I would have loved to have gone to university and earned a degree in design or computing but that’s not the way life panned out. Instead, I learned from the school of hard knocks, the university of life and taught myself much that brought me to where I am today, hence why I am sharing my bookshelf.
I owe much to books because, whenever I needed to learn a particular skill I would buy a book and dip into it as an eternal source of handy reference. In particular, SAMS Teach yourself HTML in 24 Hours was the one book that really opened up my path as a web professional and I still have that book today, some 17 years after I first brought it. No I don’t, give it back, Mark S 🙂
So, here I share my bookshelf with the world…
What I’m reading RIGHT NOW! (Yes, I have a few on the go at once)
- Ultimate Guide to Google AdWords
With my latest PPC campaign management duties, I thought I’d brush up on AdWords again.
- Google AdWords
It’s an O’Reilly 2012 second edition and, because AdWords moves really quickly, it’s good to have a refresher after not using the platform for a few years (2014)
- Ghost in the Wires
The autobiography of Kevin Mitnick, once the world’s most wanted hacker!
- SCRUM – The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time
Jeff Sutherland is the co-creator of Scrum and this is a fantastic introduction to the framework – well worth reading for anyone in dev.
- Google Analytics
Written by Justin Cutroni, a Google employee and Google Analytics guru, I’d read his blog Analytics Talk before picking up his book so this is an authoritative tome on the subject. GA has changed a lot over the past few years so this 2010 edition is a little out of date but still worthwhile for a deep understanding of how “classic” Analytics works. It’s due for an update/rewrite and release in mid-2016.
- Learning Agile: Understanding Scrum, XP, Lean, and Kanban
I’ve always tried to put Agile into practice since embarking on a Joomla! CMS project back in 2006 and 2009. Today I’m formalising my focus and intend to get my Certified Scrum Master soon.
- Learn Python the Hard Way: A Very Simple Introduction to the Terrifyingly Beautiful World of Computers and Code
I used to programme in BASIC on the ZX-81 and BBC Model B many moons ago, so this is me getting back to my roots with a little Python programming.
Stashed away on the bookshelf of life:
- SAMS Teach Yourself HTML 4 in 24 Hours
When I first wanted to learn Hyper Text Markup Language THIS was the book that got me started; I think I brought it from PC World, Guildford, in 1997/1998.
- Drupal 6 Themes: Create new themes for your Drupal 6 site with clean layout and powerful CSS styling
I know Drupal 6
is reachingreached its end of life on 24 February 2016 but I still manage a portfolio of D6 websites. Today I had to dip into this book to gain some insights into Drupal 6 theming so I thought that if anyone else out there is still in the same boat as me then this is a good reference point. I should really be pointing people to the book Drupal 7 Themes.
- The Definitive Guide to Drupal 7
This really is a hefty tome, so you get your money’s worth for standard post & packing charges. It’s also pricey at nearly £40 new so I ordered a well-loved second-hand edition. It really is pretty comprehensive.