There's obviously gems that are only available online and more up to date.
I was referring to "the definite guide"
Shoe Lace mentioned.
I got some "definite guides" in my shelf from 2002 that are as valid and up to date as it gets.
The thing is, why I'm advocating those books so much is not an affiliation with the publisher but what you can get from them.
It's the things you don't care about and you wouldn't ever look up that you have to read anyways in some way.
These books are not fully replaceable by web content, at least for my interests.
It also probably heavily depends on your field of interest. Turbo Pascal != Facebook marketing
Additionally, we're in the wordpress area of the web, shortly after google struggled so long with unbearable search results because of SEO specialists
linkfarms so that literally everyone can publish his bs on the web.
I'm looking for the opinion of certain people on certain topics, and they often prefer to earn some money for their books instead of blogging the real content.
That's what I meant with top notch and free does not compute.
Or maybe I just turned into an "old" guy moaning at the youngsters on my lawn.
Note to self: Next time explain before, not try to justify after posting
Maybe we can revive the worst thread of this subforum
so far and use it as a linkdump.
Originally Posted by TheIrishThug
This. Programming books don't work for me. I need get down and dirty and work on a project to understand how things work. When I get stuck, it's to the internet.
You read the book before, so you don't get stuck that often and refrain to post your issue on SO and get it solved without learning anything from it. Especially if you're under development pressure from your company, that's natural.
Of course you can use SO as learning tool to improve, but most of the time it's just homework or time pressure :/
But people often ask how they can stand out, and being very selective about the method you gather information (and not only the content itself) is one of the aspects imo.