I have 1 hour of travel by train now from home to work and I really would like to start reading a bit, mostly about networking and security but also about programming.

I've been collecting some list of books so far but I would like to ask the community if they are appropiate for my knwoledge or not, if they would suggest any more, etc.

Basically, the question is: is it possible to post something like that here? Not only books related, but any other kind of resource.

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No, there's a close reason on almost all SE sites for this sort of question, which is generically called a "shopping question:"

Requests for product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they attract low quality, opinionated and spam answers, and the answers become obsolete quickly. Instead, describe the business problem you are working on, the research you have done, and the steps taken so far to solve it.

  • Alright, I see.. and understand that. It's a pitty tho, some expert advice would be great here :)
    – sysfiend
    Apr 28, 2016 at 23:04
  • @Alex Once upon a time, we did do shopping questions. Feel free to search them out if you want to find practical examples of why this kind of question doesn't hold up well to the test of time. Apr 29, 2016 at 18:57
  • I'll do, I may find an answer to my questions and yeah.. I can already see the huge amount of spam Ward was talking about..
    – sysfiend
    Apr 29, 2016 at 22:25
  • @Alex go to reddit for open-ended questions
    – sixty4bit
    May 8, 2016 at 0:18

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