Archive for February, 2013

Best Big Data Books: Our Top 5 Choices

February 13th, 2013 Leave a comment
Best Big Data Books: Our Top 5 Choices

Big data has been a huge part of infrastructure in the past couple of years, but it’s new enough that not many people are fully versed in its intricacies. To help out in that regard, here are some of our favorite big data books that have come out recently that can help you be your office’s Hadoop Hero (or other alliterative pun!): 1. Hadoop in Practice By Alex Holmes Hadoop in Practice makes my list for Big Data because it’s not necessarily just a Hadoop manual that explains the ins and outs of Hadoop – it’s more of a guide for someone out… View full post »

Best Android Books: Top 5 Choices For 2013

February 7th, 2013 Leave a comment
Best Android Books: Top 5 Choices For 2013

2013 has come to us, and we’ve noticed that our Best Android Books: My Top 5 Choices post has still been getting quite a few hits recently. Unfortunately, it’s been awhile and some of the books on the list are a bit out of date – with that in mind, we’ve gone looking for some new, cutting-edge Android books to help you be at the top of your Android development game! 1. Professional Android 4 Development By Reto Meier I was quite impressed with Reto Meier’s breadth in this book – while many developers are fluent in Android 2, for the most part… View full post »

PHP Templating: Pros and Cons

February 3rd, 2013 Leave a comment
PHP Templating: Pros and Cons

Quite a few people now have started using and enjoying templating systems in PHP to more cleanly separate design and development. For those unfamiliar with the term, PHP templating is a system (like “Smarty”, one of the most popular for PHP) that allows programmers to divide application logic from content presentation. It uses tag-based mechanics to allow “tags” defined in HTML files to be replaced by data that is generated by PHP code behind the scenes. It makes for very nice and usable templating, as opposed to the sometimes-messy approach of blocking off sections of <?php tags and having dozens… View full post »