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Technology books: Our experts’ favorites

Everyone has their favorite technology books. Members of our Server Virtualization Advisory Board share theirs.

Technology books come in many different flavors. There are technical manuals and how-to guides, books about the business side of information technology and even inspirational stories told by those in the field.

If you’re looking for some more technology books to add to your collection, read on as members of our Server Virtualization Advisory Board answer this question:

What are your favorite technology books?

Rob McShinsky, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

From a technical standpoint, my recent favorite would be “Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V R2: Insiders Guide to Microsoft's Hypervisor” by John Kelbley and Mike Sterling. They give a hands-on view of Hyper-V with more substance and less fluff, with direct insight on using System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Data Protection Manager, Operations Manager and PowerShell. It’s a good technical read that you can use to gain practical knowledge.

For something more inspiring, “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch is a favorite. Randy was a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon who passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer. In the book, he talks about all the folks who helped him achieve his childhood dreams, as well as his accomplishments and lessons he hopes to pass on -- all with great dignity in his last months. This book reminds me to step away from the keyboard every once in a while and think about what is really important.

Shannon Snowden, New Age Technologies

Now that I’m the manager of our services delivery team, I read not only technology books, but management books as well. We have a distributed group of coworkers, so the technical needs are different than those of a team sitting in the office together.  I was looking for a better way to collaborate on projects and internal initiatives, and after a significant amount of research, I found the 37signals suite of applications.

When I discovered that the guys who wrote the 37signals applications also wrote the management book “Rework,” I downloaded it immediately. I was interested in the management philosophies behind a company that would create such simple-to-use, yet highly effective, collaboration tools for a distributed team.

It turns out that 37signals had the same distributed team collaboration challenges, but since they were a development company, they decided to build tools to solve their own problems. “Rework” is a quick read, because it gets right to the point, much like 37signals’ tools. It quickly became one of the top management books on my list.

Dave Sobel, Evolve Technologies

Picking an IT book is not like picking your favorite piece of fiction. Whether you like a piece of fiction or not is based on how much you enjoy reading it. IT books have different purposes.   Some are great reference material and others are guides to specific implementations.

But the book that remains my all-time favorite IT book is none of these.  As a guide to building both my business and the specific implementations and procedures within the business, “The E-Myth” by Michael Gerber is the only book that I reload on my Kindle and carry on every device. Mark Minasi’s “Mastering” books would be a close second, but “The E-Myth” remains on top.

This was last published in January 2011

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