Technical Books

Ten Technical Books You Must Read

When most people are looking for a great read, they tend to skip over the technical section of the bookstore. There are many technical books that are as compelling as a great work of fiction. Here are some gems of the genre:

10. „The Best of Make: 75 Projects from the pages of MAKE“
Author: Mark Frauenfelder
This book is perfect for anyone who likes to tinker and discover the inner workings of everyday objects. This book brings together the best projects from the popular gadget magazine „Make.“ Anyone who is somewhat handy can do the projects from this book, from turning a VCR into a cat feeder, to making a robot out of a computer mouse. The irreverent style keeps it from being a heavy read.

9. „Excel 2007 Bible“
Author: John Walkenbach
This is arguably the most complete reference to using Excel that has ever been published. You will find every shortcut and trick there is in this indispensable reference.

8. „Learning the vi Editor“ (6th Edition)
Author: Arnold Robbins
If you use UNIX, you are likely using the VI text editor. This book will help you to make the most of all the features that VI has to offer, most of which you probably don’t even know about.

7. „Interactive Excellence: Defining and Developing New Standards for the 21st Century“
Author: Edwin Schlossberg
This is a book that is considered a classic by those in a variety of fields related to technology and how it can be used to capture the interest of every day people. Schlossberg is a master at using technology to create interactive museum exhibits other public exhibitions. This book raises many interesting ideas about how technology will continue to change our lives in coming years.

6. „The Ghost Map“
Author: Stephen Johnson
This is another classic; the author shows how data analysis can be applied to finding solutions in many areas of public life. The example he shows is how by plotting the cholera deaths from an outbreak in London, public health workers were able to understand that tainted water was causing the outbreak. Johnson’s argument is that data can literally make invisible concepts visible to researchers.

5. „The Best Technology Writing“ (2009)
Editor: Stephen Johnson
Each year a new version of this anthology is published with the best short articles related to technology from the past years. This book is a perfect way to catch up on a wide swath of the most cutting edge technology writing of the past year.

4. „Does IT Matter? Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage“
Author: Nicholas Carr
Carr lays out an argument that Information Technology as a field is very much overrated by modern businesses, and that it gives very little competitive advantage to a business. A very thought-provoking book.

3. „Cloud Computing: Implementation, Management, and Security“
Author: John Rittinghouse
Computing is undergoing a revolution of sorts, from individual platform-based computing to using internet-based applications, also known as cloud computing. Rittinghouse clearly explains the best ways for businesses to use these „cloud‘ systems safely and to their greatest advantage.

2. „Database Nation: The Death of Privacy in the 21st Century“
Author: Simson Garfinkel
This book is a detailed look at how the increasing collection of private data on the internet is beginning to affect the privacy of ordinary Americans. A book that is both frightening and empowering in its implications.

1. „Joel on Software“
Author: Joel Spolsky
One of the first authors to turn his blog on programming into a book, Spolsky is a must read for anyone who loves programming and wants a clever take on technology.

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