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Resources

Welcome to my Resources section, a curated list of the books/courses/blogs/tools and websites I strongly recommend for improving your programming skills.

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Sites

Books

Courses

My Recommended Pluralsight courses (that I've seen so far):

  • Play by Play: Modernizing C++ Code with Kate Gregory - a great interview, where Kate analyses a legacy project. She didn't go very far, but it was valuable to see how to think in modern C++, what are some common code smells and legacy patterns.
  • C++ Advanced Topics (by Kate Gregory) - it's a long (more than 5h) course about good practice in modern C++: like avoiding raw new/delete, C-style patterns, plus of course advanced topics, like move, lambdas, etc. Good stuff with a great teacher.
  • First Look: C++ Core Guidelines and the Guideline Support Library - (by Kate Gregory) - the course not only teaches how to work with the Core Guidelines, but also Kate describes what modern C++ is, what are the advantages and disadvantages of the language and what is safe and expressive code. It's an excellent material for refreshing the knowledge of modern C++. Useful for beginners and experienced developers.
    • Practical takeaway: how to use not_null, what is modern and safe C++, consts, tools (clang tidy, gsl library).

About design patterns by Dmitri Nesteruk (also Pluralsight):

I like the approach of writing a live code, with a simple pattern implementation. So you can see all of the details. Then, Dmitri is discussing the problems. The set of courses on Design Patterns looks like a good way to practice coding in C++ and start with Design Patterns. Still, I'd like to see more details of the implementation; maybe we can wait for the advanced version of this course someday? :) Plus, maybe a discussion about the use in a real-life project, disadvantages, etc.

Blogs

Blogging

If you run a blog (which I highly recommend for every devloper!) you might be interested in the following resources:

  • How to Create a Blog That Boosts Your Software Development Career
    - free course from SimpleProgrammer, by J. Sonmez
  • Writing is hard, especially if you're not a native English speaker. That's why I try to fix and improve my articles whenever possible. In 2016 I've started using Grammarly which is a great tool to automatically check everything you write. I am using it on my blog, at work, for emails... it works in the browser but also as separate plugins for Office (and other).
  • I am using MailChimp as my tool for the mailing list. It's not super cheap, but works very well so far :)

Friends

Others

  • For productivity I am using Cold Turkey to block eveything and focus on the important tasks.
  • openclipart.org/ - Great source for public domain clip arts. A lot of graphics on my site comes from this site.
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