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Re: What are you reading and what is on your book stack to read?

Posted 22 February 2018 - 09:57 PM

Interesting that you mention "Eloquent Javascript", it came up recently in terms of some of the mentoring I've been doing so I've been considering having a look at it. It comes well recommended, but I don't know much about the quality of the recommenders.

Currently taking my first pass at The Reasoned Schemer - in which the little elephants develop an understanding of prolog concepts. I expect that I'll have to dive down into it and really chew on the examples before I really get it, but the high-level pass is giving me some fun stuff to think about.

There's a few other things on the pile at the moment, but the one that stands out is the complete stories of C.M. Kornbluth. Gotta love the folks at NESFA Press - they sit in their little clubhouse and they pore over their old back issues of the sci-fi mags, and they make sure that some of the foundational literature of the twentieth century gets a chance to survive.
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Posted 25 February 2018 - 09:56 AM

I've started reading "Clean Code by Robert C. Martin". It's an absolute eye opener. I highly recommend it, and probably the most important book I have probably ever purchased.

The situations Robert talks about, and the consequences they bring, are LITERALLY spot on with the legacy projects we are being forced to maintain at work. It's so surreal it's quite scary really.

If you care about clean code, this is the book to own.
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Posted 25 February 2018 - 11:24 AM

View Postjon.kiparsky, on 22 February 2018 - 08:57 PM, said:

Interesting that you mention "Eloquent Javascript", it came up recently in terms of some of the mentoring I've been doing so I've been considering having a look at it. It comes well recommended, but I don't know much about the quality of the recommenders.

Currently taking my first pass at The Reasoned Schemer - in which the little elephants develop an understanding of prolog concepts. I expect that I'll have to dive down into it and really chew on the examples before I really get it, but the high-level pass is giving me some fun stuff to think about.

There's a few other things on the pile at the moment, but the one that stands out is the complete stories of C.M. Kornbluth. Gotta love the folks at NESFA Press - they sit in their little clubhouse and they pore over their old back issues of the sci-fi mags, and they make sure that some of the foundational literature of the twentieth century gets a chance to survive.


It is pretty good in the way of Javascript books. Like I said, starts off pretty slow but it is written in a casual style that makes it a little less dry. You probably could learn everything in the book "Javascript The Good Parts" but is probably a nicer read. Plus it adds a little more real world experience into it. I actually got it around Xmas time.
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Posted 25 February 2018 - 12:08 PM

Looking at it* now... I have a couple of qualms about the introductory material, but glancing ahead it looks cool.

Edit: I just got totally rolled by Steve Yegge. He wrote a javascript interpreter in emacs lisp and called it "ejacs". Guess what you get lots of when that's one of your search terms...

*Eloquent Javascript, that is
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Posted 26 February 2018 - 01:02 PM

Just finished Brian Paone's : Moonlight City Drive, currently enjoying my SS gift : Masters of Deception, the gang that ruled cyberspace. <3
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Posted 27 February 2018 - 12:08 PM

View Postjon.kiparsky, on 25 February 2018 - 02:08 PM, said:

Edit: I just got totally rolled by Steve Yegge. He wrote a javascript interpreter in emacs lisp and called it "ejacs". Guess what you get lots of when that's one of your search terms...

I'm gonna go with a visual representation of what such a monstrosity might look like?
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Posted 27 February 2018 - 08:30 PM

Well, the visual representations that I was offered didn't seem like they'd have a lot of parentheses. Unless that's a euphemism that someone's come up with which I hope will not be explained to me...
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Posted 16 March 2018 - 07:14 PM

Reading a very small and interesting book called "A Case for Climate Engineering" by David Keith. If you're not familiar with the notion, it's well worth taking a look at.
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Posted 16 March 2018 - 07:25 PM

Currently reading Make Love! The Bruce Campbell way.
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Posted 19 March 2018 - 07:53 AM

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. Boss told me to read it :| He says I stretch myself too thin, and I need to say 'no' more when it comes to work.
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Posted 19 March 2018 - 07:59 AM

@jon - does it discuss HAARP and the military's secret weather modification weapon?
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Posted 19 March 2018 - 08:21 AM

Oddly enough, it does not. Nor does it deal with chemtrails. Just a lot of stuff about aerosolized sulfuric acid, which should be enough for anyone.
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Posted 19 March 2018 - 08:28 AM

Funk that. If it doesn't have a foot note on HAARP then it's just chud to spin out and cloud the waters from The Truth. ;)
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Posted 28 March 2018 - 11:07 AM

Just a heads up for ya'all D&D fans.

Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana A VISUAL HISTORY

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Hardcover | $50.00
Published by Ten Speed Press
Oct 23, 2018 | 464 Pages | 9 x 11-7/8 | ISBN 9780399580949

An illustrated guide to the history and evolution of the beloved role-playing game told through the paintings, sketches, illustrations, and visual ephemera behind its creation, evolution, and continued popularity.

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Posted 28 March 2018 - 12:35 PM

Without looking, I'm going to guess that this is more or less "The Best of Dragon Magazine"?
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