to DIY electronics, the first chapter offers a primer on electronic circuits and Arduino programming.|