Book Watch Archive
Book Watch Archive
Seductive Interaction Design (New Riders)
Monday, 15 August 2011

What happens when you've built a great website or app, but no one seems to care? How do you get people to stick around long enough to see how your service might be of value? This book subtitled Creating Playful, Fun, and Effective User Experiences takes a fresh approach to designing sites and interactions based on the stages of seduction.


Printing in Plastic: Build Your Own 3D Printer (Apress)
Sunday, 14 August 2011

A gateway into the exciting world of personal fabrication. The “printer” that you’ll build from this book is a personal fabricator capable of creating small parts and other objects from drops of molten plastic. Design a part using a modeling tool such as Google SketchUp. Then, watch while the fabricator head sweeps back and forth and upwards, depositing plastic in all the right places.


The Clean Coder (Prentice Hall)
Saturday, 13 August 2011

Legendary software expert Robert C. Martin introduces the disciplines, techniques, tools, and practices of software craftsmanship. Subtitled "A Code of Conduct for Professional Programmers" this book has advice about everything from estimating and coding to refactoring and testing. It covers much more than technique: It is about attitude.


Statistical Analysis: Microsoft Excel 2010 (Que)
Friday, 12 August 2011

Shows how to use Excel 2010 to perform the core statistical tasks every business professional, student, and researcher should master. Using real-world examples,  helps you choose the right technique for each problem and get the most out of Excel’s statistical features, including its new consistency functions.


Flash CS5: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly)
Thursday, 11 August 2011

Once you know how to use Flash, you can create everything from simple animations to high-end desktop applications, but it's a complex tool that can be difficult to master. This Missing Manual will help you learn all you need to know about Flash CS5 to create animations that bring your ideas to life.


The Magic of Computer Graphics: Rendering (A K Peters/CRC Press)
Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Starting from the basic behavior of light, the first section of the book introduces the most useful techniques for global and local illumination using geometric descriptions of an environment. The second section describes image-based techniques that rely on captured data to do their magic. The final section covers the synthesis of these two complementary approaches and what they mean for the future of computer graphics.


Windows Server Enterprise Administration, 2nd Ed (Microsoft Press)
Tuesday, 09 August 2011

This book/CD package is the Self-Paced Training Kit for MCITP Exam 70-647 shows you how to plan network and application services; design core identity and access management components; design support identity and access management components and design for business continuity and data availability.


HTML5 Solutions (Friends of Ed)
Monday, 08 August 2011

Intended for web developers and designers seeking practical advice on making HTML5 sites work, provides a collection of solutions to the most common HTML5 problems. Every solution contains sample code that is production-ready and can be applied to any project.


Scalability Rules (Addison Wesley)
Sunday, 07 August 2011

Subtitled "50 Principles for Scaling Web Sites" is a   primer and reference for every architect, developer, web professional, and manager with clear, proven scalability rules and practical guidance for applying them. Presnts a set of realistic, technology-agnostic best practices for supporting hypergrowth in  both frontend and backend systems.


Real-World Flash Game Development (Focal Press)
Saturday, 06 August 2011

Flash for the everyday developer; helps bridge the gap those used to C++, Java, or C# who want to move over to Flash. This 2nd edition is updated for Flash CS5, Flash Player 10.1, and AIR 2.0 and has new examples on more advanced topics like 3D; more robust physics and collision detection; and Android platform development for phones and tablets.



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