Contents tagged with Books

  • Software Books Ordered

    I just ordered some more books, on recommendations from a few of my peers.  I'll post my thoughts on them once they've arrived and I've had a chance to read them. The Art of Agile Development: James Shore, Shane Warden: Books Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit (The Agile Software Development Series): Mary Poppendieck, Tom Poppendieck: Books Domain-Driven Design Quickly: Floyd Marinescu, Abel Avram: Books For those of you who have already read these, what did you think?  Which one should I read first? more

  • Book: Freakonomics

    Freakonomics [Revised and Expanded]: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner: Books I've been a bit behind on blogging but I'm trying to catch up this week.  I wrote earlier that I've just finished an excellent software development book (with a very unfortunate title), Working Effectively With Legacy Code.  Freakonomics is an entirely different kind of book, and one I actually finished reading last year but just haven't gotten around to writing about. Freakonomics is a New York Times bestseller, so I'm hardly the first person to read and discuss it.  If you're one of the three people who haven't read it yet, let … more

  • Book: Working Effectively With Legacy Code

    Working Effectively with Legacy Code (Robert C. Martin Series): Michael Feathers: Books I've just finished the above book, which was recommended to me by Jeffrey Palermo a few months ago.  It is one of the most useful software development books I've read since Code Complete.  I wish I'd read it years ago, and I'm finding myself refactoring and rethinking my approach to current systems I've been working on for some time to make them more testable and easier to work with -- and I'm already seeing improvements.  Seriously, if you're writing software, you should buy this book and move it to the top of your professional reading list.  It's the book that Refactoring … more

  • Book - Cryptonomicon

    One of the things I want to blog about periodically is what I've been reading, and a few of the things I've read lately have actually not been about software development (which is a good thing, if somewhat rare the last few years).  One book I finished last year is the Neil Stephenson's Cryptonomicon: Cryptonomicon This was a wonderful, very intelligent book.  It did a pretty good job of making me feel like my vocabulary was completely inadequate, since it seemed like every few pages the author was using words I was unfamiliar with, or lengthy metaphors which were at times difficult for me to follow.  Very humbling - if you find this book an easy read, I bow down to your … more

  • Book Recommended To Me

    I just ordered this book on the recommendation of a couple of MVC people: Working Effectively with Legacy Code (Robert C. Martin Series) Also testing out RoyO's Amazoner tool, which appears to have worked correctly.  Nice!  What is Amazoner? Amazoner was designed to make one thing very easy if you're a blog writer who's also an Amazone Associate:The abilty to recommend books that you like using your associate ID EASILY. Note that I don't actually have the book yet, so I can't tell you how I like it.  But I will.  Some day. more

  • Money For Content - Book

    I've been reading a ton of books, as usual, lately.  The interesting thing, to me at least, is that I'm actually trying to make time to read some books that aren't technical, which is quite refreshing.  For a while there, I was in "keep up with everything coming out" mode and so I went a long while without reading any fiction or non-computer books (with the exception of Harry Potter's finale).  Anyway, as I've been reading a fair bit lately on a variety of topics, I'm planning on a new post category for my blog which will cover some of the books I've read and my thoughts on each. This week's book is actually one I read quite a while ago and really enjoyed.  I wrote up a … more