Book Watch Archive
Book Watch Archive
Microsoft Expression Blend 4 Step By Step (Microsoft Press)
Friday, 27 May 2011

Teach yourself how to design rich user interfaces (UI) for Silverlight-based applications using Expression Blend 4. With Step by Step, you set the paceā€”building and practicing the skills you need. Practice files available to download and put to work and unlimited access to online edition.


Foundation HTML5 Canvas: For Games and Entertainment (Friends of Ed)
Thursday, 26 May 2011

Begins by introducing you to new features of HTML5, next has a quick guide to JavaScript programming, then a thorough introduction to the canvas element, which teaches you how to draw objects within the browser with great ease. Move on to the more advanced features of canvas, including image and video manipulation and  animations.


The Magic of Computer Graphics: Rendering (CRC Press)
Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Introduces the most useful techniques for global and local illumination using geometric descriptions of an environment. Goes on to describe image-based techniques that rely on captured data to do their magic. The final section looks at the synthesis of these complementary approaches and what they mean for the future of computer graphics.


Learn You a Haskell for Great Good! (No Starch Press)
Tuesday, 24 May 2011

This beginner's guide is described as a "hilarious, illustrated guide to this complex functional language". It starts with basic syntax, recursion, types and type classes and moves on applicative functors, monads, zippers, and "all the other mythical Haskell constructs you've only read about in storybooks" with "imaginative (and occasionally insane) examples".


Rails AntiPatterns (Addison-Wesley)
Monday, 23 May 2011

This book subtitled "Best Practice Ruby on Rails Refactoring" is organized into concise, modular chapters, each outlining a single common AntiPattern with detailed, cookbook-style code solutions that were previously difficult or impossible to find.


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 (Rocky Nook)
Saturday, 21 May 2011

With its electronic viewfinder and interchangeable lenses, the G2 is capable of not only recording professional-quality still images, but can record HD video as well. This "Unofficial Quintessential Guide" explains its features and versatile capabilities in detail using example images throughout.


21 Recipes for Mining Twitter (O'Reilly)
Friday, 20 May 2011
This short and concise book, extracted from Mining the Social Web, offers a collection of recipes to help you extract nuggets of Twitter information using easy-to-learn Python tools. Each recipe offers a discussion of how and why the solution works, so you can quickly adapt it to fit your particular needs.


Successful Project Management (Microsoft Press)
Thursday, 19 May 2011

This practical guide shows you how to manage projects efficiently and effectively, shares the real-world experiences of project managers in several industries, and shows you how to put the best practices and hard-won lessons of experts to work using powerful Project 2010 tools.


Nikon D7000: From Snapshots to Great Shots (Peachpit Press)
Wednesday, 18 May 2011

This book has one goal: to teach D7000 owners how to make great shots using their new Nikon camera. Users learn how to use the D7000 to create the type of photos that inspired them to buy the camera in the first place. Everything in the book is in service of creating a great image.


Network Your Computer & Devices Step by Step (Microsoft Press)
Tuesday, 17 May 2011

How to use the networking features in Windows 7 to connect your home computers, even if they use different operating systems, share printers, devices, and files with everyone in your home, stream media over your network or to a remote PC, tweak network and sharing settings, troubleshoot problems and perform easy maintenance. Includes access to fully searchable online edition of this book on the Web.



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