Roger Stringer   About ▾

I'm Roger Stringer, a DevOps engineer, developer, author, foodie, speaker, dad. Founder of Flybase.

The Bookshelf

These are a list of books I recommend people read, most are related to design and development, one or two are not.




Maker Dad

by: Mark Frauenfelder

As the editor in chief of MAKE magazine, Mark Frauenfelder has spent years combing through DIY books, but he’s never been able to find one with geeky projects he can share with his two daughters. Maker Dad is the first DIY book to use cutting-edge (and affordable) technology in appealing projects for fathers and daughters to do together. These crafts and gadgets are both rewarding to make and delightful to play with. What’s more, Maker Dad teaches girls lifelong skills—like computer programming, musicality, and how to use basic hand tools—as well as how to be creative problem solvers.

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Twilio Cookbook: Second Edition

by: Roger Stringer

The Second Edition of The Twilio Cookbook, with three more chapters, over 80 easy-to-follow recipes ranging from walking you through key features of Twilio’s API to building advanced telephony applications.

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The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work

by: Scott Berkun

50 million websites, or twenty percent of the entire web, use WordPress software. The force behind WordPress.com is a convention-defying company called Automattic, Inc., whose 120 employees work from anywhere in the world they wish, barely use email, and launch improvements to their products dozens of times a day...

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REMOTE

by: Jason Fried

Rated #1 on Amazon.com in multiple business categories, REMOTE shows how employers and employees can work together remotely, from any place, anytime, anywhere. Let’s end commutes everywhere!

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Being Geek: The Software Developer's Career Handbook

by: Michael Lopp

As a software engineer, you recognize at some point that there's much more to your career than dealing with code. Is it time to become a manager? Tell your boss he’s a jerk? Join that startup? Author Michael Lopp recalls his own make-or-break moments with Silicon Valley giants such as Apple, Netscape, and Symantec in Being Geek — an insightful and entertaining book that will help you make better career decisions.

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Twilio Cookbook

by: Roger Stringer

Over 60 easy-to-follow recipes ranging from walking you through key features of Twilio’s API to building advanced telephony applications.

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AngularJS

by: Brad Green, Shyam Seshadri

When I started looking at JavaScript frameworks, I came across this book, and found it to be a pretty good reference.

It gets you right into working with AngularJS pretty quickly, and shows you what you want to know.

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A Book Apart Books

by: Various

I put Karen McGrane's book "Content Strategy for Mobile" as the image as it's a fantastic read, but I endorse the entire collection of A Book Apart books. They are nice and short as well as timely and timeless.

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Designing The Obvious

by: Robert Hoekman, jr.

Where Don't Make Me Think talks about web design in general, Designing the Obvious focuses on web applications. Robert is an experienced master of user interface in web applications and this book does a fantastic job of sharing practical advice in making yours better.

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Don't Make Me Think!

by: Steve Krug

It's funny that we need a book like this, as web designers, to remind us to use our own common sense when designing. There are so many patterns that get ingrained into us on how websites work that we often forget simple things that would make life for our visitors so much easier. This book is short and sweet, which is part of what makes it so great and worth every cent.

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Implementing Responsive Design

by: Tim Kadlec

Maybe you "get" responsive design. It's all about fluid grids, and media queries and making things fit. But there are about a million things that can go wrong or stand in your way of doing that right, starting with your very approach to the project. It also gets into how your server can help. RWD doesn't need to be exclusively a front end endeavour.

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Web Form Design

by: Luke Wroblewski

Does something as niche as the design of web forms deserve its own book? Yes; yes it does. Forms power the interactivity of the web. They are absolutely everywhere and they stand between us and doing what we want to do on the web. But all too often, the usability of forms sucks.

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Handcrafted CSS

by: Dan Cederholm

This is the most modern CSS book out there right now. It covers using CSS3 in a progressive enhancement style to do very cool things in modern browsers and perfectly acceptable things in older browsers. Dan has a great casual-yet-masterful style full of humor and can't miss information.

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The Book of Better: Life with Diabetes Can't Be Perfect. Make It Better

by: Chuck Eichten

I came across this book a couple months ago, and have found it a interesting read, as one diabetic to another diabetic. I've done everything to learn as much as I can about it. I've made more idiot mistakes-accidentally and on purpose-with diabetes than you think would be safe. I've managed to stay very healthy. And by some standards, my life is pretty "normal".

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