Rereading Classic C++ Books

Last month I'd been looking for books to help me get better at C++ template metaprogramming. The book "Modern C++ Design" by Andrei Alexandrescu continually came up in searches. I originally passed on it since it was written in 2001.

I was hoping to find a book written post-C++11; a book that inco…

Date: January 8th, 2017 at 9:33pm
Author: Terence Darwen
Tags: Book Review, C++, Reading Material, Sabbatical

Thoughts on "Scrum: A Breathtakingly Brief and Agile Introduction"

I really like a lot of the ideas behind scrum and agile principles in general. I've made it a point to devote some of my time during this sabbatical to educating myself farther in these topics.

I was recently browsing through books on agile when I came across "Scrum: A Breathtakingly Brief and Agil

Date: December 12th, 2016 at 9:55am
Author: Terence Darwen
Tags: Book Review, Scrum, Agile, Chris Sims, Hillary Louise Johnson, Reading Material, Sabbatical

Thoughts on "Extreme Programming Explained" by Kent Beck

I've known about Extreme Programming (XP) since the early 2000's but had never gotten around to reading "Extreme Programming Explained", the original book on XP, by the creator of XP, Kent Beck. I recently just read the second edition which was published in 2005. It seems it holds up pretty well e…

Date: November 13th, 2016 at 10:47am
Author: Terence Darwen
Tags: Reading Material, Book Review, Kent Beck, Extreme Programming, XP, Sabbatical

Studying "Effective Modern C++" by Scott Meyers

My weekday routine on this sabattical usually consists of spending the first few hours of the day studying software engineering related books, blogs, etc and the remainder of the day is dedicated to working on projects that put learned skills to practice.

Three months into the sabbatical, I've studi…

Date: October 17th, 2016 at 8:17am
Author: Terence Darwen
Tags: Reading Material, Book Review, C++, Modern C++, C++11, C++14, Effective Modern C++, Scott Meyers, Sabbatical

Thoughts on "Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art" by Steve McConnell

I've never had any formal training in software estimation and my hunch is that many of the software developers and engineers I've worked with over the years haven't either. That's not a knock against them, many of them are highly qualified. If anything, it's more a commentary on the typical career…

Date: August 19th, 2016 at 11:06am
Author: Terence Darwen
Tags: Reading Material, Software Estimation, Book Review, Sabbatical