The Gift that Keeps on Giving
Treat yourself this holiday season to a copy of Mike Clark's Pragmatic Project Automation. I love this book. Congratulations to the Pragmatic Programmers for this addition to the series and more importantly to the team. I'm already looking forward to future installments.
Foremost in my mind, the quality of the content to page ratio rocks. I'm tired of publishers stuffing 400 pages of bullshit down my throat. I don't have the time. Save your money. Save a tree. I want quality, not quantity. Mike writes as efficiently as he entertains. This book is airplane, stick it in your laptop bag and go, friendly. My shoulder thanks you, Mike.
Mike packed this book with awesome tips and tricks, some of which guest authors contributed. After reading it, you'll be making lava lamps turn on in response to build failures, your application will file bug reports automatically, and you'll have gained some insight into why Ant works the way that it does (as told by its creator). I personally learned how to create GUI installers automatically from my build file using free software. Cross platform wizard installer, $0. Happier end users, priceless.
I can't say enough good things about this book. Resolve to snuff out application down time this New Year. Put all of those little boxes called "computers" lying around your office to work. Spend more time on quality code (or with your family, whichever floats your boat). Buy a copy for your build guru. Buy one for your manager. I guarantee it will put you at the top of their gift giving lists next year.