If you’re into puzzles and games of math and logic, The Riddler looks like it will be a good book when it comes out.
I’ve been looking for a way to make Functional Programming, Simplified smaller, but haven’t yet found a way to do that while keeping all the essential information in it. But IMHO, it’s still a heck of a lot easier than reading all of these books on the right:
If you’re interested in understanding the Cats library, I’m a big fan of the book, Scala with Cats (formerly known as Advanced Scala with Cats). Noel Welsh and Dave Gurnell have a simple writing style, with good examples. Being an older person, I only wish a print version was available.
My red pencil is one of my favorite possessions. When I get it out it means that I’ve just edited a print version of something and now it’s time to type up the corrections. It also means that I’m getting close to releasing a final version of whatever book I’m working on, which is also a good thing.
I just ran across this image, which was my first attempt at a cover for my book, Functional Programming, Simplified.
The bad news is that I’ll be in the hospital most of next week after surgery to remove part of my digestive system, but the good news is that I just received the first proof of Hello, Scala, and I should have time to review it.
Bill Gates has a great story about Leonardo da Vinci. I haven’t bought Walter Isaacson’t book on da Vinci yet, but Isaacson is a terrific writer, and I will either buy the book or audiobook soon.
“Wherever you have friends, that’s your country; wherever you receive love, that’s your home.”
~ an old Tibetan saying, as read in The Book of Joy
As a brief note this morning, I’d just like to offer a “thank you” to the people who have purchased my new book, Functional Programming, Simplified, as sales have certainly exceeded my expectations. I first offered the idea to the people at O’Reilly, and when they turned it down I was concerned that maybe they knew something I didn’t. But sales and feedback have all been very positive, so thank you for that.
I just received a BrainFood email with this recommendation about this new book about Tiger Woods:
“Even if you don’t like golf, this book is hard to put down. One of my working hypotheses is that people with extreme abilities are not balanced. Attempts to address the imbalance usually cause them to lose some or all of their advantage, which contributed to the outlier success.”
There’s probably a well-known psychological theory about this, but I had the same thought many years ago. A recent example for me is that Bobby Petrino was once considered an offensive genius in college football, but since his personal scandal he seems much more human. A “balanced” life seems to take away from the obsession that makes certain people great about what they do.