The other day Eric Eide noticed The UNIX Hater’s Handbook on my desk and remarked that there aren’t enough funny computer books. This is undeniably true. So now I’m trying to find the funniest computer book and I’d appreciate some help. Here are a few guidelines:
- Not really looking for a Dilbert collection.
- Let’s just agree to rule out some of the classic howlers like UML in a Nutshell, XML.com: The Guide to W3C XML Schema, Sams Teach Yourself Visual Basic 6 in 24 Hours, and The Art of Computer Programming.
- I’m not sure that The UNIX Hater’s Handbook quite cuts it as a candidate for funniest book. It does contain some ha-ha funny but mostly it’s funny like a drunk, bitter IT guy you try to avoid at the bar.
- The New Hacker’s Dictionary takes itself soooo seriously.
So what’s left? Not that much, it seems. Here are a few ideas:
- Mr. Bunny’s Guide to ActiveX — What even happened to ActiveX? Anyway, back in the day this was a pretty great parody of the kind of books you find in the programming section at Barnes and Noble.
- The Computer Contradictionary — it’s The Devil’s Dictionary for computers (in fact the first edition was called The Devil’s DP Dictionary)
- Dating Design Patterns — I haven’t read it but Eric says it’s funny
Thoughts? If you don’t have a suggestion, please just vote for something that I, or someone else, suggested.