Linux debugging

book coverLinux debugging and performance tuning : tips and techniques / Steve Best, Prentice Hall,  2006

This book is for programmers developing Linux applications, particularly if you have multiple processes or threads.  It has been useful in my current work.  In the open source world there is a profusion of tools available, to the point that it is hard to know which ones to use.  This book reduces your search to the top runners.

Programming collective intelligence

book coverProgramming collective intelligence : building smart Web 2.0 applications / Toby Segaran, O’Reilly, c2007.

Most programmers will find this book fascinating. What algorithm does Amazon use to predict what books are likely to interest you? Netflix with DVD’s? Google with search results? Example algorithms are in Python. With a foreword from Tim O’Reilly and a recommendation from Dan Russell, Google’s ‘Uber Tech Lead’.

Thinking inside the box

Thinking inside the box : the 12 timeless rules for managing a successful business / Kirk Cheyfitz. Free Press, 2003

This timeless book should be read by everyone wanting to run a business profitably. Or choose a business to invest in, or work for. It is quite readable, and the 12 chapters are independent so you can put it down at the end of a chapter without losing context.

Smart and gets things done

Smart and gets things done : Joel Spolsky’s concise guide to finding the best technical talent / Joel Spolsky. Apress, 2007.

This is for the HR person charged with hiring programmers, and the software manager. It is also obliquely for the programmer who is unsure why he does not like his current job, and needs to know what questions to ask of a prospective employer.

Spolsky writes in a lucid and flowing manner, as you will know if you have been reading his previous books on software design and his blog.

Professional C++

book coverProfessional C++ / Nicholas A. Solter, Scott J. Kleper. Wiley, c2005.

Here is everything a programmer needs to get going in C++. It’s a thick book, but it does not cover everything because there are so many details in C++. Job seekers will value the appendix, which lists likely interview questions. Managers who interview programmers will find this useful too.

Ajax in action

book coverAjax in action / Dave Crane, Eric Pascarello; Manning, c2006.

This is the best book on AJAX programming that I have seen. It used to be that Javascript was for small and crufty hacks, but now full apps run in the browser environment. The code needs to be structured to be maintainable. This well written and engaging book looks at web app design from all angles.