Channels ▼

Jolt Awards: The Best Books

, September 23, 2014 The best books of the past 12 months.
  • E-mail
  • Print

As we do every year, Dr. Dobb's recognizes the best books of the last 12 months via the Jolt Awards — our cycle of product awards given out every two months in each of six categories. No category gets more entrants than books, and this year was no exception with more than 30 nominees submitted by publishers, vendors, readers, and the Jolt judges themselves. The award covers all books published during the twelve months ending June 30th of this year.

The Jolt judges did an initial triage that reduced the field to a readable number of entrants. Then, there followed a second pass in which the top books were selected and ranked — after long deliberation and considerable discussion. As always, the best book of the year receives the Jolt Award; the two runners up each receive a Jolt Productivity award; and the remaining three books are awarded Jolt Finalist status. Reviews of these six volumes are included in this article.

The judges for this category were Andrew Binstock, Jonathan Harley, Gastón Hillar, David Mulcihy, Larry O'Brien, Gary Pollice, Roland Racko, Mike Riley, and Gigi Sayfan. Given the many nominees and the large number of judges, you can have high confidence that the award winners represent the very best of the books published in the 12-month award period.

We thank Jolt sponsor, Rackspace, for providing virtual machines for the judges' use in examining and testing the code and tools discussed in these books.

And now, to the winners, starting with the finalists…






Currently we allow the following HTML tags in comments:

Single tags

These tags can be used alone and don't need an ending tag.

<br> Defines a single line break

<hr> Defines a horizontal line

Matching tags

These require an ending tag - e.g. <i>italic text</i>

<a> Defines an anchor

<b> Defines bold text

<big> Defines big text

<blockquote> Defines a long quotation

<caption> Defines a table caption

<cite> Defines a citation

<code> Defines computer code text

<em> Defines emphasized text

<fieldset> Defines a border around elements in a form

<h1> This is heading 1

<h2> This is heading 2

<h3> This is heading 3

<h4> This is heading 4

<h5> This is heading 5

<h6> This is heading 6

<i> Defines italic text

<p> Defines a paragraph

<pre> Defines preformatted text

<q> Defines a short quotation

<samp> Defines sample computer code text

<small> Defines small text

<span> Defines a section in a document

<s> Defines strikethrough text

<strike> Defines strikethrough text

<strong> Defines strong text

<sub> Defines subscripted text

<sup> Defines superscripted text

<u> Defines underlined text

Dr. Dobb's encourages readers to engage in spirited, healthy debate, including taking us to task. However, Dr. Dobb's moderates all comments posted to our site, and reserves the right to modify or remove any content that it determines to be derogatory, offensive, inflammatory, vulgar, irrelevant/off-topic, racist or obvious marketing or spam. Dr. Dobb's further reserves the right to disable the profile of any commenter participating in said activities.

 
Disqus Tips To upload an avatar photo, first complete your Disqus profile. | View the list of supported HTML tags you can use to style comments. | Please read our commenting policy.