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No More JAMB On My Toast

Amazon just sent me a recommendation for this book on the management of complexity:

Six Rules

Since four out of five reviewers gave it 5 stars, I scrolled down to peruse the reviews. As soon as I read the following JAMB review, I knew exactly what the reviewer was talking about. I can’t even begin to count how many boring, disappointing management books I’ve read over the years that fit the description. What I do know is that I don’t want to spend any more money or time on gobbledygook like this.

Jamb

 

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The Current Crop

August 6, 2013 Leave a comment

There are a bazillion books on C++03 out in the wild. However, even though there are lots of pieces  of C++11 material available for consumption online, there are (AFAIK) only 6 C++11 books currently available:

Current Crop

Lucky BD00. He has 24 X 7 e-access to all of these tomes through his Safari Books Online membership.

Note that even though he has some C++11/14 training material available for purchase on his web site, none of Scott Meyers‘ “Effective” series of C++ books has been updated yet. Fear not. The first in the series, “Effective C++11/14“, is coming to market in early 2014. The description of Scott’s upcoming GoingNative 2013 session, titled “An Effective C++11/14 Sampler“, reads as follows:

After years of intensive study (first of C++0x, then of C++11, and most recently of C++14), Scott thinks he finally has a clue. About the effective use of C++11, that is (including C++14 revisions). At last year’s Going Native, Herb Sutter predicted that Scott would produce a new version of Effective C++ in the 2013-14 time frame, and Scott’s working on proving him almost right. Rather than revise Effective C++, Scott decided to write a new book that focuses exclusively on C++11/14: on the things the experts almost always do (or almost always avoid doing) to produce clear, efficient, effective code. In this presentation, Scott will present a taste of the Items he expects to include in Effective C++11/14. If all goes as planned, he’ll also solicit your help in choosing a cover for the book.

It’s about time that Scott got a clue. 🙂

Insane and Inefficient

December 17, 2012 5 comments

I can remember the “good ole days” when I purchased and read one book at a time. I would immerse myself whole-heartedly into the book’s subject matter until I finished it in a matter of days. But ever since I bought my first e-reader (Sony PRS-500) several years ago, I’ve become addicted to buying and reading several books simultaneously. For example, here is the current set of books that I’m currently reading on my Kindle Fire HD:

Books

Like multi-tasking, this multi-reading process is insane and inefficient. I don’t absorb the material as deeply, reading is not as fun as it used to be, and I can’t seem to kick the freakin’ habit. Does anyone know of a 12 step program out there that cures this scourge?

I and I

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