Welcome to 2020

Another year has passed it is time to welcome to 2020.  This will be like my other welcome the year posts (2018, 2019) that will call out items that provided value in 2019.

Newsletters

Dev Tips Weekly
Shawn Wildermuth

Podcasts

I use these podcasts to make sure I have a good pulse on the industry and can go deeper when a topic really sounds really interesting. This is also how I make sure my commute is more than dead time.

Software Related

.NET Rocks!
Complete Developer Podcast
Hanselminutes
Software Engineering Daily

Fun

Freakonomics
Radiolab

Other

RunAsRadio

Books Read in 2019

The mix of learning vs entertainment is about the same as last year which I may try and stick with next year as well.

Fun

Artemis
Atlas Shrugged
Freakonomics
God’s Debris
Ready Player One
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Return of the King
The Two Towers

Personal Development

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
48 Laws of Power
Can’t Hurt Me
The Checklist Manifesto
Drive
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
How to Fight a Hydra
How to Talk to Anyone
The Introvert’s Edge
Letting Go
Life Unlocked
Me, Inc.
The Power of Habit
Presence
Radical Acceptance
Rejection Proof
Self-Discipline: Develop Good Habit. Achieve Your Goals.
The Richest Man in Babylon
The Top 10 Rules for Success
The Undefeated Mind

Software/Career

Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software
Beyond Legacy Code
Domain-Driven Design
Head First Design Patterns
The Imposter’s Handbook Season 2
The New One Minute Manager
Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture (Part 1, Part 2 is for reference)

Top Picks

Can’t Hurt Me by David Googins is by far my favorite book I read this past year. David’s story is amazing and inspiring in so many ways. David is the Seal from the book Living with a Seal which I also highly recommend.

The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande was eye-opening regarding increasing complexity for professionals across all disciplines and the mistakes this can cause. Thankfully the book isn’t all doom as Atul has many examples of how something as simple as the right checklist can prevent a lot of mistakes.

Artemis by Andy Weir (of The Martian fame) was such an awesome getaway from the productive books I had been reading. This a near-future story set on the moon. The reviews are mixed, but I really enjoyed it.


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