Book Watch Archive
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.

<ASIN:0735682631>

 
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.

<ASIN:0321995783>

 
Fluent Windows 8.1 App Development (Sams)
Wednesday, 01 October 2014

Part of the Fluent Learning series, this tutorial that will help you build effective working models for developing XAML applications for Windows 8.1 using C# and Visual Basic .NET. Rebecca M. Riordan guides you through learning the way your mind likes to learn: by solving puzzles, making connections, and building genuine understanding instead of just memorizing random facts.

<ASIN:0672336162>

 
Apache Cordova API Cookbook (Addison Wesley)
Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Instead of just showing short snippets of code to explain a particular API, this guide by obile developer John Wargo has more than 30 complete examples that work on Android, iOS, Windows, and more. The sample applications demonstrate exactly what each API does and how it works, while the accompanying text describes the limitations on the leading target platforms (and even offers possible workarounds).

<ASIN:0321994809>

 
Functional Thinking (O'Reilly)
Monday, 29 September 2014

If you’re familiar with functional programming basics and want to gain a much deeper understanding, this in-depth guide, subtitled "Paradigm Over Syntax"  demonstrates how you need to think in a new way. Software architect Neal Ford shows intermediate to advanced developers how functional coding allows you to step back a level of abstraction so you can see your programming problem with greater clarity.

<ASIN:1449365515>

 
You Don't Know JS: this & Object Prototypes (O'Reilly)
Friday, 26 September 2014

No matter how much experience you have with JavaScript, odds are you don’t fully understand the language. This concise, in-depth guide takes you inside JavaScript’s this structure and object prototypes. You’ll learn how they work and why they’re integral to behavior delegation—a design pattern in which objects are linked, rather than cloned.

<ASIN:1491904151>

 
Windows 8.1 Apps with XAML and C# in 24 Hours (Sams)
Thursday, 25 September 2014

In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, Adam Nathan will help you build compelling apps for Windows 8.1 devices of all kinds. Using this book’s straightforward approach, you’ll learn to design and build apps, create flexible user interfaces, handle inputs, integrate controls, and more. Step by step, you’ll discover how to leverage XAML’s visual richness and the immense power of Windows 8.1. Every lesson builds on what you’ve already learned, giving you a rock-solid foundation for real-world success.

<ASIN:067233836X>

 
Core HTML5 2D Game Programming (Prentice Hall)
Wednesday, 24 September 2014

David Geary shows you how to use freely available browser tools and open source resources to create video games that run in desktop browsers and on mobile devices. He walks you step by step through every aspect of implementing a sophisticated arcade-style game entirely from scratch, without using proprietary game frameworks. Packed with code, this full-color tutorial gives you the in-depth understanding you need to design and build any kind of HTML5 2D game on your own.

<ASIN:013356424X>

 
About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design (Wiley)
Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Now in its 4th edition, this comprehensive guide is claimed to have shaped and evolved the landscape of interaction design. This update takes the worldwide shift to smartphones and tablets into account.  New information includes discussions on mobile apps, touch interfaces, screen size considerations, and more. The new full–color interior and unique layout better illustrate modern design concepts. 

<ASIN:1118766571>

 
High Performance Python ( O'Reilly)
Monday, 22 September 2014

Your Python code may run correctly, but you need it to run faster.  In this practical guide subtitled "Practical Performant Programming for Humans", Micha Gorelick and Ian Ozsvald explore the fundamental theory behind design choices to help you gain a deeper understanding of Python’s implementation and show how to locate performance bottlenecks and significantly speed up your code in high-data-volume programs.

<ASIN:1449361595>

 
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