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)

The Nikon Creative Lighting System (Rocky Nook)
Sunday, 08 April 2012

The subtitle Using the SB-600, SB-700, SB-800, SB-900, SB-910, and R1C1 Flashes gives you the information you need about this book. Beginning at a basic level and progressing to more advanced techniques, it sets out to teach all the steps required to achieve consistent and amazing flash photos.


Switching to the Mac (O'Reilly)
Saturday, 07 April 2012

The Lion Edition of this book for newcomers to the Mac is by David Pogue, who started the Missing Manuals series of "the book that should have been in the box". He aims to get you past three challenges: transferring your stuff, assembling Mac programs so you can do what you did with Windows, and learning your way around Mac OS X.


C++ Concurrency in Action: Practical Multithreading (Manning)
Friday, 06 April 2012

A reference and guide to the new C++ 11 Standard for experienced C++ programmers as well as those who have never written multithreaded code. Sets out to show you how to write robust multithreaded applications in C++ while avoiding many common pitfalls.


Programming iOS 5 (O'Reilly)
Thursday, 05 April 2012

Revised and expanded edition which covers Cocoa and shows how to work effectively with Objective-C and Xcode. This book covers iOS 5 and Xcode 4.3 in a rigorous, orderly fashion—ideal whether you’re approaching iOS for the first time or need a reference to bolster existing skills.


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. 



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