Fortunately I was tagged. Being tagged to make a public commitment will help keep me on the path. Otherwise, this would have been an easy assignment to skip. I could have said “I’m too busy” and stuck my head in the sand for a year.
The assignment I’m referring to came from Buck Woody (Blog|Twitter) during his SQLCruise Alaska session on professional development. Buck asked the cruisers to pick 12 books to read this year that will enhance our work. We are to read one of those books a month, then post a book review on our blog. Buck created his list of books and tagged some participants willing to post their own lists and further the tags. Yanni Robel (Blog|Twitter) was then tagged, posted her list of 12 books, and tagged me. Thank goodness, because I truly needed a mid-year reading list adjustment.
In a prior book list I mentioned some reading queued for 2011, and that’s done. In the mean time, I’ve meandered through some technical books, plus I read the Jump 225 trilogy, but now it’s time to get on a defined and do-able plan.
My 12 Books To Read In 12 Months
Here is my proposed list, in no particular order.
- Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century by Hunter S. Thompson – It seems that I can’t assemble a book list without including at least one of Hunter’s books, so let’s get this out of the way first.
- The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte – I’ve started and stopped this book a number of times. It’s time to forge through it and absorb Tufte’s lessons.
- Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services Step by Step by Scott Cameron – One of my goals for 2011 is to dig deeper into the SQL Server BI stack, and this book will help me do that.
- Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services Step by Step by Stacia Misner – Another part of the BI stack in SQL Server to explore.
- Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services: Problem, Design, Solution by Erik Veerman – More of the BI stack in SQL Server to learn, I worked with DTS in SQL Server 2000 but that was years ago.
- Defensive Database Programming with SQL Server by Alex Kuznetsov – Alex presented at our SQL Server User Group recently and spoke of how smoothly his solutions operate because of the defensive practices he follows.
- Professional SQL Server 2008 Internals and Troubleshooting by Christian Bolton, Justin Langford, Brent Ozar… – I’ve skipped around through this book, and have read most of it, but a concentrated cover-to-cover reading would be a good idea.
- Hadoop in Action by Chuck Lam – Another one of my goals for 2011 is to increase my use of open-source software. Hadoop and its subprojects seems to be quite popular now, so I want to become familiar with it.
- Understanding MySQL Internals by Sasha Pachev – Once upon a time I did a fair amount of work with MySQL. I’d enjoy returning to that.
- High Performance MySQL: Optimization, Backups, Replication, and More by Baron Schwartz – MySQL features have come a long way since I worked with it, so I need to get current on what it offers.
- Data Analysis with Open Source Tools by Philipp K. Janert – Intriguing title if nothing else.
- Yes We Did! by Rahaf Harfoush – Two decades ago I did public policy work as a graduate assistant and seriously contemplated going that route as a profession. To catch-up with the times, I want to learn more about the role that social media has been able to play in government and politics.
There it is, although this list might change. I’ll quote Buck’s disclaimer “I reserve the right to change my list as I learn more.” That makes sense because a lot can happen in a year.
If anyone wants to be tagged, let me know, or just go ahead and play along. Beware, it was quite the exercise to assemble this list, but I think it’s worth it!