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t(h)inkerer

thinkerer@books.mennisch.net

Joined 6 months, 3 weeks ago

I like learning (reading, thinking, writing), and I dabble in anything that interests me, both fiction and non-fiction.

I need to make more time to read, because my "To Read" list keeps getting longer

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Kill It With Fire (2021, No Starch Press, Incorporated) 3 stars

Kill It with Fire examines aging computer systems, the evolution of technology over time, and …

A great resource for managers working with legacy systems

3 stars

This is a great resource for working with legacy systems. Actually, it is mostly about working with people, which is appropriate. Creating and using software is often about working with people and reifying workflow processes in software.

I had it recommended to me as a good book for non-legacy systems as well. There are some good points about when to modernize a system and avoiding chasing shiny new technology.

I didn't find it helpful to a software engineer such as myself, but I could see the value in a manager reading it, which is appropriate as Marianne is coming from an engineering management perspective.

The Intellectual Life (Paperback, 1987, Catholic University of America Press) 3 stars

I was expecting something more like modern self-help books, lots of practical tips on how to work with your mind. There was some of that, but a lot of it was sermons inspiring courage and highlighting the importance and dignity of intellectual work. This is not a bad thing.

I tended to skim through a lot, because it was stories and illustrations. I feel like I probably missed some tidbits that were buried among them, and I'd like to go back and read it more carefully now that I know what to expect and when I'm in the right frame of mind, but I don't know if I will ever end up reading it again, at least not for a while.

It definitely comes from a Christian (really Catholic) perspective, which was not a problem for me. In fact, I loved that, but it may not resonate if you're not …