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Functional Programming in Scala
it was amazing
This book should be required reading for anyone wanting to really learn and understand Scala. It's not that the book will necessarily give you mastery ...more
Dec 27, 2013
Aug 11, 2012
When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought
really liked it
Calling this one done a bit before the end. Honestly, the latter essays get a bit tedious. There's a lot to love about this book and a few things that ...more
Aug 08, 2018
Jul 28, 2018
The Order of Time
it was amazing
All I can say is that this book is delightful and amazing. I'll need to return to it again and again so I can keep absorbing what Rovelli has to share ...more
Aug 21, 2018
Aug 20, 2018
Measure What Matters
really liked it
I truly don't get the negative reviews. I suspect some of them must have read a different book than I did. Anyway, this is a solid introduction to OKR ...more
Jun 23, 2018
Jun 21, 2018
The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World
really liked it
I definitely enjoyed and appreciated this a lot more on my second read. The key difference this time was that I've finally been digging into the machi ...more
May 31, 2017
Oct 06, 2016
Jun 03, 2016
Learn You a Haskell for Great Good!
it was amazing
Fantastic book, which sets a serious example of how programming books can be made both enjoyable and technically deep.
May 2011
Jun 18, 2011
Valve: Handbook for New Employees
really liked it
Here's the thing: this is not a book, in the normal sense, but it should be studied carefully, nonetheless. This is, from what has been suggested arou ...more
not set
Oct 28, 2012
Norse Mythology
really liked it
So, here's the thing: this is amazing. It's everything you would want it to be given that Neil Gaiman wrote it and is retelling these stories. But you ...more
Feb 09, 2017
Feb 04, 2017
The Road to React
really liked it
Pretty solid introduction to React that doesn't try to be comprehensive. I just wanted a taste to understand what it was about and this book gave me e ...more
Jan 08, 2017
Jan 15, 2017
Competing Against Luck
really liked it
Lots to digest here and I think I'll need a re-read to get everything out of it. Seems like a very useful and focused approach to understanding produc ...more
Nov 25, 2018
Dec 11, 2017
Jan 31, 2017
Jan 20, 2017
really liked it
Really, really enjoyed the first two parts, but the third part felt almost tacked on. Still great, but not as great. The thing is, I *wanted* that las ...more
May 25, 2015
May 22, 2015
The Origins of Creativity
really liked it
This one will require a few re-reads. It's mostly a bit of philosophical meandering, but there is a binding thread. It's a quick read and worth a week ...more
Oct 09, 2017
Oct 08, 2017
Machine Learning: The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Understanding Machine Learning
it was ok
So, this was dirt cheap and really short, so I thought I'd take a look. I found this book after seeing a link to one of the authors other books from t ...more
Nov 23, 2018
Nov 23, 2018
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
really liked it
Still great on a second read.
Oct 31, 2015
Jun 05, 2014
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)
really liked it
Admittedly, I only finally read this book because it was released as a free ebook by Tor (you can sign up here to receive others -- sorry for the adve ...more
Mar 03, 2008
Mar 03, 2008
The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch
really liked it
So, if the apocalypse does come, I really hope I'm not here to deal with it. Maybe I'll be off traveling while it happens or something. Yeah, that sou ...more
May 24, 2014
Apr 26, 2014
Technology Strategy Patterns: Architecture as Strategy
really liked it
This book is borderline between four and five stars for me. We'll see as I'm able to really start applying these patterns whether it proves to be as u ...more
Feb 16, 2019
Nov 05, 2018
An Introduction to Historical Linguistics
While I haven't been able to read this, yet, I had to share an interesting sight (the link takes you to a Google Maps Streetview) I noticed while out ...more
not set
Mar 20, 2012
The Hitchhiker's Guide to Python: Best Practices for Development
really liked it
I really wish there were more books like this: a solid, thorough overview of the landscape for the Python programming language. I'd almost be tempted ...more
Apr 03, 2017
Mar 25, 2017
Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction
really liked it
Excellent, straight forward book on writing good narrative nonfiction. I've been a fan of this genre for a long time—before I even knew it was a "thin ...more
Dec 27, 2020
Mar 18, 2013
The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
liked it
There's a lot of interesting history here, but not a lot of depth. Most of all, I feel a bit like Gertner is a bit too focused on the positive side of ...more
Jan 28, 2014
Jun 09, 2012
What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings--and Life
liked it
Reads about like a really long blog post that was linked to on Lifehacker. But a kind of decent one where you send the link around to your friends. Do ...more
Dec 29, 2014
Dec 29, 2014
Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans
really liked it
Excellent summary and overview of the current state and challenges facing artificial intelligence. Should be readily accessible to any interested read ...more
Oct 20, 2019
Oct 07, 2019
Simplifying JavaScript: Writing Modern JavaScript with ES5, ES6, and Beyond
really liked it
Calling this one done though I honestly didn't read every chapter or every tip (and I skimmed more than a few of those I did read). That said, the boo ...more
Feb 02, 2020
Dec 20, 2019
The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity's Search for Meaning
really liked it
There's a lot to love about this book. At least for someone like me with a wide range of interests and a passion for understanding things. Jeremy Lent ...more
Oct 22, 2018
Oct 07, 2018
Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern
it was amazing
While this is not exactly a review, I thought I'd leave a few comments here. I recently got this on Kindle, so I've been slowly revisiting a few choic ...more
not set
Sep 15, 2011
Play for Scala
really liked it
Full disclosure: I was the technical proofreader for this book. Before you yell at me for anything I missed, please know that I was called on at the v ...more
Jun 29, 2013
May 28, 2012
The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone
really liked it
Fascinating story with tons of great detail and background. The history of what became the iPhone goes back much further than you expect. Despite Jobs ...more
Aug 07, 2017
Aug 03, 2017
Functional and Reactive Domain Modeling
it was amazing
Functional programming is, in a sense, the next step in the evolution of pattern-based programming and this work by Debasish Ghosh helps point the way ...more
Feb 20, 2016
Nov 01, 2014
Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1)
really liked it
I was torn on how to rate this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and very nearly gave it a full five stars, but the fact is that as literature, it's a bit ...more
Oct 12, 2011
Oct 09, 2011
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