The Ruby Freelancers Show 035 – Book Picks


Eric Davis (twitter github blog)
Charles Max Wood (twitter github Teach Me To Code Intro to CoffeeScript)

01:36 – Duct Tape Marketing by John Jantsch (Eric)

04:51 – Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen (Chuck)

David Allen Company Podcast

06:30 – Time Management for System Administrators by Tom Limoncelli (Eric)

08:47 – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (Chuck)

12:26 – Get Clients Now!: A 28-Day Marketing Program for Professionals, Consultants, and Coaches by C.J. Hayden (Eric)

15:08 – Book Yourself Solid: The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even if You Hate Marketing and Selling by Michael Port (Eric)

17:09 – 48 Days to the Work You Love: Preparing for the New Normal by Dan Miller (Chuck)

48 Days Podcast

20:10 – The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering by Frederick P. Brooks Jr. (Eric)
Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams by Tom DeMarco (Eric)

24:11 – Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Rober T. Kiyosaki (Chuck)

26:29 – Million Dollar Consulting by Alan Weiss (Eric)

28:50 – The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development by Chad Fowler(Chuck)

32:18 – Dead Tree Books vs eBooks

Tactile feel

39:20 – Managing to-dos

Phone apps & email


Quotes folder


40:35 – Skipping/Skimming parts of books

Book samples

42:57 – Finishing books

Reading multiple books at once
Reading more than one genre at once

45:09 – Books as mediums for learning

46:52 – Reviewing books

Developer depression: Isolation is the biggest problem by Lauren Maffeo (Eric)
RubyTapas Episode 4: Barewords (Eric)
HandBrake (Chuck)
BitTorrent (Chuck)
Transmission (Chuck)


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CHUCK: Hey everybody and welcome to episode 35 of the Ruby Freelancer show. This week on our panel, we have Eric Davis.

ERIC: Hello.

CHUCK: And I'm Charles Max Wood from and this week, we are going to be talking about… we were looking at like the top five books that we recommend, and I think we are just going to kind of add and just recommend our top books. It’s hard for me to make a list of top five and it sounded like Eric had like, four that he’d recommend outright and then it was a tie between another four or five. We’ll just kinda see how it goes. Eric, what is your top book? I'm kind of curious to hear about that.

ERIC: And by “top” you mean top of the pile of books that's sitting on my desk?

CHUCK: Yeah, the one that you would recommend the most, I guess.

ERIC: OK. So I think the one that’s had the best impact was I think “Duct Tape Marketing” by John Jantsch. It’s very much a marketing oriented book, but it has a lot of good like how to run your business and it’s just not just marketing but sales and customers and who you are working for and kind of like what services you are providing. And it’s kind of an older book. I have used it for many,