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.

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.


Learning Android Game Programming (Addison-Wesley)
Friday, 23 March 2012

This is a hands-on, start-to-finish guide to creating games for today’s rapidly growing Android mobile device marketplace. If you have even basic Android development experience, it will help you build on your knowledge to quickly create low-budget 2D mobile games that sell.


OpenCL in Action (Manning)
Thursday, 22 March 2012

This book blends the theory of parallel computing with the practical reality of building high-performance applications using OpenCL. It first guides you through the fundamental data structures in an intuitive manner, then explains techniques for high-speed sorting, image processing, matrix operations, and fast Fourier transform. Concludes with a deep look at graphics acceleration.


jQuery: Novice to Ninja, 2nd Ed (SitePoint)
Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Fully updated for JavaScript 1.6, this book will jump-start your journey into jQuery. You’ll learn all the basics, then you’ll move on to more advanced techniques, such as plugin development and the creation of almost every conceivable UI widget. See our review of previous edition.


Android for Programmers (Prentice Hall)
Tuesday, 20 March 2012

From the Deitel Developer Series, this is billed as the professional programmer's guide to Android smartphone and tablet app development and the Eclipse IDE with the Android Development Tools (ADT) plug-in. App-Driven Approach using 16 fully tested Android apps, complete with syntax coloring, code walkthroughs and sample outputs.


Running Lean (O'Reilly)
Monday, 19 March 2012

With the subtitle "Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works" takes you through an exacting strategy for achieving a "product/market fit" for your fledgling venture. Builds on the ideas and concepts of several methodologies, including the Lean Startup, Customer Development, and bootstrapping.


Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual
Sunday, 18 March 2012

This guide lights the way for using the Kindle Fire with lots of illustrations and step-by-step instructions for browsing the Web, emailing, playing games, and viewing books, movies, and magazines in blazing color. Learn how to manage your media library on the Fire and in the cloud.


Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 for Photographers (Focal Press)
Saturday, 17 March 2012

From the basics of importing and organizing your images through to the essentials of image adjustments and corrections, this guide builds up your skills before moving on to more advanced techniques. Covers complex  topics such as working with layers and filters, creating panoramas, and outputting your images for web, with small projects.


Practical Android 4 Games Development (Apress)
Friday, 16 March 2012

Guides you through the process of designing and developing game apps that work on both smartphones and tablets, thanks to the new Android SDK 4.0.From 2D-based casual games to 3D OpenGL-based first-person shooters, you find that learning how to create games on the fastest growing mobile platform has never been easier.


Developing Microsoft Media Foundation Applications (Microsoft Press)
Thursday, 15 March 2012

Create professional-quality media applications and components with Microsoft Media Foundation. Learn how to build applications to capture video and audio files of different types, process media information, and stream it over the Internet. For C++/COM developers, especially those looking to transfer their skills from Microsoft DirectShow.


Pragmatic Guide to Sass (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Shows you how to you to improve your CSS, from the basics to advanced topics, from first installation to sprucing up your buttons. You'll see how to code the right way in Sass thanks to short, clear examples. Two-page spreads show the explanation on one side and code examples on the other. You'll learn how to improve your pages in minutes.



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