Book Watch Archive
Book Watch Archive
Learning AV Foundation (Addison Wesley)
Thursday, 20 November 2014

If you develop media-rich iOS or OS X apps, you can do amazing things with Apple’s AV Foundation. However, the framework is extremely large, reliant on cutting-edge language features, and poorly documented. Bob McCune’s live presentations and GitHub projects have already helped thousands of Apple developers get started with AV Foundation. Building on this experience, this book helps you gain true mastery by creating real-world apps, hands-on.


Learn to Program with Minecraft Plugins 2nd Ed (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Wednesday, 19 November 2014

This book's original edition relied on the Bukkit modding server and library which was taken down due to a copyright dispute in September. Andy Hunt has now produced a completely revised edition that replaces Bukkit with the CanaryMod library - but otherwise it has the same content. In his review of the first edtion, Mike James gave it a rating of 4.5, recommending it as " a really well written book,"  Concluding "I can't imagine a better introductory book on the same topic. If you want to learn how to create Minecraft plugins and learn Java on the way this is the place to start."


Responsive Mobile Design (Addison-Wesley)
Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Billions of people access the web via smartphones, tablets, and devices of all types, using every imaginable interface and display. But they all want the same thing: the right information, right now, delivered in the most aesthetically pleasing way possible. Whether you’re a developer, designer, or manager, Phil Dutson teaches you principles, techniques, and best practices for delivering a successful experience to all users on all devices.


Automating Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services (O'Reilly)
Monday, 17 November 2014

Get valuable tips and techniques for automating your cloud deployments with Azure PowerShell cmdlets, and learn how to provision Azure services on the fly as Michael Washam shows you how to automate various management tasks and deploy solutions that are both complex and at scale. By combining the native automation capabilities of PowerShell with Azure Infrastructure Services, these powerful cmdlets enable you to create and configure virtual machines with ease.


Getting Started with Raspberry Pi 2nd Ed (Maker Media)
Friday, 14 November 2014

If you're learning how to program, or looking to build new electronic projects, this hands-on guide shows just how valuable this flexible little platform can be. Matt Richardson and Shawn Wallace take you step-by-step through fun and educational possibilities. Write programs in Scratch and Python. Use the Raspberry Pi with Arduino. Create Internet-connected projects. 


The Book of CSS3, 2nd ed (No Starch Press)
Thursday, 13 November 2014

In this second edition of his informative guide to CSS3 for the experienced developer, Peter Gasston has fully revised coverage of the updated syntax of gradients, grids, and flexible box layout, as well as providing all-new chapters on values and sizing, and graphical effects like filter effects and blend modes. The result, subtitled A Developer's Guide to the Future of Web Design shows readers what CSS3 can do now, in all major browsers.


From Mathematics to Generic Programming (Addison-Wesley)
Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Alexander Stepanov and Daniel Rose illuminate the principles of generic programming and the mathematical concept of abstraction on which it is based, helping you write code that is both simpler and more powerful. They explain the problems mathematicians first needed to solve, and then show how these mathematical solutions translate to generic programming and the creation of more effective and elegant code and show how to use these results and generalized algorithms to implement a real-world public-key cryptosystem.


Learning to Program (Addison Wesley)
Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Steven Foote taught himself to program, figuring out the best ways to overcome every obstacle. Now a professional web developer, he sets out to help absolute beginners follow in his footsteps. He teaches concepts that can be use with any modern programming language, whether you want to program computers, smartphones, tablets, or even robots. 


Customizing Chef (O'Reilly)
Monday, 10 November 2014

In this practical guide subtitled "Getting the Most Out of Your Infrastructure Automation", Jon Cowie not only provides code snippets and advice for customizing Chef, but also helps those with intermediate-to-advanced Chef experience  determine case by case whether it’s in their best interests to customize at all.


Making Makers (Maker Media)
Friday, 07 November 2014

Aimed at parents and other educators who are curious about the intersections of learning and making. Through stories, research, and data, AnnMarie Thomas builds the case for why it is crucial to encourage today’s youth to be makers, to see the world as something they are actively helping to create and provides biographical information about many of the “big names” and unsung heroes of the Maker Movement while also highlighting many of the attributes that make this a movement that so many people are passionate about.



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