Wednesday, November 10, 2004 2:56 AM bart

Fowler and other bibles on my bookshelf

It's the month of the books in Belgium (cf. "Boekenbeurs" @ Antwerp Expo). Veni, vidi, emo (he came, he saw and he bought). I hope it's correct since I'm at the end of my Latin now for 5 years or so. To the point ... I have completed my collection of the master pieces of computer software books. Just to name of few books I already had (and read) over here: Design Patters (of the "gang of four"), Code Complete (McConnell), UML Distilled (Fowler), Writing Secure Code (Howard & Leblanc), An introduction to Database Systems (Date), Eploiting software (Hoglund, McGraw) and Stroustrup's C++ bible. This weekend, I added the books "Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture" (Fowler) and "Refactoring to Patterns" (Kerievsky). Cool stuff. Unfortunately, I'm buying more books than I can read for the moment, but weekends and holidays (and train travel trips) are the ideal moments to fill the gap.

For the moment I'm reading some books parallel to each other. These include the books new MSPress titles about SQL 2005, VB 2005, ASP.NET 2.0 previews (ideal for "big overviews", thus light meal for lost evenings), .NET Patterns, Active Directory for Windows Server 2003, .NET Remoting and SQL Server 2000 Notification Services of course (on which I'll be delivering a presentation soon).

I planned to post about it earlier, but finally here's the evaluation of my summer months (July-September). These were very productive months, done a lot of (personal and professional) work, at home (do-it-yourself with false ceilings etc), at Microsoft (SchoolServer), at my former secondary school (network maintenance and bulk account/mailbox creation), on the train (reading books), at TechEd (ATE), on my holidays (no, I left my laptop at home, weird), etc. From the perspective of reading books I finished only 3 books (planned to do 4) but I'm more than happy about this, since I did the readings more thoroughly because of this. Topics included: ASP.NET v2.0 beta, web application security and .NET Framework "internal kitchen".

I'm planning (on a long term probably) to put my local database of books and the completion state (currently in Access) on-line in the format of an ASP.NET app which can be useful to centralize my summaries and share some ideas and feedback with others. Maybe a blog would be more suitable for this, if I can link it to the books database. Or some wiki. To be investigated, if I ever have some time... The same holds for bringing some book reviews online :-( It will happen, ever...

Back to SQL-NS 2000 and some code reviews now (and to bed later on).

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