In this blogpost I’ll share a list of books I read during the first six months of 2013.
Hadoop – The definitive guide
This book proved very useful to get an introduction and solid background in Hadoop. I was reading it a little before starting an enhancement of MapReduce code. This made it possible to better understand the production code and how to make the changes.
Wanted to read Essential Scrum to renew and deepen my theoretical knowledge of Scrum. This is a great read for that purpose!
I like the visuals that are used and set it apart from other books on the subject. Besides that I liked the MindMap-like figures that support the stucture in the chapters.
The scope goes beyond the core of Scrum and does that well. It also touches on subjects like Multilevel and Portfolio planning, The role of managers in Scrum context, and Product Planning.
This is a great follow up read for anyone with basic Scrum training or certification. It doesn’t just offer the big picture but both details and examples on how to become more agile. It will help you deal with the complexities of implementing and refining Scrum.
Thinking Fast and Slow
The aim of Daniel Kahneman the author of Thinking Fast and Slow is to enrich the vocabulary of people talking at a watercooler, where opinions and gossip are exchanged. He wrote this book to influence the way they talk about judgements and choices of others. He has succeeded. As Economist has put it: Kahneman shows that we are not the paragons of reason we assume ourselves to be. When you realise this it put you and the world around you in a different perspective.
Mr. Kahneman is a person that understands like no other on the planet how and why we make the choices we make. He knows how to share his insights! This is a great read for any curious mind, escpecially those with an interest in how and why we make choices.
This book will change the way you think.
There is an interesting talk on Thinking Fast and Slow by Mr Kahneman at the The Long Now.
Seven Databases in Seven Weeks: A Guide to Modern Databases and the NoSQL Movement
The book Seven databases in seven weeks will take you on a tour visiting some of the hottest open source database today. This is typical software development reading.
It has a progressive style of offering insigts to databases and their capabilities. The open source databases covered are PostgreSQL, Riak, Apache HBase, MongoDB, Apache CouchDB, Neo4J, and Redis. These were chosen to span five database styles or genres: Relational, Key-Value, Columnar, Document and Graph.
This book is recommended for anyone looking for a solid introduction fo databases besides the traditional RDBMS. It will provide the knowledge you need to choose one database to suit your needs.