Book Watch Archive
Book Watch Archive
The iOS 5 Developer's Cookbook 3rd Ed (Addison Wesley)
Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Ready-made code solutions for the iOS 5 development challenges you’re most likely to face, eliminating trial-and-error and helping you build reliable apps from the very beginning. Teaches each new concept and technique through robust code that is easy to reuse and extend. 3rd edition revised to cover iOS 5, Xcode 4.2, Objective-C 2.0’s ARC, LLVM, and more


Content Strategy for the Web 2nd Ed (New Riders)
Monday, 28 May 2012

New edition of "the go-to handbook for creating an effective content strategy" has a foreword by Facebook's content strategist Sarah Cancilla, updated material and some all-new chapters. Read Sue Gee's review of the first edition for information about the rest.


Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments (Make, O'Reilly)
Sunday, 27 May 2012

Subtitled "All Lab, No Lecture" this hands-on introduction includes more than 30 educational (and fun) experiments that help you explore this fascinating field on your own. Perfect for middle- and high-school students and homeschoolers and DIY enthusiasts, this full-color guide teaches you the basics of biology lab work and shows you how to set up a safe lab at home.


Hacking The Kinect (Apress)
Saturday, 26 May 2012

Introduces you to programming for the Kinect. You’ll learn to set up a software environment, stream data from the Kinect, and write code to interpret that data. The progression of hands-on projects in the book leads you even deeper into an understanding of how the device functions and how you can apply it to create fun and educational projects.


Android Cookbook (O'Reilly)
Friday, 25 May 2012

Jump in and build working Android apps with the help of more than 200 tested recipes. Find solutions for working with the user interfaces, multitouch gestures, location awareness, web services, and with the phone, camera, and accelerometer. Also includes useful steps on packaging your app for the Android Market.


Windows Phone 7.5 Unleashed (Sams)
Thursday, 24 May 2012

Complete sample apps illuminate key concepts with fully explained code and real-world context. Presents real-world best practices for building highly functional and attractive Metro interfaces; integrating touch, rich media, and data; testing; profiling; and more.


Spring Roo in Action (Manning)
Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Teaches how to code Java in Roo, with a particular focus on Spring-based applications. Hands-on examples, show how Roo, a lightweight Java console shell that simplifies compile-time tasks, creates well-formed application structures and supports best practices and tools. Plus, you'll get a quick-and-dirty guide to setting up Roo effectively in your environment.


iOS Programming (Big Nerd Ranch Guides)
Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Updated and expanded to cover iOS 5 and Xcode 4.3 this 3ed edition leads you through the essential concepts, tools, and techniques for developing iOS applications. Provides the understanding and  confidence you need to tackle iOS projects of your own. Our review of 2nd edition concluded "Highly recommended to all readers except the complete beginner".


Build Awesome Command-Line Applications in Ruby (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Monday, 21 May 2012

Subtitled, Control Your Computer, Simplify Your Life. Writing a command-line application that is self-documenting, robust, adaptable and forever useful is easier than you might think. Ruby is particularly suited to this task, since it combines high-level abstractions with system interaction wrapped up in a concise, readable syntax and is supported by many open-source tools and libraries.


Fitness for Geeks: Real Science, Great Nutrition, and Good Health (O'Reilly)
Sunday, 20 May 2012

If you’re interested in how things work, this guide will help you experiment with one crucial system you usually ignore—your body and its health. Long hours focusing on code or circuits tends to stifle notions of nutrition, but with this educational and highly useful book you can approach fitness through science, whether it’s investigating your ancestral health or using the latest self-tracking apps and gear.



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