Would be the following questions acceptable on Programmers site:

  1. Few years ago book XYZ by AuthorSoAndSo was considered the book on ABC. Is it still the case? Has it become outdated?

  2. In job posts I often see a requirement to be proficient with SuchAndSuch type of applications. What are the main concerns with these applications? What kind of tooling should a programmer become intimately familiar with to claim such proficiency?

Are the above questions specific enough to survive?

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The first question might survive, but a lot depends on the specific book/technology. The really good books don't become outdated that fast, unless the technology is evolving very fast and/or a much better alternative has become available. On the other hand, if the technology has evolved and some books are available that are more up-to-date, but nothing to clearly replace the original book, then there is a real chance that it comes down to personal opinion if book XYZ is still the best. Such questions tend to be closed as "primarily opinion based".

The second question most likely won't survive. That question is seeking career advise and such questions are explicitly off-topic. See also "Why was my question closed as off topic?"

  • What if the second question is worded differently : What tools are essential for this type of apps? No career advice here.
    – PM 77-1
    Sep 14, 2014 at 13:41
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    @PM77-1: No, but then it is either a 'big list' question (too broad) or a request for recommendation (off topic). Sep 14, 2014 at 14:07

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