Book Watch Archive
Book Watch Archive
Raspberry Pi User Guide 3rd Ed (Wiley)
Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Eben Upton, co-creator of the Raspberry Pi, and Gareth Halfacree have updated the third edition of their "unofficial guide" for Noobs who want to dive right in to cover the model B+ Raspberry Pi. It covers the software, additional USB ports, and changes to the GPIO, including new information on Arduino and Minecraft on the Pi as well as step–by–step instruction for everything from software installation and configuration to customizing your Raspberry Pi.


User Story Mapping (O'Reilly)
Tuesday, 14 October 2014

User story mapping is a valuable tool for software development, once you understand why and how to use it. Jeff Patton examines how this often misunderstood technique can help your team stay focused on users and their needs without getting lost in the enthusiasm for individual product features and shows you how changeable story maps enable your team to hold better conversations about the project throughout the development process. 


Rails Crash Course (No Starch Press)
Monday, 13 October 2014

Major websites like Twitter and GitHub run Rails under the hood, and if you have a background in HTML and CSS, this "No-Nonsense Guide to Rails Development" will teach you to harness Rails for your own projects and create web applications that are fast, stable, and secure. Anthony Lewis starts with Ruby and Rails fundamentals and then dives straight into models, controllers, views, and deployment. 


Mastering Clojure Macros (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Friday, 10 October 2014

With the subtitle, "Write Cleaner, Faster, Smarter Code" Colin Jones helps you take advantage of Clojure's powerful macro system. He shows how to write straightforward code that avoids duplication and clarifies your intentions, explains how and why to write macros and when using a macro would (and wouldn't!) be helpful. You'll also use macros to remove unnecessary code and build new language features.


Social eCommerce (O'Reilly)
Thursday, 09 October 2014

Social media is vital if you want to your business to thrive, and though you can’t control the conversations, you can influence them. In this book with the subtitle "Increasing Sales and Extending Brand Reach" Stephan Spencer, Jimmy Harding and Jennifer Sheahan  show you how. If mismanaged, social media can create more noise than signal. If done well, guerrilla social media marketing can help you persuade, command attention, establish dialogue, differentiate yourself, capture new markets, and outmaneuver the competition.


Programming in C (Addison-Wesley)
Wednesday, 08 October 2014

This book teaches C by example, with complete C programs used to illustrate each new concept along the way. Stephen Kochan provides step-by-step explanations for all C functions. You will learn both the language fundamentals and good programming practices. Exercises at the end of each chapter make the book ideally suited for classroom use or for self-instruction.


SQL Server 2014 Query Tuning & Optimization (McGraw-Hill)
Tuesday, 07 October 2014

Filled with ready-to-use techniques for creating high-performance queries and applications, this book describes the inner workings of the query processor so you can write better queries and provide the query processor with the quality information it needs to produce efficient execution plans. Benjamin Nevarez also has tips for troubleshooting underperforming queries. In-Memory OLTP (Hekaton), a key new feature of SQL Server 2014, is fully covered in this practical guide.


AngularJS: Up and Running (O'Reilly)
Monday, 06 October 2014

If you want to get started with AngularJS, this practical guide, subtitled : Enhanced Productivity with Structured Web Apps, teaches you how to use this meta-framework step-by-step, from the basics to advanced concepts. Guided by Shyam Seshadri and Brad Green who worked on AngularJS at Google, you’ll learn the components needed to build data-driven applications, using declarative programming and the Model–view–controller pattern.


High-Performance Windows Store Apps (Microsoft Press)
Friday, 03 October 2014

In this concise, performance-focused guide, Brian Rasmussen describes how to set performance goals, establish tests to track performance, and covers tools to instrument code and analyze performance. Focusing on managed C#/XAML apps, he Explains why common techniques such as micro benchmarks and ad hoc testing often fall short in verifying performance.


Node.js, MongoDB and AngularJS Web Development (Addison Wesley)
Thursday, 02 October 2014

A complete guide for web programmers who want to integrate these three technologies into full working solutions. Brad Dayley begins with concise tutorials on each of them and then quickly moves on to building several common web applications. Learn how to use Node.js and MongoDB to build more scalable, high-performance sites, how to use AngularJS's innovative MVC approach to structure more effective pages and applications, and how to use all three together.



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