by Zoran Horvat
People often ask me what books do I read, thinking about programming books. Then I have a hard time explaining that I read whatever I can get hands on. It is not only what I read, however. It's also about the way I read any technical paper or a book.
In this text I plan to present my reading habits, and then to list the books I recently completed reading. That would be the complete answer to any question made up of words "I'd like to know what books you read." And when I say reading habits, I do mean habits, not rules. I'm not keen to follow rules even if I myself made them up. While reading, for example, I developed habits that are doing good to me, and explanations that follow will be sufficient for you to understand why I have settled down with these habits.
Hence, the first list - the reading habits:
And now the reading list. Below is the list of books I have read in recent couple of years, in reverse chronological order.
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Zoran Horvat is the Principal Consultant at Coding Helmet, speaker and author of 100+ articles, and independent trainer on .NET technology stack. He can often be found speaking at conferences and user groups, promoting object-oriented and functional development style and clean coding practices and techniques that improve longevity of complex business applications.