31 July: The Blender GameKit, 2nd Ed (No Starch Press)
This second edition, updated for Blender 2.48, explains basic 3D concepts and presents an introduction to the Blender interface. Step-by-step tutorials (included on CD) share the fun of creating models, adding motion to them, and turning them into simple games. More complex game demos, character animation tutorials and an introduction to Python are included.
30 July: Programming Interactivity (O'Reilly)
With a mix of design and technology Joshus Noble explains programming and electrical engineering basics, and introduces three freely available tools: Processing, a Java-based programming language. the Arduino system integrating microcomputer prototyping board and OpenFrameworks, a simplified coding framework using C++ . Sounds like fun!
30 July: ASP.NET MVC Framework Unleashed (Sams)
Our reviewer was highly impressed by Steven Walther's tome, ASP.NET 3.5 Unleashed finding its only drawback to be its sheer weight. With around 800 pages this successor on the Model-View-Controller development paradigm is lighter to lift off the bookshelf an is an important addition to it for web application developers, showing how to apply MVC features in real-world projects.
29 July: Ruby Best Practices (O'Reilly)
Gregory Brown, a developer on the Ruby project Praw, explains how to write elegant code, how to design beautiful APIs and domain-specific languages with Ruby, as well as how to work with functional programming ideas and techniques. Covering clever ways of using code blocks, mixing modules on the fly, testing, debugging, efficiency and regionalisation.
29 July: SOA Design Patterns (Prentice Hall)
Described by Grady Booch as "an important contribution to the literature and practice of building and delivering quality software-intensive systems", Thomas Erl has produced the de facto catalog of 85 design patterns for SOA and service orientation.
28 July: Second edition of BCS book
The BCS (British Computer Society) has published a second edition of A Pragmatic Guide to Business Process Modelling complete with five new chapters. The book extols the virtues of modelling and UML based modelling in particular.
28 July: Complete Web Monitoring (O'Reilly)
Alistair Croll and Sean Power show how to measure your web presence—including analytics, backend performance, usability, communities, customer feedback, and competitive analysis. The sub-title says it all - "watching your visitors, performance and competitors".
27 July: Even Faster Web Sites (O'Reilly)