Originally Posted by Lee3dee
why wait for the book? plenty of tutorials online for free and the collectors edition (black tin) comes with video tutorials on how to use the editor.
I'd have to recommend the collectors edition as well, sitting down to watch the videos that come with it will get you a pretty firm grasp on the tool-set they distribute with the UT3 game. The UDN is great until you get into the more technical stuff and then it's all restricted to the licensees. But it should at least be able to point you in the right direction.
You said programming, so I'm assuming diving into UnrealScript it top of that list, you should bookmark http://wiki.beyondunreal.com/
You'll refer to it often.
There's also the start of quite the heap of information forming over in the Master Unreal Thread - http://boards.polycount.net/showthread.php?t=60301