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Book report day!

by on May.25, 2012, under Uncategorized

Remember those from grade school? good times. Well, I have been doing a lot of reading in my quest to scale up my dev from the ‘hacker’ style, which has led me to quite a few books, both To-Read, and Have-Read:

Recent reads that have been helpful:

Code Complete, Steve Mconnell – I’m in the middle of this book now, It’s pretty much exactly what I’ve been looking for. Readability is high, and it is filled with practical advice and links/notes leading to further reading in any of the topics that it has touched on. I’m finding it to be helpful even with basics as I expand my vocabulary and ease some of the problems of finding random solutions online.

Head First Design Patterns – very approachable book that describes a large number of recurring problems and possible solutions to software design issues. I found the book to be quite helpful as an introduction in some cases, and as a clarification and placing some vocabulary on to some other systems that I had been working with for a while now. It also adds in some descriptions of pitfalls that I hadn’t occurred ‘in the wild’ yet. Overall, Helpful information, odd formatting, glad to have a physical copy

Coders at Work: Reflections on the Craft of Programming, Peter Seibel – The book is a series of interviews with 15 high profile/ influential programmers. I found this book extremely interesting and finished it in several days. It gives an interesting perspective on the early days of programming, computing, and a ‘hacker’ mentality.

Coder to Developer: Tools and Strategies for delivering your Software – Started well, and the book has some useful thoughts in there mixed in between the old software advice.

3D Math primer for Graphics and Game Development – I’ve found the explanations to be useful for many things in this book, it has been more a reference-when-stuck type book for me than a read-thru however. The book has been helpful, but I find myself wishing I’d gotten the Physical book instead of the Kindle version.

I’ve got a few more in the queue as ‘to be read’ mixed in with the wonderful advent of accessible free uni courses via Coursera and Udacity there’s been much learning going on of late!

Have any recommendations for me? let me know!

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