Category Archives: Book review

I often read scientific books written in English. Are they worth it ? I propose some reviews…

Book review: OpenGL Data Visualization Cookbook

This review will actually be quite quick: I haven’t finished the book and I won’t finish it.

The book was published in August 2015 and is based on OpenGL < 3. The authors may sometimes say that you can use shaders to do better, but the fact is that if you want to execute the code they propose, you need to use the backward compatibility layer, if it's available. OpenGL was published almost a decade ago, I can't understand why in 2015 two guys decided that a new book on scientific visualization should use an API that was deprecated a long time ago. What a waste of time. [amazon_enhanced asin="1782169725" /][amazon_enhanced asin="B01FGMWRO8" /]

Book review: Getting Started With JUCE

After the announce of JUCE 5 release, I played a little bit with it, and then decided to read the only book on JUCE. It’s outdated and tackles JUCE 2.1.2. But who knows, it may be a gem?

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Book review: Weapons Of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

Big data is the current hype, the thing you need to do to find the best job in the world. I’ve started using machine learning tools a decade ago, and when I saw this book, it felt like it was answering some concerns I had. Let’s see what’s inside.

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Book review: Why You Love Music: From Mozart to Metallica

I have to say, I was intrigued when I saw the book. Lots of things about music seem intuitive, from movies to how it makes us feel. And the book puts a theoretical aspect on it. So definitely something I HAD to read.

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Book review: The Culture Map: Decoding How People Think and Get Things Done in a Global World

I work in an international company, and there are lots of people from different cultures around me, and with whom I need to interact. Out of the blue, it feels like it’s easy to work with all of them, I mean, how difficult could it be to work with them?

Actually, it’s easy, but sometimes interactions are intriguing and people do not react the way you expect them to react. And why is that? Lots of reasons, of course, but one of them is that they have a different culture and do not expect you to explicitly tell them what they did wrong (which is something I do. A lot).

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Book review: Slide Rules: Design, Build, and Archive Presentations in the Engineering and Technical Fields

I have trouble with slides. I hate them. I’ve followed a training of presentation to make better ones, and with more or less no slides anymore. I liked that training very much, but it’s difficult to apply to scientific presentations. As such, I’ve decided to read this book who is about scientific presentations (published by IEEE-Wiley) and to see how other people apprehend slides.

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Book review: Googled: The End of the World As We Know It

Google is intriguing and there are plenty of books on the company. Who did it grow to such a beast? What is their true purpose? This is one of these books, published 5 years ago. Is it still relevant today?
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Book review: The Frustrated Songwriter’s Handbook

I’m a frustrated songwriter. I never managed to write that many songs, and a friend told me about this book. I actually read it before I started a master’s degree in songwriting.

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Fun books: Heroic fantasy or space operas?

Between audio development, songwriting and a computer science day job, sometimes, there is a need for going to another dimension, escape to another reality. I think that is what books are for. And I found several series that are more than fun: they are addictive, and I can’t wait to read the next installment.
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