I tend to buy a lot of technical books, and I read many of them. Very free of them are just used as reference, Right now I am take a break on the technical books and am re-reading the Hobbit in time for the upcoming movie.
So what books am currently in progress on? Two of them… One is a book on AppleScript Automator for Mac OSX 10.6 – by Ben Waldie. I’ve had this book for a couple of years, since seeing Ben at Macworld Expo in 2010. I’ve decided that I am doing too many repetitive activities, and figured it’s time to learn how to automate them. Ben’s session was very informative, and his teaching style is very hands on. At the time I didn’t have anything to actually use it on, so the book has become more of a refresher to the course I took.
The second book I am reading is iPhone programming the big nerd ranch way. I recently was struggling with some coding on my iPhone game, and went to the Big Nerd Ranch’s objective C book to help me straighten it back out. Their books and examples are well structured, provide you with the information you need, and provide meaningful challenges to expand your skills beyond the material.
I find that both of these books are examples of the right way to reach technical topics. Definitely looking forward to many more books to read and learn from.