13 Aug 2002 CharlesKerr   » (Master)

School Starts

    Summer vacation is over, and my 8yo and 6yo daughters are back in school now. Now there's no more sleeping late, no more kids staying up late, and the entire familiy back on a single sleep schedule. So the next few mornings should be interesting until we've all adjusted. :)

Computer Books

    A handful of books just came in at work, so I'm starting on An Introduction to General Systems Thinking, more on that after I've read enough to comment -- Weinberg's always worthwhile though... hmm. GST was first published in 1975?

    Skimming my bookshelf, all of the computer books I've bought in the last three years are tutorials (Perl, PHP, Python, Qt, Gtk+) -- and obsolete. O'Reilly's superseded the Perl, Qt, and Python books, and hp's gtk book needs a gtk2 refresh.

    But people rev slower than software, so the ancient design books hold up better: The Mythical Man-Month, Design Patterns are still worthwhile, and the underrated Programming as if People Mattered is probably the best book on what a Unix GUI should be.

    I've skimmed the XP books at Borders, but they smell like hype. I wonder what good new books I'm missing?

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