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Another reason my own book-reading has declined ov...

2007-06-25T06:24:00.000-07:00

Another reason my own book-reading has declined over the last few years is that "technical" books can't keep up with the pace of change anymore.

For anything product/technology-specific, books that appear in a timely manner are often based on no more knowledge than you could get from documentation and some quick experiments. Books that take longer to appear tend to miss the point where you most need them, and are quickly overtaken by events.

So the technical books I've been getting recently are limited to things like Doug Lea's "Concurrent Programming in Java", where there's expert insight into something non-trivial and that will stay relevant for a while. There aren't many such books that are also good enough, and we could soon reach the point where even these books age too quickly to be worthwhile.

I've also recently taken to re-reading old books on more fundamental stuff (e.g. algorithms, maths, concurrency, compilers...). It's amazing how much I thought I knew but had actually forgotten, and how often this provides a new insight into current stuff.

Pretty much everything else I now get "online".