Book Watch Archive
Book Watch Archive

Book Watch is I Programmer's listing of new books and is compiled using publishers' publicity material. It is not to be read as a review where we provide an independent assessment. Some, but by no means all, of the books in Book Watch are eventually reviewed.

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.


Android Apps with App Inventor (Addison Wesley)
Saturday, 19 May 2012

Hands-on walkthroughs that cover every area of App Inventor development, for both Google and MIT versions. Begins with the absolute basics of program structure, syntax, flow, and function, and then demonstrates simple ways to solve common mobile development problems. Build a dozen real Android apps, from games and geotrackers to navigation systems and news tickers.

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GIMP For Absolute Beginners (Apress)
Friday, 18 May 2012

GIMP, the open source graphics and digital imaging application, has almost all the features of  Photoshop.  But what can photographers and artists actually do with photos and graphical images? These questions are answered here in a photo projects chapter as well as a chapter on digital painting.Covers GIMP 2.8


The Basics of Digital Forensics (Syngress)
Thursday, 17 May 2012

Provides a foundation for people new to the digital forensics field. Teaches you how to conduct examinations by discussing what digital forensics is, the methodologies used, key technical concepts and the tools needed to perform examinations. It includes details on digital forensics for computers, networks, cell phones, GPS, the cloud, and Internet.


Cloud Computing (Jones & Bartlett)
Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Hands-on introduction to the cloud. Covers data storage, data sharing, performing cloud-based automated backups, and using other cloud-based applications by the end of Chapter 1. Continues with software as a service (Saas), platform as a service (Paas), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), server and desktop virtualization and more.


Microsoft SQL Server 2012 High Performance T-SQL Using Windows Functions (Microsoft Press)
Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Optimize your queries and obtain simple and elegant solutions to  common business tasks using window functions in Transact-SQL. Learn how to apply calculations against sets of rows in a flexible, clear, and efficient manner. Ideal whether you’re a database administrator or developer.


PowerShell and WMI (Manning)
Monday, 14 May 2012

An example-driven guide for administrators managing networks of Windows servers and desktops. With 150 practical examples, including ready-to-reuse scripts and techniques, you'll learn the ins and outs of automating WMI via PowerShell v3. Covers of all aspects of Windows administration, including IIS, DNS and Hyper-V.


HTML5 Games Most Wanted (Friends of Ed)
Sunday, 13 May 2012

Packed full of JavaScript, HTML5, WebGL, and CSS3 code, showing you how some fantastic games were built, passing on the skills you'll need to create your own great games. Contains programming tips, tricks, and optimization techniques with real-world code examples that you can use in your own projects.


iPad: The Missing Manual 4th Ed (O'Reilly)
Saturday, 12 May 2012

Apple’s third-generation iPad will dazzle you with its looks and speed, but you won’t get far without an owner’s manual to all its features. This 4th edition now covers all iPads.  It shows how to transfer media to your iPad, sync and shop wirelessly, tap into WiFi and 4G cellular networks, and use iTunes for media management.



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