Book suggestions



  • There has been a bunch of talk around here recently about college choices and how not to treat college. I don't need to tell my story again, but in short I did everything wrong, but it worked out. I treated a 4 year university as a trade school. Now I'm out I am reading in my free time trying to balance out what I missed. I often hear book suggestions for people who want to learn the technical side of IT. What are some book suggestions for tech people in the IT world that may help balance out the liberal arts side of college that I may have missed? Just finished Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and loved it.


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    One of my absolute top picks is Predictably Irrational.


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    And be sure to read The Dilbert Principle, The Dilbert Future and The Mythical Man Month.


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    Hackers and Painters and In the Beginning Was the Command Line are excellent, too.



  • @scottalanmiller And Kindle samples are a go!


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    If you are looking for much more liberal reading hit up the entire collection of Bill Bryson and David McCullough.



  • This one helped me a lot to wrap my head around Bash and how Linux works.

    Linux System Administration Handbook

    Ah I see you are looking for something different... sorry.


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    J. Maarten Troost's Sex Lives of Cannibals and Getting Stoned with Savages are excellent light reads too.


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    I really liked The Island at the Center of the World.



  • What about standard, classic literature? War and Peace, Lolita, All Quiet on the Western Front, Foundation and stuff like that?



  • I enjoyed reading through The Phoenix Project - for one thing, the first chapters made me feel better about the workload I had on my plate 🙂 But the whole book itself was a great (fictional) case study on shifting from traditional Development & Operations departments to a DevOps environment. It's basically a story of a dysfunctional enterprise IT environment getting better, told from the perspective of someone uniwttingly tossed into the role of IT director. It helped me see the problems DevOps practices solve along with the challenges that can arise when shifting over to them.



  • @WingCreative said in Book suggestions:

    I enjoyed reading through The Phoenix Project - for one thing, the first chapters made me feel better about the workload I had on my plate 🙂 But the whole book itself was a great (fictional) case study on shifting from traditional Development & Operations departments to a DevOps environment. It's basically a story of a dysfunctional enterprise IT environment getting better, told from the perspective of someone uniwttingly tossed into the role of IT director. It helped me see the problems DevOps practices solve along with the challenges that can arise when shifting over to them.

    Old thread, was thinking about posting about this book and found this! 🙂

    I just signed up for Audible trial and started with this book. Just on chapter 5 but i am already liking it!



  • @Ambarishrh said in Book suggestions:

    @WingCreative said in Book suggestions:

    I enjoyed reading through The Phoenix Project - for one thing, the first chapters made me feel better about the workload I had on my plate 🙂 But the whole book itself was a great (fictional) case study on shifting from traditional Development & Operations departments to a DevOps environment. It's basically a story of a dysfunctional enterprise IT environment getting better, told from the perspective of someone uniwttingly tossed into the role of IT director. It helped me see the problems DevOps practices solve along with the challenges that can arise when shifting over to them.

    Old thread, was thinking about posting about this book and found this! 🙂

    I just signed up for Audible trial and started with this book. Just on chapter 5 but i am already liking it!

    I guess as long as you cancel the trial before the 30-day mark you avoid charges? I saw this, and it made me consider an Audible trial as well. I'm not really used to audio books. I have seen The Phoenix Project recommended so many times that I feel it is a must read / listen at some point.



  • FYI Marc Maron's podcast always gives away a 7 day free trial with no signup (i believe) because he is sponsored by audibles.


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    @Ambarishrh said in Book suggestions:

    @WingCreative said in Book suggestions:

    I enjoyed reading through The Phoenix Project - for one thing, the first chapters made me feel better about the workload I had on my plate 🙂 But the whole book itself was a great (fictional) case study on shifting from traditional Development & Operations departments to a DevOps environment. It's basically a story of a dysfunctional enterprise IT environment getting better, told from the perspective of someone uniwttingly tossed into the role of IT director. It helped me see the problems DevOps practices solve along with the challenges that can arise when shifting over to them.

    Old thread, was thinking about posting about this book and found this! 🙂

    I just signed up for Audible trial and started with this book. Just on chapter 5 but i am already liking it!

    Audible is awesome. I've used them for a decade.


