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Book Review: Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds

I head about Presentation Zen way before reading Presentation Zen Design in 2014, but there was always something more urgent to do.
Recently I started to think more about a long-term value of books and decided to evaluate my "want to read" list. As a result, I picked Presentation Zen that was on my list since 2008...

First chapters were about going analog while planning presentation. I have made that mistake many times, but now I see myself thinking with just paper and pen all the time. It really helps.

It's really good, but I would recommend reading Presentation Zen Design as well. It was really good for me to rehearse it, but the topic deserves more attention. Especially if you don't know much about design.

A lot of good ideas here. I know many of them, but still, good to be reminded that you shouldn't deliver your presentation in a dark room. The audience has to see you, to be able to understand you.

I've seen so many ba…

Book Review: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

This is must read for all introverts and all who interact with them. In the world so focused on extroversion it's reassuring to hear that introversion is normal and have its own strengths.

I'm not exactly shy and introvert person all the time but I learned a lot. In my opinion, everyone can learn something from it. Solitude can be something that not only introverts can benefit from.

The most important idea for introverts is to embrace your strengths. Instead of feeling guilty you're not social and cheerful all the time you should use your observational and listening skills. Picking only a couple of close friends over many acquaintances might be better for you as well.
Even when everyone around you creates social pressure to talk it doesn't mean that you have to do it. Quiet gives you more confidence in who you are and how you can live your life your own way.

It turns out that an introvert can fake extroversion, but it's easier if it's important because of your…

Book Review: Multiplayer Game Development with HTML5 by Rodrigo Silveira

I wasn't sure who this book is for after reading the description so this post should help you decide if this book is for you.

If you never used Node.js or any kind of servers side Node.js then you can learn a lot, but you have to know basics of programming. Most of the technologies will be useful in Web Development as well so I can recommend it to Front-End developer who want to learn more about the Back-Ends.

Unfortunately, I expected the book to be harder and more focused on game programming. It was really good to see hard ideas like corrections implemented in simple examples. It was encouraging to see how easy it can be to be implemented regardless of how hard it sounds.

If you are interested in more implementation techniques of the game servers and how those ideas you already know might be implemented there then your best companion is the accompanying code.

Unlike many programming books, the applications actually work and the code is easy to read. Personally I found the code much …

Book Review: Martian by Andy Weir

This is my second audiobook and I have to admit that I really enjoyed listening to it. I've seen the trailer two weeks ago and I had to read the book. It turned out that it's more practical for me to listen to it, but I think it's for the better.

So what is the book about? On the first mission to the Mars, one of the astronauts stays behind during evacuation and he has to figure out how to survive. That's it.

Most of the book is about him panicking and then having the genius plan how to fix the problem. If you will like the first part about him figuring out what to eat then you will like the whole book.

I liked the humour but I think the book is a little too long and in the last chapters you can feel the repetitive scheme of panic and fixing stuff. Good thing it happened almost at the end for me.

It's entertaining and I can recommend it as something fun to read.

Rating: 8/10