In 2019, I started the habit of sharing the best books I have read in a given year (you can see the 2019 list here). These are books that I’d strongly recommend if you didn’t check them already. So here goes my 2020 favorites.

The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

Author: Thomas Friedman

This is arguably…

Over a century ago, Nikola Tesla envisioned a future where electricity flows wirelessly across the planet. Unfortunately, our energy infrastructure did not change much and wireless power did not made much progress either. However, Tesla’s vision made sense then and continues to make sense today. …

The authors argue that the real value of a product is often different from the perceived value and this dichotomy often leads to organizations building the wrong products or building the right product and delivering it poorly. …

Truth is, I always take interest in people (or teams, organizations, etc) who stick to a process and achieve incredible results. This is precisely why I am a fan of Kobe: his belief in the process. Or like Kobe himself put it:

“What separates great players from all-time great players…

This is your typical self-help book even though the author claim that it isn’t. It’s funny, full of interesting stories but little new insights. If you’re looking for self-help advice based on scientific research and thorough literature, this book is definitely not that. …

In this entry, I attempt to answer one simple question: how can I quickly determine which programming language is better for my application: Python or Go? To answer that, we’ll take a high-level wholistic approach to assess how these two languages stack against each other.

Performance:

This is a tricky one…

2019 has been an unusually good year with so many books to reflect back on. These books were not necessarily published in 2019, but this is when I got to them and believe remain as much relevant as when they were first released. …

Alaeddine Mokri

Energy & Computing @ Shell & GWU (Opinions my own)

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