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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
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 learn 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
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 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
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
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
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
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 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
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
Dec 11, 2017
Jan 31, 2017
Jan 20, 2017
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
Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual
really liked it
Let me state this up front: this book is not going to be a four-star book for everyone. That's clear. Many will read it and see nothing they see of va ...more
Apr 30, 2017
Apr 28, 2017
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
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
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
Java 8 Lambdas: Pragmatic Functional Programming
liked it
This book would have gotten 4 stars, but I think there are a few places where it's just plain misleading. In particular, the details about parallel an ...more
May 10, 2014
Apr 08, 2014
Cibola Burn (The Expanse, #4)
liked it
This is one of those books that really makes me wish Goodreads (or any other review site) allowed for more than a simple five-star spectrum for rating ...more
Jun 22, 2014
Jun 18, 2014
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
it was ok
Disclaimer: I work for Nike, so my views are perhaps biased. That said, I'm not in this to sell shoes and I can question my employers motivations as w ...more
Aug 16, 2015
Aug 15, 2015
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
Distributed Systems For Fun and Profit
really liked it
I'm happy to say I now know a book I can point others to when they want a quick survey of key topics (not all, though) in distributed computing. Defin ...more
Dec 30, 2013
Oct 09, 2013
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
House of Suns
it was amazing
Still holds up on my second read. I really love this book and hope Reynolds will come back to the universe he wove together here sometime later in his ...more
Mar 24, 2018
Jun 22, 2013
Dec 04, 2011
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
it was amazing
After three readings, this still holds up as a fantastic bit of work. So much so that I'm bumping my rating up and adding it to my favorites category.
Aug 20, 2017
Dec 06, 2014
Feb 17, 2008
Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk
really liked it
I really wish this book had been available years ago. There are so many great bands that came out of the LA scene, but I had very little idea how that ...more
Apr 03, 2017
Mar 31, 2017
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
really liked it
Still great on a second read.
Oct 31, 2015
Jun 05, 2014
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
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