Wednesday Aug 12, 2009

Sharing is caring (especially when you share good stuff)

Sometimes the best books you read are the ones your friends loan to you. The cover is a little ragged and the pages are dog-eared, evidencing an eager and avid reader who probably spent a few late hours on the couch devouring it. And he wanted you to share it with you so that you, too, could spend your nights tearing through the pages as voraciously as he did. We wanted to do something similar here, and although we don't have a book repository to loan them out to you (because if we did, we totally would because we know you're good for it), what we do have are a few recommendations from the community that you may find worthwhile. If you have a book you'd like to add to the list, join the discussion here.

Andy Paton recommended:
Easy Oracle Jumpstart (Oracle Database Management Concepts and Administration) - A very easy read and had a feeling I would be needing it!

Wayne Horkan wrote:
Here's a few of my favourites off the top of my head...
1) The Mythical Man Month (2nd edition has the essay "no silver bullet") - Fred Brooks
2) Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment - W. Richard Stevens
3) Computer Architecture (A Quantitative Approach) - John Hennessy and David Patterson
4) Building Scalable Web Sites - Cal Henderson
5) Object Thinking - David West

Wayne adds:
I quite like the 'pull out' section in Donald E. Knuth's "Art of Computer Programming Volume 3: Sorting and Searching" comparing search and sort algorithm efficiency too. And I think anyone familiar with Knuth's work would agree that it would be excellent to see him get to the fabled seventh volume in the next few years (only three volumes to go).

John Stanford suggests:
The Art of Systems Architecting by Mark W. Maier

Feel free to add your faves to the discussion board. This is your opportunity to share with others your sophisticated taste in technology literature and spread the word about your favorite published work. So go ahead, tell us what you think we should read today.

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