More miscellaneous books

Another change of job, and hence another list of books I’ve read in the meantime.

Designing Distributed Systems by Brendan Burns

This book goes through a number of patterns that you might want to use when designing distributed systems using Kubernetes. It starts by looking at the single node patterns of Sidecars, Ambassadors and Adapters, and then moves on to serving patterns, where the author talks about replicated load-balancing, sharded services, scatter/gather, FAAS and ownership election. There’s then a third section on batch patterns, using generic work queues, event driven processing and coordinated batch processing.

The book is fairly thin, but each pattern is described with a motivating example and at least one example of an implementation using the pattern.

The Manager’s Path by Camille Fournier

The book looks at the various management roles in the high tech industry, and gives advice for getting the best out of each of the management roles. It starts with team level mentoring, looks at the Tech Lead role and then moves to more management-only focussed roles like engineering manager, CTO and VP of engineering. The book is filled with useful advice from the author who has been in each of the roles.

Talk to me by James Vlahos

This book talks about the history of voice controlled AI used for the current virtual assistants. To be honest, I didn’t find the book technical enough to be really interesting, though it was good to see where the various ideas had come from.

How Google works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg

The book is now fairly old, but gives some interesting details on how Google is managed. In particular, for me, I found the definition of a “Smart Creative” interesting, and the book then discusses how traditional management structures do not really work for such people. The book has chapters on Culture, Strategy, Hiring, Decisions, Communication and Innovation, and all of the chapters discuss experiences at Google in the given area. The book is definitely worth a read.

Homo Deus – A brief history of tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

This is an interesting and thought provoking read. It looks at what may follow Humanism in the near-future, and where data driven decision making will take the human race.




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