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Choice Bits

Overheard on the Intertubes

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  Wading into the chatterstream in hip boots, we wield the Axiom of Choice with gleeful abandon.  

What’s Hot

Top-Ten lists are passé—ours goes to 11. These are the top titles that folks are interested in currently, along with their rank from last month. This is based solely on direct sales from our online store.

1^4iPhone SDK Development
2^NEWLanguage Design Patterns
3v1The RSpec Book
4v2Agile Web Development with Rails, Third Edition
5^NEWAgile Coaching
6v3Programming Ruby 1.9
7v6Programming Clojure
8v7Writing Your First iPhone Application
9^10Coding in Objective-C 2.0
10^NEWCore Data
11^NEWHello, Android

And Here’s What Folks Are Saying…

This is journalism as beta…. [E]very time Google releases a beta, it is saying that the product is incomplete and imperfect. That is inevitably a call to collaborate. It is… a statement of humanity and humility: We’re not perfect. — Jeff Jarvis, BuzzMachine

[W]hat does the average geek do when he wants to find a job? He hits the job boards, doing simple keyword searching on CareerBuilder or Monster or one of the niche sites. But the hard truth is that almost four times as many jobs (29.0%) are filled from personal networking or hard research finding a company that’s a fit. It just doesn’t make sense to turn to the job boards as your primary source of finding a job. — Andy Lester, from his blog, The Working Geek

Functional MRI scans showed that the area of the brain responsible for complex problem solving does not go dormant when you daydream, but in fact becomes very active. — Andy Hunt in his blog

[A] revolving door gave me ideas about software process. 3 variables interact: latency, throughput, and variance. — @KentBeck

Their ads don’t say “Urban Spoon runs on your iPhone. It can find you nearby restaurants.” They would say something like, “Say you’re hungry and want to know what’s nearby that you might enjoy.” Their ad starts with your desire and gives you a solution…. — Daniel Steinberg in his PragLife blog

Associate to IT guy: So, my touchscreen hasn’t been working, so I hit it harder and now there’s a crack in the screen. IT guy: Your computer isn’t touchscreen. — from

I would really like to see a book on Pragmatic Django Devel. I know there are few books already out, but I love Pragmatic books—they are always a good read—and I would definitely buy one. — Tanja Pislar

Seconded. — Khurrum Maqbul from Pragmatic discussion forum “I’d like a book that covers…”

Perhaps getting a jump start on “Reia” . . . Ruby Syntax, Erlang VM, Concurrent goodness. Yeah its an Alpha language, and still needs work. But off to a promising start. — Brad Hutchins from Pragmatic discussion forum “I’d like a book that covers…”

[I]f the shampoo bottle in the shower is turned around half the time, why isn’t the logo on both sides? — @KentBeck

okay, Google Wave is a game changer. — Brandon Zeuner via Twitter

Since last summer we’ve been running iPhone training courses and producing iPhone-related screencast video tutorials. Unfortunately, even in a 4-day course or a 1-hour screencast, you have to leave some stuff on the cutting room floor. Though we’re learning new iPhone development tips and tricks every day, they don’t all get brought up during a course or warrant a full-length video tutorial. But it’s good stuff we don’t want you to miss!

So, we recently started releasing Pragmatic Studio Bonus Tracks. These are free, short screencasts focused on a single iPhone tip, trick, or technique that you can quickly apply. We plan to release a new bonus track every week or so to keep you on top of your game. Whether you’ve attended one of our courses or not, we hope you enjoy these bonus tracks all the same. — Mike Clark. The Pragmatic Studio is owned and operated by Mike and Nicole Clark.

HR rep: Oh, yeah… I was going to do that. But then I got distracted by the festive donkeys. — from

I keep on buying books from the Pragmatic Programmers, and then Amazon recommends them for me, and I have to tell them I already own it. — Andrew Grimm via Twitter

When the Church of the Savvy recognizes itself it’s always transfigured into the cathedral of truth. — Jay Rosen via Twitter