A collection of bookmarks, books, and movies related to programming.
Programming Resources & Reference
- Stack Overflow – a great resource for anything and everything coding related.
- Mozilla Developer Network – excellent html/css/js reference
- w3schools html – excellent html reference
- w3schools css – excellent css reference
- PHP – a great scripting language choice
- yui theater
- Image Palette – generate a color palette from an image
- FutureBox – pure CSS lightbox, no js involved
- color match – great resource on color theory and tools
- color jack sphere – color picker
- css newbie
- Google Inline Mp3 Player
- open source web design – free css designs
- shadowhouse creations – great free textures
- w3schools SQL – excellent bare bones SQL reference & tutorials
- Hibernate – interacting with the database is now easier
- Java 1.6 Javadoc
- Apache Commons – a collection of amazing util libraries
- Apache Ant – a great tool for building and automating stuff
- Log4j – the best logging solution for java projects
- Apache Maven – the modern way to manage projects and dependencies
- Apache ServiceMix – java container with ESB (Camel)
- Apache Camel – integration framework with enterprise integration pattern implementations.
- Apache Tomcat – java container (just servlets/jsp, not EJB..)
- EasyMock – unit testing framework that makes mocking out integration points easy
- Junit – unit testing framework
- Spring Framework – hook your apps together easily, externalize your config easily, and much much more.
- REST in Java
- App Annie – a great site for statistics about apps on the app store
- Review Times – average apps store submission review times
- RegexKit Lite – a great reg ex library
- TBXML – xml library
- ASIIHttpRequest – http library
- The Linux Documentation Project – reference, guides, how-tos.
- Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide – the bash bible
- The sed Grab Bag – sed reference, tutorials
- Bash Commands – a great list of bash & linux commands
- Linux Shell Scripting Tutorial
- bash quick reference
- wotsit – file data format reference for many types of files
- open source initiative – educational site about open source
- rss 2.0 – spec
The Essential Tools
- Apache Subversion (SVN) – source control
- TortoiseSVN – amazing windows SVN client
- SmartSVN – another SVN client for windows or OSX
- Notepad++ – an amazing free text editor for windows
- jEdit – a cross-platform editor that works on OS X
- Eclipse IDE – a great IDE for java
- Beyond Compare – awesome merge tool
- Base Camp – free online project management
- Rally – better (but non-free) online project management
- DropBox – automatically sync, backup, share your files
- Google Docs – share and edit your docs online
- Skype – IM, VOIP, and video chat
- DokuWiki – a great, free, text-file-backed wiki solution.
- Tight VNC – vnc client and server
- Cygwin – unix commands on windows
- 7zip – free, high quality zip & unzipping program
- Hudson – runs automated maven builds, test suites, reports, and deployments
- Putty – a free ssh client
- Code::Blocks – a passable c/c++ IDE (better than eclipse C++ anyway..)
- phpbb – the software that powers most internet forums
- gallery – image gallery software
- SQLLite – a small embeddable database used in many languages and libraries.
- MySQL – open source, high quality database
- Squirrell SQL – SQL client tool
- Soap UI – test webservices and restful services and web servers w/ SOAP/HTTP calls you configure
- AutoIt – automate windows gui operations
- Selenium – automate web application test suites easily
- Google Chrome – a great browser with amazing developer tools builtin right out of the box
- RestClient plugin for Firefox – a REST client that runs inside firefox
- Web Developer plugin for Firefox – tools similar to those built in to chrome
- QuickRex – amazing regex testing tool, standalone or as an eclipse plugin
- ImgBurn – free, high quality cd/dvd/blu-ray burning program
- Audacity – free, open source, quality audio editor
- Inkscape – free, open source, vector graphics program like adobe illustrator
- Gimp – free, open source, image editor like adobe photoshop
- Paint.net – free image editor like adobe photoshop
- Paint Shop Pro – non-free (but affordable) image editor like adobe photoshop
- Launchy – quickly find and launch programs
- AutoHotKey – mouse and keyboard macro scripting system
- Filezilla – free ftp server and client, supports sftp
- Console – tabbed cmd.exe replacement for windows
Final Package tools
- Inno Setup – create windows installer/uninstallers, i think the winamp guys made something like this too that’s more widely used.. it’s been a while..
