Book Watch Archive
Book Watch Archive
The Art of R Programming (No Starch Press)
Thursday, 22 December 2011

Subtitled  "A Tour of Statistical Software Design" takes you on a guided tour of software development with R, from basic types and data structures to advanced topics like closures, recursion, and anonymous functions. No statistical knowledge is required, and your programming skills can range from hobbyist to pro.


Head First jQuery (O'Reilly)
Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Quickly get up to speed on this JavaScript library by learning how to navigate HTML documents while handling events, effects, callbacks, and animations. By the time you've completed the book, you'll be incorporating Ajax apps, working seamlessly with HTML and CSS, and handling data with PHP, MySQL and JSON.


Getting Started with Arduino 2nd Edition (O'Reilly)
Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Arduino is the open-source electronics prototyping platform that’s taken the design and hobbyist world by storm. This introduction, updated for Arduino 1.0, gives you lots of ideas for projects and helps you work with them right away. Goes from getting organized to putting the final touches on your prototype.


Sams Teach Yourself HTML, CSS, and JavaScript All in One (Sams)
Monday, 19 December 2011

Brings together everything beginners need to build powerful web applications with the HTML and CSS standards and the latest JavaScript and Ajax libraries. Learn through brief, hands-on lessons focused on knowledge you can apply immediately.


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.



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