Most cherished endorsement
|TO TOM CHRISTOPHER
who taught me the importance of investigating "crazy"
- Philip J. Hatcher
From the dedication in the book: Philip J. Hatcher
and Michael J. Quinn, Data-Parallel Programming On MIMD
Computers, The MIT Press, 1991.
|This book teaches the Python programming
language with a emphasis on how to use it to write larger programs.
It describes and demonstrates over 20 object-oriented design patterns.
It provides code for abstract container data types: doubly-ended
queue, set, and priority queues. It has the best explanation of
threading in Python of any current book. It explains the re module
and the use of regular expressions in pattern matching.
||This book really kicks ass: There is
enough in there to learn Python, files and processes in Linux, principles
of networking, how to put together a home or small business network,
how to set up Apache, how to write CGI programs, and how to use
MySQL. It includes a working web-commerce application and a wiki
system we're calling "slither" (hence the web site name).
Programming Language Handbook
This book shows you how to use threads in Java.
It provides a significant package of thread synchronization and
scheduling classes for your use. It includes examples of a number
of parallel algorithms showing different parallel programming
styles. Reviewers are calling the book excellent, the "best of
book is provided free on the web for download. It describes the
Icon programming language, which is available from http://www.cs.arizona.edu/icon
From left at publication party at Merl's Smokehouse
in Evanston IL:
John Shafaee, Thomas Christopher, George
About Thomas Christopher
After 20 years as a professor of computer science, Thomas
Christopher resigned to write books full time for two years. (He likes
to watch academics turn pale when they hear that.) He is an author of
three books published by Prentice Hall. His second negative royalty statement
encouraged him to pursue his long term interest in high performance computing
by becoming a consultant. His clients have included Sandia and Los Alamos
Thomas was a co-principal of Tools of Computing LLC, a Chicagoland training
company, that presented a series of Java short courses. He is brushing
them off and updating them to offer again.
For fun, Thomas is a part time writer, speaker, storyteller, poet, Unitarian
Universalist lay preacher, and a contra dancer, teacher, and choreographer.