This is a list of my favourite things.
- Vergecast – I used to listen to the TWiT podcasts, but I found them to be consistently too long and often times had annoying guests. I have replaced it with Vergecast.
- Politic’s and News:
- Dan Carlin’s Common Sense – Common Sense is a politically heavy current events series which deals primarily with American/International news.
- CBC’s The House – A Canadian podcast that deals heavily with the federal government and sometimes lower levels of government as well.
- David McRaney’s You Are Not So Smart – A podcast that is about self delusion. Here is a direct link to the official description: https://youarenotsosmart.com/about/
- The Infinite Monkey Cage with Brian Cox – Records in seasons, so sometimes there’s a large gap between episodes. But the episodes are amazing. If you enjoy science, you’ll likely enjoy this podcast.
- Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History – Hardcore History provides a fascinating and very well performed look at some of greatest events of the past
Computer Science Books
- The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master – A fantastic book that’s more self-help than theory. But it does a great job at showing you tools and methodologies that can help you become a real pro in the field.
- Head First Design Patterns – This book is one of the first looks I had at the idea of using well established patterns in my development. Rather than attacking all problems the same way.
- Growing Object Oriented Software Guided by Tests – This book was excellent for learning some new (to me) techniques with testing software, such as using a Mocking Framework to create mock objects quickly, and asserting that an object inside the one you’re testing was called a certain number of times, or in a certain way, etc.
- Text Editors
- Notepad++ – (Free) – An editor with loads of features and a large database of extra plugins that you can install to make it do pretty much anything you want.
- Sublime Text – (Paid) – I love this editor. It has a very attractive design, and also has a very large set of plugins (“packages” as referred to by Sublime Text). The engine allows you to create plugins in Python, which is far easier than what you need to do to make your own in Notepad++ (although it’s still not bad). Well worth the price to me.
- Database Administration
- DBeaver – (Free) – This is the tool I currently use. It supports quite a few different databases, with the ability to download the appropriate JDBC driver upon creation of a new DB connection type.
- Firefox Plugins – (addon name – official description – my notes)
- Theme: FXOpera – I love Firefox, but their current design is not the most appealing. So until project Photon lands (link 1, link 2, link 3), I’m using this theme and love it.
- Password Manager
- Misc Utilities
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