Goodbye, Old Technical Books!

After recently doing a clean up of my study, I re-discovered a bunch of my old technical books. Exciting, riveting, blog-worthy stuff I know! 😛 So, I thought I would indulge in a few quick minutes to reflect before they hit the recycle bin. These timeless classics included:

  • Various early versions/editions of “Java in a Nutshell”. My first job in the industry was as a Java developer, which I managed to get while I was still at uni. It was such a blessing and I don’t think I realised how much so at the time – thank you to Peter Moore, Tim Jordan and the crew at Cortex eBusiness for the opportunity! In hindsight, it was such an exciting time in the industry riding the dot-com boom and bust, working on Australia’s leading e-commerce projects and the bleeding edge technologies of the time. I do miss the energy of a start-up.
  • The Python, Perl, Linux and general web titles reflected my desire to improve in the LAMP technology stack many moons ago. I still dabble in Python from time to time, usually for odd jobs on personal projects. Later on, I ended up doing 1-2 years of Perl, although not necessarily by choice … it wasn’t that bad in the midst of doing it, but I don’t think I remember or could even read much of it now! I can still get by with Linux, but tinkering with the OSX terminal occasionally is about as much as I do these days.
  • Please don’t mistake me for being a Photoshop or design whiz seeing “Photoshop in a Nutshell” there! I think it was for Photoshop 5 or something and was one of the more pristine books in the “recycle bin collection”.
  • SQL Server 2000 and Active Directory 2000 “Black Books”. In the early years at my previous organisation, I was a jack-of-all-trades while the IT department was getting established, and thus as part of this ill-defined role I performed some DBA and network admin duties. I have always enjoyed working with databases, and even tutored the subject at uni. I still have much respect for the SQL Server product and think it’s one of Microsoft’s better offerings, and thanks to Readify’s fantastic professional development program, I am planning on finally obtaining my MCDBA next financial year (doing my MCSD at the moment). And while I don’t really enjoy doing network support, the hands on time with Active Directory has proven to be a solid foundation for me as a developer now focused in the Microsoft space.
  • Don’t know how on earth I ended up with a “Visual Basic Controls” book!!! I had managed to avoid VB until very recently when I had to work on some legacy code at a bank.

Now, time to join the 21st century and unwrap my Kindle!