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Pro Android C++ Book Review

May 20th, 2013 Leave a comment
Pro Android C++ Book Review

By Onur Cinar It seems as though there’s no end to Android programming books out there, especially now that the platform has experienced its meteoric rise from new OS entrant to capable and formidable market player. Unfortunately, as a result, many good books get lost in the shuffle – when looking for a new book you’re likely to encounter a whole suite of them – some relevant and some, not. This trend applies even to specialized niches within Android, where books are put on the market quickly to capitalize on new OS versions. In all this printed abundance, I luckily stumbled upon… View full post »

5 Non-Technical Books Every Developer Should Read

April 29th, 2013 Leave a comment
5 Non-Technical Books Every Developer Should Read

Let’s face it: we all know the books that we should be reading when it comes to technical ideas: heck, our site is full of lists of books that will help you learn everything from Hadoop to Android. Sometimes, however, you need to branch out and learn things that aren’t strictly in the machine realm: that said, here are some books to broaden your horizon and help you get better in areas not strictly code-related! 1. Team Geek By Brian Fitzpatrick, Ben Collins-Sussman Ideally, programming and development is a meritocracy: the programmer who writes the best code is ideal. In reality, however,… View full post »

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 »

Book Review: Cloud Computing Explained: Implementation Handbook For Enterprises

November 27th, 2012 Leave a comment
Book Review: Cloud Computing Explained: Implementation Handbook For Enterprises

By John Rhoton Today’s environment has seen a tremendous amount of interest in cloud computing, especially for the enterprise community. Enterprises have responded to the credit crunch by downsizing or trimming their IT staff and reducing the amount they spend on hardware in any given year. Unfortunately, downsizing IT staff and equipment when you’re hosting critical services in-house can be a recipe for disaster: mission critical hardware begins to fail with no replacements, and the lack of IT staff means that there aren’t enough repair staff available to respond to critical failures that ultimately cost enterprises hours of lost labor while… View full post »

Book Review: Networking Bible

November 15th, 2012 Leave a comment
Book Review: Networking Bible

By Barrie Sosinsky Networking can be a difficult topic to wrap your head around: there’s a great deal of information and history that goes into current networking protocols, and quite often even someone with a very good practical handle on how to get networks up and running will be in the dark when it comes to the theoreticals behind these networks. Unfortunately, practical application will only get you so far- planning and implementing large, complex networks does require some theoretical background and grounding in the implementation and history of networking practices and protocols. True to its name, the Networking Bible aims to… View full post »

Book Review: The Cloud Computing Bible

October 14th, 2012 Leave a comment
Book Review: The Cloud Computing Bible

By Barrie Sosinsky Cloud computing is one of the buzzwords that has taken the Internet by storm in the past couple of years, and it seems to show no signs of slowing down. There are a great deal of different cloud services out there and it seems that new ones are popping up every day. The urge to get involved in cloud computing is huge, especially for the IT cost savings and ease of use it can potentially provide, but for someone just wading into the cloud computing foray, all of the different services, acronyms, and applications involved in cloud computing… View full post »

6 Books for Learning JavaScript

August 25th, 2012 Leave a comment
6 Books for Learning JavaScript

When learning a new programming language, books can be a great way to further your skills and start learning things quickly. There are several great books to help you further your programming education and allow you to become more specialized in your area of interest. In this article I will show you six books, recommended by experts that will help you learn more about JavaScript and that will become useful references as you become more proficient. Here they are, beginning with the books that are more suitable for beginners and working to the more advanced: 1. JavaScript, A… View full post »

Working Effectively With Legacy Code Book Review

March 1st, 2012 Leave a comment 1 comment
Working Effectively With Legacy Code Book Review

Book Author: Michael Feathers Before the book, Working Effectively With Legacy Code, the words “working effectively” and “legacy code” could not be more opposite from each other in my mind. It would be nothing more than a useless, unachievable statement from an armchair software developer. Everyone knows that you don’t work effectively with legacy code! You hack it, you kludge it, you desperately make whatever hackneyed improvements you can to meet the insane requirements your sales team has promised to your clients – but you certainly don’t work effectively with it, and you pray every time your cursor flashes on that… View full post »

