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Book Reviews

The New Privateers

I have finished reading George Lakoff’s The Political Mind after a (patient) friend lent it to me years ago, and I wish I had read it sooner. It has opened my eyes to how important the framing of issues can… Continue Reading →

Vagrant: Up and Running – a review

Vagrant: Up and Running is a relatively new book from the reliable O’Reilly stable. The author of the book and creator of Vagrant, Mitchell Hashimoto, says: “Vagrant is a tool for building complete development environments, sandboxed in a virtual machine.”… Continue Reading →

Manning “Hello! Python” Book Review

From time to time I get the chance to review books about stuff outside my sphere of interests, and recently I had a look at Hello! Python by Anthony Briggs. The breathless “if you don’t enjoy programming in Python, you’re… Continue Reading →

A Fun Family Outing

A few weeks ago Jeff Potter swung through Toronto doing a “do it yourself” tour promoting his book Cooking for Geeks. This post is a wholehearted recommendation for the book. My wife and daughter are both into cooking, and I… Continue Reading →

Review of Effective Perl Programming

Title: Effective Perl Programming (Second Edition) Author: Joseph N. Hall, Joshua A. McAdams, and brian d foy Publisher: Addison Wesley Date: 2010 ISBN: 978-0-321-49694-2 (Revised and expanded version of my review on Effective Perl Programming packs a lot of… Continue Reading →

Review of slide:ology

Title: slide:ology (First Edition) Author: Nancy Duarte Publisher: O’Reilly Date: September 2008 ISBN: 978-0-596-52234-6 I’ve sat through my share of presentations, and what goes through my mind all to often is “If these smart dudes can foul it up this… Continue Reading →

Review of Information Dashboard Design

Title: Information Dashboard Design Author: Stephen Few Publisher: O’Reilly Date: January 2006 ISBN-10: 0-596-100160-7 ISBN-13: 978-0-596-10016-2 The reason I wanted to get a copy of this book to review was that I was hugely frustrated by the volume of data… Continue Reading →