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Anytime I'm going to poke into a topic I like to nab one of the Head First books. They're a fast, easy way to learn a topic and after I'm done with it and into it deeply I'll find a dry reference.

The Pragmatic Programmer Meta-programming at it's finest. Be a better programmer.

Joel on software blog: Here's an example post. http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/fog0000000043.html

There's quite a bit to learn in there.

Many other books available free online. Primarily I suggest you read to an end, and as you get to a stagnation point you alternate between reading to learn new technologies or languages and reading to improve yourself as a programmer.

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