To be honest, it's been a while now that I've started to read a novel. Don't get me wrong: I love it sitting in the bed with a cup of tee and a good book. The only problem is: I'm never doing that.
I love buying books and I love it to be the first to open them. Then I read a couple of pages or pick out the most interesting parts and a couple of days later the disappear in the "to-be-read-bookshelf". In the last years I was mainly reading computer or photography related books. Here is a list of books I got recently (or some time ago) and started to read:
- Jenkins: The Definitive Guide. We're doing continuous integration/deployment/testing using Jenkins at AOE media for TYPO3 and Magento projects and are constantly improving our deployment pipelines.
- The Pragmatic Programmer. From Journeyman to Master. I bought this book some time ago, but I still like it. My favorite part is the one explaining yak shaving.
- Magento - Das Handbuch für Entwickler. Vinai's and Roman's great book about Magento that helped us a lot when we started our first Magento projects. We're still using that to lookup stuff.
- Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. I've often experienced this mental state of, "energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity" so many people are talking about and TYPO3's new framework FLOW3 was named after. I wanted to know something more about it, so I bought this book. But it's so boring that I didn't make it over the introduction chapter...
- Das Wirtshaus im Spessart: Eine Erzählung. We read some parts of this in school. A couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon this book and so I bought it. Let's see if I'll ever find that very special part in the book I still have in mind.
- Heute schon geblitzt?: Fotografische und EOS-spezifische Grundlagen. Kreatives Blitzen mit dem Canon E-TTL System. I was at Dirk Wächter's presentation about how to use flash lights with the Canon E-TTL System at the Minikina in Mainz in 2010. The talk was very "illuminating" and so is this book.
- Softwarequalität in PHP-Projekten. I think this book might be worth to read. I only picked the chapters of the people I know. But in my opinion the information content is quite low relativly to the thickness of the book...
- Git - kurz & gut. You can attend thousands of workshops explaining you how to get started with git. But you'll only learn if you actually start using it. This book is a nice reference that's always on my desk.
- Ext JS - kurz & gut. ExtJS seems very promising. I still did not find some time to dig into that. But the book is already in my shelf waiting.
- Zukunftssichere TYPO3-Extensions mit Extbase und Fluid. Looking for some documentation on Extbase and Fluid? Have a look at this book. Some stuff may be already outdated, but it's still good to have a copy of that book in the office.
- Apache Jmeter. Performance improvements ofter are done guessing. Apache Bench and Siege only have very limited features, but Jmeter is great for creating significant test results.
- Scouting for Boys: The Original 1908 Edition. Great book the founder of scouting wrote over 100 years ago. A must-read for every scout and everyone thinking scouting is only about making fire in the woods and helping old women to cross the street.