Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Bookshelf Runneth Over

Last weekend, Packt Publishing made me an offer I couldn't refuse. they offered any two or more e-books for $5 each. Needless to say, I succumbed, and decided to add to my already ridiculously overflowing digital library. What am I in the hole for now, you might ask?

Apache JMeter (because I want to get more into the basics of load and performance testing without having to invest in proprietary tools, figured this would be a good place to start)

JavaScript Unit Testing (since so many products use it, and since I want to better understand both the up-sides and the down-sides of understanding how developers actually code with and deal with testing JS)

Selenium 2 Testing Tools (I have the volume 1 version of this book, and worked through it in my Practicum a couple of years ago. I figured it would be fun to see where David has taken v.2 and the WebDriver integrations)

Metasploit Penetration Testing Cookbook (security testing is becoming more of an interest, and Metasploit is a tool I've read about and want to learn more about. I already have a guide book on the tool, so I figured having a cook book to work through might be fun).

These now get added to the 70 or so books that I have read, need to read, or already am reading. I used to joke that I used "The O'Reilly Mode" with most books, which meant I frequently read through chapter three of all of them, and then consult individual chapters as I feel like it. Since I started doing actual book reviews (and thus, have a need to actually read the entire book cover to cover) I am trying to break myself of that habit and read more of these all the way through. The problem, of course, is that, even if I could get through a book every week or two, it'll still take me about two years to get through all the titles in my queue. Time to get reading :).


Phil Kirkham said...

Some good books there - look forward to reading the reviews next year...

- and the other problem you have is that with those books there might be code to type in and understand and follow.

Good luck !

Dzmitry said...

Here is a blog with some articles about load-testing with JMeter.