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Hacking Happy Paperback – December 1, 2012
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About the Author
Dusty Phillips is a Canadian author and software developer. He started programming at a young age, converting an ancient library book (he didn't have Internet) of Commodore 64 Basic programs into QBasic. He went through a Java phase before finally settling on Python several years ago. He completed his bachelor's degree online from Athabasca University in 2005. A master's degree specializing in Human Computer Interaction followed it in 2007. He currently works remotely as a software developer for YouGov. Dusty is well known in the Arch Linux community. He sells Arch Linux branded merchandise and maintains the print edition of the Arch Linux Handbook, now in its third version. In the past, Dusty spent two stints on the Arch Linux development team, first as documentation writer and later as a Django web developer. He also spent several years as Arch Linux forum moderator and administrator. After several successes in 2010, including the publication of his first book, Python 3 Object Oriented Programming and winning the Django Dash competition Dusty fell into a suicidal depression. Mental illness has haunted him for most of his life, but this episode was the first time he sought help. Starting with two weeks on the local psych ward, he tracked down every resource he could find on mental illness. He is now a wonderful example of positive mental health. The techniques he learned on this journey of self discovery led to the publication of this book.
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The writing is simple with a light and humorous tone. Yet the subjects discussed in that book are serious.
I insist on the fact that the ideas presented by the author (and their comparison to IT related subjects) will only speak to people who work in IT or spend a lot of time developing.
I wish I had come to read that book earlier because it might have helped me a lot several months ago (while I was in my depression phase).
Some ideas of the book gave me some thinking material and that is what I need the most. The author feedback on his past experiences are really funny to read and interesting.
I simply want to point out a little something that annoyed me. While the author insists on the fact that the method described in the book worked *for him* (and that the reader in invited to tweak it into something that works for him) I think he does not insist on possible alternatives although some are just slightly brushed. Anything might work: colours, numbers, sketches, smileys. If you keep that in mind you while have a refreshing and helpful reading.
I bought this book from my Kindle App on my phone, so at $8, it's a great deal!