Book Watch Archive
Book Watch Archive
Codermetrics: Analytics for Improving Software Teams (O'Reilly)
Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Introduces an objective way to identify, analyze, and discuss the successes and failures of software engineers—not as part of a performance review, but as a way to make the team a more cohesive and productive unit. Explains how codermetrics helps teams understand  what occurred during a project, and enables each coder to focus on specific improvements.


Documenting Software Architectures 2nd Ed (Addison-Wesley)
Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Provides guidance, independent of language or notation, on how to capture an architecture in a commonly understandable form. Helps you decide what information to document then, with examples in various notations, including UML, shows you how to express an architecture so that others can successfully build, use, and maintain a system from it.


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.



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