D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

Other Books You Should Consider Reading

Monday, July 30, 2007 2:54 PM

With all the "Become a Better Developer" movement going around, alot has been said about which technology books should be read. I'm going to offer a few books I read that aren't technical, but are still very relevant to our field.

Bad Boy Ballmer - The Man Who Rules Microsoft (Fredric Alan Maxwell)

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a HUGE Steve Ballmer fan. Sure he throws chairs at employees who leave for Google, and sure he keeps his kids from buying anything Apple...but if you want to understand not only a bit of who Ballmer is as well as a good history lesson on Microsoft's early days, this is a great read...and who knows, you might just realize that he's not the bad guy everyone thinks he is.

Everyone Else Must Fail - The Unvarnished Truth About Oracle and Larry Ellison (Karen Southwick)

Many people look at Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates as the bullies of the IT world...but read this bio of the head Oracle hauncho and the Microsoft boys look tame in comparison. This book shows how Oracle gained its wealth and establishment early, mostly on vapour-ware sales. It shows Larry as the no-BS leader, freely ditching anyone that he deemed unworthy or a liability to the company's continued success.

Dot Bomb - My Days and Nights at an Internet Goliath (J. David Kuo)

This book chronicles the rise and fall of Value America, an internet startup that existed during the dot-com boom of the late nineties. Although the boom has been done for many years, this book still acts as a warning to anyone who owns or manages within a business what NOT to do and shows the warnings signs of a failing business that are still valid today.

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# re: Other Books You Should Consider Reading

Hm, I haven't read those. I did finish iWoz and the Second Coming of Steve Jobs though. Both are good books that I enjoyed (especially iWoz).

I'm getting "Show Stopper! The Breakneck race to create Windows NT and the next generation at Microsoft". It's out of print, but you can still get it via Amazon and book resellers.

Tomorrow, I'm also picking up "Getting Things Done." EVERYONE should read that book. EVERYONE! 7/30/2007 6:28 PM | Jason Olson

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