Book Watch Archive
Book Watch Archive
Learn to Code with Games (CRC Press)
Monday, 15 February 2016

Using a novel approach for the classroom or self-study,John M. Quick makes coding accessible to a broad audience. Structured as a series of challenges that help you learn to code by creating a video game, each chapter expands and builds your knowledge while providing guidelines and hints to solving each challenge. 


Using WebPageTest (O'Reilly)
Thursday, 11 February 2016

Learn basic and advanced uses of WebPagetest, the performance measurement tool for optimizing websites. This practical guide shows users new to this tool how run tests and interpret results, and helps experienced users gain a better and more thorough understanding of hidden features in WebPagetest that make testing easier. Written by WebPagetest power users and performance experts, this book will help web developers and frontend engineers solve the problem of slow sites.  


Learn to Program with Minecraft (No Starch Press)
Wednesday, 10 February 2016

You've bested creepers, traveled deep into caves, and maybe even gone to The End and back-but have you ever transformed a sword into a magic wand? Built a palace in the blink of an eye? Designed your own color-changing disco dance floor? With the subtitle "Transform Your World with the Power of Python" Craig Richardson introduces Python 3. After some short, simple lessons you can use your new skills to customize Minecraft to make mini-games, duplicate entire buildings, and turn boring blocks into gold.


Coding for Beginners: Using Scratch
Monday, 08 February 2016

This friendly book hardcover covers the basics of Scratch coding for complete beginners, with step-by-step instructions showing children how to use code to create games and animations, from racing cars to virtual pets. Scratch is one of the most popular programmes used in primary schools and this book covers sprites, binary, debugging and more. 


iOS 9 Programming Fundamentals with Swift (O'Reilly)
Thursday, 04 February 2016

Move into iOS 9 development by getting a firm grasp of its fundamentals, including Xcode 7, the Cocoa Touch framework, and Apple’s Swift programming language. With this thoroughly updated guide from Matt Neuberg, author of the Programming iOS tome, you’ll learn Swift’s object-oriented concepts, understand how to use Apple’s development tools, and discover how Cocoa provides the underlying functionality iOS apps need to have.


The Official ScratchJr Book (No Starch Press)
Wednesday, 03 February 2016

 ScratchJr is a free, introductory computer programming language that runs on iPads and Android tablets. Inspired by Scratch, it helps even younger kids create their own playful animations, interactive stories, and dynamic games. Intended for children aged 5 and over, it is co-authored by Mitch Resnick, creator of Scratch, and has the subtitle "Help Your Kids Learn to Code". Each of the book's chapters includes activities that build on one another, culminating in a fun final project. 


Introduction to Computational Models with Python (CRC Press)
Monday, 01 February 2016

Jose M. Garrido explains how to implement computational models using the flexible and easy-to-use Python programming language. The book introduces the principles of computational modeling as well as the approaches of multi- and interdisciplinary computing to beginners in the field. It provides the foundation for more advanced studies in scientific computing, including parallel computing using MPI, grid computing, and other methods and techniques used in high-performance computing.


RESTful Rails Development (O'Reilly)
Thursday, 28 January 2016

This book serves as a practical guide to developing RESTful applications, designing RESTful architectures, and deploying RESTful services using Ruby on Rails. By the end of each chapter, the reader will have key takeaways for how to build and extend a multi-service platform spanning different devices. Silvia Puglisi  explains the power of RESTful development with Rails, illustrating how to build an architecture composed of different services accessing shared resources through a set of collaborating APIs and applications.


Next Generation Databases (Apress)
Wednesday, 27 January 2016

The relational database (RDBMS) model completely dominated database technology for over 20 years. Today this "one size fits all" stability has been disrupted by a seemingly sudden explosion of new database technologies. These paradigm-busting technologies are driving the "Big Data" and "NoSQL" revolutions, as well as forcing fundamental changes in databases across the board.


Debugging Teams (O'Reilly)
Monday, 25 January 2016

Over their 20+-year engineering careers Brian Fitzpatrick and Ben Collins-Sussman have picked up a treasure trove of wisdom and anecdotes about how successful teams work together. In this slim volume, subtitled "Better Productivity through Collaboration" they share their insights on how to lead a team effectively, navigate an organization, and build a healthy relationship with the users of your software.




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