Glasgow Book Club – July Results

At the request of the attendees of the last book club meeting we’ve used AV (the Alternative Vote) as a mechanism for the votes. The results are as follows:

 

Round 1

Book Votes
"Mythical Man Month and other Essays" by Fred Brooks 2
"Agile Estimating and Planning" by Mike Cohn 1
"Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction" by Steve McConnell 1
"About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design" by Alan Cooper, Robert Reimann, and David Cronin 1
"Refactoring" Martin Fowler 1
"Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture" by Martin Fowler 0
"Working Effectively with Legacy Code" by Michael Feathers 3

50% of votes are needed to win, or all the competition needs to be eliminated. Since no book reached the required 5 votes. The lowest scoring book ("Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture" by Martin Fowler) is eliminated and its second preference is used. Since the lowest scoring book got zero votes there is nothing to reattribute. So, the next lowest books (joint 1 vote each) are used instead.

Round 2

Book Previous Votes Alt
Votes
Total
"Mythical Man Month and other Essays" by Fred Brooks 2 1 3
"Working Effectively with Legacy Code" by Michael Feathers 3 2 5
"Agile Estimating and Planning" by Mike Cohn 1 X X
"Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction" by Steve McConnell 1 X X
"About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design" by Alan Cooper, Robert Reimann, and David Cronin 1 X X
"Refactoring" Martin Fowler 1 X X
"Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture" by Martin Fowler 0 X X

In this round only two books were left remaining. 3 votes were redistributed, 1 vote was discarded as no alternative was given that hadn’t already been eliminated.

Final Result

"Working Effectively with Legacy Code" by Michael Feathers wins with 55% of the votes.

You can buy it from Amazon:

The book club meeting will be in Waxy O’Connor’s on 19th July 2011. You can register here.

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Edinburgh Book Club September Meeting

We are re-attempting to get the Edinburgh book club going. We plan to have the meeting in September to give everyone who is interested a chance to vote on the book they want and read the book first.

The choices are:

Which book would you like to read? Click here to take the survey.

Scottish Developers Book Club Glasgow July

At the moment we are looking to find the book that you want to read for the July Book Club meeting.

The choices are:

Which book would you like to read? Click here to take survey.

Upcoming Book Club Events

We have two upcoming book club events, one in Edinburgh and one in Glasgow.

There is no real formality to the event. Just read the book (or as much of it as you can) prior to the event and come along to discuss it. You don’t have to have read any of the book prior to coming along although you will get the most out of the event if you do.

We’ll put together some questions to get the conversation started and we can all take it from there. If the book raises any questions for you then feel free to bring them along and we can use that as a point of discussion.

Also, we will note down any books that were mentioned during the course of the event to put in the poll for the following event. If you want feel free to let us know of any other books you may be interested in.

Outside of the meetings themselves, if you have any suggestions for books to discuss please let us know by emailing us at support@scottishdevelopers.com and we’ll put it in an upcoming survey for a community vote.

Edinburgh

The upcoming Edinburgh meeting will be on RESTful Web Services. You get get the book here:

We meet up at 19:00 with the discussion on the book kicking off at 19:30 on 16th March in the Outhouse on Broughton Street Lane. Register Here.

Glasgow

The voting from the last book club meeting in Glasgow nominated Clean Code as the book of choice. Since this may be a rather large book to digest in one go, we’re just going to tackle the first part on the Principles, Patterns and Practices of writing clean code, which appears to be chapters 1 to 16 and represents two thirds of the actual book.

You can get the book here:

We will be meeting at Waxy O’Connor’s on West George Street. If you are travelling from Edinburgh, the pub is 2 mintues walk from Queen Street Station, if that. We meet up at 19:00 with the discussion on the book kicking off at 19:30 on 26th April. Register here.