Friday, January 25, 2008

2007 Review of Books

"This year I only read 70 books, down from over 120 last year. I guess that's not too bad considering this was the Year of Other People -- I still beat my general goal of 52. Once again, here are the books that struck me as completely worth reading. This year, though, I've intermixed them with the other books I read:"

Aaron Swartz is well read; he said he read 70 books and 120 the previous year. I can't top that. But I do read a lot of technical books and like him only interested in government in politics. So there are only two categories. And normally technical is typically software/programming related.

Here is my list; I didn't completely read all of them, "DNA String algorithms" doesn't exactly make for sit down type of reading material.


Algorithms on Strings, Trees and Sequences: Computer Science and Computational Biology

Programming Erlang: Software for a Concurrent World by Joe Armstrong

The Haskell School of Expression: Learning Functional Programming through Multimedia by Paul Hudak

Haskell: The Craft of Functional Programming (2nd Edition) by Simon Thompson

Amazon Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools (Hacks) by Paul Bausch

Programming Perl (3rd Edition) by Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, and Jon Orwant

Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmers' Guide, Second Edition by Dave Thomas, Chad Fowler, and Andy Hunt

Text Mining Application Programming

Collective Intelligence

Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - 2nd Edition

Core J2EE Patterns: Best Practices and Design Strategies (2nd Edition) (Core Series) by Deepak Alur, Dan Malks, and John Crupi

Professional Java Development with the Spring Framework by Rod Johnson, Juergen Hoeller, Alef Arendsen, and Thomas Risberg (Paperback - Jul 8, 2005)

The Elements of Technical Writing (Elements of Series) by Gary Blake and Robert W. Bly (Paperback - Dec 19, 2000)

Scala Programming (released on PDF)

Freakonomics [Revised and Expanded]: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (Hardcover - Oct 17, 2006)

Non Fiction

The Constitution in Exile - Napolitano

Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner

Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush by Robert Draper

The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman

Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror--What Really Happened

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