The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master by Andrew Hunt, David Thomas
This is one of my new top developer books. Far be it for me to tell you want to read or not read but I feel this is a must read requirment for any developer.
The Enterprise and Scrum by Ken Schwaber
On of my coworkers won this as a prize at the IndyTechFest. We were all very intrigued by the Kanban talk that was given there and so I wanted to learn more about using lean development techniques in business.
Inside Microsoft SQL Server 2005: The Storage Engine by Kalen Delaney
I read this book to gain some deep knowledge about how SQL Server 2005 works on the inside. My goal was to better understand how to install, configure and manage a SQL Server 2005 database.
Codestock was a rocking fun time this year. Major props have to go out to Michael C. Neel (@vinull) for once again busting his ass and putting together an impressive conference. Of course let's not forget the amazing community work that Alan Stevens (@alanstevens) does with the open spaces.
This year was a great conference and it was cool to see it expand to a two day event. This I noticed seems to be a trend. Last year the conference / event schedule was saturated with what seemed like events almost every weekend the last year. This year there are far less but the ones that are there have expanded to be much larger. My personal view is that this is a better deal. It's tiring and hard on developers with families to haul off every other weekend for events.
Thursday I jumped in the car and hit the road from Ohio to Tennessee. Out of all the long drives I have ever done the I75 drive to Knoxville has to be my favorite. The scenery, once you get out of Ohio, is very interesting and I love mountain diving. It can be a bit scary at times whipping around the curves and racing down the road at unsafe driving speeds, yet so thrilling and fun!