Book Watch Archive
Book Watch Archive
Understanding Context (O'Reilly)
Tuesday, 20 January 2015

To make sense of the world, we’re always trying to place things in context, whether our environment is physical, cultural, or something else altogether. Now that we live among digital, always-networked products, apps, and places, context is more complicated than ever. Andrew Hinton provides a toolset to help information architects, UX professionals, and web and app designers understand and solve the many challenges of contextual ambiguity in the products and services they create covering not only how to design for a given context, but also how design participates in making context.


Foundations of Software and System Performance Engineering (Addison Wesley)
Monday, 19 January 2015

Drawing on experience at Siemens, AT&T Labs, Bell Laboratories, and two startups, André Bondi offers practical guidance for every software stakeholder and development team participant. He shows you how to define and use metrics; plan for diverse workloads; evaluate scalability, capacity, and responsiveness; and test both individual components and entire systems.  


Rails 4 Test Prescriptions (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Friday, 16 January 2015

Does your Rails code suffer from bloat, brittleness, or inaccuracy? Cure these problems with a regular dose of test-driven development.  Noel Rappin helps you design and write better Rails applications. You'll learn why testing works and how to test effectively using Rails 4, Minitest 5, and RSpec 3, as well as testing libraries such as factory_girl and Cucumber. Side effects may include better code, fewer bugs, and happier developers.


Neo4j in Action (Manning)
Thursday, 15 January 2015

 Neo4j is an graph database tool for highly connected data. It is mature, production-ready, and unique in enabling developers to simply and efficiently model and query connected data. This  comprehensive guide is aimed at application developers and software architects. Using hands-on examples, Aleksa Vukotic, Nicki Watt, Tareq Abedrabbo and Dominic Fox model graph domains naturally with Neo4j graph structures and explore the native Java APIs for graph data manipulation and querying.


Designing and Developing for Google Glass (O'Reilly)
Wednesday, 14 January 2015

In three parts, Discover, Design, and Develop, Glass pioneers Allen Firstenberg and Jason Salas guide you through the Glass ecosystem and demonstrate what this wearable computer means for users, developers, and society as a whole. You’ll learn how to create rich functionality for a consumer technology that’s radically different than anything currently available.


Eloquent JavaScript, 2nd Ed (No Starch Press)
Tuesday, 13 January 2015

In this "Modern Introduction to Programming", Marijn Haverbeke immerses you in example code from the start, while exercises and full-chapter projects give you hands-on experience with writing your own programs. This revised 2nd edition reflects the current state of JavaScript and web browsers, with brand-new material, such as a chapter on code performance in Java­Script, and expanded coverage of recursion and closures. All source code is available online in an interactive sandbox, where you can edit the code, run it, and see its output instantly.


SOA with Java (Prentice Hall)
Monday, 12 January 2015

Thomas Erl and others guide you in mastering the principles, best practices, and Java technologies you need to design and deliver high-value services and service-oriented solutions. They discuss how to implement SOA with lightweight frameworks, mainstream Java services technologies, and contemporary specifications and standards with real-world examples. This book will be valuable to developers, analysts, architects, and other IT professionals who want to design and implement Web-based service-oriented architectures and enterprise solutions with Java technologies.

Microsoft Excel Functions and Formulas 3e (Mercury)
Friday, 09 January 2015

Demonstrates Excel through the use of practical and useful examples in a quick reference format. Video tutorials on its companion CD make it a resource for all Excel users who want to understand, create, and apply formulas. Experienced users will also find it a reference for many of the program's advanced formulas and functions. Bernd Held and Theodor Richardson proovide step-by-step instructions with screenshots of the input and output from the formulas. 


Performing Information Governance (IBM Press)
Thursday, 08 January 2015

In this Step-by-Step Guide to Making Information Governance Work, Anthony David Giordano uses case studies and hands-on activities, to illuminate the “who, what, how, and when” of information governance. He explains how core governance components link with other enterprise information management disciplines, and provides workable “job descriptions” for each project participant and helps you integrate key data stewardship processes as you develop large-scale applications and Master Data Management (MDM) environments. 


AngularJS: Novice to Ninja (Sitepoint)
Wednesday, 07 January 2015

AngularJS brings the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern to JavaScript applications and provides a high quality foundation for building complex and powerful apps quickly. Sandeep Panda begins with the basics including two-way data binding and how to write test-friendly code before moving on to more advanced topics like scope, dependency injection, filters, and more. As well as mastering Angular’s modules, controllers, scope, and events and enhancing your HTML with Angular directives you will build a blogging app as a Single Page Application (SPA).



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