So, I’ve been off-blog for a couple of weeks…this is due to my usual intrinsic malaise as well as being heads down on a project at work. But, another reason is the multitude of books I’ve bought recently (these as usual also reflect my current obsessions )…

Pragmatic Version Control Using Subversion – this is a just phenomenal book on the wonderous Source Control system Subversion, covers everything you’d need to know if you wanted to shift off the decidedly aged SourceSafe and on to something more stable (and don’t want to wait / pay for VSTS)

A New Kind Of Science – hmm…interesting basically tries to explain all science using mathematics, cellular automata etc…not sure about this HUGE book yet…

Essential .NET Volume 1 -not new (actually pretty old now) but this is a book I try to read every year or so – pretty much THE book if you want to know the nitty gritty of how .NET works…if you think you’re a fairly advanced .NET developer and haven’t read this book…well you’re kidding yourself…

Lucene in Action – My current obsession, this book covers the Java version but the .NET Version is pretty much method compatible (case is the only thing which is different). This book shows the tremendous power of this Search engine framework…all you need to know…

Advanced .NET Remoting – second edition of the definitive .NET remoting book, also just a great example of how you should write a book on such an advanced topic, clear, great examples…the lot. But is is ADVANCED! See the next book for a gentler introduction…

Remoting with C# and .NET – great introduction to .NET Remoting…worth a read if you want to get a good idea of what remoting can (and can’t) do. Only criticism would be the coverage of Client and Server activated objects…felt this could do with more fleshing out.

Artificial Intelligence: A Guide to Intelligent Systems – another of my current obsessions, this is a great book introducing the various types of ‘intelligent’ systems, not too mathsy either.

Well, that’s my current list – haven’t finished them all yet but should keep me busy for a while!

 UPDATE: Should point out, thet the 'New Kind Of Science' review is not meant to be a recommendation as a scientific approach - more as an interesting read. I am totally aware that Wolfram's views are not universally accepted within the scientific community (e.g., http://www.kurzweilai.net/articles/art0464.html?printable=1 ) I'd only recommend it as a throught-provoking read for those interested in computational approaches to science..