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But wait, there's more...
Max The Magnificent   12/18/2014 6:08:40 PM
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Also check out my blog "Your Inner Fish" and other books

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Where are the software books?
TonyTib   12/18/2014 7:39:35 PM
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where are the software books?  Some I'd add include:

The Mythical Man-Month by Brooks (still superb)

the art of Unit Testing by Royo Osherove (superb)

C# In Depth by Jon Skeet (my Second Edition is superb)

Design Patterns


To exand your mind a bit, try books like:

Programming In Lua by Roberto Ierusalimschy (very good)

Practical Statecharts in C/C++ by Miro Samek

Programming F# by Chris Smith

For Programmable Logic Controllers, the 2 I have (and recommend) are Programmable Logic Controllers by Erickson and (the only intermediate book available) Cascading Logic by Gary Kirckoff.

For learning about CAN, I recommend A Comprehensible Guide to Controller Area Network by Voss; for CANOpen, try Embedded Networking with CAN and CANopen by Pfeiffer, Ayre, and Keydel.


I used to have time for pleasure reading, but that was BC (before children).

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Re: Where are the software books?
Max The Magnificent   12/19/2014 1:11:25 PM
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@TonyTib: ...where are the software books?

I would very much recommend Understanding and Using C Pointers by Richard M. Reese (see this blog for more info)

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Re: Where are the software books?
betajet   12/19/2014 8:21:43 PM
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Tony asked: where are the software books?

I'll add Alice in Wonderland and give it a 10.

To quote Alan Perlis: "The best book on programming for the layman is Alice in Wonderland; but that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman."

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The Soul of A New Machine
antedeluvian   12/19/2014 8:30:37 AM
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Max

If we are talking books about engineering, you have to inlude "The Soul of A New Machine" by Tracy Kidder. My rating- 7.

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Re: The Soul of A New Machine
Max The Magnificent   12/19/2014 1:23:05 PM
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@Antedeluvian: If we are talking books about engineering, you have to inlude "The Soul of A New Machine" by Tracy Kidder. My rating- 7.

We think alike -- it was a good read -- I think a 7 is appropriate.

 

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Turning's Cathedral
antedeluvian   12/19/2014 8:34:40 AM
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"Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe" by George Dyson.

My rating- 6

There is a review here, although I don't entirely agree with it.

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Re: Turning's Cathedral
Max The Magnificent   12/19/2014 1:13:21 PM
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I read Turing's Cathedral -- I agree with your rating of 6 -- there was a lot of interesting information, but it was SO DRY (and it barely mentioned Turing)

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Re: Turning's Cathedral
Max The Magnificent   12/19/2014 1:24:55 PM
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@antedeluvian: My rating- 6

Thinking about it -- if we give "Soul of a New Machine" a 7, then I'd drop "Turing's Cathedral" down to a 5...

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The Idea Factory
antedeluvian   12/19/2014 8:40:33 AM
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Max The Magnificent   12/19/2014 1:26:41 PM
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@Antedeluvian: "The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation" by Jon Gertner

I just added it to my wish list on Amazon

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Churchill's Wizards
antedeluvian   12/19/2014 8:46:42 AM
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Re: Churchill's Wizards
Max The Magnificent   12/19/2014 1:30:14 PM
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@antedeluvian: "Churchill's Wizards: The British Genius for Deception 1914-1945" by Nicholas Rankin. My rating-10

I just added this to my wishlist -- but since you gave it a 10 I'm going to order it thsi weekend, possibly along with some others after more comments have come in.

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Player Piano
BinaryJudy   12/19/2014 12:26:13 PM
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I think every engineer should read Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut. It was written so long ago (1952), yet had a quirky vision of the future where everything is controlled by machines and engineers are at the top of society. Definitely one of my favorite books and author.

 

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Re: Player Piano
Max The Magnificent   12/19/2014 1:20:52 PM
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BinaryJudy: I think every engineer should read Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut.

I'd never heard of this one -- I just added it to my wish-list on Amazon -- did you ever read a trilogt called "Interface, "Voltaface," and one more whose name I can no longer recall ... by Mark someone or other .... dang, my memory is getting bad...

