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Choice Bits

Overheard or Understood

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  This month we’re sharing some feedback we received in the forum, along with other Choice Bits.  

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.

1^5Agile Web Development with Rails, Third Edition
22iPhone SDK Development
33The RSpec Book
4v1Metaprogramming Ruby
5^6Programming Ruby 1.9
6^NEWAgile Coaching
77Programming Clojure
8^11Core Data
99Programming Scala
10v8Language Design Patterns
11v10Writing Your First iPhone Application

And Here’s What Folks Are Saying…

A question to Michael on “Happy Campers” [about employee retreats, writers’ workshops, and code camps]: we’ve thought about something similar, but wasn’t sure whether people should bring along partners and little people. Any thoughts or experiences? — Ben Still

Ben, our experience with retreats has been that encouraging employees to bring partners and little people really enhances the experience. We all get to see each other as more rounded individuals. But it depends on what you want to get out of the retreat and to some extent on the makeup of your staff. If you hope to get any work done or talk a lot about work issues, families may feel left out unless you plan separate activities for them. With a small staff you might want to play out the dynamics in your head: will John’s kids be the only little ones there, or if two employees have little kids, would they enjoy playing together? And if you do include families, the venue has to have activities/attractions for everyone who’ll be there, enough to keep them occupied all the time. — Michael Swaine

What a great article from John Shade. Just great. I am very excited about the next issue, what Shade will bring next. But I was confused this time, because I don’t get the idea behind the article “Get a life.” Thanks for your effort to make this great magazine. My only complaint about this magazine is that it has a lot of information about the Mac Platform but I am a PC user. Please more about this system would be great. — Tony Muraty

Tony, thanks for the very helpful feedback. The Mac vs. PC thing is part of a bigger challenge we will always face: striking the right balance between platforms, languages, etc. We’ll keep working on it. “Get a Life” is a little outside the frame, but that’s its mission. In upcoming issues it will focus on music and slacking off. Sometimes, I hope, it’ll be outside the frame in a way that works just right for you. I’ll pass your comments on to John Shade. — Michael Swaine

If I'm not saying “HELL YEAH!” about something, then say no. Meaning: When deciding whether to commit to something, if I feel anything less than, “Wow! That would be amazing! Absolutely! Hell yeah!”—then my answer is no. When you say no to most things, you leave room in your life to really throw yourself completely into that rare thing that makes you say “HELL YEAH!” — Derek Sivers

Reason #99 why I don’t bother with Wolfram Alpha: “Wolfram|Alpha isn’t sure what to do with your input” — Scott Hanselman

Can you imagine a worse show to go to than the currently touring Creed with Hoobastank? I challenge the Twitterverse! — Andy Lester

No laughing matter: Nitrous Oxide (a.k.a. laughing gas) Fingered as Monster Ozone Slayer. — John Makower

Lego Sudoko Solver: Machine learning, robotics, awesome. — Tim O’Reilly