Scriptin’ with JavaScript and Ajax: A Designer’s Guide Book Review

December 28th, 2011 Leave a comment
Scriptin' with JavaScript and Ajax: A Designer's Guide Book Review

Book Author: Charles Wyke-Smith The first thing you will notice about Scriptin’ with JavaScript and Ajax is that it presents a condensed yet thorough overview of JavaScript from the beginner’s standpoint and moves quickly into more advanced topics. The author attempts to present lessons in coding as well as ideas of good application development; addressing ideas of Software-as-a-Service as well as pointing out tips for clean functional programming. His writing style is simple and straightforward, which is great for a book targeted at beginners and puts learning within their reach. From a new developer’s standpoint the concepts of a modern,… View full post »

Hello Android Book Review

February 11th, 2011 Leave a comment
Hello Android Book Review

In opening this book review, I must first humbly admit that I am no mobile development guru. While I am a student of the programming arts, mobile development is a recent beast that I have just now been forced to grapple with on more than a hobbyist basis. That said, Hello, Android: Introducing Google’s Mobile Development Platform (Pragmatic Programmers) by Ed Burnette is a fantastic book for beginning Android development; it is a practical, no-nonsense guide that can be powered through in a few days to have a great base for Android development. First off, the book assumes knowledge of Java,… View full post »

Agile Retrospectives Book Review

January 31st, 2011 Leave a comment
Agile Retrospectives Book Review

Software development is, unfortunately, very often viewed less as a methodology and more as an improv show; managers and sales reps throw in features, programmers throw in functions, and the code base spirals into mediocrity as programmers are more concerned with new functionality than they are with stable development and bug-squashing. This is, in part, what the Agile method of software development is intended to address; by breaking the process into iterative release cycles, development teams are better able to adapt to a rapidly changing set of conditions and feature creep. The problem with this is that occasionally, in such a… View full post »

Introducing HTML5 Book Review

November 17th, 2010 Leave a comment
Introducing HTML5 Book Review

HTML5 is the developing new standard for HTML. It has received a lot of attention lately due to Apple providing some impressive demos of its capabilities. For the Apple iPad, HTML 5 is being offered as the alternative to Flash. As a result, a lot of hype and myths abound about HTML 5, its capabilities and browser support of it. I often read books on new and emerging technologies to keep my own skills sharp. Recently, one of these books was Introducing HTML5 (Voices That Matter) by Bruce Lawson and Remy Sharp. New Structural Elements I would… View full post »

PHP 5: Your Visual Blueprint for Creating Open Source, Server-Side Content Book Review

November 3rd, 2010 Leave a comment
PHP 5: Your Visual Blueprint for Creating Open Source, Server-Side Content Book Review

I am often asked for book recommendations by friends and associates wanting to learn new technologies or programming languages. The request I get most often though is for a good book to learn PHP. Recently, I read PHP 5: Your Visual Blueprint for Creating Open Source, Server-Side Content by Toby Joe Boudreaux. I figured it might make a good review for me on the changes in PHP 5 and it looked like a book that I could potentially recommend to new PHP programmers. Visuals This book takes a rather unique approach to teaching PHP 5. It’s part of Wiley’s… View full post »

jQuery in Action Book Review

October 26th, 2010 Leave a comment
jQuery in Action Book Review

I’ve always been very good at keeping my skills sharp and learning new technologies as they emerge. My favorite way to do so has often been to read books on various IT topics and to experiment. It’s only natural that associates and friends often ask me to recommend books to them. I’ve been using jQuery for about 3 years now for most of my JavaScript development and wanted to get a more in-depth understanding of it. To do so, I turned to jQuery in Action, Second Edition by Bear Bibeault and Yehuda Katz. I really cannot recommend… View full post »