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  • Blog Post: Musing about Windows and Development

    Have you ever wondered why "shut down" is on the "start" menu? Has the dialog manager confused and annoyed you? Do you want to know why registry keys are stored in a hive? If you'd like to know the answers to these questions, you should pick up a copy of " The Old New Thing: Practical Development...
  • Blog Post: Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom

    I picked up this book a few weeks ago when I was at the 'brar. I've read a lot of stuff on evolution over the years. I think Dawkins has the position that I most agree with, but his writing is really hard to get through. I've been working on " The Ancestor's Tale " for a few weeks off and on, and...
  • Blog Post: How to update your C# language book without really trying

    I posted this on Monday, but it got eaten during a server upgrade. Luckily, the lemmings post didn't. I'm very pleased to report that the third edition of my book has now shipped. As I've noted in the past (in a post I linked to in the first version of this post, but am too lazy to link to right now...
  • Blog Post: Swimming to Antarctica

    If you've read either of Lance Armstrong's books, it's probably not a surprise to you that endurance athletes, to put it nicely, tend towards the thin part of the distribution in terms of normality. Having said that, this woman is crazy. But in the good sense of the word. From her record-setting crossing...
  • Blog Post: So you want to write a computer book?

    I've gotten asked a bunch of times about writing a book, so I decided to write a short article about it. So you want to write a computer book? If you have comments, please let me know. Useful/Not useful? What else does it need to cover?
  • Blog Post: Book Review: Take Back Your Life!

    Last spring I had the opportunity to take a class single-day class named "Take Back Your Life - Using Microsoft Outlook to Get Organized and Stay Organized", taught by Sally McGhee. The class is no longer taught, but the bulk of the advice is now available to all in the book of the same name . I found...
  • Blog Post: Updated version of my book coming...

    In the spring before C# was first disclosed, I ended up, through a curious juxtaposition of events, writing a book on C# named " A Programmer's Introduction to C# " This probably rates second on the list of "cool things I got to do while I was on the C# team" (being on the language design team probably...
  • Blog Post: True Lies - the GNN Book

    I happened to pick this one up at the library when I was there last. (aside - it's pretty weird to be in the library these days. Not only do the sell food and drinks, they work on the honor system, so you check out your books yourself and then just walk out.) This book is written by Anthony Lappe and...
  • Blog Post: Naked in Baghdad

    I just finished reading " Naked in Baghdad ", written by NPR correspondent Anne Garrels. Anne spent time in Baghdad on and off (the visas were only 10 days, so that the Iraqis could charge more money), and was there during the initial attack and when the US troops entered the city. It's a really interesting...
  • Blog Post: Halo: First Strike

    When I was in the library on Saturday, I came across a copy of Halo: First Strike by Eric Nylund. I figured that since I had spent a ton of time playing the game, it would be worth it to spend a little time reading a Halo book. I didn't expect much - book adaptations from other media tend to be pretty...
  • Blog Post: Sojourner: An Insider's View of the Mars Pathfinder Mission

    I just finished reading Sojourner: An Insider's View of the Mars Pathfinder Mission It's written by Andrew Mishkin , a systems engineer at JPL , and gives an insider's view into how the Sojourner team managed to design, build, staff, and operate the rover for $25 million. It's a very engaging read, covering...
  • Blog Post: The Lunar Men

    The time: The early 1700s The place: England, at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. In this book, Jenny Uglow details the lives of the group of men - industrialists, scientists, doctors, and others - who made up the “Lunar Society of Birmingham“. Some of them you've may have...
  • Blog Post: Hackers and Painters by Paul Graham

    On Wednesday night, I spent some time at the O'Reilly reception. In the SWAG bags that they gave us was a copy of the book, Hackers and Painters by Paul Graham. The O'Reilly website has this to say about the book: "Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age , by Paul Graham, explains...
  • Blog Post: Books on my desk

    I have a couple of books that have showed up on my desk recently. The first is “ Test-Driven Development in Microsoft .NET ”, by James Newkirk and Alexei Vorontsov. They started writing the book while working at ThoughtWorks , though Jim is now working at Microsoft in the Patterns &...
  • Blog Post: Pragmatic Unit Testing in C# with NUnit

    I got this reference from http://www.theserverside.net , but since they require login to get to the link, I'll instead refer you to the book page I took a look one of the sample chapters , and I thought it looked pretty good, except for the fact that the first interface in the chapter is named “Environment”...
  • Blog Post: Book: Extreme Programming Adventures in C#

    I had the pleasure to meet Ron Jeffries last year when he was on campus, and I've been reading his column in XP magazine. Ron has released his “Adventures in C#” columns in book form . I haven't read it, but Ron has a great way of explaining thing, and I'm sure it's great. Eric
  • Blog Post: A Devil's Chaplain and courteous disagreement

    I just finished reading “ A Devil's Chaplain ” by Richard Dawkins. Dawkins is one of my absolute favorite science writers, both because of his perspective (it's easy to like authors you agree with) and his phenomenal writing style. Dawkins holds the Simonyi Professorship of Public Understanding...
  • Blog Post: The Mad Scientist's Club

    The year is 1974. Disco was at it's height (or depth, depending on how you look at it). And I was reading a book by Bertrand Brinley called The Mad Scientist's Club. I has a story of a bunch of boys who have various adventures and make their townspeople look foolish. I loved it. Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: Book Review: The Salmon of Doubt

    Like many people, I was saddened when I heard about Douglas Adams' death last May. Of course, I had read Hitchhikers many years ago, and had also read his Dirk Gently series. I also had the unique (well, not *truly* unique) privilege of hearing him speak when he did a talk at Microsoft a...
  • Blog Post: Foreign Translations...

    A while back, I wrote about having copies of translations of my book that I didn't know what to do with. A few of you wrote that you would like copies. Here's what I've decided to do: I'm going to give away the foreign copies to anybody who wants them, with the following provisions: 1) It...
  • Blog Post: Naked at Work...

    This is not the newest manifestation of the "Dress Casual" trend. Naked at Work (And Other Fears): How to Stay Sane When Your Job Drives You Crazy Is a book that I've been reading. It's a self help book, but not the "do these things to make yourself better" vein. More in the "this is why...
  • Blog Post: Body of Secrets - Anatomy of the ultra-secret National Security Agency

    Body of Secrets - Anatomy of the ultra-secret National Security Agency (James Bamford, Anchor Books) With the exception of the stillborn "Clipper Chip", the NSA has done their best to stay out of the public light. This book discusses how the NSA was formed, what it does, and how it does it...
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