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.


Pearson Education (InformIT)

Microsoft Access 2013 Step by Step (Microsoft Press)
Friday, 04 October 2013

Teach yourself how to build your own database  from scratch or using templates with Access 2013.Create easy-to-use data-entry forms; write queries to extract and manipulate data; design reports to summarize data in effective ways; import data from other databases and documents. Includes downloadable practice files and a companion eBook.



Sass and Compass in Action (Manning)
Thursday, 03 October 2013

Definitive guide to stylesheet authoring using these two tools. Written for both designers and developers, demonstrates Sass and Compass through examples that address common pain points associated with traditional stylesheet authoring. Begins with simple topics such as CSS resets and moves on to more involved ones such as grid frameworks and CSS3 vendor implementation differences.


Windows 8 Apps Revealed with XAML and C# (Apress)
Wednesday, 02 October 2013

A crash course in Windows 8 development. Using the open standards of XAML and C# ensures you understand the changes that are being made to Windows development practices and puts you on the right course to creating innovative and elegant applications.


OpenGL Superbible, 6th Ed (Addison-Wesley)
Tuesday, 01 October 2013

Sixth edition of the definitive programmer’s guide, tutorial, and reference for the 3D API for real-time computer graphics, OpenGL 4.3. An all-around introduction to OpenGL for developers at all levels of experience, it explains the newest API and indispensable related concepts, covering transformations, texture mapping, shaders, buffers, geometry management, and more.


PowerShell Deep Dives (Manning)
Monday, 30 September 2013

Powerful scripting and automation tool, PowerShell. allows you to control virtually every aspect of Windows and most Microsoft servers like IIS and SQL Server. This trove of essential techniques, practical guidance, and the expert insights you earn only through years of experience. Its editors have hand-picked the 28 chapters in the book's four parts: Administration, Scripting, Development, and Platforms.


Microinteractions: Designing with Details (O'Reilly)
Saturday, 28 September 2013

It’s the little things that turn a good digital product into a great one. With this practical book, you’ll learn how to design effective microinteractions: the small details that exist inside and around features. How can users change a setting? How do they turn on mute, or know they have a new email message?


WPF 4.5 Unleashed (Sams)
Friday, 27 September 2013

The front cover of this book proclaims "The #1 WPF book - Now Updated for WPF 4.5. Mike James' verdict "If you work with WPF you really need a copy of this book" in his review of WPF 4 Unleashed continues to apply to this full-colour reference.


F# For C# Developers (Microsoft Press)
Thursday, 26 September 2013

Focusing on F# 3.0 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2012, C# programmers will learn how to exploit F# features to solve computationally-complex problems and everyday programming tasks. Topics include: C# and F# data structures; F# for functional, object-oriented, and imperative programming; design patterns; type providers; and portable support for Windows 8.


Scala in Action (Manning)
Wednesday, 25 September 2013

A comprehensive tutorial that introduces Scala through clear explanations and numerous hands-on examples. Because Scala is a rich and deep language, it can be daunting to absorb all the new concepts at once. This book takes a "how-to" approach, explaining language concepts as you explore familiar programming challenges that you face in your day-to-day work.


Beginning Java EE 7 (Apress)
Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Written by a member of the Java EE specification request and review board in the JCP, this tutorial book goes step by step and is easy to follow. It describes many of the Java EE 7 specifications and reference implementations, and shows them in action using practical examples. It uses the newest version of GlassFish to deploy and administer the code examples.


Hello! iOS Development (Manning)
Monday, 23 September 2013

A tutorial designed for novice iOS developers. Using the Hello! style of User Friendly cartoons and illustrations (see our review of Hello! HTML5 & CSS3) guides you step-by-step as you write your first apps for the iPhone and iPad and add them to the App Store.


Windows Phone 8 Development Internals (Microsoft Press)
Saturday, 21 September 2013

Drill into Windows Phone 8 design and architecture, and learn best practices for building phone apps for consumers and the enterprise. Written by two senior members of the core Windows Phone Developer Platform team, covers the Windows 8 core features and application model, and shows how to build apps with managed code in C# and native code in C++.



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