Reading material

Via Ugo Cei I found this reading list:, some of which looks to be interesting, but I’m not convinced that it’s a selection where each book is a 9 or a 10. Books like the Mythical Man Month stand the test of time, and some of the books there are good ones by that measure, others look less convincing, at least judging by their contents (too focused on the 90ies, the bubble, a particular company), or some of the reviews on Amazon. Perhaps those aren’t always worthwhile, but the real winners don’t seem to have much flack thrown at them. I’d enjoy hearing why Joel et al. recommend them.

I’ve read these:

in addition to
Microeconomics (6th Edition) as a textbook on Economics.

What are your recommendations?

All things considered, though, I have a hunch that it would be better to be out trying to do rather than reading books about doing…

Mysql ranting

I found this to be entertaining:

especially after having had a rough day myself with Mysql. Basically, I need to take one big gob of data, and mix it in with some other data. I’m ok with SQL – not great – but know exactly how to accomplish what I need to do with SQL (PostgreSQL, in particular). Unfortunately, the Mysql version that I’m dealing with is old, out of date, and is some kind of ugly inbred cousing of SQL. No subqueries, no unions, intersections… blocked every way I turn! Ok, you have joins, but it’s not exactly what I wanted. I got a query that looked good, launched it and… poof, an error! Well, ok, I’ll try again. NO YOU WON’T, because the guy who put this house of cards together used MyISAM tables and so the big insert failed halfway through and didn’t ROLLBACK, like real databases do. So I had to find a way to reverse it myself, and then try again.

I hope I can sheperd this operation along long enough to migrate to PostgreSQL without having a nervous breakdown first.