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August 7, 2007

A little overboard with the books

Filed under: Uncategorized — Andrew @ 12:46 am

I wound up passing by both Barnes and Nobles book store and Quantum Books yesterday, and I went a little overboard with the book purchases.

At B&N, I purchased, Programming Erlang: Software for a Concurrent World, Beginning J2ME, From Novice to Professional, The Complete Guitar Player, and a book containing both Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. I also picked up Circuit Cellar magazine and Sysadmin magazine. (Because I’m now admitting to this being a purchasing binge, maybe I’ll return the guitar book.)

At Quantum Books, there was a 50% sale on O’Reilly books. I bought JBoss: A Developer’s Notebook, Java I/O, and Enterprise Java Beans 3.0.

Throughout this, what I was really looking for was a book on Bluetooth programming. I have an idea of a small hardware project that Bluetooth might come in handy for.

The JBoss and EJB books I bought for relatively practical reasons. I want to read through them enough to make sure I can discuss the subjects intelligently with someone who already knows about them. For the Java I/O subject, even though I know a bit on the subject already, I think there are some holes in my knowledge that the book with smooth out, especially with nio.

The J2ME book is for project ideas. Without knowing much about what can be done for J2ME, I have some ideas of things I’d like to build for a smartphone platform. Hopefully, looking through this would give me an idea of the feasibility.

The Erlang book is trying to gain exposure to a very different type of software development than I’m used to. I may never create anything to run in Erlang, but hopefully learning it will give me yet another way of looking at a problem.


  1. I also bought the Erlang book (though I’ve not had time to read more than the introduction), for the same reason.

    Of course, since Quantum was selling O’Reilly books at a discount, you should have bought all the remaining copies of my books while you were there. With the 50% off and with your ex-employee discount (didn’t you used to work there?), they would have cost almost nothing.

    Comment by Darren Chamberlain — August 7, 2007 @ 5:28 pm

  2. I never worked for Quantum Books, but I used to stop there frequently enough. My old job frequently had me switching from one technology to another and I’d within a couple of days need to get up to speed on DNS, or graphics algorithms, or DSP processors, or whatever.

    There were probably also the times where I’d get so fed up that I’d just leave the office for a few hours. Those would sometimes turn into rides into Cambridge.

    Quantum wasn’t having a sale on all O’Reilly books, but it was for a few dozen titles. I didn’t see either of your books in the 50% shelves. Knowing nothing about book publishing, I would have thought that deeply discounted books wouldn’t have counted as far as your royalties are concerned. (That is usually the case with record sales and the cutout bin.)

    Comment by andrew — August 8, 2007 @ 7:41 pm

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