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Mythical Man Month

I'm an avid but slow reader, so as a reward for finally getting through the heavy "Guns, Germs, and Steel" by Jared Diamond on Monday night, I am rewarding myself by picking up "The Mythical Man-Month" by Fred Brooks. I guess this is the quintessential software project management book, but as a developer I still am concerned with the software process because I like to be cognizant of the time constraints of my work.

I probably bought this book about four years ago, so I regret not reading it through the first time due to its heavy material. I'm a little more patient now, so maybe this time around it will be easier.

Other geeky stuff I've read:
"Just for Fun" - Linux Torvalds
"Hacker Culture" - Douglas Thomas
"The Art of Unix Programming" - Eric Raymond
"Domain Driven Design" - Eric Evans


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