Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Reading list redux

It’s been a while since I posted my recommended reading list, so here’s the 2011 version.

Product Details Code complete 2nd edition
Steve McConnel
Microsoft Press


A practical guide to the craft of programming.

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Product Details Design patterns – elements of reusable object oriented software.
Gamma, Helm, Johnson and Vlissides
Addison Wesley

The famous gang of four book featuring 20 odd common design patterns.

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Product Details Patterns of enterprise application architecture
Martin Fowler
Addison Wesley

This book details many software design patterns found in enterprise software by the thoughtworks guru, Martin fowler.

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Product Details The mythical man month
Frederick P. Brooks
Addison Wesley

This is a collection of essays on software project management that was first published in 1975.It contains the now legendary “Brooks Law”, that adding manpower to a late project only makes it later. The concepts laid out in this book are as valid today as they were 30 years ago.

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Product Details Peopleware
Tom Demarco and Timothy Lister
Dorset house publishing

This book makes the assertion that most development projects fail because of failures within the team – a humorous and riveting read.

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Product Details Joel on software
Joel Spolsky
APRESS

I’ve just finished reading this, and the second series (more Joel on software) and it’s an insightful look at the craft of development, the people who do development and running a technology business. Highly recommended.

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Product Details More Joel on software
Joel Spolsky
APRESS

As above, this book builds on the previous one – there’s some new stuff and some more depth on some of the topics and again I highly recommend reading it, but if you have a choice between this and the earlier book, choose the earlier one.

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Product Details Founders at work
Jessiva Livingston
APRESS

A great read, stories of a number of high profile start ups that have gone on to great things. The book is insightful and for a geek like me who likes to understand tech history, its a staple.

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Product Details Coders at work
Peter Seibel
APRESS

This follows a similar vein to the founders at work but is a series of interviews with some great programmers and engineers. Its good to get in the mind of some of these people, but at times the book can be a little dry.

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Product Details Accidental Empires
Robert X. Cringely
Penguin books

A cracking look at the history of the technology industry – this book is extremely well written and I couldn’t put it down once I started.

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Product Details Dreaming in code
Scott Rosenberg
Three Rivers Press

Software is hard – this book follows the work of Mitch Kapor’s Chandler project over the course of 3 years and poses the question – why is good software so hard to make?

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Anyone any further suggestions?

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