Nodebotanist Reading List: May 2017
I read 4–5 tech books a month, and I figured I’d start sharing what I read last month and what I’m reading this month.
The Hardware Hacker : Adventures in Making and Breaking Hardware— Andrew “Bunnie” Huang’s semi-autobiographical book about hardware startups is both an informative and entertaining read. Wanna know more about how hardware startups work? Interested in different ways of handling/navigating IP? Afraid to reverse-engineer hardware, but have a feeling that that gut reaction just isn’t right? I recommend giving this a read.
AWS Lambda in Action by Danilo Poccia — I didn’t have a ton of experience with Lambda before this month; I certainly had a weak spot in my knowledge of the AWS ecosystem in general. This book used succinct writing and well-thought-out examples and exercises to quickly fill in the gaps. Great read in that it explores not only Lambda thoroughly, but how it hooks into other systems. Highly recommend.
On-Camera Coach by Karin M Reed — while I didn’t find all of the lessons relevant to my experiences, I found good, solid knowledge in here about how to be on camera when you’re not on a stage. I recommend this book to everyone who’s worried about being on camera, or wants to polish their skills.
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries — this book came highly recommended by a few very trusted folks, and it didn’t disappoint. Work at a small startup in any capacity? Read it. Work in DevRel, Product, or similar fields at any sized company? Yeah, you read it too. Gives you great advice you can start applying immediately, coupled with timely and poignant anecdotes.
Pragmatic Programmer by Andrew Hunt and David Thomas — read this the first time in college, loved it, and I think it’s time to pick it up again.
Hello, Startup by Yevgeniy Brikman — sometimes a book just catches your eye and this is that book for me right now.
IoT: Building Arduino-Based Projects by Drew Van Duren, Brian Russell, Pradeeka Seneviratne, and Peter Waher — looks to be a comprehensive guide on comms protocols (MQTT, XMPP, etc.), a subject I need to shore up on.
Learning Python by Fabrizio Romano — I need to sit down and code some Python this month, if only to have it on my tool belt — it’s fast becoming a popular robotics language like JS, and I want to be able to keep up.
I’ll keep posting my lists every month, and you can check out my Goodreads profile for more history/updates.