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I'm in the process of cleaning up my office so I made a pass through my technical books to determine which ones to get rid of and which ones to keep. Boy am I just a little depressed now.

Not only is there a HUGE stack of books ready to be led off into Technical Book Heaven but I made the unfortunate mistake of adding up just how much money I spent on the whole collection of books. Well, I'm sad to report that I'm taking back just over $1300 worth of technical books. I suppose the good news is that I've realized that I don't spend nearly that much money on technical books anymore. Not only that, but the technical books I have been buying have actually been pretty darn good.

I think a lot of this has to do with the technical book addiction I went through when first getting up to speed with programming. I haven't been programming for that long. Four years ago or so, I started buying up technical books in mass doses to "play catch up". Well, I think I relatively catched up (as much as you can in technology that is) but at a severe cost to my pocket book. Geez, sometimes it feels like I would spend less money if I were a drug addict rather than a programmer.

I raise my glass (okay, can of Coke) in hopes that next time I do a purging it won't be nearly as depressing.

But you know what? Even if it is, that's the way it is. Why? Because that's how I roll. Yup, you heard me: that's how I roll. Got a problem with 'dat? I din't thank sooo!

Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2006 6:33 AM | Back to top

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