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Code Camp, Books for a month off-line and other ramblings

Thursday evening seems to be “the night for blogging” for me, so here goes:

I saw this cool programming challenge over on Aaron Skonnard's blog (from day 1 of Code Camp that Pluralsight are running).

 Programming challenge: at the end of the day, we held a contest that required students to write code to chase a technology trail. It was a race. They were to start by sending a specific HTTP message to a specific endpoint (it required a special header so you had to write WebRequest code). The HTTP response contained the name of a private queue on the network that they subsequently had to read a message from. The message contained a WSDL document from which they had to generate a WS proxy class. Invoking the WS proxy returned the address to a .NET remoting endpoint, for which they already had an interface assembly. The .NET Remoting call returned a secret, identifying the winner. It took the winner about 20-25 mins. It required them to use every communication technique that we discussed in detail today. Hard? Easy?

In other news from this week Darren Neimke has joined Readify. I haven't really blogged about it yet ('cause I try not to blog about work stuff) but I joined Readify 2 months ago and have been very happy here. Last time Darren and I worked for the same company it didn't last very long - hopefully this time will be different.

At the end of this month I will be traveling to Japan and Italy (my spiritual home, which consumes about 14 billion espressos annually, and where you can get a decent doppio on the train) and won't be on-line much. Does anybody have any book suggestions for an extended period off-line? I'm keen to “travel light“ 1-2 books, and no 1000-page monsters. Code-intensive books make me want to code, and that will probably just lead to frustration. Does anybody have any good ideas?

 

Comments (3) -

Geoff Appleby
Geoff Appleby

The easy answer is to not get code intensive books.



With that in mind, i'd have to recommend my personal favourites: anything by Stephen King, Brian Lumley, or Terry Pratchet. Hey, you never said you wanted IT stuff!

Chris Wallace
Chris Wallace

If you're into it, Albert Einstein's <i>Ideas and Opinions</i> is a good read.

Object Thinking by David West and Beyond Fear by Bruce Schreiner, both around 300 pages and very little code, just very good ideas.

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