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.

The dRuby Book: Distributed and Parallel Computing with Ruby (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Wednesday, 04 April 2012

First English-language book from legendary Japanese Ruby hacker Masatoshi Seki on his own Distributed Ruby library. Find out about distributed computing, advanced Ruby concepts and techniques, and the philosophy of the Ruby way straight from the source.


Modern JavaScript: Develop and Design (Peachpit Press)
Tuesday, 03 April 2012

Beginner’s guide which teaches the language as it is implemented today, demonstrating how to build upon JavaScript’s ease of use, while demystifying its often-cryptic syntax, especially for those who have not programmed before. Enforces modern JavaScript’s best practices and embraces key Web development approaches such as progressive enhancement and unobtrusive scripting.


Creating and Implementing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Real-World Projects (Microsoft Press)
Monday, 02 April 2012

This hands-on book focuses on a different business scenario in each chapter, using a standard template to guide you through the solution-building process. Learn how to use your SharePoint skills to develop a corporate intranet, a media hub, a system to support distributed teams, and solutions to many other scenarios.


Scanning & Editing Your Old Photos (Prentice Hall)
Sunday, 01 April 2012

Part of the "In Simple Steps" series, this guide features a visual approach with practical task-based examples. It has plenty of full-color screenshots and explains jargon in plain English.


Getting Started with Netduino (Make)
Saturday, 31 March 2012

Start building electronics projects with this open source hardware platform. This easy-to-follow book provides the step-by-step guidance you need to experiment with Netduino and the .NET Micro Framework. Through a set of simple projects, you’ll learn how to create electronic gadges, including networked devices that communicate over TCP/IP.


Mahout in Action (Manning)
Friday, 30 March 2012

A hands-on introduction to machine learning with Apache Mahout for Java developers. Following real-world examples, presents practical use cases and illustrates how Mahout can be applied to solve them. Focuses on issues of scalability and how to apply these techniques against large data sets using the Apache Hadoop framework.


The Cucumber Book (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Thursday, 29 March 2012

Cucumber is a testing, communication, and requirements tool, all rolled into one. This book teaches you how to use its core features and the Gherkin DSL to describe the behavior your customers want from the system. Learn how to write Ruby code that interprets those plain language specifications and checks them against your application. Consolidate this knowledge with a worked example.


Machine Learning for Hackers (O'Reilly)
Wednesday, 28 March 2012

If you’re an experienced programmer interested in crunching data, this book will get you started with machine learning—a toolkit of algorithms that enables computers to train themselves to automate useful tasks. Each chapter focuses on a specific problem such as classification, prediction, optimization, and recommendation. Using the R programming language, you’ll learn how to analyze sample datasets and write simple machine learning algorithms. 


Pro jQuery (APress)
Tuesday, 27 March 2012

For working developers who want to learn about jQuery in detail, this book explains how to get the most from jQuery by focusing on the features you need for your project. Shows how to use the core of jQuery to enrich HTML, including tables, forms and data displaysand how to use jQuery UI to create rich and fluid user experience.


Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Unleashed (Sams)
Monday, 26 March 2012

Learn how to use LightSwitch to build modern, scalable, customized line-of-business applications that automatically leverage Silverlight, WCF, and SQL Server Express using hands-on examples. Guides you through building solutions that integrate and analyze business information from virtually any source, and deliver professional-quality user interfaces.


HTML5 Multimedia: Develop and Design (Peachpit Press)
Sunday, 25 March 2012

An easy, approachable guide to building native HTML5 multimedia into a website, from the simplest addition to more advanced features.Written in a simple, straightforward style that's not too techy, yet advanced enough for the more experienced coder who just needs to get up to speed on these powerful new capabilities.


Programming Your Home (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Saturday, 24 March 2012

Subtitled, "Automate with Arduino, Android, and Your Computer" this book is for smartphone programmers, web developers, technology tinkerers, and anyone who enjoys D-I-Y electronics. Projects range from a phone application that alerts you to package deliveries at your front door to an electronic guard dog that will prevent unwanted visitors.



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