book club progress report

From: Doug H.
Sent on: Wednesday, June 3, 2009 8:47 AM
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- 
provoking.

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?

2. Readernaut.com

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!

Doug

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