Monday, March 03, 2008

Etech Tutorial References

For the first time in three ETech visits I attended two "tutorial" sessions today. I thought the sessions were fantastic and I think I gained a considerable amount of information I can apply to my life. Rather than go into detail about each session, I thought I'd list the influential book references made by each "instructor" during their talk.The first session was Storyboarding for Nonfiction by Kathy Sierra. This session taught me an interesting method for making presentations, papers, and books a hi-resolution experience that a user/reader/participant will enjoy and derive value. She cited at least four different books that she drew from to create this session. They were:

"What the Best College Teachers Do" (Ken Bain)
"Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience" (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)
"Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals" (Katie Salen, Eric Zimmerman)
"Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition" (Steve Krug)
Marc Hedlund's, Debugging Hacks session collected and formalized a sizable collection of programmer wisdom, rules of thumb, and common sense any programmer could employ to become a more effective diagnostician. The books that influenced his session were:

"Why Programs Fail: A Guide to Systematic Debugging" (Andreas Zeller)
"How Doctors Think" (Jerome Groopman)
"The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master" (Andrew Hunt, David Thomas)
"How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method (Princeton Science Library)" (G. Polya)
"Emotions Revealed: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life" (Paul Ekman)
"The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 1 (Barnes & Noble Classics)" (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
I think if I return to ETech I would certainly consider taking the tutorials again. It would depend on the sessions offered and the quality of the speakers. I heard a number of rumblings that the iPhone hacking session left a bit to be desired. So my ETech experience is off with a bang. I can't wait for what the next few days will bring.

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