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Giving Away Four Programming Books

Like most developers, I’ve got a handful of reference material at my desk that I use for any given project. But as time goes on, certain books become of less value.

Rather than through them out, I thought I’d try to give then out to those of you that are looking to get your feet wet in code, brush up on your development chops, or just add to your own bookshelf. So, I’ve got four books that I’m giving away completely free (all I ask if that you pay shipping):

  • Agile Web Development with Rails, Second Edition. A heads up: This is not the most recent entry into the series. It’s still a strong book, but doesn’t cover some of the most recent topics (such as the Asset Pipeline, CoffeeScript, etc).
  • jQuery In Action, First Edition. Stellar book for those of you looking to learn jQuery. It assumes you know very little about the library and teaches by example. By the time you finish the book, you should be more than capable in thinking of “doing things the jQuery way,” and knowing where to look in the API when you need additional help.
  • PHP In Action. A solid book on software engineering in PHP. Covers basics in PHP, test-driven development, object-oriented programming, and more. Highly recommend this for budding PHP programmers looking to get deeper into the language and into development.

Here’s how to enter: Simply leave a comment with the title of what book you want. Ideally, one book per person. First come, first serve. I’ll use the order in which comments come in to the blog. After that, I’ll email you privately to get your address.

I’ll be in touch by Friday.


  1. Andrew Lee

    jQuery In Action, First Edition – this is awesome, thank you!

    • Tom

      Sweet – you got it Andrew. I’ll email you later this week.

  2. Ivan Bickett

    Teach Yourself C in 21 Days, Fourth Edition – I decided last week that I want to explore basic programming. Timing is everything!

    • Tom

      Nice – all yours! Will be in touch :).

  3. David

    PHP In Action please!

    • Tom

      You got it.

  4. Dallas

    Hey Tom if the rails book is still up for grabs I would love it!

    • Tom

      Yep – yours!

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