Book Watch Archive
Book Watch Archive
Agile Project Management with Kanban (Microsoft Press)
Monday, 27 April 2015

Author Eric Brechner pioneered Kanban within the Xbox engineering team at Microsoft. Now he shows you exactly how to make it work for your team. Think of this book as “Kanban in a box”: open it, read the quickstart guide, and you’re up and running fast. As you gain experience, Brechner reveals powerful techniques for right-sizing teams, estimating, meeting deadlines, deploying components and services, transitioning from Scrum or traditional Waterfall, and more.

Minecraft Modding with Forge (O'Reilly)
Friday, 24 April 2015

Playing Minecraft is a lot of fun, but the game is more engaging, entertaining, and educational when kids learn how to build mods—small programs that let them modify game elements and add content. This family-friendly guide, written by twelve-year old Aditya Gupta and his father Arun, teaches kids and parents how to create mods of different types, using the Minecraft Forge modding tool. No programming experience is needed and while building some amazing mods you’ll also learn how to work with Java.


Cognitive Computing and Big Data Analytics (Wiley)
Thursday, 23 April 2015

Provides detailed guidance toward building a new class of systems that learn from experience and derive insights to unlock the value of big data. Judith Hurwitz, Marcia Kaufman and Adrian Bowles help you understand cognitive computing′s underlying technologies, from knowledge representation techniques and natural language processing algorithms to dynamic learning approaches based on accumulated evidence, rather than reprogramming. Detailed case examples from the financial, healthcare, and manufacturing take you step-by-step through the design and testing of cognitive systems.


NoSQL for Mere Mortals (Addison Wesley)
Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Dan Sullivan explains the advantages, use cases, and terminology associated with all four main categories of NoSQL databases: key-value, document, column family, and graph databases. For each, he introduces pragmatic best practices for building high-value applications. Through step-by-step examples, you’ll discover how to choose the right database for each task, and use it the right way.


The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage
Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Sydney Padua transforms one of the most compelling scientific collaborations into a hilarious set of adventures. Meet Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron: mathematician, gambler, and proto-programmer, whose writings contained the first ever appearance of general computing theoryand Charles Babbage, eccentric inventor of the Difference Engine, an enormous clockwork calculating machine that would have been the first computer, if he had ever finished it. But what if things had been different? In this alternate reality Lovelace and Babbage do build the Difference Engine and use it to create runaway economic models, battle the scourge of spelling errors, explore the wider realms of mathematics and fight crime - for the sake of both London and science.


The Ruby Way (Addison-Wesley)
Monday, 20 April 2015

For more than a decade, Ruby developers have turned to this classic for “how-to” guidance on effective Ruby programming. Now, Hal Fulton and André Arko have thoroughly updated it to cover new language enhancements and developers’ experiences through Ruby 2.1. Its 400+ examples each answe the question: “How do I do this in Ruby?”with both a task description and realistic technical constraints plus a step-by-step solution with detailed explanations to promote deeper understanding.


Make: Volume 44: Fun With Drones! (Maker Media)
Friday, 17 April 2015

These days drones are buzzing, not only in the skies, but throughout the maker community! Makers' love affair with drones is easy to understand: it has all the trademarks of the maker movement. From open source hardware, robotics (like sensors), cameras, to innovative applications to solve real-world problems, drones are fun and functional. In Volume 44 of Make:, the editors dive into the red-hot world of quadcopters, with drone builds and inspired aerial activities.<ASIN:1457187108>

You Don't Know JS: Up & Going (O'Reilly)
Thursday, 16 April 2015

No matter how much experience you have with JavaScript, odds are you don’t fully understand the language. This is the first book in the series by Kyle Simpson and is intended to provides the necessary background for those with limited programming experience. By learning the basic building blocks of programming, as well as JavaScript’s core mechanisms, you’ll be prepared to dive into the other, more in-depth books in the series and be well on your way toward true JavaScript.


Hadoop: The definitive guide (O'Reilly)
Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Learn how to build and maintain reliable, scalable, distributed systems with the fourth edition of this comprehensive guide. Using Hadoop 2 exclusively, author Tom White presents new chapters on YARN and several Hadoop-related projects such as Parquet, Flume, Crunch, and Spark. You’ll learn about recent changes to Hadoop, and explore new case studies on Hadoop’s role in healthcare systems and genomics data processing. 


Swift for Programmers (Prentice Hall)
Tuesday, 14 April 2015

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