Book Watch Archive
Book Watch Archive
Genius At Play: The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway (Bloomsbury)
Sunday, 13 March 2016

John Horton Conway, who is in today's news for having set a maths challenge to celebrate Pi Day, is decribed by his biographer, Siobhan Roberts, as Archimedes, Mick Jagger, Salvador Dali, and Richard Feynman all rolled into one--a singular mathematician, with a rock star's charisma, a sly sense of humor, a polymath's promiscuous curiosity, and a burning desire to explain everything about the world to everyone in it. 


Building Maintainable Software, Java Edition (O'Reilly)
Thursday, 10 March 2016

Have you ever felt frustrated working with someone else’s code? Difficult-to-maintain source code is a big problem in software development today, leading to costly delays and defects. Written by consultants from the Software Improvement Group (SIG), this book presents 10 easy-to-follow guidelines for delivering Java software that are easy to maintain and adapt. 


Beginning Visual Basic 2015 (Wrox)
Wednesday, 09 March 2016

Precise, step-by-step instructions walk you through important tasks, and clear explanations targeted to beginners will have you writing your first Visual Basic application quickly. You'll start from the absolute beginning, assuming no prior programming experience, and then gradually build your skills to write Visual Basic applications for Windows and the Web. 


Rails, Angular, Postgres, and Bootstrap (PragmaticBookshelf)
Monday, 07 March 2016

Rails is a great tool for building web applications, but it's not the best at everything. Embrace the features built into your database. Learn how to use front-end frameworks. Seize the power of the application stack through AngularJS, Bootstrap, and PostgreSQL. When used together, these powerful and easy-to-use tools will open you to a new world of possibilities. In each chapter of this book, David Bryant Copeland shows how these technologies can work together inside a Rails app to deliver well-performing applications that offer great user experiences.


Hadoop 2 Quick-Start Guide (Addison-Wesley)
Thursday, 03 March 2016

With Hadoop 2.x and YARN, Hadoop moves beyond MapReduce to become practical for virtually any type of data processing. Hadoop 2.x and the Data Lake concept represent a radical shift away from conventional approaches to data usage and storage. In this guide, subtitled "Learn the Essentials of Big Data Computing in the Apache Hadoop 2 Ecosystem" Douglas Eadline covers the basics you need to know to install and use Hadoop 2 on personal computers or servers, and to navigate the powerful technologies that complement it.


The Art of Fluid Animation (A K Peters/CRC Press)
Wednesday, 02 March 2016

Jos Stam describes visually rich techniques for creating fluid-like animations that do not require advanced physics or mathematical skills, explaining how to create water, smoke, fire, and explosions through computer code in a fun manner. The concepts that drive fluid animation and the historical background of the computation of fluids are presented together with research areas that include stable fluid simulation, flows on surfaces, and control of flows. 


SQL and Relational Theory 3rd Ed (O'Reilly)
Monday, 29 February 2016

SQL is full of difficulties and traps for the unwary. You can avoid them if you understand relational theory, but only if you know how to put that theory into practice. Chris Date explains relational theory in depth, and demonstrates through numerous examples and exercises how you can apply it to your use of SQL. This third edition has been revised, extended, and improved throughout. Topics whose treatment has been expanded include ...


Swift iOS 24-Hour Trainer (Wrox)
Thursday, 25 February 2016

In this self-paced guide to Apple's Swift programming language that prepares users to build iPhone and iPad apps and distribute them through the Appstore, Abhishek Mishra combines book and video lessons that are reinforced by step-by-step instructions, screencasts, and supplemental exercises, to allow readers of all learning styles to master Swift programming quickly and painlessly.


Clojure for the Brave and True (No Starch Press)
Wednesday, 24 February 2016

As a Lisp-style functional programming language, Clojure lets you write robust and elegant code, and because it runs on the Java Virtual Machine, you can take advantage of the vast Java ecosystem. Daniel Higginbotham offers a "dessert-first" approach: you'll start playing with real programs immediately, as you steadily acclimate to the abstract but powerful features of Lisp and functional programming. Inside you'll find an offbeat, practical guide to Clojure, filled with quirky sample programs that catch cheese thieves and track glittery vampires.


Learning React Native (O'Reilly)
Monday, 22 February 2016

Get a practical introduction to React Native, the JavaScript framework for writing and deploying fully featured mobile apps that look and feel native. With this hands-on guide, you’ll learn how to build applications that target iOS, Android, and other mobile platforms instead of browsers. You’ll also discover how to access platform features such as the camera, user location, and local storage.



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