July, August, and September were stuffed with me reading scads of technical books. Among the titles I blasted through were, in no particular order:
- Lean Software Development
- Effective C#
- Expert .NET Delivery With NAnt and CruiseControl.NET
- Visual Studio Hacks
- Writing Portable Code
- The .NET Developer’s Guide to Windows Security
- 19 Deadly Sins of Software Programming
Add to that frequent references to Building Applications and Components with Visual Basic.NET, Programming .NET Components, and Design Patterns.
Needless to say, I was pretty groggy after all that. A break was in order, so I’ve spent the last ten or so days plowing through Halderman’s Forever series: Forever War, Forever Peace, and Forever Freedom, plus re-reading Drake’s Counting the Cost. (I’d given up on trying to re-read Anderson’s Harvest of Stars. The story was OK, but I just couldn’t get over the hideously campy dialog. Sorry.) Also toss in a re-read of Scalzi’s fantastic Old Man’s War just so I could remain positive about the guy after his odd rants on Katrina and poverty.
Now, to steal a line from The Holy Grail, I’m feeling much better. I think I’ll go for a walk. Or at least get back to trying to get some decent writing and coding done, not to mention trying to get back into the study grove so I can knock off another MCSD test which I’ve been procrastinating for far too long…
Now Playing: Little Feat – Let It Roll. Amazing how iTunes’s “Shuffle” feature will remind you about some great music you’d lost track of for a whole lot of years.