Front-end Developer Handbook: A Collection of Links

An opinionated read for just a collection of links.

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JavaScript ES5 to ESNext: Brief and to the Point

A short read that will give you a taste of new JavaScript features and syntax.

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Excerpts of Things I'll Never Say: Help This Girl Pls

A book that is a look into the thoughts of a young, depressed teen girl from an oppressive country.

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Steal Like An Artist: Good with Flaws

This book is ultimately for artistic creatives but it is in the way it is offered that kills its effectiveness.

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Personal Branding: Perspectives

As someone trying to build an online programmer "brand", I pick up books like these pretty regularly. They all have their strengths and weaknesses. Here I'll list the strengths and weaknesses of this particular book on personal branding.

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10 Minute Declutter: It Brings Me Joy

With all the talk about Marie Kondo's new Netflix Series, Tidying Up which is based on her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, 10 Minute Declutter is an alternative to Kondo's book and cheaper.

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Software++: A Guide for Juniors and Seniors Alike

Cory does a good job of prepping junior developers for the workforce; I say junior because it would seem to me that if you were in a senior position at a company, these things would be something you are already doing.

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10 Minute Digital Declutter, a Book for Grandma

This book, although written in 2015, is outdated. By a lot.

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Review: YDKJS Scopes & Closures

YDKJS Scopes & Closures is a must read...with caveats.

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Do the Work: More Productivity Guru Bullshit

Do the Work is honestly the worst book I’ve ever read. Worse than The Charge. 👎🏽💩

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You Branding: Reinventing Your Personal Identity as a Successful Brand: Review

There were bits and pieces in here I could really get behind as someone sort of new to personal branding (totally different field however). SWOT and other terms were really helpful and new.

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Object Oriented JavaScript by Nicholas Zakas

An quick, in depth introduction to OOP in JavaScript. But is it any good?

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Review: Deep Work by Cal Newport

Cal Newport lays out his arguments for 'going deep' — uninterrupted, long, and intense periods of focusing on the work that is going to further your goals quite well in this book.

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Keynote, Professional Presentations and Animations

This book is a great primer on Keynote, Apple's answer to PowerPoint.

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The Master Algorithm

This book presupposes that there is a master algorithm to be found in the field of Artificial Intelligence. That while computers will become anything but sentient, they will essentially make half the workforce obsolete. The author's laissez faire attitude about this bothers me.

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Review: Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, 25th Anniversary Edition

A rag tag group of young kids from the west coast create the technology that shapes our world today.

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137 Books in One Year Review: How to Write a Book for Cash

Practical advice is practical.

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The Charge: Happiness Guru Bullshit

I read the description of the book and had my doubts-- it was a $5.99-er from Audible which should have told me all I needed to know. I had $6 to burn so I bought it.I shouldn't have.

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Synergy...and...Stuff: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Synergy is a terrible buzzword.

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The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

A long listen but sweeping history of the technologies we use today

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SMART Goals Simplified: Too Simple and Poorly Written

This book is poorly written and in terrible need of a competent editor.

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Paperless: MacSparky's Finest Book

David is the host of Mac Power Users along with Katie Floyd and in my opinion carries the show. So when I saw that he had some books on the iBookstore, I knew I had to buy them.

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In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake & the Woods: Disappointing First Effort

The beginning of the book is quite good- we get a sense of urgency quite quickly which does the novel some good as in the middle and towards the end the plot begins to sag.

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The Rapist: Shocked Me, To Be Honest

I was originally going to give the book three stars but the ending saved it from being mediocre.

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Dad Says He Saw You at the Mall: Quirky and Endearing

This book isn't for everyone.

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This is How You Lose Her: Junot Makes It Work

'The half-life of love is forever'- that line describes this entire book of threaded stories.

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The Road

A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.

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How They Were Found: Matt Bell Does It Again

First off, I want to say I was familiar with Matt's work coming in, having hooked up on the social sites (we writers be pimpin' yo!) and downloading a free sample of his short story The Collectors which was probably the best short story I've read in aa while- then came these stories.

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The Collectors Review

This novella captured my attention from the first page and never let go of it.

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The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

I don't give a lot of five stars. But this one deserved it, if only for the poetic flow of her prose, the imagery.

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Cathedral: Ray Carver's Magnum Opus

I find that most people, when reading are reading to escape the mundane and heavy existence reality brings. You're not going to escape into any of these stories.

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Hunger Games Review

I loved the pacing of this book. That is first and foremost.

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao: Breathtaking Prose, Solid Story

I rarely give a book five stars but as a writer I just had to.

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Metamorphosis: Flawed, But Interesting Read

A review of this book by a much younger, much less jaded me.

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Neverwhere: A Great Intro to Gaiman's Work

I don't read much sci-fi, but I will read Gaiman.

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Review Of Mice and Men

They are an unlikely pair: George is 'small and quick and dark of face'; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child.

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