Austin Computer Book Club

January: Grokking Algorithms

Grokking Algorithms

January’s book will be Grokking Algorithms: An illustrated guide for programmers and other curious people (2016), by Aditya Y. Bhargava. Grokking Algorithms is a fully illustrated, friendly guide that teaches you how to apply common algorithms to the practical problems you face every day as a programmer. You’ll start with

Vote: Our First Two 2018 Books

Here are the choices for the first two meetups of next year. The two highest-rated books will be the ones we read for our January and March meetings. Voting closes on November 7 (election day IRL here in Austin). Grokking Algorithms – An illustrated guide for programmers and other curious

Review: Mythical Man-Month

A nice review of the book on the Word Yard blog: Code Reads #1: The Mythical Man-Month There’s an urgency to The Mythical Man-Month that makes it more immediate, and more satisfying, than most run-of-the-mill business books. Brooks emerged from the IBM project asking passionately, “Where did we screw up?”

October: Mythical Man Month

October’s book selection is the classic The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, by Frederick P. Brooks. Originally written in 1975, it was republished with four additional chapters in 1995. Few books on software project management have been as influential and timeless as The Mythical Man-Month. With a blend of

Excerpt: Dream Team Nightmare

Our next meeting is coming up soon: we’ll be talking about Portia Tung’s The Dream Team Nightmare on Tuesday, August 22. Here’s the preface, which explains the format of this unusual book: Welcome to The Dream Team Nightmare, an agile adventure. As an agile adventurer, you’ll meet a whole host

Excerpt: The Art of Invisibility

Our next meeting is fast approaching: we’ll be discussing Kevin Mitnick’s The Art of Invisibility on Wednesday, June 21. To give you a sample, here’s an excerpt from Wired, “Famed Hacker Kevin Mitnick Shows You How to Go Invisible Online”: Even if you delete an email the moment you read

June: The Art of Invisibility

June’s book, the winner of the just-completed poll, is… The Art of Invisibility, by Kevin Mitnick. Your every step online is being tracked and stored, and your identity literally stolen. Big companies and big governments want to know and exploit what you do, and privacy is a luxury few can

Vote on Our Next Two 2017 Books

Here are the choices for our next couple of meetups – the two books rated highest will be the ones we read for the June and October meetings. Rank your preferences at the bottom; voting closes on April 21! To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism by

August: Dream Team Nightmare

August’s book selection is The Dream Team Nightmare: Boost Team Productivity Using Agile Techniques by Portia Tung (304p, published 11/13). This first-ever interactive Agile Adventure is the gripping tale of an experienced team struggling with agile adoption. In this unique mashup of a business novel written in the gamebook format,