Thursday, December 31, 2009

Books I've read in 2009

I normally read online articles/blogs to keep me up to date. Even if I read books, I normally read only the relevant topics or use them as reference when needed. Below are some of the books which I've read completely (or almost) this year:
  1. Programming Groovy - I just started reading this book 2 weeks back and I'm about 80% done reading this book. Hope to finish it in the next week or so. When I started, I was more of a beginner in Groovy. Within 2 weeks, I can say I'm confident of Programming in Groovy and understand the concepts very well. The author explains the concepts very clearly and all the code examples are clear to the point. I tried all the code examples so far in this book. I highly recommend this book for any beginner/intermediate Groovy programmers.
  2. Eclipse Building Commercial Quality Plugins (2nd Edition) - Even though this is an older edition, most of the concepts are still valid. (Need to get the recent edition soon though.) This is a pretty huge book (around 750 pages) and I read around 75% of this book some sequentially and some topics on demand, when I needed to develop those features. This is an excellent book with great examples and I highly recommend to any Eclipse RCP programmer.
  3. Career 2.0 (Take Control of Your Life) - Excellent book with lots of career advices. I've also heard Jared Richardson's talk on this topic in NJFS last year (2008). This book gives clear advices on how to improve and take control of your career. Highly recommend this book to anyone in the software industry.
  4. The name is Rajinikanth - This is not a technical book and I actually read the Tamil version of this book. RajiniKanth is Super Star of Tamil Movies and this book is about his life history. He is very famous in South India and also in Japan. I am a big fan of his and I admire him for many of his qualities beyond acting. Reading this gave me insight on his life and I also learned many practical day to day things and importance of hard work by reading this book. I recommend this book to any of his fans. By the way, if you are looking for the English version of this book, you can get it from here.
Looking forward for a very exciting year 2010. Wish everyone a very Happy New Year!

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