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As software rapidly becomes more complex and segmented, it is increasingly important for programmers to have references that can point out common underlying principles, provide guidance making about which of dozens of popular languages to learn, and explain the potentially dizzying jargon.

For almost a decade, Michael Scott's classic book has been doing all of the above. His brilliant method of illuminating theoretical topics with practical implementation examples provides two-in-one coverage not found in any other text. After all, what good is knowing all the formalisms of a programming language if you don't know how a computer uses it?

The new third edition keeps this must-have reference's coverage fresh and relevant, in order to adequately prepare students for the realities of life outside the ivory tower, and provide professionals with a broader and deeper view than they could ever acquire with furtive glances at a "dummies" book behind cubicle walls.

The companion CD-ROM provides advanced content for ambitious learners, hundreds of working examples, active search functionality, and live links to manuals, tutorials, compilers and interpreters on the Web.

*Classic programming foundations text now updated to familiarize students with the languages they are most likely to encounter in the workforce, including Java 6, Perl 6, C# 3.0 and Linux

*New and expanded coverage of concurrency and run-time systems ensures students and professionals understand the most important advances driving software today

*Includes over 800 numbered examples to help the reader quickly cross-reference and access content

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