Category Archives: books

The numbers behind living dangerously

Boing Boing reviews a new book, Absinthe & Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously. Among other things, it shows how people fit a normal distribution when it comes to how willing they are to take risks. What’s interesting is that they found that those people who are within one standard deviation of the mean and to the right were the happiest. I guess it really does pay to take some risks now and then.

Book: Refactoring SQL Applications

If your database isn’t performing the way you’d hoped, then this book might be for you. Refactoring SQL Applications provides a set of tested options for making code modifications to dramatically improve the way your database applications function. Backed by real-world examples, you’ll find quick fixes for simple problems, in-depth answers for more complex situations, and complete solutions for applications with extensive problems.