NoStarch Press Day 4 of 5 Special Deals

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  • BootAble – FreeDOS boot testing freeware

    To obtain direct, low-level access to a system's mass storage drives, SpinRite runs under a GRC-customized version of FreeDOS which has been modified to add compatibility with all file systems. In order to run SpinRite it must first be possible to boot FreeDOS.

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Sep 30, 2020
Hi all,

NoStarch Press has been running 5 days of deals and I've been getting emails about it. I didn't remember to post anything here until now. Unfortunately, it's day 4 of 5. Anyway, here's the latest offer. If you want it, you'll have to get it before midnight. I think you guys / gals can use the coupon codes even though you didn't receive the email.

Today's Special:
35% off The Big Book of Small Python Projects, Beyond the Basic Stuff with Python, & Dive into Algorithms with coupon code

25% off ALL Python books
+ ALL Merchandise, with coupon code

*This limited-time offer expires at midnight.

May your bits be stable and your interfaces be fast. :cool: Ron
Decisions, decisions. I've been thinking more about this offer. I'm always interested in learning and geeky stuff, but I'm not so wealthy that I can just drop $ 50 bills every day or two without thinking about it. With the hacking and Python bundles I've bought (ebooks only) as well as physical books with PDF's, I have thousands of pages to potentially read and many hundreds of hours of practice to do. It's all very intimidating.

In the end, I decided to buy The Big book of Small Python projects. I also have Mission Python and Learn to Code by Solving problems and Black Hat Python. I also decided to get Black Hat Go. Those should keep me busy for ... a while.

One beef I have with many programming books is that they're boring, so I like those that focus on real world projects or simulations to teach. In the past, I've been impressed with Deitel books, which usually include such examples. They do have some current Python books, but not Go as far as I can tell. They're usually very expensive. I was hoping that Go would take over and become THE language, more or less, because I like static typing, garbage collection, and compiled executables. At least I think I do. But it hasn't taken off as much as I thought it would.

Another beef I have with MOST popular languages right now, including Golang and Python, is the lack of substantial GUI support. HELLO, we're 20% into the 21st century. We've had GUI interfaces for quite a while now. If I wanted to write a full blown GUI PC app, I might have to resort to Free Pascal and Lazarus or something (I've got books on that too), or even VISUAL BASIC. I don't get why these languages don't have GUI support.

( PS, I've started a separate thread about IDE's and GUI's for Python and Golang. )

Anyway, it seems my things to do list is plenty full for quite a while. And that doesn't even include regular things in everyday life.

May your bits be stable and your interfaces be fast. :cool: Ron
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FYI, here's today's deal:

35% off The LEGO® MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor Activity Book, LEGO® Technic Non-Electric Models + Clever Contraptions, and Machine Learning for Kids with coupon code


25% off ALL LEGO® & Kids books
+ ALL Merchandise, with coupon code

*This limited-time offer expires at midnight.

May your bits be stable and your interfaces be fast. :cool: Ron