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#1 BenignDesign  Icon User is offline

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What's in YOUR office?

Posted 14 January 2011 - 02:25 PM

As I was sitting in my office this lovely Friday prior to a 3-day weekend, one of the secretaries came snooping through my door. "Look at all those books," she said. "What does most of that stuff even mean? It looks like a foreign language to me," followed by her high-pitched, sneer-inducing, auditorily-painful, forced-cackle of a laugh.

"Technically, I guess they COULD be considered foreign languages. They're programming languages," I responded.

"And you know all of them?" she asked in her condescending, makes-me-want-to-punch-her-in-the-face-so-hard-she-won't-smell-for-a-month tone.

"To a point," I replied. "Some I know very well, others I've barely scratched the surface."

She rolled her eyes and smirked. "Well, if I had all your free time, I could learn all that, too."

Right. Because a single parent with a full-time job who spends her evenings playing nurse, maid, chef, chauffeur, tutor, cheerleader, coach and money tree to two kids and two dogs certainly has ass loads of free time.

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Anyway, now that I've gotten all that off my chest and while I wait patiently for my nostrils to stop flaring in blind rage, I'm curious as to what books you have on your work desk at the moment.

Mine looks like this:

  • Wiley Bibles:
    • Javascript
    • PHP5 and MySQL
    • HTML, XHTML and CSS
    • SEO


  • Wrox:
    • C# Design and Development
    • Professional Ruby on Rails


  • Other:
    • NPEC Suggestions for Information Dissemination guide
    • 6 issues of Website Magazine
    • 11 issues of Campus Technology


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Posted 14 January 2011 - 02:32 PM

My library looks like an iPad with about 400 text/reference books as PDF files, and another 100 hardware spec documents, and some SDK documents, and the majority of the MSDN magazines. I like being paperless and having the ability to search.
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Posted 14 January 2011 - 02:34 PM

Books on my desk?

I have an unopend Dilbert 2011 calendar, & some resumes. My books are all in the bookshelf.

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 02:36 PM

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 02:38 PM

Design Patterns
Effective Java
Introduction to Algorithms
Refactoring
Use Case Driven Object Modelling with UML
Discrete Mathematics And Its Applications
An Introduction to Formal Language and Automata
Operating System Concepts
Computer Architecture
Computer Organization and Design
Engineering a Compiler
Data Communications and Networking

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 02:47 PM

View Postno2pencil, on 14 January 2011 - 01:34 PM, said:

Books on my desk?

I have an unopend Dilbert 2011 calendar, & some resumes. My books are all in the bookshelf.

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who spends her evenings playing nurse, maid, chef, chauffeur, tutor, cheerleader, coach and money tree

:pimp: :sweatdrop:


Same here...

well I do have a book on my desk. It's a "Windows Communication Foundation" text, and it's propping up a telephone and ATM/CreditCard slider device.

On the shelf on the other hand... at the office we've got a good 50 or so books on different things like: .Net Framework, VB.Net, D3, SQL, PHP, VBA/VB6, GAAP (accounting), and more.

At home I have even more spread across 5 rooms. We plan on buying one giant bookshelf soon for the living room because we're tired of having to run around the house trying to remember what shelf we put some book on the last we used it. You'd be surprised how frequently my girlfriend hears:

"Babe, where's my fucking Calc text!?"
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Posted 14 January 2011 - 02:50 PM

Developing Microsoft ASP.NET Web Applications Using Visual Studio .NET
Managing Projects Using Microsoft Project for Muprhy Oil Corporation
AMA Development Support Solutions for Improving Your Project Management Skills: The Basics for Success for Murphy Oil Corporation
SQL Server Query Performance Tuning Distilled
Local Phone Book
Programming Mappoint in .NET
A Guide to SQL
CSS The Definitive Guide
HTML & XHTML The Definitive Guide
and MSDN Magazines from June 2010 to Present Minus October (Looking for January 2010 - May 2010 and October 2010 if anyone has them they want to part with)
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Posted 14 January 2011 - 03:03 PM

Depending which office I'm in it's either clean supplies, mop and bucket or the throne and a cardboard tube.

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Re: What's in YOUR office?

