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I am about to embark on a great journey – over the next 6 weeks I plan to read through C++ Numerical Recipes 3rd edition


I'll be reading this with an eye to C++ AMP, thinking about implementing the suitable subset (non-recursive, additive, commutative) to run on the GPU.

APIs supporting HPC, GPGPU or MapReduce are all useful – providing you have the ability to choose the correct algorithm to leverage on them.

I really think this is the most fascinating area of programming – a lot more exciting than LOB CRUD !!!

When you think about it , everything is a function – we categorize & we extrapolate.

As abstractions get higher & less leaky, sooner or later information systems programming will become a non-programmer task – you will be using WYSIWYG designers to build:

  • GUIs
  • MVVM
  • service mapping & virtualization
  • workflows
  • ORM
  • Entity relations In the data source

SharePoint / LightSwitch are not there yet, but every iteration gets closer.

For information workers, managed code is a race to the bottom.

As MS futures are a bit shaky right now, the provider agnostic nature & higher barriers of entry of both C++ & Numerical Analysis seem like a rational choice to me.

Its also fascinating – stepping outside the box.

This is not the first time I've delved into numerical analysis.

6 months ago I read Numerical methods with Applications, which can be found for free online:


2 years ago I learned the .NET Extreme Optimization library – not bad

2.5 years ago I read Schaums Numerical Analysis book - not an easy read, as topics jump back & forth across chapters:


3 years ago I read Practical Numerical Methods with C# (which is a toy learning language for this kind of stuff)


I also read through AI a Modern Approach 3rd edition END to END - this took me a few years but was the most rewarding experience.


I'll post progress updates – see you on the other side !

Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2012 3:21 PM | Back to top

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