Book Watch Archive
Book Watch Archive
Making Simple Robots (Maker Media)
Friday, 27 March 2015

Anybody can build a robot! That includes kids, English majors, school teachers, and grandparents. If you can knit, sew, or fold a flat piece of paper into a box, you can build a no-tech robotic part. If you can use a hot glue gun, you can learn to solder basic electronics into a low-tech robot that reacts to its environment. And if you can figure out how to use the apps on your smart phone, you can learn enough programming to communicate with a simple robot.


Dart 1 for Everyone (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Thursday, 26 March 2015

Google's Dart language makes programming for the Web simpler, faster, and more powerful. Since it's first printing Chris Strom's introduction has been completely updated for Dart 1 and the ECMA standard, with new sections on new Dart features like method cascades, event streams, and class constructor syntax, this book wastes no time in immersing you in the finer points of this powerful and surprisingly beautiful language.


Data Science and Big Data Analytics (EMC Education Services)
Wednesday, 25 March 2015

With the subtitle "Discovering, Analyzing, Visualizing and Presenting Data", this book covers the breadth of activities and methods and tools used by data scientists. It focuses on concepts, principles and practical applications that are applicable to any industry and technology environment, and the learning is supported and explained with examples that you can replicate using open–source software.  


Modern PHP: New Features and Good Practices (O'Reilly)
Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Claiming that PHP is experiencing a renaissance, this guide shows how PHP has become a full-featured, mature language with object-orientation, namespaces, and a growing collection of reusable component libraries. Josh Lockhart, creator of the Slim Framework for PHP and PHP The Right Way, an initiative to encourage PHP best practices, reveals these new language features in action.


Data Visualization with JavaScript (No Starch Press)
Monday, 23 March 2015

You've got data to communicate. But what kind of visualization do you choose, how do you build it, and how do you ensure that it's up to the demands of the Web? Stephen A. Thomas shows you how to use JavaScript, HTML, and CSS to build the most practical visualizations for your data. Step-by-step examples walk you through creating, integrating, and debugging different types of visualizations and will quickly have you building basic visualizations, like bar, line, and scatter graphs.


Oracle PL/SQL By Example (Prentice Hall)
Friday, 20 March 2015

Let Benjamin Rosenzweig and Elena Rakhimov teach you all the PL/SQL skills you’ll need, through real-world labs, extensive examples, exercises, and projects.Their 5th edition has been fully updated for the newest version of PL/SQL and covers everything from basic syntax and program control through the latest optimization and security enhancements.

Graph Analysis and Visualization: Discovering Business in Linked Data (Wiley)
Thursday, 19 March 2015

Richard Brath and David Jonker bring graph theory out of the lab and into the real world. This guide shows you how to exploit graph and network analytic techniques to enable the discovery of new business insights and opportunities.In full color, the book describes the process of creating visualizations using examples from sports, finance, marketing, security, social media, and more and gives guidance toward pattern identification and using various data sources, including Big Data.


Statistics Done Wrong (No Starch Press)
Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Good research needs good statistics. But statistical analysis is tricky to get right, even for the best and brightest of us. In this pithy guide to statistical blunders in modern science,  Alex Reinhart will show you how to keep your research blunder-free. You'll examine embarrassing errors and omissions in recent research and begin your quest to reform the way you do statistics.


You Don't Know JS: Async & Performance (O'Reilly)
Monday, 16 March 2015

No matter how much experience you have with JavaScript, odds are you don’t fully understand the language. As in his other books in this series, Kyle Simpson dives into trickier parts of the language that many JavaScript programmers simply avoid. Here you will explore old and new JavaScript methods for handling asynchronous programming, understand how callbacks let third parties control your program’s execution and address the "inversion of control" issue with JavaScript Promises. 



The Software Craftsman: Professionalism, Pragmatism, Pride (Prentice Hall)
Friday, 13 March 2015

Despite advanced tools and methodologies, software projects continue to fail. Why? Too many organizations still view software development as just another production line. Too many developers also feel that way. Sandro Mancuso offers a more fulfilling path that starts with the recognition that you are a craftsman. Once you embrace this mindset, he argues that you can achieve unprecedented levels of technical excellence and customer satisfaction. 


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