Book Watch Archive
Book Watch Archive

Book Watch is I Programmer's listing of new books and is compiled using publishers' publicity material. It is not to be read as a review where we provide an independent assessment. Some, but by no means all, of the books in Book Watch are eventually reviewed.

Reactive Programming with RxJava (O'Reilly)
Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Reactive programming promises to help you write code that's more reliable, easier to scale, and better-performing. This practical book is aimed at Java developers, showing first how to view problems in the reactive way, and then build programs that make use of the best features of reactive programming. Authors Tomasz Nurkiewicz and Ben Christensen include examples that use the RxJava library to solve real-world performance issues on Android devices as well as the server.


Reactive Web Applications (Manning)
Monday, 21 November 2016

Manuel Bernhardt argues that the emerging reactive model is ideal for high-performance web applications that need to manage the unpredictably-bursty behavior of the web, along with the potential instability of running on networks not fully controlled. 


Android Programming: Starting With An App (I/O Press)
Thursday, 17 November 2016

Programming an Android app is an attractive proposition, as Android increasingly dominates the global smartphone market, meaning many potential users. In Android Programming: Starting With An App  Mike James shows you how common tasks are done in Android, and explains why they are done in a particular way. This book is based on Android Adventures, a series that first appeared on I Programmer now fully revised in book format.


Agile Web Development With Rails 5 (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Rails 5 and Ruby 2.2 bring many improvements, including new APIs and substantial performance enhancements, and the fifth edition of Sam Ruby's book is now updated with coverage of Action Cable, and completely updated code for Rails 5.


The Practice Of System And Network Administration (Addison Wesley)
Monday, 14 November 2016

This is volume 1 of the updated third edition of a book that has been popular for more than a decade for systems and network management. In this new edition, authors Thomas Limoncelli, Christina Hogan and Strata Chalup have updated the text to add coverage of new topics such as managing BYOD and implementing new security approaches.


Clojure Programming Cookbook (Packt)
Thursday, 10 November 2016

This is a set of 'recipes' in which Makoto Hashimoto and Nicolas Modrzyk look at the problems you might encounter in the world of Clojure programming, and in each case give you a recipe for how to solve it. The recipes cover a wide variety of practical cases and real world techniques, with the aim of resolving the everyday issues you face with a functional mindset using Clojure.


Programming Beyond Practices (O'Reilly)
Wednesday, 09 November 2016

With a subtitle of "Be More Than Just A Code Monkey", Greg Brown argues that writing code is the easy part of a software developer's work. He sets out to explore the other 90% of the job, from requirements discovery and rapid prototyping to business analysis and designing for maintainability.


Scratch Programming Playground (No Starch Press)
Monday, 07 November 2016

Coding with Scratch is intuitive, versatile, and suited for visual learners, making it a popular first step for aspiring programmers. In Al Sweigart's book introducing this drag-and-drop language, readers follow step-by-step directions to make familiar games like Fruit Slicer, Asteroids, Snake, and even a game inspired by Super Mario Bros.


Java Performance Companion (Addison-Wesley)
Thursday, 03 November 2016

Picking up where his classic Java Performance (co-authored with Binu John) left off, in this book Charlie Hunt (along with Monica Beckwith, Poonam Parhar, and Bengt Rutisson concentrate in detail on two key elements of the Java platform: the Garbage First (G1) garbage collector and the HotSpot VM Serviceability Agent.


Functional Reactive Programming (Manning)
Wednesday, 02 November 2016

Functional Reactive Programming (FRP) is designed to deal with events as a stream of values over time rather than as a series of unique responses to discrete changes in state, and in this book Stephen Blackheath and Anthony Jones look at how FRP can keep logic tidy and improve event handling code with no loss of expressiveness.


Practical Augmented Reality (Addison-Wesley)
Monday, 31 October 2016

In this guide to the technologies and applications of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) systems and wearable computing devices, Steve Aukstakalnis covers both theory and practice, emphasizing leading-edge displays, sensors, and DIY tools that are already available commercially or will be soon.


SVG Pocket Primer (Mercury Learning)
Thursday, 27 October 2016

This Pocket Primer is primarily for self-directed learners who want to learn SVG and it serves as a starting point for deeper exploration of its programming. In it Oswald Campesato provides an overview of of the major aspects of SVG and a solid introduction to SVG via complete code samples and images which are included on its companion DVD.



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