Two Books Down, One Up

I finished Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions a week or two ago, and after a bit of a reading hiatus for a week, I finally got started on Defensive Design for the Web from some of the guys at 37signals. Both books read very well and provided good insights into their subjects, and both has loads of examples that illustrates the points they’re trying to get across. For Defensive Design for the Web, this includes at least a hundred screenshots of different sites with comments and comparisons with successful sites in the same genre. Being a very practical book, I read the entire edition in a couple of hours, and while I’m not completely sure what I’ve taken away from it, I suggest reading it again from time to time to refresh your thoughts around the subject.

Anyways, after finishing these two books, I’ve now picked up Information Retrieval: Algorithms and Heuristics (2nd Edition) as my new reading material. This is much more algorithmic and theoretical than my previous books, so hopefully I’ll not get bored after a few chapters.

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