Category Archives: Books

The Traveller’s Gift by Andy Andrews

The Traveller’s Gift is a set of 7 homilies setting life goals that will help you succeed.  The messages are things like “the buck stops here”, “seek wisdom”, “I am a person of action”, etc.  These are great goals and definately worth having impressed in your mind.  The book is easy to read, the ideas are relevant, […]

The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and (in tiny letters) Jeff Cox

Wow!  A business book that was actually fun to read!  I engulfed it in one big swallow last evening.  It’s a novel about a rising star plant manager who realizes that he can save his plant, his career, and his marriage if he concentrates on reaching his true goal, rather than struggling to achieve the milestones defined by his […]

The .NET Developer’s Guide to Windows Security by Keith Brown

Copyright 2005  I really like the way this book is laid out.  It is set up as 75 independent “items” of about 4 pages each.  Each item is a readable, self-contained chunk of information about some aspect of security.  So, the writing is great and the layout is great.  The content is probably great also, […]

Framework Design Guidelines by Krzysztof Cwalina and Brad Abrams, 2006

Lots of interesting food for thought in this book.  It describes guidelines for structuring your code.  Should this be a structure or a class.  A method or a property?  A namespace?  Multiple classes?  How should I format the code?  Well structured and presented as a discussion of the pros and cons, rather than straight rules.  […]

Visual Basic for Network Applications by Simon Collin, 1998

Sometimes I order used books off of Amazon.  By the time they arrive at the house, sometimes a couple weeks later, I think to myself, “Why on earth did I order this book?”  In this case, the book cost $7.56 with shipping.  Because we have an aging VB6 application at work, I thought this book […]

Pragmatic Unit Testing by Andrew Hunt, David Thomas, Matt Hargett

I started using NUnit a few months ago.  The concept seems simple and the documentation from the website is plenty readable, so I found it easy to begin working with it.  But in the absence of  seeing or talking to another person who uses NUnit (or JUnit or the equivalent), I wondered to myself, have I grasped the […]

Gerald Weinberg “Becoming a Technical Leader”

I read Becoming a Technical Leader because of a recommendation on the Coding Horror blog.  What did I get out of it? Mr. Weinberg has a lovely, charismatic dog (German Sheperd?) pictured with him on the back cover.  I decided he is believable based on his dog alone. This is not a book about management – at least, […]