Book Watch Archive
Book Watch Archive
Specification by Example (Manning)
Monday, 12 September 2011

Subtitled "How Successful Teams Deliver the Right Software" looks at case studies and presents patterns for this collaborative method for specifying requirements and tests that produces reliable documentation; defines expectations clearly; reduces rework; and it assures delivery teams and business stakeholders that the software is right for its purpose.


Service Intelligence (Prentice Hall)
Sunday, 11 September 2011

Subtitled "Improving Your Bottom Line with the Power of IT Service Management" this book shows business managers how to make the most of the ISTM method to ensure service quality, anticipate vulnerabilities, improve reliability, and link IT directly to business performance.


Writing Game Center Apps in iOS (O'Reilly)
Saturday, 10 September 2011

Now that Apple has introduced the GameKit framework to its iOS SDK, you can integrate Game Center features directly into your iPhone and iPad apps. Subtitled "Bringing Your Players Into the Game" this cookbook has 18  recipes for adding leaderboards, user authentication, achievements, multiplayer games, and many other features.


Cyber Warfare (Syngress)
Friday, 09 September 2011

Subtitled "Techniques, Tactics and Tools for Security Practitioners" this book discusses concepts that give all those involved in information security a better idea of how cyber conflicts are carried out now, how they will change in the future and how to detect and defend against espionage, hacktivism, insider threats and non-state actors like organized criminals and terrorists.


Pro CSS for High Traffic Websites (Apress)
Thursday, 08 September 2011

Covers the development processes required to smoothly set up an easy-to-maintain CSS framework across a large-volume website and to keep the code reusable and modular. It also looks at keeping branding consistent across a major website and sustaining performance through traffic spikes and across all browsers.


R in Action (Manning)
Wednesday, 07 September 2011

Presents both the R system and the use cases that make it a compelling package for business developers. Begins by introducing the R language, including the development environment. Focusing on practical solutions, the book also offers a crash course in practical statistics and covers elegant methods for dealing with messy and incomplete data using features of R.


Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 24 Hours (Sams)
Tuesday, 06 September 2011

In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, you’ll learn how to use SQL to build effective databases, efficiently retrieve your data, and manage everything from performance to security. Goes from the absolute basics to advanced techniques—including views, transactions, Web data publishing, and powerful SQL extensions for Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server.


Programming Android (O'Reilly)
Monday, 05 September 2011

Learn how to use the Android SDK with the Eclipse IDE and explore Android's core building blocks and APIs in depth. Using advanced Java concepts learn how to create  apps that work on a full range of Android devices and application frameworks that you can use as a starting point for your own projects.


The VueScan Bible (Rocky Nook)
Sunday, 04 September 2011

VueScan, for digitizing film and prints on flatbed and film scanners allows you to perform functions such as color restoration, adding sharpening filters, adjusting white balance, rotating images, and batch scanning multiple image. This book, subtitled "Everything You Need to Know for Perfect Scanning" is for new, experienced, and prospective users.


The Official Ubuntu Book 6th ed (Prentice Hall)
Saturday, 03 September 2011

This 6th edition has been updated for Ubuntu 11.04, which comes supplied on DVD. It covers installation, configuration, desktop productivity, games, management, support, and much more. Topics covered in this edition include Ubuntu One cloud storage, Ubuntu Server, and the groundbreaking Unity desktop. See our review of the 5th Edition



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