Alex Marshall Alex Marshall is a marketeer, web developer and designer. He also likes retro technology, classic cars and in his spare time enjoys travelling.

8 Recommended Reading for Developers at Christmas

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ChristmasfireSo you’ve opened all those presents, all tired out from the partying, Christmas dinner and want some quiet time to unwind, you might be thinking I need a good book to sit in front front of the fire with…Join us as we recommend some Christmas Reading whether your a Developer, marketeer or just someone who enjoys books and looking for something interesting to read.

1. Understanding Comics

61cvxbKYWVL._The first thing that might have surprised you about this book being on the list is its topic – the second might be that as well as being about comics, it also is a comic. Understanding Comics is full of little things which are relevant to interface design and is well worth checking out. Check out our review Here.

2. The Design of Everyday things

teapot-for-masochists‘The Design of Everyday Things’ creates a framework for thinking about how designed objects can encourage or discourage human interaction in many ways, which, while primarily described in relation to objects in the world like doors, microwaves and fridge freezers, is extremely applicable to software too. Check out our review Here.

3. Developing with PDF By Leonard Rosenthol

9781449327910Did you know that the second line of the PDF is a set of characters to make sure PDF files are treated as binary objects? This is one of the many things I learnt while reading the Early Access release of Developing with PDF By Leonard Rosenthol. This book is full of useful facts about Development work with PDF’s. Check out our review Here.

4. David Meerman Scott’s New Rules of Marketing and PR

New Rules of Marketing and PRDavid Meerman Scott has recently published the Fourth edition of his excellent book on how the Internet is rewriting the rules of business, he teaches useful things such as How to Use Social Media, Blogs, News Releases,Online Video, and Viral Marketing to Reach Buyers Directly. Well worth a read for those developers that are also marketeers. Check out our review Here.

5. ‘Remote – office not required’

remote_frontAs a Employer region is forever restricting hiring to a small geographic region which means not getting the best people you can as you restricted by location. As an employee, restricting your job search to companies within a reasonable commute means you’re not working for the best company you can. REMOTE, the new book by 37signals, showshow working, remotely, from any desk, in any space, in any place, anytime, anywhere can be beneficial. Check out our review here Here.

6. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

launch-20-DriveBook-pop_1167Drive, makes you rethink what the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today’s world is…its not money or status but the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. The old-fashioned carrot-and-stick approach is precisely the wrong way to motivate people for today. This book is well worth the read and gives an insight into motivation for developers, marketeers and other personnel alike.

7. Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works

win2A-415x414-cropA brilliant book on how to keep strategy simple, focused and effective.It covers how to create a competitive advantage that allows a firm to win customers, pinpoint strategy, make important choices will dramatically increase your chances of success and can guide the decisions of anyone in an organization. The book helps you to figure out the relationship of the day-to-day work to larger strategic goals bringing in real world experiences.

8. Social Engineering: The art of human hacking

chris-hadnagyA superb book that breaks down the technical aspect of many social engineering concepts From elicitation, pretexting, influence and manipulation all aspects of social engineering are broken down, discussed and explained using real world examples and scenarios, personal experiences and the science behind them. It also goes into how to ‘hack’ the system, as it is much easier to trick someone into revealing a password for a system than to exert the effort of hacking into the system, essentially hacking from a different area and perspective and it also addresses ways to prevent social engineering threats and arms you with invaluable information about the many methods of trickery that hackers use in order to gather information with the intent of executing identity theft, fraud, or gaining computer system access  and also goes on to reveal vital steps for preventing social engineering threats.

Hopefully you find these recommendations useful and enjoy reading some of these books. Are there any books you would recommend for us to check out  and possibly review in the future? Let us know below.

I hope you enjoy Christmas day, enjoy the rest of your holiday..

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Alex Marshall Alex Marshall is a marketeer, web developer and designer. He also likes retro technology, classic cars and in his spare time enjoys travelling.

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