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    @scottalanmiller said in Book suggestions:

    @Ambarishrh said in Book suggestions:

    @WingCreative said in Book suggestions:

    I enjoyed reading through The Phoenix Project - for one thing, the first chapters made me feel better about the workload I had on my plate 🙂 But the whole book itself was a great (fictional) case study on shifting from traditional Development & Operations departments to a DevOps environment. It's basically a story of a dysfunctional enterprise IT environment getting better, told from the perspective of someone uniwttingly tossed into the role of IT director. It helped me see the problems DevOps practices solve along with the challenges that can arise when shifting over to them.

    Old thread, was thinking about posting about this book and found this! 🙂

    I just signed up for Audible trial and started with this book. Just on chapter 5 but i am already liking it!

    Audible is awesome. I've used them for a decade.

    I have never been able to enjoy audio books.



  • My new job involves long drives and looks like Audible is one good option and I really think everyone should read the Phoenix project. There are times when some of the events on that book closely resembles to what we do. I am pretty much convinced to proceed with an audible subscription as i started enjoying audiobooks while driving.



  • @Ambarishrh said in Book suggestions:

    My new job involves long drives and looks like Audible is one good option and I really think everyone should read the Phoenix project. There are times when some of the events on that book closely resembles to what we do. I am pretty much convinced to proceed with an audible subscription as i started enjoying audiobooks while driving.

    I've been listening to podcasts while making the long drive lately instead of the radio, and it is effective as long as my mind doesn't wander. But sometimes I cannot prevent it from wandering.



  • @JaredBusch said in Book suggestions:

    @scottalanmiller said in Book suggestions:

    @Ambarishrh said in Book suggestions:

    @WingCreative said in Book suggestions:

    I enjoyed reading through The Phoenix Project - for one thing, the first chapters made me feel better about the workload I had on my plate 🙂 But the whole book itself was a great (fictional) case study on shifting from traditional Development & Operations departments to a DevOps environment. It's basically a story of a dysfunctional enterprise IT environment getting better, told from the perspective of someone uniwttingly tossed into the role of IT director. It helped me see the problems DevOps practices solve along with the challenges that can arise when shifting over to them.

    Old thread, was thinking about posting about this book and found this! 🙂

    I just signed up for Audible trial and started with this book. Just on chapter 5 but i am already liking it!

    Audible is awesome. I've used them for a decade.

    I have never been able to enjoy audio books.

    I usually don't buy them because they heavily rely on the narrator. The incarnations of immortality narrator was pretty bad and I loved that series until I listened to it.



  • If you want to go deep I recommend any of Thomas Sowell books. My favorite was A Conflict of Visions: The Ideological Origins of Political Struggles, revised edition. Here is a listing of his books:
    http://www.tsowell.com/writings.html


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    @wirestyle22 said in Book suggestions:

    @JaredBusch said in Book suggestions:

    @scottalanmiller said in Book suggestions:

    @Ambarishrh said in Book suggestions:

    @WingCreative said in Book suggestions:

    I enjoyed reading through The Phoenix Project - for one thing, the first chapters made me feel better about the workload I had on my plate 🙂 But the whole book itself was a great (fictional) case study on shifting from traditional Development & Operations departments to a DevOps environment. It's basically a story of a dysfunctional enterprise IT environment getting better, told from the perspective of someone uniwttingly tossed into the role of IT director. It helped me see the problems DevOps practices solve along with the challenges that can arise when shifting over to them.

    Old thread, was thinking about posting about this book and found this! 🙂

    I just signed up for Audible trial and started with this book. Just on chapter 5 but i am already liking it!

    Audible is awesome. I've used them for a decade.

    I have never been able to enjoy audio books.

    I usually don't buy them because they heavily rely on the narrator. The incarnations of immortality narrator was pretty bad and I loved that series until I listened to it.

    The guy who did Harry Potter was so bad I almost couldn't get through them.



  • I recently finished reading and recommend "The Anatomy of Peace" from The Arbinger Institute. It's a great comprehensive story driven practice in conflict resolution.

    It's basically "How to recognize if you're an @$$hole, fix it, and learn to communicate with other @$$hole's effectively".


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