Every couple of months I like to give a shout out to the blogs I'm currently reading and think are worth recommending. Below is my current list of top five blogs.

  1. Jeff Atwood: Every modern developer worth their salt should have read Mythical Man-Month, should know the common refactorings by heart, and should be reading Jeff Atwood's blog. It's that good. He covers a broad range of topics which are always of interest to developers from interesting glimpses into our shared computing history in posts such as Meet The Inventor of the Mouse Wheel and EA's Software Artists to excellent advice on designing applications for non-programmers such as his post Reducing User Interface Friction as well as a the occasional rant on pet peeves that a lot of developers share such as when he pointed out C# and the Compilation Tax.

  2. The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs : This is the best fake celebrity blog I've ever seen. The author is definitely up on his knowledge of Steve Jobs and Apple. The funniest posts are the ones where he gives an [evil] Steve Jobs perspective on current Apple affairs in posts such as So, you leaked an email to Engadget?, They call me Mr. Integrity and . Congratulations, Jon Ive

  3. Pat Helland: An old school Microsoft architect from Developer Division who recently came back to Microsoft after a two year stint at Amazon. Before leaving Microsoft two years ago, Pat wrote some well respected articles on building distributed systems such as Metropolis & Data on the Outside vs. Data on the Inside. He has now come back to the company with some practical experience from working on one of the largest Web sites on the planet. His most recent post, SOA and Newton's Universe, introduced me to the CAP Conjecture. Consistency, Availability, and Partition-tolerance. Pick two. Specifically, trying to maintain data consistency in a distributed system is in direct opposition to having high availability. I'd observed anecdotally while working on services in Windows Live but it was still interesting to read papers explaining this complete with mathematical proofs of why this is the case.

  4. Uncov: This site picks up where Dead 2.0 left off as the anti-TechCrunch by attempting to inject some snarky reality in the face of all the overhyped, me too, built to flip, "Web 2.0" startups we keep hearing about these days. Some of the more amusing recent posts are Meebo: Yahoo Chat was awesome in 1997, Mpire: Liked It Better When It Was Called Pricewatch and of course Web 2.0: So great you can't define it.

  5. Casey Serin: Since I recently became a homeowner, I've become interested in all this talk of real estate collapses and subprime loan crises. The USA Today article 10 mistakes that made flipping a flop describes Casey Serin as a poster child for everything that went wrong in the real estate boom. In under a year, the 24-year-old website-designer-turned-real estate-flipper bought eight homes in four states — and in every case but one, he put no money down. Over half of the homes have been foreclosed and he now has over $140,000 in debt. His blog documents his trials and tribulations trying to get out of debt. The comments are the best part, it seems his audience is split down the middle between people who cheer him for trying to get out of debt and others who attack him for seemingly getting away with abusing the system.

Do you have any similar recommendations?


Thursday, May 24, 2007 4:44:11 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Polite Dissent is interesting.

It's a blog by a doctor who pics apart the medicine in comics and a few of the medical dramas like "House" on TV. He does it in a way that isn't annoying "nerd nitpicking".

Biosingularity is a link blog that picks out the best news in genetics. Some of the posts get pretty technical though. But for the most part, the technical articles are explained for lay people.

Thursday, May 24, 2007 6:59:45 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Wow, Pat Helland is back. I guess Microsoft is waking up from the dead after all.

I like Schneier's blog, "The Dilbert Blog" by Scott Adams, Eric Sink and Guy Kawasaki. I used to like Joel Spolsky, but he's been dead for the past 4 years.
Thursday, May 24, 2007 7:03:07 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Oh, damn, Uncov is freaking hilarious. Nice find!
Thursday, May 24, 2007 9:52:03 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
these are all crap. don't you have a modicum of good taste?
tito puente
Friday, May 25, 2007 8:19:47 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
what a nerd
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