chrb (1083577) writes "The Ubuntu Developer Week is now on. The Developer Week takes the form of IRC-based presentations and question/answer sessions with Ubuntu development teams and other experts who will explain, teach, entertain and answer your questions on a multitude of topics surrounding Ubuntu development. The aim is to educate anyone who is interested in Ubuntu development, and to help existing developers learn new skills."
The best book on programming for the layman is "Alice in Wonderland";
but that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman.