Hello, book club members!
It has been almost 3 weeks since Skylar passed out the first batch of
books at the May meeting. I hope that everyone is enjoying the books
and finding them valuable. I know I'm finding the book I picked, "The
Economics of Iterative Software Development" especially thought-
All of the new books available in May came from Addison-Wesley. Since
then, I've been in touch with a couple of other publishers (Apress and
Manning) and am working on arranging for some books through them. If
you wanted a book last month but didn't get one, please drop me a note
off-list so I can gauge demand when I request shipments.
Since we've had some time to start reading, we should consider ways to
share the benefits with the other members of PyATL. I have two
suggestions to consider:
1. Book Reports
It might be helpful to give one or two short presentations of 5-10
minutes each at the PyATL meetings, discussing the books and giving
our impressions. These wouldn't necessarily need slides, since they
would be so short. Content could include the same sort of details
that would go into an online review (general description of content,
the audience that would find the book helpful, whether the material is
covered well, etc.). I'm going to try to make it to the June meeting,
and be prepared to talk about the economics book.
Is anyone else done with a book and willing to talk for a few minutes?
When the book club was originally formed, we had the idea that we
could do all of it online. I'm still interested in exploring that,
and have been investigating some book-oriented sites online for that
purpose. I've been posting my notes about books on Readernaut, the
Web 2.0 reading site run by Pythonista and Django developer Nathan
Borror. I'm very happy with the site and I expect it to make writing
my review a lot easier, since I'll have all of my thoughts available
in one place (http://readernaut...), ready to be
converted to a blog post.
Besides being able to store your own notes, you can (in typical web
2.0-fashion) follow your friends comments and see what other people
have posted about the book you're reading. It would be great if
everyone reading books signed up and posted your id to the mailing
list so we can experiment with an online aspect of the club again.
I'm looking forward to seeing the first batch of reviews go online
soon, so keep reading!