Coming up for air

It’s been a few months since I’ve written anything here. As usual it’s been pretty busy in the Kerr family.

I know some of you are waiting to hear what exactly my next project is about. Although I am not quite ready to reveal that I can tell you that I have started writing again and am preparing a new stream of articles for publication later this year. I’ll have more to say about this in the coming weeks. The good news is that I was able to find an outlet and work out a pace that is workable for my busy schedule. For those who liked the new C++ for the new Windows you’ll be happy to hear that it’s along the same lines.

I read a lot and thought I should share some recommendations. If you’re like me you’re always on the lookout for good book recommendations. Here are a few that I’ve read lately that I highly recommend. I’ll start with some technical books and conclude with a few biographies and other books that may interest you.

I haven’t done much web development in the last few years. When I started working on my next project I was forced to relearn a lot of things I had forgotten and also get up to speed on the latest advances in the web stack. Sanderson’s Pro ASP.NET MVC 2 is very helpful and I refer to it often. When it comes to the client side jQuery in Action is a great resource.

Sometimes the web can be chaotic and regular expressions are one of the most useful tools for making sense of that chaos. Friedl’s Mastering Regular Expressions is a fantastic book on the subject. I used regular expressions for years before really understanding them. This book really helped with the why and how of regular expressions. Going hand in hand is the dragon book. Specifically the second edition of Compilers is a great introduction if you’re thirsty for more.

I love reading biographies. Although many have written about Churchill, Paul Johnson’s Churchill is a great introduction to this man’s life that is easy to read and full of great insights. Finally, Iain Murray’s Heroes is a great collection of biographies of some mighty men of the gospel.

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