- Windows Help Designer – create those ancient windows help files windows used in the 90s
Programming Career Articles
- Lifehacker Series: Know Your Network
- Lifehacker Series: Learn to Code
- How to take your coding project from start to finish
- 50 Unix/Linux Sysadmin Tutorials
- 3d total – tutorials for photoshop, 3d modeling, etc
Other Programming / Tech Resources
Other Tech Blogs
- Schneier On Security
- Storage Mojo
- High Scalability
- The View From The Engine Room
- gamasutra game post mortems
- blog maverick
- life hacker
- boing boing
- phish me
- hack a day
- Head First Java by Sierra, Bates
- Head First Servlets & JSP by Basham, Sierra, Bates
- Effective Java by Bloch
- Better Faster Lighter Java by Tate
- Java Concurrency in Practice by Goetz, others
- Java Generics & Collections by Naftalin
- Head First Servlets & JSP by Basham, others
General Programming Books
- I highly recommend any of the “Head First” programming books.
- Head First Design Patterns by Elisabeth Freeman
- Beautiful Code
- Code Complete by Steve McConell
- Writing Secure Code by Michael Howard
- Design Patterns by ‘The Gang of Four’
- Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams (Second Edition) by Demarco and Lister
- Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug
- The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman
- Death March by Edward Yourdon
- The Mythical Man Month by Brooks
- Programming Windows 5th Edition by Petzold
Other Nerdy Books
- Microserfs by Douglas Coupland – a fictional story about some people who work at Microsoft for a while, then decide to do their own startup.
- The Cuckoo’s Egg by Clifford Stroll – a non-fictional account of a unix system administrator / programmer tracking down a group of hackers.
- A Brief History of the Future by John Naughton – this covers the history of how the internet came to be.
- Code by Charles Petzold – an amazing book that shows the reader how code works, starting with morse code and telegraphs, on through building basic circuitry, ending with the basics of how code and computers work.
- 21 Dog Years by Mike Daisey – a humorous account of a guy who worked at Amazon for 3 years. He wasn’t a programmer, but the absurdity of his experience is fairly pedestrian and unfortunately ‘normal’ stuff in corporate cultures.
- Revolution in the Valley by Andy Hertzfield – an account of building the macintosh computer at apple.
- The Difference Between God and Larry Ellison by Mike Wilson – a great glimpse at an arrogant, yet decisive and lucky leader of a major company. This is the type of leadership your big company will have at the top (if you’re lucky, too….)
- Masters of Doom by David Kushner – an account of Id software, creators of wolfenstein, doom, quake, and the FPS genre.
- Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight by Mindell – covers the apollo computer used to fly to the moon, and the ongoing battle of man vs machine.
- Pirates of Silicon Valley – a movie about Microsoft and Apple’s humble beginnings and ups and downs.
- Startup.com – a great documentary about a startup from start to finish.
- The Social Network – a documentary about Facebook.
- Hackers – a completely inaccurate movie that portrays computer programming in terms that your family and friends will think of when you explain what you do for a living. This is what you’ll be up against.
- Hackers 2 or TakeDown – a dramatization of the kevin mitnick hacker story
- Enemy Of The State – a movie about modern surveilance technology
- From the Earth To The Moon – a miniseries about the U.S. space program’s apollo project
- Apollo 13 – a movie about the apollo spaceflight that went wrong, but was saved by engineering ingenuity
- Tron & Tron Legacy – a series of movies about a programmer who gets stuck inside the machine
- The Matrix Trilogy – basically tron in the late nineties.