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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^NEWBeginning Mac Programming
2^3The RSpec Book
3v1Agile Web Development with Rails, Third Edition
4v2iPhone SDK Development
55Programming Ruby 1.9
6^NEWCocoa Programming
7^10Language Implementation Patterns
88Core Data
9v4Metaprogramming Ruby
10v7Programming Clojure
11^NEWManage Your Project Portfolio

And Here’s What Folks Are Saying…

For starters, let’s get it out of the way and admit that the Kindle’s user interface is just horrible. — Lyle Johnson

In Tribes, Seth Godin makes a rather startling assertion, that a Tribe must “exclude outsiders.” This doesn’t seem like a way to grow a tribe, but he says that you should go for quality rather than size. I think this applies to weblogs as well.... — Bruce Eckel

It hasn’t been all roses, they have had experience of accidentally deleting walls and also removing avatar clothing. — Rachael Davies

Most managers can’t hear no if they literally cannot imagine how to work themselves out from under the pile of work. — Johanna Rothman

Pragmatic programmers should not be re-termed duct tape programmers. — Dhananje Nene, challenging Joel Spolsky

“Clone Yourself” .. a most thought provoking article! A big ‘thank you’. — Roy Daly in PragPub Forum

I often find that a nice design can come from just being really anal about getting rid of duplicated code. — Martin Fowler

I am rarely happier than when spending entire day programming my computer to perform automatically a task that it would otherwise take me a good ten seconds to do by hand. — Douglas Adams

Communications person: Do you think we need to tell the field? Change manager: Well, it all depends on what level of confusion you want to communicate. —

A dialog box is another room. Have a good reason to go there. — Alan Cooper

There are only two industries that refer to their customers as “users.” — Edward Tufte

The Microsoft Paradox: Every generalization about Microsoft is simultaneously true and false. — Stephen Cawood

Enjoying PragPub magazine from the pragmatic programmers. Printed it onto dead trees. Is that bad? — Glenn Halstead via Twitter

We can all imagine an old-style editor getting a scoop and saying “this will sell a lot of papers!” Cross out that final S and you’re describing their business model. The reason they make less money now is that people don’t need as much paper. — Paul Graham

AUTHOR TOUR: A hazing ritual intended to make authors compliant to their publishers. — Thomas Christensen, Tom’s Glossary of Publishing Terms

One day, you’ll turn off the feature that emails you every time someone buys your software. That’s a huge milestone. — Joel Spolsky