Book Watch Archive
Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual 2nd Ed (O'Reilly)
Thursday, 06 November 2014

Photoshop CC is an outstanding image editor, but it can be pretty overwhelming. This book by Lesa Snider  founder of the creative tutorial site makes learning Photoshop as easy as possible by explaining the hows and whys in a friendly, conversational style. You’ll unlock Photoshop’s secrets, new goodies, and time-saving features, with expert tips and practical editing advice you can use every day.


Learning Blender (Addison-Wesley)
Wednesday, 05 November 2014

3D-professional Oliver Villar walks you through every step of creating an outstanding animated character with the free, open source, 3D software Blender, and then compositing it in a real video using a professional workflow. Focusing on Blender 2.71 and above and covering all the basics, including Blender’s interface, controls, and how to manipulate objects he caters both for 3D novices and those who’ve used other 3D Software.


Building Applications with iBeacon (O'Reilly)
Tuesday, 04 November 2014

 High-precision location information is increasingly useful for mobile application developers, since it allows devices to interact with the world around them. In this slim and practical book, Matthew Gast shows you how to achieve arm’s reach accuracy with iBeacons, simple transmitters that enable your applications to react to nearby surroundings and then deliver timely, relevant information, especially indoors, where GPS and cell service are inaccurate.


Adaptive Code via C# (Microsoft Press)
Monday, 03 November 2014

Your process may be agile, but are you building agility directly into the code base? In this book, Gary McLean Hall teaches .NET programmers how to give code the flexibility to adapt to changing requirements and customer demands by applying cutting-edge techniques, including SOLID principles, design patterns, and other industry best practices.


Android Security Internals (No Starch Press)
Friday, 31 October 2014

Many fundamental Android security features have been little more than a black box to all but the most elite security professionals. Now security expert Nikolay Elenkov takes us under the hood of the Android security system and describes Android security architecture from the bottom up, delving into the implementation of major security-related components and subsystems, like Binder IPC, permissions, cryptographic providers, and device administration.


Becoming a Better Programmer (O'Reilly)
Thursday, 30 October 2014

If you’re passionate about programming and want to get better at it, Pete Goodliffe presents a collection of useful techniques and approaches to the art and craft of programming that will help boost your career. He presents sound advice that he’s learned in 15 years of professional programming spanning the range of a software developer’s life—dealing with code, learning the trade, and improving performance. Whether you’re a seasoned developer or a hobbyist, you’ll find valuable tips 


Multithreading for Visual Effects (A K Peters/CRC Press)
Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Developers from DreamWorks Animation, Pixar, Side Effects, Intel, and AMD share their successes and failures in the messy real-world application area of production software. They provide practical advice on multithreading techniques and visual effects used in popular visual effects libraries (such as Bullet, OpenVDB, and OpenSubdiv), the visual effects package Houdini, and proprietary animation systems. Useful to developers of high performance software as well as those in the visual effects arena.


Programming Elixir (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Tuesday, 28 October 2014

You want to explore functional programming, but are put off by the academic feel (tell me about monads just one more time). You know you need concurrent applications, but also know these are almost impossible to get right. Meet Elixir, a functional, concurrent language built on the Erlang VM. Elixir's pragmatic syntax and built-in support for metaprogramming will make you productive and keep you interested for the long haul. 


App Inventor 2 (O'Reilly)
Monday, 27 October 2014

Co-authored by App Inventor creator and MIT Professor Hal Abelson and David Wolber of along with Ellen Spertus and Liz Looney, two of the Googlers who helped develop App Inventor, this second edition has been fully updated for App Inventor 2. As before, it is  full of cool apps and tutorials you can build, along with an Inventor's Manual for learning computer science and programming concepts. 


If Hemingway Wrote JavaScript (No Starch Press)
Friday, 24 October 2014

What if William Shakespeare were asked to generate the Fibonacci series or Jane Austen had to write a factorial program? Angus Croll imagines short JavaScript programs as written by famous wordsmiths. The result is a peculiar and charming combination of prose, poetry, and programming. The best authors are those who obsess about language—and the same goes for JavaScript developers. To master either craft, you must experiment with language to develop your own style, your own idioms, and your own expressions. 



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