Weekly review: Week ending October 12, 2014

I’m trying to do my best in organizing myself, hence these weekly reviews I’m
planning to do more often, hopefully on a weekly basis. The posts probably
won’t be interesting to regular readers, but if you are a stalker, here is
some candy I’m throwing at ya 🙂

So without further ado, I can start with the brief overview of how my week
went.

I have read two books in the last week, both are really good and would
recommend them. The first one: Designing Web Applications by
Nathan Barry will teach you the fundamentals of web design, how you should
think about your web application (not web site), and how you should structure
the user flow. Barry goes through great examples and gives you a very good
base to start learning about web application design, and UX design.

The other book I would recommend to everyone, and if you have read it, I think
you should re-read it on a regular basis. The book is called Thank You For
Arguing
and it is by Jay Heinrichs. Heinrichs teaches us the
great art of Rhetoric, an art that
was forgotten, and is getting a small revival now. If you want to learn how to
argue better (I didn’t say fight), get what you want, while leaving the other
side also satisfied, and get vaccinated from false dogmas, whether in
advertising, politics or wherever you encounter them, go and read the book
right now. But be warned, although this skill may look like magic to some
people, it really isn’t, it’s just a better way to articulate yourself, not
get played by people trying to play you, and have a better life in the end.

As I was a bit stressed up from private issues over the last couple of weeks,
I had to ramp up work, and didn’t have much time for anything outside of the usual
“work stuff”.

Plans for next week

I have more reading planned for the next couple of weeks, my Kindle Paperwhite
is loaded with a couple new books to read:

I’ll probably be reading more about UX and design also, so if you have good
books or resources for someone starting out in that field, feel free to leave
them in the comments.
We also have a plan to migrate a part of the system to Ember.js, from the monorail
application we are using now. So that will be something thrilling to do, as I have to
figure out how to incorporate ember-cli with a our production application.

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