This weekend, my wife finally convinced me to donate my old technology books to the local library. I called the library to make sure it was open and discuss the donation process. To my surprise and insult, I had to beg the librarian to take my books . The feeling I got was “Sir, I don’t want your overly large and no longer relevant books”. How dare she!
This was an emotional event for me. These books are absolutely key to having and keeping a job that I love. You see, as an Industrial Engineer, I always feel “more dumber” than my Computer Scientist friends and colleagues. Books are my great equalizer. If I cannot outsmart you, maybe I can out read you!
I could not help but go through the various books. There is one book in particular that stood out and I was not able to donate, “Visual Basic 6 Business Objects”.
Isn’t Rockford a stud on that cover. Published in October 1998, I used this book a ton! I hope my colleague Josh Holdaway is reading this. Josh and I were working on an enterprise application for a very large pharmaceutical company and we used this book to help guide the design. Without this book, I would not have survived several code reviews for sure. Some of the ideas presented in this book are still with me today. (One random, dirty laundry memory I have on this project is Josh and I were struggling to figure out a bug only seen in production. We resorted to adding a bunch of message boxes and let’s just say we forgot to remove one.)
I kept this “overly large and no longer relevant” book for my personal collection.
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I am going through the same process right now and can relate to the emotional connection that I have with books that changed me forever.
Your description sounds like you are stepping through the “way back” machine to the early days of PS…was it called RAMS back then? I didn’t realize “The VB Kid” Josh contributed to the project way back then. Good times!