Category Archives: O’Reilly

Book reviews from the O’Reilly publisher.

Book review: The Cathedral and the Bazaar

Open Source software seems for the young generation as sure as the sun rises. And even if I witnessed the emergence of Open Source, I more often than not forget that there was a time when Linux didn’t exist. This recent history brought us a lot, but we may only have handpicked some of this revolution’s fruit. Eric Raymond is one of the guys behind this revolution, and he took some time to think about the changes it brought.

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Book review: Data Analysis with Open Source Tools

When faced with a new dataset, the issue is to find how it should be analyzed. A lot of books addresses the theoretical way of doing it, but this book gives practical clues to do it. Besides, it isn’t based on commercial tools like MATLAB, but on open source tools that can be freely downloaded on the Internet.

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Book review: Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers

Did you ever attend an unfruitful meeting? I have. I also prepared such meetings, to my shame. The issue is getting people to communicate and to create during these meetings, and getting the mood to this point is not an easy task.
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Book review: The Myths of innovation

If there is something we all should do in our jobs, it would be innovate. But sometimes, although we (try to) innovate, we don’t see the fruit of this hard work. Why? Is there something not right with the way we innovate?

Scott Berkun has released his second edition of the Myths of Innovation, and it tries to answer to these questions and more.

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Book review: Beautiful Testing: Leading Professionals Reveal How They Improve Software

Testing is one of the basis to create robust and correct code. O’Reilly has published in its “Beautiful” series a lot of books on different parts of the development process. This is the testing part.
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Book review: Masterminds of Programming

When twenty or so langage creators are put together to make a book, it can only be interesting. It’s a good revealer of character, as they tend to open their heart. In fact I think that’s exactly what happened in this book.
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Book review: The Art of Concurrency: A Thread Monkey’s Guide to Writing Parallel Applications

Free lunch is over, it’s time to go concurrent. The Art of Concurrency addresses the need for a workflow to develop concurrent/parallel applications.
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