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Agile Estimating and Planning
After having read many books on agile software development, this is the book that finally made the entire system hang together for me. Cohn walks thro...more
Feb 21, 2010
Jan 28, 2010
Version Control with Git
I recommend this book to anybody who has decided that Git is going to be their DVCS and intends to read the book sequentially, cover to cover. If you'...more
Mar 19, 2010
Jun 14, 2009
Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It: No Schedules, No Meetings, No Joke--the Simple Change That Can Make Your Job Terrific
The basic premise of the book is that employees should be trusted with their time and held accountable for their performance. Most corporations actual...more
May 22, 2012
May 19, 2012
Scalable and Modular Architecture for CSS
First of all, after reading this book, I plan on applying the SMACSS approach to my web development projects. The concepts described here form a sound...more
May 31, 2012
May 22, 2012
Bigfoot: I Not Dead
An entertaining and quick read and a good gift for those in your life who enjoy a little off-color comedy.
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Jun 18, 2008
Start Over, Finish Rich: 10 Steps to Get You Back on Track in 2010
I don't know why I continue to read these personal finance books. They are almost a guilty pleasure at this point.

Bach's effort is typical of the gen...more
Jan 2010
Dec 30, 2009
Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
I have no doubt that this book contains embellishments, but it's a great read and provides a fascinating glimpse at the inside of the 2008 presidentia...more
Jan 28, 2010
Jan 17, 2010
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
I really enjoyed this book, although the end was a bit less than satisfying, and cost it the four-star rating.

In general, it was entertaining and a lo...more
Jul 2010
Jul 23, 2010
The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur: The Tell-It-Like-It-Is Guide to Cleaning Up in Business, Even If You Are at the End of Your Roll
Some good tips on starting your own business, but the poop jokes got a bit tired. Better than most books in this genre though, as it wasn't all motiva...more
Jan 2010
Jan 14, 2010
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
Easy quick read if you're interested in the take-aways from In Defense of Food (Pollan's previous book) but less interested in the research that went...more
Jan 04, 2012
Dec 31, 2011
Me 2.0: Build a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success
Hitting yourself in the face with this book would be more fun than reading it.
May 2009
Jun 04, 2009
The Art of Lean Software Development
Good overview of how to apply the Lean principles pioneered by Toyota in manufacturing to software development.
Jun 2009
Jun 12, 2009
Ruby for Rails: Ruby Techniques for Rails Developers
A good introduction to Ruby the language, described coming from the perspective of a Rails user. The chapters on the Ruby environment itself were rath...more
Jul 2008
Jun 18, 2008
Financial Peace Revisited
Some good advice, but is written more for people whose finances are out of control (rampant credit card debt, missed payments, etc) so large portions...more
Jun 2009
Jun 04, 2009
jQuery in Action
Good coverage of jQuery in general; the first few chapters give you a solid framework of understanding from which to move through the rest of the libr...more
Aug 2008
Jul 29, 2008
Ready Player One
An interesting, yet wholly predictable, plot often diminished by an unrelenting and tiresome level of '80s nostalgia.

The future is looking pretty grim...more
Oct 28, 2011
Sep 21, 2011
Ender's Shadow (Ender's Shadow, #1)
I read this directly following Ender's Game, which probably wasn't the best idea since the story overlaps, essentially telling the same events, especi...more
May 2008
Jun 18, 2008
Building Scalable Web Sites
Great overview of the different types of considerations you need to be mindful of when building scalable web applications. Breadth valued over depth,...more
Feb 2009
Nov 08, 2008
Mein Kampf
Content aside, since it's obviously crazy-town material, the writing style is horrendous and dry as well. Only worth reading to say that you did; can...more
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Jun 24, 2008
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)
I read this over about a week while I was on vacation and found it very entertaining. As with many classic science fiction works, some of the ideas co...more
May 2008
Jun 18, 2008
Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Quintet, #2)
While not as good as Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead was still good. I was sort of disappointed by the end, since it clearly just sets up the next...more
Jun 24, 2008
Jun 18, 2008
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany
One of the most well-known histories on Nazi Germany, although there are a few facts and oversights that are disputed among historians or proven to be...more
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Jun 24, 2008
Angels & Demons  (Robert Langdon, #1)
I read this directly after DaVinci Code, which was a serious mistake since the books are so similar. If you liked one, you'll most likely enjoy the ot...more
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Jun 18, 2008
The Fourth Turning
It took me a while to get through, but it's an interesting take on how events influence generations which cause history to go be cyclical, or "seasona...more
Jun 18, 2010
Mar 10, 2010
RESTful .NET: Build and Consume RESTful Web Services with .NET 3.5
Good amount of detail about WCF and REST, but the chapters pandering to Silverlight and WF are a distraction. Not every book talking about Microsoft's...more
May 2009
Apr 08, 2009
The Ruby Programming Language
Comprehensive coverage of the Ruby language, modeled after The C++ Programming Language.

It's probably best used as a reference, rather than cover-to-...more
Oct 2010
May 14, 2010
Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School
Accessible look at neuroscience and how it can be applied to education and business. The accompanying DVD and website have some great content as well.
Jul 2008
Jun 25, 2008
Jurassic Park (Parque Jurásico, #1)
Movie is awesome, book is even better. I still intend on building an application that uses "AH AH AH - You didn't say the magic word!" as an error mes...more
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Jun 24, 2008
RESTful Web Services
Thorough and at times tedious look at REST-based services. It does cut through the hype and explain the benefits of REST rather well, though.
Nov 2008
Jun 18, 2008
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)
I sort of enjoyed the audio/radio version better than the book form. If you're not a fan of "British Comedy" it's best to stay away.
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Jun 24, 2008
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