"Managed Humans" by Michael Lopp

I just finished reading “Managing Humans” by Michael Lopp, who writes at http://www.randsinrepose.com/. My summary of it is “I’ve been around the block, I’ve got a lot experience, here’s what I’ve observed”. It’s broken into concise chapters conveying practical points. For example: “success is silent” (page 98). Absolutely. The features that get the most attention…

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Learning Python

Now that I’m on the IronPython / DLR team, it seemed prudent to actually learn the Python language. There are some good online tutorials, but I found the book “Learning Python” by Mark Lutz to be extremely good. If you really want to learn the language, it’s worth buying the book. It’s large and thorough,…

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What I'm reading now: 50 Rules Kids Won't Learn in School

I’m currently reading “50 Rules Kids Won’t Learn in School” by Charles J. kes. (Apparently the first 10 or 14 have been popular as spam mails wrongfully attributed to Bill Gates).   The advice is essential for kids entering the workforce. The target audience seems to be highschoolers followed by college students. It has a…

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What I'm reading now: Showstoppers

I’m reading “ShowStoppers”, by G. Pascal Zachary, which describes the effort to build the first version of NT. I’d recommend it.   It was a very impressive accomplishment, and the book describes the magnitude and sacrifice to accomplish such an engineering feet. It’s amazing that such a large company was able to undertake such a complicated…

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What I'm reading now: "C++ Template Metaprogramming"

I’m currently reading “C++ Template Metaprogramming”. It’s off to a great start. The basic idea (so far) is that: You can write entire algorithms / programs in C++ templates, which are then executed as the compiler instantiates the template.  There is a discipline, structure, organization to these programs. The template programs are generally recursive and…

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