This book, the last of the current batch from the bookshelf, has probably been the one that has seen the most “action”, for lack of a better term. I got this book, also while working on the special project at work – within the first few days even, since WPF was (and still is) such a different approach from the then traditional Windows desktop application development.
I covered the entire book at least once, with a second and third pass on some of the chapters and concepts as my understanding of them and their application became clearer. I remember taking it, along with my laptop, pretty much everywhere for a few days, including coffee shops and my father-in-law’s house. My interest in, and vigor for, the WPF technology stack was reminiscent of my younger days, reading technical development books at all times, including on the bus. Whether it was to or from work, morning noon or night, seated or standing during rush hour traffic, I was what you’d describe as “all in”.
Life has taken many twists and turns, undergoing many changes, to where I can’t spend quite that much time reading technical books. For one, it might be dangerous to read while driving in Dallas rush hour traffic! But with kids and a family, their time comes first and foremost. I still read technical materials, but at the same time, to say that things have changed significantly since the mid to late 90’s would be an understatement. Between blogs, video learning, eBooks, web based learning subscriptions options, print books have become more of a fallback option, or even last resort for me. Especially given my plan and goal to declutter and get rid of excesses and redundant items (save for some personally significant or emotionally meaningful ones) this year, and keep that overhead of “stuff” to a minimum from hereon out!