Book Watch Archive
Book Watch Archive
Photoshop Elements 10: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly)
Friday, 16 December 2011

PhotoShop Elements 10 has new features such as text on a path, brush-on textures and new crop overlays which are covered  in the updated version of this full-color guide to PhotoShop Elements. See our full review of the previous edition of a well written book that explains not just the how but the why.


Integrating PHP with Windows (Microsoft Press)
Thursday, 15 December 2011

Take your PHP programming skills deep into Windows to build PHP applications that run Windows technologies. Packed with hands-on exercises, this in-depth guide shows you how to use PHP to interact with Internet Information Services 7.5 (IIS), SQL Server 2008, Exchange Server 2010, and Active Directory. You’ll quickly learn how to apply best practices for running PHP applications in a Windows environment.


The CERT Oracle Secure Coding Standard for Java (Addison-Wesley)
Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Provides rules designed to eliminate insecure coding practices that can lead to exploitable vulnerabilities. Application of the standard’s guidelines will lead to higher-quality systems and are required for the wide range of products coded in Java–for devices such as PCs, game players, mobile phones, home appliances, and automotive electronics.


SQL Server MVP Deep Dives, Volume 2 (Manning)
Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Sixty-four SQL Server MVPs offer completely new content in this second volume on topics ranging from testing and policy management to integration services, reporting, and performance optimization techniques. The five sections are Architecture and Design, Database Administration, Database Development, Performance Tuning and Optimization, Business Intelligence.


Start Here! Fundamentals of Microsoft .NET Programming (Microsoft Press)
Monday, 12 December 2011

Included as a free companion eBook with the Start Here! books for Visual Basic and C# (see our review), this print edition is available for those interrested in .NET fundamentals and covers object-oriented concepts such as properties, methods and events. Look out for our forthcoming review.


Revolution in The Valley (O'Reilly)
Friday, 09 December 2011

Subtitled "The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made" this is an anothogy of first-hand accounts, anecdotes, photos and sketches that reveals what it was like to be there at the birth of the personal computer revolution. The story comes to life through the book's portrait of the talented and often eccentric characters who made up the Macintosh team.


12 Essential Skills for Software Architects (Addison-Welsey)
Thursday, 08 December 2011

This book is about "the Crucial Non-Technical Skills" a Software Architect needs to get hired and succeed in this role. For many developers these skills don't come naturally and are rarely addressed in formal training. This guide pinpoints the specific relationship, personal, and business skills that successful architects rely upon.


Tika in Action (Manning)
Wednesday, 07 December 2011

Guide to content mining using Apache Tika. Learn how to pull usable information from otherwise inaccessible sources, including internet media and file archives. This example-rich book teaches you to build and extend applications based on real-world experience with search engines, digital asset management, and scientific data processing.


JavaScript & jQuery: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly)
Tuesday, 06 December 2011

JavaScript lets you supercharge your HTML with animation, interactivity, and visual effects. This jargon-free guide covers JavaScript basics and shows you how to save time and effort with the jQuery library of prewritten JavaScript code. You’ll soon be building web pages that feel and act like desktop programs, without having to do much programming.


Start Here! Learn Microsoft Visual C# 2010 (Microsoft Press)
Monday, 05 December 2011

Learn the fundamentals of modern programming with Visual C# 2010 and begin building your first apps for the desktop and web. If you have absolutely no previous experience, no problem simply start here! This book introduces must-know concepts and techniques through easy-to-follow explanations, examples, and exercises.



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