Monday, 16 January 2012
So in my last post I'd got my book list ordered and under control.
Then I went on Twitter and noticed that people were self-publishing some very interesting books using Leanpub
First to catch my eye was The Leprechauns of Software Engineering
How folklore turns into fact and what to do about it.
Downloaded the free preview and was hooked - the book looks closely at some of the “ground truths” of software engineering - such as the “software crisis”, the 10x variability in performance, the cone of uncertainty - and looks at the source and the evidence behind these ideas.
Eagerly awaiting the rest of this book and it's already got me thinking about what testing leprechauns there are...
This was soon followed by Elisabeth Hendrickson( @testobsessed ) tweeting about whether there would be interest in her doing a book. Happily myself and many others said 'yes' so a few days later her book There's Always a Duck was out. ( read how she did it here )
Her blog was one of the first I found when I got into testing so it was a real pleasure to re-read the articles again. Not that it was simply a re-print, she had updated many of the posts. Now I have them readily to hand to dip into whenever I want.
It was also great to see a namecheck for Atomic Object in the article about her accepting the Gordon Pask award in the section of the book on Community
All of which reminded me of Ajay Balamurgadas and the 2 books he had written. Order placed and 2 books of a testers experience and tips available to be read.
Cost of the books ? A few dollars each.
Thoughts and experiences contained within them ? Invaluable
Posted by Phil at Monday, January 16, 2012