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Re: Player Piano
BinaryJudy   12/19/2014 3:04:08 PM
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Max The Magnificent: did you ever read a trilogt called "Interface, "Voltaface,"

Thanks, I haven't but it sounds interesting. I will try and find it. If you do end up reading Player Piano, I hope you like it!

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Re: Player Piano
Max The Magnificent   12/19/2014 3:44:59 PM
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@BinaryJudy: I haven't but it sounds interesting.

It's about a future in which most everything is automated -- people live in huge cities -- (almost) no one has to work -- there are all sorts of low-level entertainments to keep the masses occupied -- also some drug is in their water supply to keep them relatively docile (ot also makes them relatively simple).

Then there are the Executives -- they are like a seperate class -- they make all the decisions and keep things running -- from a young age their brains are artificially enhanced so they can process lots of data -- they live the high-life outside of the cities in big estates surrounded by the finer things in life -- the best foods -- the best wines -- things that only they have access to.

But trouble is brewing...

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Charlotte's web
_hm   12/19/2014 6:17:04 PM
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I like to give Charlotte's web as gift to kids. Love and looking them as part of family is very interesting for young ones.

 

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Re: Charlotte's web
betajet   12/19/2014 8:26:37 PM
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Charlotte's Web has IMO the best first line ever:
"Where's Papa going with that ax?"

Now there's a line that makes you want to keep reading.

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Re: Player Piano
betajet   12/19/2014 2:40:40 PM
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Player Piano is an excellent book, but I found it really depressing.  It's about a future where all the good jobs are automated and the world is left with a moneyed elite and the poor.  Kind of like Soylent Green.  I read it only a few years ago and found it way too prescient.

 

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Re: Player Piano
BinaryJudy   12/19/2014 3:00:00 PM
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It is true that it is a little depressing. However, I somehow connected with the main character and there is somewhat of a moral to the story that I also liked. A lot of fans of Vonnegut, dislike this book because it's really not like the stories he continued to write. The technology in the book is what he knew at the time (punch card esque) but the concept of supercomputers and automation was well percieved by Vonnegut in the early 1950's (during the time it was written). The idea that many people will be out of jobs due to machines is a popular subject among futurologists/technologists . This is a little short with sort of the same idea: Humans Need Not Apply.

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The True Believer
mhrackin   12/19/2014 1:03:07 PM
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This book should be required reading before being allowed to vote! This slim volume was written by a former longshoreman who became a self-taught philospher and author; his name is Eric Hoffer. I have an early issue paperback that is threatening to disintegrate into a pile of loose pages. The author debunks a huge amount of what is commonly believed even today regarding mass movements and how they impact human history. Simple example: people do NOT revolt because of despair, but because they have gained HOPE that they can change the conditions under which they live. Those who despair do so because they can't see any way to create change. Now go read the book....

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Re: The True Believer
Max The Magnificent   12/19/2014 1:35:55 PM
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@mhrackin: This book should be required reading before being allowed to vote!

Actually, I'm not allowed to vote (I'm a Permanent Resident, not a US Citizen) -- but this looks very interesting -- added to my wish list.

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Re: The True Believer
Max The Magnificent   12/19/2014 1:38:16 PM
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@mhrackin: ...written by a former longshoreman who became a self-taught philospher and author...

That's funny -- we have a lot in common -- I'm a self-taught philosopher, the unfortunate thing is that I'm such a poor student LOL

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Re: The True Believer
antedeluvian   12/19/2014 1:47:18 PM
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Max

That's funny -- we have a lot in common -- I'm a self-taught philosopher, the unfortunate thing is that I'm such a poor student LOL

I'm self taught as well, but in my case I had a lousy teacher.

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Re: The True Believer
Max The Magnificent   12/19/2014 1:49:47 PM
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@Antedeluvian: I'm self taught as well, but in my case I had a lousy teacher.

LOL

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P G Woodhouse?
_hm   12/19/2014 6:18:50 PM
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Max: How about P G Woodhouse collection? Story you narrate looks very close to those stories.

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