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Here are some useful books related to Euphoria programming. If you've come across something that helped you with Euphoria programming, let us know and we'll add it to this list.

cover This book teaches you low-level Windows programming using C and the WIN32 API. What you learn can be easily adapted to Euphoria. Most other books focus on high-level object-oriented programming with C++ and MFC.
With Euphoria's Win32Lib or wxEuphoria anyone can write simple Windows Euphoria programs, but if you want to become a Guru, you'll need a book like this.
cover This is the standard book on C programming. Since Euphoria can interface with C in various ways, and since the Euphoria back-end is written in C, it may be helpful to know a bit about C. This book is concise, complete, well-written and authoritative.
cover Euphoria is now an open source project. This book talks not only about how open source software is changing everything, but how mass collaboration in many other areas is shaking things up.
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And here are a bunch of other interesting books and DVD's (unrelated to programming) that Rob has read or watched recently, along with his comments.

See also Rob's ratings (10/10 = great! 1/10 = horrible!) of over 300 movies on the IMDB ... time well wasted!

cover The author describes human societies over the past tens of thousands of years. He claims it was inevitable, based on geography, which areas of the world would develop technologically advanced societies, and which would not.

He includes a wealth of very detailed information on how civilizations developed on the various continents. The key was to move away from hunting and gathering, toward agriculture, which freed many people in a society to do things other than gather food. But to do that, you need easily domesticatable plants and animals.

He describes how and why writing was first developed; how languages spread; how political organizations naturally evolved; the part played by religions; why certain groups defeated other groups; why communicable diseases helped Europeans to take over the Americas, but not vice versa; and many other fascinating topics.

It's amazing that up until just 500 or so years ago, humans in North and South America, were almost completely isolated from those in Europe/Asia/Africa/Australia. The two groups developed independently, and were not aware of each other's existence.

cover Engineering professor David Scott argues that the only viable long-term solution to global warming and lack of oil, is to switch to an economy based on nuclear power and hydrogen.

Hydrogen (and oxygen) would be produced by nuclear plants by electrolysis of water (H2O) during off-peak hours, and would replace oil and gas. When hydrogen is burned (i.e. combined with oxygen), it produces pure water. No pollution!

He presents a very convincing, scientific argument for this position, though he does tend to gloss over the current difficulties in storing and handling hydrogen.

cover A very sensible discussion of the actual risks and benefits of various foods, trans-fat, MSG, artificial sweeteners etc. cover The way forward! This guy has lots of charts and graphs showing that the earth is not doomed. There is still ample opportunity to clean up our act, and it won't cost us that much.
cover An experienced, respected doctor provides great insight into how doctors come to a diagnosis, and the many horrific mistakes they make. This book is based on the U.S. health care system, but it would apply to most other countries as well. He reveals the shocking extent to which X-rays and other diagnostic tests are incorrectly interpreted; the pressures that drug companies put on doctors to prescribe their latest drug; and the financial incentives to carry out procedures for which there is no scientific study to support it. On a personal level, he honestly admits some of his own major mistakes, and mistakes that were made when he was a patient. cover Become a Zen-master! Go from being a stressed out, anxiety ridden wreck, to being a peaceful guru who does not even blink when someone sneaks up behind you and pops a paper bag!

This book is loaded with wisdom and poetry, all based on the idea of sitting quietly for a few minutes each day, and not thinking about anything. Just experiencing the "here and now". Rob really liked the chapter on "non-doing", but don't tell that to Junko!

cover At age 3, Mike May became completely blind in a tragic accident. At age 46 he was told there was a new operation that could restore his sight. He wanted to see his wife for the first time. He wanted to see his two children for the first time. He wanted to see the mountains, a sunset, and pretty women. What would happen when the lights were turned back on, and his brain was flooded with sensory information he had not experienced in over forty years? How would his world change? What images would most fascinate him? Would he be happy, or would his brain be overwhelmed? Mike describes in wonderful detail his first thoughts and emotions, the first objects and people that he sees (including himself in the mirror!), the excitement of matching visual images against his existing knowledge of how things feel. He even describes his intimate relations with his pretty wife who he can now see for the first time! cover Hate your day-time programming job? Of course you do!

By the way, did you know that the person with the world's highest ever recorded IQ was not Einstein, nor any man, but actually a 10 year-old girl?!!!

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