Austin Computer Book Club

Vote: Our May ’20 Book

Time once again to select our next Computer Book Club book, this time for our meetup in May. Whether we’ll meet in person for that meeting, we will definitely have online video-call access, too. So take a look at the selections below and rank your picks using the form at the bottom of the post! Voting will close at midnight on Thursday, March 2.

Uncanny Valley Uncanny Valley, by Anna Wiener

by Anna Wiener
288 pages, 2020, $14-27
On publisher’s site; Goodreads; Amazon

Part coming-of-age-story, part portrait of an already-bygone era, Anna Wiener’s memoir is a rare first-person glimpse into high-flying, reckless startup culture at a time of unchecked ambition, unregulated surveillance, wild fortune, and accelerating political power. With wit, candor, and heart, Anna deftly charts the tech industry’s shift from self-appointed world savior to democracy-endangering liability, alongside a personal narrative of aspiration, ambivalence, and disillusionment.

Unsparing and incisive, Uncanny Valley is a cautionary tale, and a revelatory interrogation of a world reckoning with consequences its unwitting designers are only beginning to understand.

Coders at Work Coders At Work, Peter Seibel

– Reflections on the Craft of Programming 2009 Edition, by Peter Seibel
632 pages, 2009, $30
On author’s site; Goodreads; Amazon

Peter Seibel interviews 15 of the most interesting computer programmers alive [in 2009] in Coders at Work, offering a companion volume to Apress’s highly acclaimed best-seller Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston. As the words “at work” suggest, Peter Seibel focuses on how his interviewees tackle the day–to–day work of programming, while revealing much more, like how great programmers learn to program, how they practice their craft, how they recognize programming talent in others, and what they think about the future of programming.

Interviews include: Jamie Zawinski, Douglas Crockford, Brendan Eich, Joshua Bloch, Guy Steele, Donald Knuth, Ken Thompson, and more.

Docker Docker Up & Running, Sean P. Kane & Karl Matthias

– Up & Running (2nd ed.), by Sean P. Kane & Karl Matthias
352 pages, 2018, $25 – $50
On Goodreads; Safari; Amazon

Docker is rapidly changing the way organizations deploy software at scale. However, understanding how Linux containers fit into your workflow—and getting the integration details right—is not a trivial task. With the updated edition of this practical guide, you’ll learn how to use Docker to package your applications with all of their dependencies and then test, ship, scale, and support your containers in production.

This second edition includes significant updates to the examples and explanations that reflect the substantial changes that have occurred over the past couple of years. Sean Kane and Karl Matthias have added a complete chapter on Docker Compose, deeper coverage of Docker Swarm mode, introductions to both Kubernetes and AWS Fargate, examples on how to optimize your Docker images, and much more.


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