Some Books

It’s the holiday period so I ordered a lot of books over the last few weeks. I already talked about “Free As In Freedom”:http://www.zefhemel.com/archives/2004/08/12/free-software-the-religion and earlier a tiny bit about “Eats, Shoots & Leaves”:http://www.zefhemel.com/archives/2004/06/07/capostrophe.

A couple of days ago my pre-ordered book by “Joel Spolsky”:http://www.joelonsoftware.com arrived. The one with the 5-line title. I’m not kidding: “Joel on Software: And on Diverse and Occasionally Related Matters That Will Prove of Interest to Software Developers, Designers, and Managers, and to Those Who, Whether by Good Fortune or Ill Luck, Work with Them in Some Capacity”:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1590593898/104-4303829-7227957?v=glance. What it basically is, is a best-of collection of Joel’s “articles”:http://www.joelonsoftware.com/navLinks/fog0000000247.html, editted to fit in a book. The added value primarily is the new preface and the fact that’s now all between covers and hence can read it offline; rumours go that your PC doesn’t even have to be on. Anyway, I’m at page 184 at the moment and I really enjoy it. It’s so great that there’s someone on this planet who just tells you exactly what you need to know. What is unicode? How do I write a functional specification? How do I run a business? Why should I never rewrite my software? How to hire good people? Highly recommended.

What else? Ah yes. “The Cathedral & The Bazaar”:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1565927249?v=glance, a book by Eric Raymond (basically the guy behind this thing called open source) about… open source. I haven’t read nearly all of it, but it tells you how to run an open source project well and why open source is a better development model than the proprietary development model. And the good thing is: this time no talk of unethicalities and evil empires. This book is also available in a free “online version”:http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/.

I also bought “Essential English: For Journalists, Editors and Writers”:http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0712664475/026-5561792-1437236 and ordered “The Innovator’s Dilemma”:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0066620694?v=glance. But that’s boring non-geek stuff. Talking about non-geek stuff. Ha! just kidding, I have nothing non-geeky to tell you.