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The Crying of Lot 49 The Crying of Lot 49 The Crying of Lot 49 is a novella by Thomas Pynchon, first published in 1966. The shortest of Pynchon's novels, it is about a woman, Oedipa Maas, possibly unearthing the centuries-old conflict between two mail distribution companies, Thurn und Taxis and the Trystero (or Tristero). The former actually existed and was the first firm to distribute postal mail; the latter is Pynchon's invention.
In a previous post I listed a few programming books that I found available for free online. Since then, I've been scouring the net looking for even more free programming books. Here's what I've found. (Note: As before, I haven't read all of these, so don't take this as a list of informed endorsements. Bill the Lizard: Even More Free Programming Books Bill the Lizard: Even More Free Programming Books
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The Definitive Guide

Three of CouchDB’s creators show you how to use this document-oriented database as a standalone application framework or with high-volume, distributed applications. With its simple model for storing, processing, and accessing data, CouchDB is ideal for web applications that handle huge amounts of loosely structured data. That alone would stretch the limits of a relational database, yet CouchDB offers an open source solution that’s reliable, scales easily, and responds quickly. CouchDB works with self-contained data that has loose or ad-hoc connections. It’s a model that fits many real-world items, such as contacts, invoices, and receipts, but you’ll discover that this database can easily handle data of any kind. The Definitive Guide
BOOKS TOOLBOX: 50+ Sites for Book Lovers

BOOKS TOOLBOX: 50+ Sites for Book Lovers

Lulu, a book publishing site, is in the news this week. But there are many more sites for book reviews, self-publishing and exchange. Here are more than 50 of our favorites.