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  A few selected sips from the Twitter stream.  

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.

1^2Agile Web Development with Rails
2v1Crafting Rails Applications
3^7HTML5 and CSS3
4v3The RSpec Book
5v4Programming Ruby 1.9
6^NEWAgile in a Flash
7v5Seven Languages in Seven Weeks
8v6Hello, Android
10^NEWUsing JRuby
11v8The Agile Samurai

Outage Outrage

Internet outage at home. Oh noes. — @shelly

Sorry to hear that, Shelly. Here’s something to read while you wait for your connection to come back.

Things to Do in Denver When You’re Offline

RT @JackieBaisa: Drinking a 1795 Terrantez Madiera at the Herbfarm. Oldest wine in the world. Sweet, full-bodied, fig, caramel. #herbclub — @Herbguy

Was not aware that kielbasa is a breakfast food. Or at least it is in Ohio. — @invalidname

Clear night in Shanghai so we went up into the bottle opener building. — @jwgrenning

A squirrel just dropped am acorn on me at the Capitol grounds. — @tswicegood

I am in hell. It’s full of Swedish furniture. — @alancfrancis

Yes, travel is broadening—especially breakfasting in the Midwest.

Google This when Your Connection Comes Back

Eric Schmidt as Google’s ambassador? Here are his five greatest public bloopers. — @pgralla

A “Baby bump” is something one “shows off.” And sports fans like to set fire to things. #thingsilearnedingooglereader — @shelly

[I’m] running MacPorts. When it’s done, I’ll have a local cache of the Internet if anyone needs it. — @neal4d

Ummm, why would Goog PR put out a photo of the management team in a robot car, suggesting that nobody is at the wheel? — @markoff

Offline Observations

I think that ADD is eating my TDD today. — @tottinge

I am Jack’s waning concentration. — @benrady

Other than this couch, I may well be the oldest thing in this frat house. — @gvwilson

Extrapolating from today, I will have a cold all of 2011. — @marick

It’s Girl Scout swarming season! #fb — @shelly

Pearls of Wisdom Washed Down the Twitterstream

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.”—Jim Rohn — @venkat_s

Like the silent fog-bird, tweets appear like magic, then fade away. Unexpected, seen for a moment, instantly released. — @mindheart

Some jobs are thankless for good reason. — @chadfowler

Lil Wayne looks and sounds too much like Lisa Simpson for me to take him seriously. — @therealadam

We need a Zen of Scala. — @rit

Texting while driving should carry a heavier punishment than DUI. You’re sober when you choose to text and drive. — @benrady

So, the light on top of a taxi is on when can *not* hail it? Seems like it should be the opposite. — @jeffcohen

The next great productivity innovation will be to eliminate Outlook calendars. — @mtnygard

Welcome to My Paradigm

Amazing the amount of bad PHP string handling code created when the original programmer doesn’t know about regular expressions. — @petdance

Every time you save a selenium script as html, a baby panda cries. — @adamgoucher

I’d love to see someone submit a book proposal on XSLT for #pragpub cos that’s a book I could use right about now. — @bphogan

@bphogan But... “for the love of God, please don’t use XSLT” wouldn’t make much of a book. — @noelrap

I suspect that many people who “like the notion of being a blacksmith” have never seen a blacksmith’s day. — @adamgoucher

Thought gleaned from @chadfowler’s keynote: the code is always cleaner on the other side of the ocean. #codemash — @daveklein

The Coding Life

@jaredrichardson When you’re stuck on a hard problem, the worst place to be is in front of your keyboard. — @PragmaticAndy

@PragmaticAndy No, no. That’s for other people. I need to sit here and glare at the screen while furiously typing!!! ;) — @jaredrichardson

After a few months of on-and-off viewing, @saranutter and I have now re-watched all of ST:TNG in order. Next: DS9. — @headius Gains 10 inches of hair, and my neck sees daylight for the first time in years. — @scottdavis99

...and now my fans are crying sellout, they say I’ve lost my touch... — @bdudney

I am personally insulted that they’re removing Narcissistic Personality Disorder from the DSM IV. — @marick

This month we were following Chris Adamson, Jeff Cohen, Scott Davis, Bill Dudney, Neal Ford, Chad Fowler, Alan C. Francis, Adam Goucher, Preston Gralla, James Grenning, Brian P. Hogan, Andy Hunt, Adam Keys, Dave Klein, Andy Lester, Brendan W. McAdams, Brian Marick, John Markoff, Charles Nutter, Michael Nygard, Tim Ottinger, Ben Rady, Noel Rappin, Jared Richardson, Venkat Subramaniam, Travis Swicegood, Nick Turner, Greg Wilson, and Herb Farm restaurant owner Ron Zimmerman, not to mention the editor’s old friend Shelly Brisbin. You can follow us on twitter.

My Internets are back. Please feel free to proceed with your day. — @shelly