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Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual (Second edition) by John Sonmez

This is the second edition of the book and it was promised to include some important updates. As I liked the first edition and I could it get from Amazon for less than 10 Euros, I gave it a try. In general, I can say that most of the changes...

How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen by Joanna Faber and Julie King

I just finished filling up my kindle with books enough probably for the whole year based on the recommendations of Naval Ravikant, when I ran into this book. Often, I find it difficult at home with the kids. You know, eating with 2 little fellows, trying to grow them, manage...

C++ 20: Get the details by Rainer Grimm

I could say that I picked C++ 20: Get the details up because I wanted to learn about the latest version of C++. I wouldn’t lie if I said so, but truth be told I was already an avid reader of Modernes C++, the blog of Rainer Grimm who wrote...

Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Taleb

I read once again a very interesting book by Nassim Taleb. I realized that I don’t just like his books, but I sympathize with the author, with his style, with his sarcasm. More than that, I like that someone without social sciences background writes about philosophy, about life. He is...

Clean Agile: Back to Basics by Robert C. Martin

Clean Agile comes from Uncle Bob, one of the founding fathers of Agile, one of the seventeen people who authored the Agile Manifesto back in 2001. I thought he might have some interesting thoughts on the beast they released on the software development industry. He taught me even more. The...

What Does This Button Do?: An Autobiography by Bruce Dickinson

What a great title, what a good way to live a meaningful life! Ask questions and be curious all the time! I took this book into my hands as Ryan Holiday recommended it and I like heavy metal, in particular Iron Maiden. I cannot find anymore why he recommended the...

Refactoring for Software Design Smells

I was looking for some books for these months taking into consideration that I should improve my architecture and design skills. So I recently read Emergent Design and now Refactoring for Software Design Smells. I don’t remember where I saw it recommended, but when I started to browse the book...

Awaken the giant within by Tony Robbins

When I decided to read Awken the Giant Within, I was a bit surprised. I thought it’s much newer, but in fact, it’s from the very beginning of the 1990s. It doesn’t make it less relevant and this book is still very popular. Kind of a good sign. I find...

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't by Jim Collins

The first thing that is important to clarify about this book is that it’s not about self-development. It’s not about how to become better as an individual. It’s about companies. This book is the summary of a long research on why some companies who used to be average make the...

The best 9 books I read in 2020

There is barely any day for me without reading a book. And days I when I miss reading, it feels bad. It feels like my mind is hungry. Reading is as important as eating. When you eat you feed your body. When you read, you feed your mind. That’s an...