With Barbaric Book Reviews I bring you interesting reviews and useful insights from awesome books that I have read. I also bring myself the magic of everlasting memory so that I don’t forget these tidbits of knowledge as I grow old and wither.
I thought it would be interesting to write a short article to summarize the things that I have learned from it. Some of them I already knew, since there are some recurring topics in UX and psychology literature, but some repetition never did no harm to anyone.
Read 50 books on programming, business, fantasy, sci-fi and self-improvement, almost a book per week of the year.
Went to a hackathon and built pendel panda, an awesome experience both for the chance of working with a great team with very diverse skills and for being able to work with Ionic and dip my toes into the hybrid mobile development scene.
Did lots of learning, this year focusing on:
Ionic, PhoneGap, Cordova and hybrid mobile development
REST and Hypermedia
This is my third year since I quit smoking and I am still going strong.
Led a healthy lifestyle with a great work-life balance, lots of training (running and weightlifting) and healthy eating. It got a little screwed towards the end of the year when I got a shoulder injury but I’m back now biatches! :)
Some of my biggest #fails, things that I really wanted to achieve but I didn’t were:
I did not write a book
Even though I started a company, built a website for it, and started developing a couple of new features for quiz4couples I never got anything finished, nor built any new product at all, which sucks. This was a BIG fail for me.
Didn’t invest almost any time in improving my design/art skills
If I had to summarize 2014 I would call it a year of big changes with moving to Stockholm after living the last 4 years in Linköping and starting a new job at the center. I think I spent a lot of energy and time in both of these milestones, but in spite of this all I still got a lot of things done.
In 2015 I want to:
continue investing in my great relationship with Malin :)
develop at least one product with my company
write a short book
become an even more awesome software developer and specialize more in front-end development
blog smarter, being more consistent developing a writing habit instead of doing one-time-writing-marathons as I do know almost a 80% of the time.
The place is Luleå, a place in the farthest reaches of the north of Sweden. The time is late, and it is cold outside, cold as it gets, -25°C. The world this far north is covered in snow, even the rivers, and the seas are frozen. A hard environment to live in, yet the perfect environment and time to read cozy in bed! :)
I love reading! You get to travel to faraway places, live adventures in wondrous worlds of magic, save the day, make amazing friends and watch them grow, learn, there’s few things that ignite slow, deep, reflective thinking as books do, borrow from the greates minds of all times, or from people that have invested years of experience and research to bring you that knowledge condensed in a few pages.Yeah… all that…and it’s fun :)
Anyway, here are some of the great (and not so great) books I read this year: