Austin Computer Book Club

Review: Weapons of Math Destruction

A good review of our May book from the Scientific American blog Roots of Unity: O’Neil talks about financial WMDs and her experiences , but the examples in her book come from many other facets of life as well: college rankings, employment application screeners, policing and sentencing algorithms, workplace wellness

August: Functional Thinking

For August we’ll be reading Neil Ford’s 2014 O’Reilly title, Functional Thinking: Paradigm Over Syntax. Rather than focus on specific language features, Functional Thinking looks at a variety of common practices in OOP languages and then shows you how to solve the same problems with a functional language. For instance,

March: Pragmatic Programmer

Pragmatic Programmer cover

Our book for March will be the 1999 classic, The Pragmatic Programmer – From Journeyman to Master, by Andrew Hunt & David Thomas. Straight from the programming trenches, The Pragmatic Programmer cuts through the increasing specialization and technicalities of modern software development to examine the core process — taking a

Interview: Grokking Algorithms

For our January meetup, we’ll be reading and discussing Grokking Algorithms by Aditya Bhargava. For a preview of what the book is like and some background on how and why it was written, here’s a TalkPython podcast from last year that features an interview with the author: Algorithms in Python.

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

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