Adventures in Memory

If you try to think about the last talk that you gave to a large audience, you might recall feeling a bit anxious standing in front of the audience. You might remember people looking at you and how the room looked like. This memory feels complete. Yet, you don't recall the actual faces of the … Continue reading Adventures in Memory

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Drive

The key message of "Drive", from Daniel H. Pink, is that people are best engaged in a task when they understand the purpose of the job, they can develop the necessary mastery to realise the job, and they have sufficient autonomy to direct things their way. That's a very simple framework -- purpose, mastery, autonomy … Continue reading Drive

Stuff Matters

Stuff Matters is a very nice little book about the materials that surround us. Organized in ten chapter, each tracing the history of a class of material (metal, paper, glass, plastics, chocolate, gels, graphene, concrete, ceramics, biomaterial), we get to better appreciate how much tinkering and research took place over centuries to discover all these … Continue reading Stuff Matters

Masterminds of Programming

Masterminds of Programming features exclusive interviews with the creators of popular programming languages. Over 400+ pages, the book collects the views of these inventors over varying topics such as language design, backward compatibility, software complexity, developer productivity, or innovation. Interestingly, there isn't so much about language design in the book. The creation of a language … Continue reading Masterminds of Programming

Introduction to Reliable Distributed Programming

This book discusses distributed algorithms in the context of reliable application development. The algorithms are described intuitively and presented in pseudo-code as well. Even though this is an academic book, it is not too theoretical and is easy to follow. Theoretical complexity of the algorithms was for instance omitted on purpose. The book presents the … Continue reading Introduction to Reliable Distributed Programming