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August 28, 2011

JavaScript: The Good Parts

JavaScript: The Good PartsJavaScript: The Good Parts by Douglas Crockford

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An appropriately opinionated exploration of JavaScript. The exhaustive diagraming of the language syntax and common methods can be skipped by those who have used the language before. The observations in the chapters on Functions (4), Inheritance (5), Style (9), and lists of gotchas in appendices Awful Parts (A) and Bad Parts (B) make this a must read for anyone developing with JavaScript. The author has a very strong point of view that is presented throughout the book, but I found warranted given the number of ways on can unintentionally harm yourself in JavaScript.

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August 23, 2011

Back to Normal

Today was the first time in a few weeks that I had anything like a "normal" day and it was nice. As most of the people that read this blog know at the end of July I headed north to visit Oslo and explore Spitsbergen (photos soon, sampler available now :). Then shortly after returning to Boston it was off to the west coast for Matt & Ginger's wedding followed by a few days working from Brightcove's Seattle office. This past weekend was mostly digging out from the mounds of mail, laundry, and house work that had accumulated. Which brings me to the relative normalcy of today. Pleasant to leave work, run errands, make some supper, and then catchup with email. Life is good.

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August 20, 2011

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

The Wind-Up Bird ChronicleThe Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Surreal at times but always intriguing this is a wonderful tale set in Japan. I might argue the many female characters are not portrayed as strongly as the male protagonist but feels more it reflects more the point of view the story is told from. A few footnotes for the non-Japanese would have improved my understanding of some of the intertwined stories, but even without it is a mesmerizing read.

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A Deepness in the Sky

A Deepness in the SkyA Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A wonderful space drama that introduces interesting technology and great characters. It includes a novel new race and a plausible scenario that the action unfolds under. Simply a great science fiction read.

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