Recent Book Purchases

After buying three iPad development related books on Friday i noticed that i haven’t updated my book purchase list for over a year. What a shame. So for the record my book purchases since i left off. (Only books that somehow relate to this blog, coarsely categorized, in anti-chronically order):

Development

iPhone Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide
(Aaron Hillegass & Joe Conway, Addison-Wesley Professional, ISBN: 9780321706249)
Direct Buy (US):: Amazon (US)
Direct Buy (DE):: Amazon (DE) Lehmanns (DE)
HTML & CSS: The Good Parts
(Ben Henick, O’Reilly Media, ISBN: 9780596157609)
Direct Buy (US)::
Amazon (US) O'Reilly (US)
Direct Buy (DE):: Amazon (DE) Lehmanns (DE)
Building iPhone Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript: Making App Store Apps Without Objective-C or Cocoa
( Jonathan Stark, O’Reilly Media, ISBN: 9780596805784)
Direct Buy (US):: Amazon (US) O'Reilly (US)
Direct Buy (DE):: Amazon (DE) Lehmanns (DE)
Agile Web Development with Rails, Third Edition
(Sam Ruby & Dave Thomas & David Heinemeier Hansson, Pragmatic Bookshelf, ISBN: 9781934356166)
Direct Buy (US):: Amazon (US)
Direct Buy (DE):: Amazon (DE) Lehmanns (DE)
The Ruby Programming Language
(David Flanagan & Yukihiro Matsumoto, O’Reilly Media, ISBN: 9780596516178)
Direct Buy (US):: Amazon (US) O'Reilly (US)
Direct Buy (DE):: Amazon (DE) Lehmanns (DE)
OpenStreetMap: Die freie Weltkarte nutzen und mitgestalten (German)
(Frederik Ramm & Jochen Topf, Lehmanns, ISBN: 9783865413208)
Direct Buy (DE):: Amazon (DE) Lehmanns (DE)
Apple Training Series: Mac OS X Advanced System Administration v10.5
(Edward R. Marczak, Peachpit Press , ISBN: 9780321563149)
Direct Buy (US):: Amazon (US)
Direct Buy (DE):: Amazon (DE) Lehmanns (DE)
High Performance Web Sites: Essential Knowledge for Front-End Engineers
(Steve Souders, O’Reilly Media, ISBN: 9780596529307)
Direct Buy (US):: Amazon (US) O'Reilly (US)
Direct Buy (DE):: Amazon (DE) Lehmanns (DE)
Using Google App Engine
(Charles Severance, O’Reilly Media, ISBN: 9780596800697)
Direct Buy (US):: Amazon (US) O'Reilly (US)
Direct Buy (DE):: Amazon (DE) Lehmanns (DE)
FBML Essentials: Facebook Markup Language Fundamentals
(Jesse Stay, O’Reilly Media, ISBN: 9780596519186)
Direct Buy (US):: Amazon (US) O'Reilly (US)
Direct Buy (DE):: Amazon (DE) Lehmanns (DE)
Programming Erlang: Software for a Concurrent World
(Joe Armstrong, Pragmatic Bookshelf, ISBN: 9781934356005)
Direct Buy (US):: Amazon (US)
Direct Buy (DE):: Amazon (DE) Lehmanns (DE)
Expert Python Programming: Best practices for designing, coding, and distributing your Python software
(Tarek Ziadé, Packt Publishing, ISBN: 9781847194947)
Direct Buy (US):: Amazon (US)
Direct Buy (DE):: Amazon (DE) Lehmanns (DE)
Practical Django Projects
(James Bennett, Apress, ISBN: 9781590599969)
Direct Buy (US):: Amazon (US)
Direct Buy (DE):: Amazon (DE) Lehmanns (DE)

