Book Watch Archive
Book Watch Archive
Swift for the Really Impatient (Addison-Wesley)
Friday, 02 January 2015

A jumpstart to the Swift language for every experienced Objective-C developer. iOS and OS X developers Matt Henderson and Dave Wood help you take full advantage of Swift’s powerful innovations, without wasting time on basics you already know. They reveal how Swift features improve on Objective-C and show how to make the most of them with code examples and  hands-on exercises designed to reinforce and deepen your skills. You’ll quickly master “Swift-er” techniques for using objects, classes, optionals, generics, functions, closures, and more.


The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Idea Book (No Starch Press)
Thursday, 01 January 2015


Yoshihito Isogawa shows you how to to build cars with real suspension, steerable crawlers, ball-shooters, grasping robotic arms, and other creative marvels with the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 set.  Subtitled "181 Simple Machines and Clever Contraptions" this book explores creative ways to build amazing mechanisms  Each model includes a list of the required parts, minimal text, and colorful photographs from multiple angles so you can re-create it without the need for step-by-step instructions. 


iPhone: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly)
Wednesday, 31 December 2014

David Pogue is back with this expanded edition of his full-color guide which has been updated to cover the iOS 8.1 software and the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The iPhone may be the world’s coolest computer, but it’s still a computer, with all of a computer’s complexities. This Missing Manual is a funny illustrated guide to the tips, shortcuts, and workarounds that will turn you into an iPhone master.


The Uncertain Web (O'Reilly)
Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Veteran developer Rob Larsen outlines the principles out what he calls The Uncertain Web, and shows you techniques necessary to successfully make the transition. By combining web standards, progressive enhancement, an iterative approach to design and development, and a desire to question the status quo, your team can create sites and applications that will perform well in a wide range of present and future devices. This guide points the way.


Improving Software Development Productivity (Prentice Hall)
Monday, 29 December 2014

This hardcover has the subtitle "Effective Leadership and Quantitative Methods in Software Management".  In 1979 Randall W. Jensen was the co-author with Charles Tonies of Software Engineering, a book wihch illuminated key software productivity attributes  Since that time Jensen has continued his research on productivity leading to his improved computer-based estimating model, which is still used today. In this book he helps you measure your organization’s capacity and productivity, and then use that information to improve multiple facets of developer and team performance, and to build more accurate estimates and schedules.


Learning MIT App Inventor (Addison Wesley)
Friday, 26 December 2014

Subtitled "A Hands-on Guide to Building Your Own Android Apps" this complete tutorial has been written from the ground up for MIT's dramatically updated Version 2. Derek Walter and Mark Sherman guide you step-by-step through every task and feature, showing you how to create apps by dragging, dropping, and connecting puzzle pieces rather than by writing code. As you learn, you’ll also master expert design and development techniques you can build on if you ever do want to write code. Through hands-on projects, you’ll master features ranging from GPS to animation, build high-quality user interfaces, make everything work, and test it all with App Inventor’s emulator. 


Steampunk LEGO (No Starch Press)
Thursday, 25 December 2014

Curated by award-winning LEGO builder and special effects master Guy Himber, this full-color coffee table book showcases an eclectic variety of models designed by dozens of the world's best LEGO artists. Grab your brass goggles and join fictional explorer Sir Herbert Jobson as he travels the world cataloguing its technological wonders for Queen Victoria. His entertaining descriptions of an imaginative alternate history bring these delightful LEGO models,dirigibles, floating cities, penny-farthings, pirate ships, curiosities and robots galore, to swashbuckling life.


Lauren Ipsum (No Starch Press)
Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Meet Lauren, an adventurer lost in Userland who needs to find her way home by solving a series of puzzles. As she visits places like the Push & Pop Café and makes friends with people like Hugh Rustic and the Wandering Salesman, Lauren learns about computer science without even realizing it. Read it  yourself or with someone littler than you, then flip to the notes at the back of the book to learn more about logic and computer science in the real world.


The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System 2nd Ed (Addison Wesley)
Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Authoritative technical guide to the FreeBSD kernel’s internal structure from long-time FreeBSD project leaders extensively updated to cover all major improvements between Versions 5 and 11. Approximately one-third of this edition’s content is completely new, and another one-third has been extensively rewritten. McKusick, Neville-Neil and Watson begin with a concise overview of the FreeBSD kernel’s current design and implementation and cover the kernel from the system-call level down–from the interface to the kernel to the hardware. 


The Official Ubuntu Book, 8th Ed (Prentice Hall)
Monday, 22 December 2014

Extensively updated to make running today’s Ubuntu even more pleasant and productive this is the ideal one-stop knowledge source for Ubuntu novices, those upgrading from older versions or other Linux distributions, and anyone moving toward power-user status. Its team of expert authors focus on what you need to know most about installation, applications, media, administration, software applications, and much more. You’ll discover powerful Unity desktop improvements that make Ubuntu even friendlier and more convenient.



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