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December 30, 2003

Reading for 2004

I'll be hoping to read these at some point in the year:

  • Text Processing in Python, by David Mertz.
  • Extreme Programming Adventures in C#, by Ron Jeffries (Ron's other book is my favourite on XP).
  • Unit Testing in Java, by Johannes Link (looks like this one is taking the hard stuff on).
  • XQuery, by Michael Brundage.
  • Agile Database Techniques, by Scott Ambler (if it's anything as good as Agile Modelling...).
  • AI Game Programming Wisdom, ed. Steve Rabin (no markup, no middleware, no enterprises; just a collection of neat hacks ;).
  • Foundations of Statistical Natural Language Processing, by Christopher Manning and Hinrich Schutze.
  • Causality: Models, Reasoning and Inference, by Judea Pearl (I bought this the afternoon I moved back to Dublin - that was over two years ago!).
  • Calendrical Calculations, by Edward Reingold.
  • Programming .NET Components, by Juval Lowy.
  • Ruby in a Nutshell, by Yukihiro Matsumoto (anyone that wants me to be a happy programmer deserves a read)
  • RELAX NG, by Eric Van Der Vlist.

Recent reading

I'm coming off a self-imposed tech book buying ban. During 2002, I read 3 fiction books (not good), while building up a backlog of about 20 unread tech books (not good). Incidentally, I figure that not buying tech books saved me well over 1000 euro (good). Having a Safari subscription has been great, although the page layout is often poor enough that I can only skim.

I've recently shelled out and gotten through the following:

  • Enterprise Integration Patterns,
  • Domain Driven Design
  • Beyond Software Architecture

All good books, and I'll write up reviews in time.

Unsubscribed

Couldn't keep up with:

xml-dev
extremeprogramming
testdrivendevelopment
junit
axis-user
xml-dev (openoffice)
chi-web
chandler-dev
p2p-hackers
rest-discuss
xml-sig

[Bill de hra: How many mailing lists?]

December 18, 2003

Peaty Malt

10 year old Talisker. Not as peaty as one would hope for, but yummy still. Ben Hammersley:

For peat, it has to be Laphroaig 10 or Lagavulin 16. I can't wait untill Christmas...