Recommended Readings

A list of recommended readings.

  1. Agile Web Development with RailsThe definitive, Jolt-award winning guide to learning and using Rails is now in its Second Edition. Rails is a new approach to web-based application development that enables developers to create full-featured, sophisticated web-based applications using less code and less effort. Now programmers can get the job done right and still leave work on time.
  2. Design Patterns Explained: A New Perspective on Object-Oriented DesignDesign patterns offer proven opportunities for creating flexible, reusable software — but until now, their complexity has prevented most software professionals from taking full advantage of them. Now, there’s a simple, gentle introduction to patterns that helps software practitioners gain the benefits — without the confusion. Unlike many books on patterns, Design Patterns Explained doesn’t assume that its readers already have an in-depth understanding of object-oriented design. Rather, it teaches object-oriented design and patterns together, helping developers gain deeper insights into both topics far more quickly. Shalloway and Trott don’t just introduce a laundry list of patterns: they explain why each pattern works, the organizing principles upon which the pattern is based, and above all, how the patterns work together in real world object-oriented designs. For all software developers, programmers, architects, and project managers who want to succeed with patterns.
  3. Framework Design Guidelines: Conventions, Idioms, and Patterns for Reusable .NET LibrariesFramework Design Guidelines, Second Edition, teaches developers the best practices for designing reusable libraries for the Microsoft .NET Framework. Expanded and updated for .NET 3.5, this new edition focuses on the design issues that directly affect the programmability of a class library, specifically its publicly accessible APIs.
  4. Getting Real – 37signals

    Getting Real is the business, design, programming, and marketing philosophies of 37signals — a developer of web-based software used by over 1 million people and businesses in 70 countries.

  5. Linchpin – Seth Godin

    In bestsellers such as Purple Cow and Tribes, Seth Godin taught readers how to make remarkable products and spread powerful ideas. But this book is different. It’s about you – your choices, your future, and your potential to make a huge difference in whatever field you choose.

    There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labor. Now there’s a third team, the linchpins. These people invent, lead (regardless of title), connect others, make things happen, and create order out of chaos. They figure out what to do when there’s no rule book. They delight and challenge their customers and peers. They love their work, pour their best selves into it, and turn each day into a kind of art.

    Linchpins are the essential building blocks of great organizations. Like the small piece of hardware that keeps a wheel from falling off its axle, they may not be famous but they’re indispensable. And in today’s world, they get the best jobs and the most freedom.

    Have you ever found a shortcut that others missed? Seen a new way to resolve a conflict? Made a connection with someone others couldn’t reach? Even once? Then you have what it takes to become indispensable, by overcoming the resistance that holds people back. Linchpin will show you how to join the likes of…

    *Keith Johnson, who scours flea markets across the country to fill Anthropologie stores with unique pieces.
    *Marissa Mayer, who keeps Google focused on the things that really matter.
    *Jason Zimdars, a graphic designer who got his dream job at 37signals without a résumé.
    *David, who works at Dean and Deluca coffeeshop in New York. He sees every customer interaction as a chance to give a gift and is cherished in return.

    As Godin writes, “Every day I meet people who have so much to give but have been bullied enough or frightened enough to hold it back. It’s time to stop complying with the system and draw your own map. You have brilliance in you, your contribution is essential, and the art you create is precious. Only you can do it, and you must.”

  6.  Breaking Free: How To Work At Home With The Perfect Small Business Opportunity – Brian Armstrong

    “You’re About to Discover the Secrets of How to Quit Your Job and Work For Yourself… ” Are you spending 8 hours a day doing something you don’t truly love? It’s time to follow your dream of quitting your job to work for yourself! Inside you will discover… * How to get started while still at your current job * Three ways to smooth the transition and minimize financial risk * Why you don’t need an original idea to start a successful company * Seven exercises to discover what business you should start * How to incorporate, protect your assets, get important tax benefits, and start accepting payments right away * Seven businesses you can start for under $100 Fully 74% of millionaires in the U.S. are self made – they went to work for themselves! What are you waiting for?

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