Posted 14 January 2011 - 03:23 PM

Currently...

C++ Primer 3rd Ed
GNU Make
Cryptography Engineering
Applied Cryptography
Practical Cryptography
Network Security with OpenSSL
Head First Design Patterns
Database Design for Mere Mortals
The C Programming Language
Expert C Programming - Deep C Secrets
The C++ Standard Library - A Tutorial and Reference
Programming WCF Services
C# Cookbook
Applied Microsoft .NET Framework 1st Ed
Microsoft C# .NET 1st Ed
Internet Email Protocols
Javascript The Definitive Guide 3rd Ed
The Ruby Way
Agile Web Development with Rails
Python Essential Reference 2nd Ed
Biochemistry
Microbiology
Inorganic Chemistry
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Posted 14 January 2011 - 06:50 PM

I only have a few books on my desk with all of the other stuff that I have accumulated there.

I have Flash CS4 Bible, Photoshop CS4 Bible, a book on PHP 5, A book for MySQl, A binder that I keep a few cheat sheets in for colors and some other programming languages, Also a book of Javascript. That is just a few of them that I can think of.

Next move will be to the bookshelf for them
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Posted 14 January 2011 - 06:53 PM

View PostAdamSpeight2008, on 14 January 2011 - 04:03 PM, said:

Depending which office I'm in it's either clean supplies, mop and bucket or the throne and a cardboard tube.

I'm just hoping the cardboard tube is the remnants of a roll of toilet tissue, but if not, please refrain from describing its use :D

But at least I'm not the only one that has 2 desks.

One Desk
Lot's of paperwork that I need to go through to file
a multi-meter
product samples for testing
a roll of labels for a product

On my other desk
payables to enter
stamps
a cat (until I hiss at him)
and a note written by me that that reads: "Quit putting shit on this desk" because for some reason, since I'm not there full-time, it becomes a catch-all.
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Posted 14 January 2011 - 07:42 PM

on my toilet, in no particular order:

Earth, the book (the daily show)
The Art of Computer Programming, Volume 2, Knuth
Bill Maher, New Rules
Reading the OED, by Ammon Shea (some guy who read the entire OED in one year, documents it like a journal, and highlights his favourite words)
Linear Algebra textbook
Lies and the lying liars who tell them, Al Franken
An Intro to RISC Assembly Language Programming
Candide, Voltaire
Bored of the Rings, the Harvard Lampoon
Pattern Recognition, William Gibson
The Redneck Manifesto, Jim Goad (really fucking weird)
C++ A reference

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 07:47 PM

I have a book on my desk, it's Continuous Delivery .

At home I have more books, but I am not sure if I will take these to the office.
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Posted 14 January 2011 - 07:53 PM

View Postlordofduct, on 14 January 2011 - 07:42 PM, said:

on my toilet, in no particular order:

Earth, the book (the daily show)
The Art of Computer Programming, Volume 2, Knuth
Bill Maher, New Rules
Reading the OED, by Ammon Shea (some guy who read the entire OED in one year, documents it like a journal, and highlights his favourite words)
Linear Algebra textbook
Lies and the lying liars who tell them, Al Franken
An Intro to RISC Assembly Language Programming
Candide, Voltaire
Bored of the Rings, the Harvard Lampoon
Pattern Recognition, William Gibson
The Redneck Manifesto, Jim Goad (really fucking weird)
C++ A reference


What do you think of the book "The Art of Computer Programming"? Is it good? I am thinking of buying the Volume 1.
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Posted 14 January 2011 - 07:55 PM

My bookshelf consists of:
-Java for Dummies
-Java for Dummies (9 books in 1 edition)
-Core Java Volume I
-PHP and MySQL for Dummies
-Javascript for Dummies
-O'Rielly Erlang Programming
-Practical Clojure
-My Calculus Textbook
-Epps Discrete Math Textbook
-Johnsonbaugh Discrete Math Textbook

I honestly have never used the PHP and Javascript for Dummies books. Nor would I at this point, as there are a lot better tutorials online (and better books).

@BenignDesign: You should take your secretary up on her offer. Make her learn something like PHP or Ruby. :^:
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