What’s on my bookshelf?
The Inevitable – Although this book takes an intentionally rosy view of future tech trends (it stands in stark contrast to the fictional Black Mirror series), I think there are ideas to be learned from it and applied to my own projects. It’s not specific existing techniques or technologies, but broad concepts about what makes systems successful and adoptable.
Tech – IoT
Although I’ve spent most of my life as an electronics tinkerer, it’s only the been the last 6 or 7 years that I’ve really taken it seriously, and only the last year or two doing what could be called ‘IoT’ – Internet of Things projects. I wondered if there were any significant gaps in my knowledge about IoT, so at the start of 2018 I set out to read as many books as I could find. Turns out there are a LOT.
I narrowed the book list significantly by looking for a publisher or site that had some sense of organization to their material. Although my first thought was safaribooksonline.com, I wasn’t interested in reading every book – just those that didn’t overlap too much and fit together well as a course.
Turns out such a course exists; Mapt. They take areas of interest and build courses, or ‘skill plans’ around to them. These are further broken down into a dozen or so ‘skill cards’, mostly 2 or 3 books on a specific topic. You can see the current lists of plans and skills on their site.
I’m behind in posting summaries and mini-reviews of the books I’ve read, but I did take about a page of notes per book on the first half dozen, and plan to do the rest as soon as I can. Although most are fast reading, there is usually lab work as well, both software and hardware. Those projects might also make for interesting posts in their own right, so stay tuned. I’ll update the list below as I go.
I have about another 50 ebooks waiting to be read. I suspect some won’t age well, and might be obsolete by the time I get to them. On the packtpub site they usually give away one free ebook a day.
Another ‘book’ that I’ve started is the free MIT EE course. It’s a set of lectures (on video) and some associated reading and tinkering. Should be fun to fill in the gaps between my old physics courses and the engineering approach.
Here are the direct links to my posts on the individual books: