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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Stack of books as a First-In-Last-Out stack

My "book stack" is a stack of books that I would like to finish reading someday (or to re-read):


Because of the nature of this stack, books that are frequently used float to the top, and rarely accessed books sink to the bottom.

So at the top is "Teach What You Know" (on training others, which is a part of my job) and "The Pug Handbook" (I'm taking care of my brother's dog this month). Also, "The Art of UNIX Programming", which is a fascinating patterns book recommended by a colleague.

At the bottom are some books I wish I never purchased (note to self: always read a chapter of a book before buying). Why did I spend $50 on "Windows Presentation Foundation"? Good reviews, yes, but I don't use WPF. Again, amazing reviews of "Streamlined Object Modeling", but I have found this text to be rather dry: "R48. [Role] A regular library patron can only collaborate with closed-ended resource holds; a researcher patron can collaborate with open-ended or closed-ended research holds.". Not my style at all.

Great books I've barely started: Programming Pearls. Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture. And where am I going to find the time to squeeze in Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs?

Basic Economics is one that I'd like to re-read - it's written in a surprisingly engaging way. I'd also like to re-read Getting Things Done to get a refresher on the fundamentals of that time-management system.


  • I'm sure you've seen them already but if you want to do SICP in an alternative way you can watch the videos -

    That actually takes longer than reading the books but possibly requires less mental energy.

    Of course you're probably doing it wrong if you don't write your own Scheme REPL in Scheme by the end of Chapter 1 but I found the videos helpful.

    By Blogger Thomas David Baker, at 8/31/2008 11:15 a.m.  

  • Cool stuff Tom. I know you've gone through the videos - I should give that a go. In the tub.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 8/31/2008 7:40 p.m.  

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