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.


Pearson Education (InformIT)

Taking Sudoku Seriously (Oxford University Press)
Saturday, 21 April 2012

Subtitled "The Math Behind the World's Most Popular Pencil Puzzle" this well illustrated book show that Sudoku puzzles and their variants are a gateway into mathematical thinking generally. Topics covered include  Latin square, of which Sudoku squares are a special case and the connections between Sudoku, graph theory, and polynomials. 


The Digital Photography Book: Part 4 (Peachpit Press)
Friday, 20 April 2012

As the title suggests this is the latest part a larger work that picks up right where volume 3 left off. Each page covers a single concept on how to make your photography better. Every time you turn the page, you'll learn another pro setting, tool, or trick to transform your work from snapshots into gallery prints.


Android UI Fundamentals (Peachpit Press)
Thursday, 19 April 2012

Walks developers through the different choices available when creating a well-designed application for Android. While building a simple application, works through the basics of Android UI development including layout, event handling, menus and notifications. Then shows how to load and display images, create advanced dialogs and progress indicators, add animation, and build custom UI elements.


The Scrum Field Guide (Addison-Wesley)
Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Sets out to give readers confidence to adopt Scrum more rapidly, more successfully, and with far less pain and fear. Long-time Scrum practitioner Mitch Lacey identifies major challenges associated with early-stage Scrum adoption, as well as deeper issues that emerge later, and describes how other organizations have overcome them.


jQuery Mobile: Up and Running (O'Reilly)
Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Introductory guide for non-programmers. Build a mobile web application that works on iPad and Kindle Fire as well as iPhone and Android smartphones through a series of hands-on exercises that demonstrate best ways to use this framework's many interface components to build customizable, multiplatform apps.


SharePoint 2010 Site Owner's Manual (Manning)
Monday, 16 April 2012

Subtitled "Flexible Collaboration without Programming", explains what SharePoint 2010 is all about and how to get started using it with step-by-step instructions for implementing real-world scenarios. Learn how to build powerful siteswith  SharePoint's out-of-the-box functionality and tools such as InfoPath, Access, and SharePoint Designer.


My Windows Phone 7 (Que)
Sunday, 15 April 2012

In full-color, this book walks you through getting and keeping your Windows Phone 7 working just the way you want and help you master Windows Phone 7's interface and shortcuts Covers Windows Phone 7.5 Mango release.


Ubuntu Unleashed 2012 Edition (Sams)
Saturday, 14 April 2012

This revised and updated 7th edition covers 11.10 and 12.04. It provides detailed information on installing, using, and administering Ubuntu covering how to set up a workstation or a server. It gives details of Ubuntu's desktop and productivity software, and you will find topics of interest to both casual and serious developers.


NOOK Tablet: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly)
Friday, 13 April 2012

Combine a world-class e-reader with a top-notch tablet and you have the perfect recipe for portable entertainment. Packed with clear instructions and helpful illustrations, this book gets you up to speed on the NOOK Tablet so you can enjoy ebooks, magazines, games, apps, TV shows, and movies right away.


Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Pocket Consultant (Microsoft Press)
Thursday, 12 April 2012

This oversized pocket-sized guide (over 500 pages) delivers ready answers about SQL Server 2012. Helps with core support and maintenance tasks using quick-reference tables, instructions, and lists. You’ll get the focused information you need to save time and get the job done-whether at your desk or in the field.


The Rails View (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Wednesday, 11 April 2012

With the subtitle "Creating a Beautiful and Maintainable User Experience" this book helps you when working in the View layer which requires a breadth of knowledge and attention to detail unlike anywhere else in Rails. It will help you break free from tangles of logic and markup in your views as you pick up the practical skills you need to implement your user interface cleanly and maintainably.


Core Python Applications Programming (Prentice Hall)
Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Learn professional Python style, best practices, and good programming habits to become a versatile Python developer. You will be introduced to multiple areas of application development and gain knowledge that can be immediately applied to projects, and you will find code samples in both Python 2 and 3, including migration tips.



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