Every few months I give up on stacking everything on my desk and begin the arduous task of cleaning it up. In my most recent battle with desktop clutter, I came to realize that I am a book addict. Set aside the numerous entertaining novels I've bought and read over the last few months because they don't make it to my work desk. If they did, I'd never get any work done.
Here's a list of just the books currently floating in the stacks on my desk. No, I am not making this up. And no, I'm not going to give you a link to each one of them. You can always hit www.amazon.com or your favorite alternative and look them up. Many of these come from my local Borders store and others from Amazon. My Amazon Prime account has more than paid for itself.
I must also confess that some of these were not purchased recently but have somehow made their way back off my shelf and onto my desk in recent months. The order is of no particular import except to note that it is essentially a LIFO list which may provide a quasi reverse chronological order to my wandering interests and/or problems/challenges.
- Agile Principles, Patterns and Practices in C# by Martin and Martin
- The Data Model Resource Book Volume 1 by Silverston
- The Data Model Resource Book Volume 2 by Silverston
- The Data Model Resource Book Volume 3 by Silverston and Agnew
- Pro ASP.NET 2.0 in C# 2005 by MacDonald and Szpuszla
- SQL Server Analysis Services 2005 with MDX by Harrinath and Quinn
- Windows Workflow Foundation by Scribner
- Programming WCF Services by Lowy
- Pro C# 2008 and the .NET 3.5 Platform by Troelsen
- jQuery in Action by Bibeault and Katz
- Building a Data Warehouse by Rainardi
- Programming Collective Intelligence by Segaran
- Workflow in the 2007 Microsoft Office System by Mann
- Pro SharePoint 2007 Development Techniques by Bruggeman and Bruggeman
- Regular Expressions by Friedl
- Regular Expression Recipes for Windows Developers by Good
- Microsoft SharePoint Buidling Office 2007 Solutions in C# 2005 by Hillier
- C# Cookbook by Teilhet and Hilyard
- Refactoring Databases Evolutionary Database Design by Ambler and Sadalage
- SharePoint Server 2007 Best Practices by Curry and English
Update: Wandering through the house, I found several more at various favorite reading spots. They've now taken their proper place on my desk piles. Here they are:
- Pro Silverlight 2 in C# 2008 by MacDonald
- Thinking in C++ Second Edition Volume 1 by Eckel
- Chris Crawford on Interactive Storytelling by Crawford
- A Programmer's Introduction to C# Second Edition by Gunnerson
- Visual C# 2005: The Base Class Library by Balena (I won this one)
Yes, this is a sad but not unhealthy addiction. The only detriment here is to my pocketbook and the fact that I'm running out of shelf space. Do you any of you have similar addictions?