I keep trying out different approaches to absorb knowledge. I’m on GitHub to learn git and get skilled in a new way of software development which I call social development with people and projects I would’ve never been part of otherwise. Same for StackOverflow or twitter – yes, you’re reading it right – twitter – that can be as inspiring and offering an unabridged wealth of (implicit “linked”) knowledge when used appropriately as time devastating and without purpose.
I must admit I couldn’t have gotten used to one thing that seem so prevalent – using the many different kinds of devices to read books, articles or simply browsing the web. I seemed to have lived with paper books for so long that I couldn’t have stopped reading them on paper. It was part of me. Even when I had ebooks I couldn’t simply read them in that format, but was printing them out and was walking with paper sheets – the books – everywhere. It was very tiresome.
It has all changed once I bought my first smartphone – Samsung Galaxy S2. Then few months with Apple iPad 2 and I promised myself that with Samsung Galaxy S3 I’m gonna give book reading on a smartphone a serious try. And so I did. Something clicked. I was testing different ebook readers and got curious about Readmill on Android.
That’s not much git in my team in Citi. I wish we moved to git already, but it’s something we will do one day. There’re few attempts to work it around and practical knowledge of git is in growing demand.
There’s the Pro Git book, written by Scott Chacon and published by Apress available in Readmill. I couldn’t resist giving it a read. The reading went so well that I think I nailed it down. I may have become a ebooks-reading-on-smartphone convert.
The book was one of the very few books I’ve read recently that so easily introduced me to the topic of using Git as a common end user as well as showing its internals so I could feel more comfortable with the tool later on. Narrative was engaging and it was hard to get bored or overwhelmed with details. The book seems to have showed all I needed to become git power user. Highly recommended reading!
“Next book?” you asked? Functional Programming in Scala by Paul Chiusano and Rúnar Bjarnason from Manning has just been updated in chapters 1-15 with more updates to 7-15 soon. That’s what’s on my reading plate now.