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The Tech Resume Inside Out by Gergely Orosz

I’ve been interested in how to write a good resume. Both because I keep one up to date and also because I saw a few ones recently as I helped my managers with technical interviews. I definitely saw bad CVs, and I didn’t feel that I saw any great ones....

The Goal: A Process Of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt

When a few months ago I read The Phoenix Project and The Unicorn Project, I learned that they are the modern IT-era reincarnations of The Goal. It was written in a similar style in 1984, but it was targeting the manufacturing businesses with its explanation of the theory of constraints....

Beautiful C++: 30 Core Guidelines for Writing Clean, Safe and Fast Code by J. Guy Davidson and Kate Gregory

If you are familiar with the Pluralsight courses of Kate Gregory, you won’t be surprised by the name of this book. While many consider C++ a complex language that always results in difficult to read and to maintain code, it can be beautiful. It’s probably true that with all the...

Beyond Order: 12 more rules for life by Jordan B. Peterson

In his first book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, Jordan B Peterson focused on the consequences of too much chaos in our lives and how to make it better, how to bring our lives more into order. But we cannot simply say that order is preferable over...

Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets by Svetlana Alexievich

It’s very hard to start writing this blog post. I’ve been sitting in front of my laptop weeping. Like I did so many times while reading this book. I also had a feeling that “weeping” is one of the most frequent words in Secondhand Time. First of all, the timing...

System Design Interview: An insider's guide by Alex Xu

Being a software engineer is special compared to many other professions in several ways. One aspect of this speciality is that you don’t just go to a job interview after polishing a bit your CV, thinking about your career and maybe reading a few interesting and professionally relevant articles. Getting...

The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life by Dr. Edith Eva Eger

A few weeks ago, I posted a review on The Choice, the first book for Dr. Edith Eger. It’s a book that is mostly an autobiography of a Holocaust survivor, but it’s much more than a recital of what happened to her during the year that she spent at death...

The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr. Edith Eva Eger

I learnt about The Choice from Ryan Holiday’s newsletter, like about so many other books. As I’ve been always interested in history and in psychology, I decided that this book can completely jump my queue and I started to read it almost immediately. I didn’t regret it. Dr. Edith Eva...

Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

During the last couple of years, I started to attend and present at more and more C++ conferences. Inevitably, I ended up listening to Phil Nash several times and he almost always spoke about something closely related to software quality. In these talks, he often mentioned Zen and The Art...

The best 8 books I read in 2021

Like each December, I share with you the best books I read this year. They represent a considerable chunk of my book reviews, but I don’t post reviews in all the books I read. And in any case, it’s nice to remind me and probably you as well on good...