Computer Science

Beautiful Data: The Stories Behind Elegant Data Solutions
(Toby Segaran & Jeff Hammerbacher, O’Reilly Media, ISBN: 9780596157111)
Direct Buy (US):: Amazon (US) O'Reilly (US)
Direct Buy (DE):: Amazon (DE) Lehmanns (DE)
Natural Language Processing with Python
(Steven Bird & Ewan Klein & Edward Loper, O’Reilly Media, ISBN: 9780596516499)
Direct Buy (US):: Amazon (US) O'Reilly (US)
Direct Buy (DE):: Amazon (DE) Lehmanns (DE)

IT

Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies: Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior
(Tom Demarco & Peter Hruschka & Tim Lister & Suzanne Robertson & James Robertson & Steve McMenamin, Dorset House, ISBN: 9780932633675)
Direct Buy (US):: Amazon (US)
Direct Buy (DE):: Amazon (DE) Lehmanns (DE)
Coders at Work
(Peter Seibel, Apress, ISBN: 9781430219484)
Direct Buy (US):: Amazon (US)
Direct Buy (DE):: Amazon (DE) Lehmanns (DE)

Content

The New York Times: The Complete Front Pages, 1851-2008
(The New York Times, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, ISBN: 9781579127497)Direct Buy (US):: Amazon (US)
Direct Buy (DE):: Amazon (DE) Lehmanns (DE)
Modell Bauhaus. 1919-2009 (German)
(Hatje Cantz Verlag, ISBN: 9783775724142)
Direct Buy (DE):: Amazon (DE) Lehmanns (DE)

Maps

The Agile Rabbit Book of Historical And Curious Maps
(Pepin Press, ISBN: 9789057680519)
Direct Buy (US):: Amazon (US)
Direct Buy (DE):: Amazon (DE) Lehmanns (DE)
Atlas der Globalisierung: Sehen und verstehen, was die Welt bewegt (German)
(TAZ, ISBN: 9783937683256)
Direct Buy (DE):: Amazon (DE) Lehmanns (DE)

Free as in “Me” | 43 Folders

Fanstastic rant by Merlin Mann about his motivations to blog and to not like AllThingsD  voices underlying assumptions:

But, what if you’re trying to do something really different? What if the page views only really matter to you when they’re happening in front of a face you admire? What if your game is not primarily ads? What if — as I said in that email to Andy — what if you’re selling yourself? Or, even better put, what if you’re not really selling anything but the idea that you do interesting things? What if everyone’s best guesses about your motivation are wrong, cynical, and lead to decisions that actually harm rather than compliment? What if.

And, finally, as far as motivations go? If you’re married to page views, never assume that I am. If you’re angling for 1,000,000 Twitter followers whom you pretend to read, never assume that I am. And, if your project is based on generating compulsory year-over-year growth vis-a-vis market domination and fiduciary responsibility, never assume that I am.

Free as in “Me” | 43 Folders

New CS books on the reading stack

Last weekend my wife and i paid a long overdue visit to our favourite computer bookstore: Lehmanns Fachbuchhandlung in Hamburg. The staff, especially Mr. Kaeder is very knowledgeable and they have a quite good selection of “real” CS books, not only this ” Teach yourself …” and “… for dummies” crap.

Furthermore members of the GI – the german society of computer science professionals (something comparable to the ACM) get a 10% discount on imported english books. For the non germans over here: This is something special because of a german law called Buchpreisbindungsgesetz, a law that obligates publisher to fix a price and forbids that any bookseller to sell the book for a different price. (some other european countries like Austria and France have this too).

As usual we left with quite a number of books we found interesting:

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  • Ajax in Practice
  • Joel on Software
  • Agile Project Management with Scrum
  • Grid Computing. Konzepte
  • Fast SOA
  • SOA-Expertenwissen
  • The Geospatial Web
  • Adaptive Business Intelligence
  • Advanced ActionScript 3 with Design Patterns
  • Groovy in Action
  • Web Component Development with Zope 3
  • The Essential Guide to Flex 2 with ActionScript 3.0
  • xUnit Test Patterns: Refactoring Test Code

Quite a bit of reading. Will keep us occupied for some time. Especially when interleaving with other non-CS reads. Any opinion on these books? Which one to start with?