Book Review

The Power of TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic): 10th Anniversary Edition

A short book review of The Power of TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic): 10th Anniversary Edition by David Emerald

Pragmatic Thinking and Learning

Pragmatic Thinking and Learning by Andy Hunt This is another book from Andy Hunt and the Pragmatic series. I can’t emphasize enough how great these books are. Where as in Pragmatic Programming they discussed patterns and practices to improve your developer skills this book takes a step back and is looks at how your brain works. It’s a very interesting concept and one I suggest developers think more about. The book as the title implies covered two areas:

The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master

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 The topics that are covered range from dealing with “code rot”, software that is outdated and breaking, to the importance of testing. The beauty of this book is that it isn’t your standard technology book.

Inside Microsoft SQL Server 2005: The Storage Engine

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. I learned a lot about tables and indexes and log files and how all if it works together and can be tweaked for better performance.

The Enterprise and Scrum

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. I found that this book helped me understand more about scrum and how it can improve my development capabilities. It’s a pretty quick read that you can do in a few nights at home but well worth it to learn more about lean.