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Reading List

Many of these are dead tree books that I still possess.  The rest have been recycled and some are now digital.
  • Security Reading List
  • Flow Based Programming
  • Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases
  • Responsive Web Design
  • 101 Design Ingredients to Solve Big Tech Problems
  • Who Moved My Cheese?
  • The Last Lecture
  • Agile Project Management with Scrum
  • Scrumban
  • Kanban
  • Behind Closed Doors
  • My Job Went to India
  • The Career Programmer
  • Data Crunching
  • Decline & Fall of the American Programmer
  • The Six Sigma Way
  • Best Software Writing I
  • Debugging the Development Process
  • The Mythic Man Month
  • The Art of UNIX Programming
  • Dynamics of Software Development
  • Management by Baseball
  • Herding Cats
  • Death March
  • Joel on Software
  • Beyond Java
  • Programming Pearls
  • More Programming Pearls
  • Service Breakthroughs
  • Writing Solid Code
  • The Pragmatic Programmer
  • Offshoring IT
  • Extreme Programming Explained
  • Programming Interviews Exposed
  • The Inmates are Running the Asylum
  • Rework
I've started reading some new books on health:
  • Quiet
  • The Healthy Programmer
  • Brain Grain
  • The Engine 2 Diet
  • The 4-hour body
... and other new management and other misc books:
  • The innovator's Dilemma
  • The 4-hour work week
  • Blink
  • David and Goliath
  • Outliers
  • The Tipping Point
  • History Decoded
  • What the dog saw
  • Practice Of Network Security Monitoring
  • Systems Performance
  • Cloud Computing
  • Remote

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