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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 »

Ultimate Guide to Link Building Book Review

April 15th, 2013 Leave a comment
Ultimate Guide to Link Building Book Review

This post is a digression from our customary technology topics, but I just finished reading a very exciting new book, Ultimate Guide to Link Building by Eric Ward and Garrett French, and I thought my readers would benefit from my review of this highly anticipated paperback. If you own a website of any kind, regardless of its age, size and purpose, it’s almost a given that it would require some amount of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Link Building. The latter remains as the single most definitive external factor underscoring a website’s search popularity. I’ve been a subscriber to Eric’s LinkMoses Private… 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 »

Android, A Complete Course, From Basics To Enterprise Edition EBook Review

April 22nd, 2012 Leave a comment
Android, A Complete Course, From Basics To Enterprise Edition EBook Review

Let’s face it: I review plenty of Android books. Part of my job is to keep abreast of the resources out there for Android programmers, both novice and veteran, and as a result I often pick up books from big names like Wiley and O’Reilly. I rarely review small press books, but the description of “Android, A Complete Course”, by Mathias Seguy (with Yannick Bergès as the graphist and Thomas Hatcher as the translator) happened to catch my attention (as did the price tag of just under $13 USD for a full A-Z Android tutorial). After I had finished… 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 »

Best Agile Books: Our Top 5 Choices

February 20th, 2012 Leave a comment
Best Agile Books: Our Top 5 Choices

Agile is a great software development paradigm, and many people are looking to implement it in their workplace: unfortunately, it can be hard to make heads or tails of the whole process, and it can be tough to separate the good advice from the bad, making a seemingly simple process come off as a headache! Take a look at these Agile books that we’ve compiled here: they’re well-written and will hopefully help you out in implementing or understanding Agile! The Agile Samurai: How Agile Masters Deliver Great Software Jonathan Rasmusson Besides having a great title, this book is also a great introduction to… 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 »

Kanban Book Review

November 22nd, 2011 Leave a comment
Kanban Book Review

Book Author: David J. Anderson As a techie, I have always freely admitted that my skills lay more in the nitty-gritty of system administration and software development. I’m vastly more comfortable setting up a Linux box or throwing up a quick Python script for management than I am actually being management; when it comes to complex development processes and control of varied workflows, I’m more lost than a bat in the sunlight. That said, David Anderson’s book Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business was a welcome addition to my bookshelf. It really slims down the overbearing ideas of software development… View full post »

Best Java Books: My Top 5 Choices

October 21st, 2011 Leave a comment 1 comment
Best Java Books: My Top 5 Choices

With Android being at the forefront of mobile phone use and growing every day, Java has enjoyed a great deal of popularity as a language that’s very handy to know in today’s IT world. Unfortunately, it is not always so easy to figure out which books are best for learning Java, so we’ve taken the liberty of choosing a few that we think will make your Java learning experience smooth and enjoyable! Effective Java By Joshua Bloch In Effective Java, Joshua Bloch does one thing extremely, extremely well: he lays out best practices that every developer should follow regularly. The whole book has… View full post »

Test Driven Development: By Example Book Review

September 8th, 2011 Leave a comment
Test Driven Development: By Example Book Review

Book Author: Kent Beck I have to admit, the very first thing that drew me to Kent Beck’s book Test Driven Development: By Example was his casual, easy writing style. While his audience is clearly not the faint of heart (Beck isn’t preaching to initiates; those without a prior knowledge of programming very definitely need not apply), Beck doesn’t assume the role of an automaton, much like some other software development books tend to do. Beck is casual and funny, a breath of fresh air in a book genre that’s often coma-inducing in style. That said, Beck’s book isn’t being reviewed because… View full post »

Best Drupal Books: My Top 5 Choices

September 1st, 2011 Leave a comment
Best Drupal Books: My Top 5 Choices

Drupal is a very powerful CMS, but it can be extremely hard to master: the learning curve for creating a powerful, usable, and engaging website is quite steep. There are quite a few Drupal books out there that can teach you these basics, and sorting the good from the bad can be a daunting task at times. That said, here’s our top 5 choices for Drupal books – we’ll help you find the one that’s perfect for creating your first Drupal website (or sharpening your already-savvy Drupal skills!) Beginning Drupal 7 By Todd Tomlinson Our list opens with Todd Tomlinson’s book Beginning Drupal… View full post »

Pro Drupal 7 Development Book Review

May 19th, 2011 Leave a comment
Pro Drupal 7 Development Book Review

I enjoy being on the cutting edge. As such, I picked up Pro Drupal 7 Development by Todd Tomlinson & John VanDyk expecting to be introduced to all the new features, frameworks, and goodies that Drupal 7 has that Drupal 6 does not. I was, sadly, disappointed: the book seemed very similar to the previous Pro Drupal Development book by the same company but with added Drupal 7 functionality thrown in. After reading it for a longer time, however, I realized I wasn’t their target audience: Tomlinson and VanDyk are writing for an audience that is approaching the development platform for… View full post »

Best Hadoop Books: My Top 3 Choices

April 23rd, 2011 Leave a comment 1 comment
Best Hadoop Books: My Top 3 Choices

Hadoop is a buzzword that’s been thrown around all over the place: As Apache’s software framework for managing vast amounts of distributed datasets, it’s become increasingly popular in a world where the petabyte has gone from a theoretical maximum to a likely one. Hadoop’s popularity, however, doesn’t stem from its intuitive nature; to help you understand and use Hadoop effectively, here’s a list of books on the subject that are informative, clear, and helpful! Hadoop: The Definitive Guide By Tom White O’Reilly tends to be very reliable on the technical front, and this book from Tom White is no exception: it’s an informative,… View full post »

Best PHP Books: My Top 5 Choices

March 28th, 2011 Leave a comment 3 comments
Best PHP Books: My Top 5 Choices

Continuing with our best-five-book series, today we are introducing our pick of the top 5 PHP books. Obviously, PHP has been around much longer than our other review subjects such as Android or HTML5, and there is a greater general variety of books to choose from. PHP is, in many ways, unique in the land of programming languages and web-based application infrastructure. It’s a language that is changing rapidly (the most notable shift being from procedural to OOP in PHP5) but there are surprisingly few books and helpful manuals to help programmers adapt to these changes (as evident by the… View full post »

Best HTML5 Books: My Top 5 Choices

March 7th, 2011 Leave a comment
Best HTML5 Books: My Top 5 Choices

HTML5 is, in many ways, a sort of a “Wild West” in the HTML realm; no one is quite sure how to use it, its standards haven’t been truly finalized, and everyone is rushing to cash in on its freshness. Part of that cashing in craze means that the market has been glutted with all sorts of HTML5 books; some good, some great, others not worth the paper they were printed on. In this article, we’ll sort through the muck and pick out the top 5 HTML5 books to add to your library! Introducing HTML5 By Bruce Lawson & Remy Sharp Introducing HTML5… View full post »