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.

 

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Learning Web Design, 5th Ed (O'Reilly)
Thursday, 21 June 2018

This is the fifth edition of a popular book subtitled "A Beginner's Guide to HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Web Graphics". It starts at square one, showing how the web and web pages work, and then steadily builds from there. By the end of the book, author Jennifer Niederst Robbin has shown the skills to create a simple site with multicolumn pages that adapt for mobile devices. Each chapter provides exercises to illustrate various techniques and short quizzes to make sure the reader understands key concepts.

<ASIN:1491960205>

 
Adopting Elixir (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Wednesday, 20 June 2018

This book, based on the real-life strategies of the people who built the Elixir language and use it successfully at scale, picks up where most books on programming Elixir leave off. It's not intended to teach you to program Elixir, or to use any of its tools. Instead, authors Ben Marx, Jose Valim (creator of Elixir) and Bruce Tate guide you through the broader landscape and shows you a holistic approach to adopting the language.

<ASIN:1680502522>

 
Classic Computer Science Problems in Swift (Manning)
Monday, 18 June 2018

This book deepens your Swift language skills by exploring foundational coding techniques and algorithms. As you work through examples in search, clustering, graphs, and more, author David Kopec illustrates important things you might have forgotten and shows classic solutions to your "new" problems. The book connects  computer science to the real-world concerns of apps, data, and performance.

<ASIN:1617294896>

 
Coding with Minecraft (No Starch Press)
Thursday, 14 June 2018

This book, subtitled "Build Taller, Farm Faster, Mine Deeper, and Automate the Boring Stuff", is an introduction to coding that teaches you how to program bots to in Minecraft. Author Al Sweigart takes the robotic "turtle" method, and extends it to the 3D, interactive world of Minecraft and shows how to create a virtual robot army with Lua. Step-by-step coding projects show how to write programs that automatically dig mines, collect materials, craft items, and build things.

<ASIN:1593278535>

 
Visual Data Storytelling with Tableau (Addison-Wesley)
Wednesday, 13 June 2018

This book uses a combination of information, context, and hands-on skills to show how to put together data stories with Tableau. In this full-color guide, author Lindy Ryan shows how to organize data and structure analysis with storytelling in mind. Each chapter illuminates key aspects of design practice and data visualization, and guides you step-by-step through applying them in Tableau. Through realistic examples and classroom-tested exercises, Lindy Ryan helps you use Tableau to analyze data, visualize it, and help people connect more intuitively and emotionally with it.

<ASIN:0134712838>

 
Optimizing Java (O'Reilly)
Monday, 11 June 2018

This book, subtitled Practical Techniques for Improving JVM Application Performance, is aimed at intermediate to advanced Java technologists working with complex technology stacks. Authors Ben Evans, Jim Gough, and Chris Newland show how to tune Java applications for performance using a quantitative, verifiable approach. Most resources on performance tend to discuss the theory and internals of Java virtual machines, but this book focuses on the practicalities of performance tuning by examining a wide range of aspects.

<ASIN:1492025798>

 
Software Quality Assurance (Mercury)
Thursday, 07 June 2018

This overview of software quality assurance testing in a self-teaching format looks at software quality, its basic concepts, applications, and practical case studies. Author Rajiv Chopra includes end-of-chapter questions with answers to test your knowledge and reinforce your grasp of the concepts being presented. The book also includes material on the video-game testing process, a game-testing plan template, and game testing effectiveness.

<ASIN:1683921682>

 
Getting Clojure (Pragmatic)
Wednesday, 06 June 2018

Clojure aims to be a radically simple language framework holding together a sophisticated collection of programming features. This book aims to teach you how to think functionally as it teaches you the language. Author Russ Olsen shows how to use Clojure's powerful data structures and high-level functions, along with what it means for a language to be functional, and how to think in Clojure's functional way.

<ASIN:1680503006>

 
JavaScript On Things (Manning)
Monday, 04 June 2018

With the subtitle "Hacking hardware for web developers", this book introduces programming for small electronics, and author Lyza Danger Gardner promises that if you know enough JavaScript to hack a website together, you'll be making things go bleep, blink, and spin faster than you can say "nodebot." Practical from the outset, and beginning with blinking on Arduino, this fully illustrated, hands-on book looks at JavaScript toolkits like Johnny-Five along with platforms including Raspberry Pi, Tessel, and BeagleBone, with project showing how to wire in sensors, hook up motors, transmit data, and handle user input.

<ASIN:1617293865>

 
Microsoft Excel Functions and Formulas 4th Ed (Mercury)
Thursday, 31 May 2018

This book demonstrates the secrets of Excel through the use of practical and useful examples in a quick reference format. With over 300 Excel worksheet examples, files, and added video tutorials, authors Bernd Held and Brian Moriarty show how to understand, create, and apply formulas, including advanced formulas and functions for experienced users. Numerous step-by-step instructions are included alongside the actual, ready to use, Excel screenshots of the input and output from the formulas.

<ASIN:1944534636>

 
Microservices and Containers (Addison Wesley)
Wednesday, 30 May 2018

This book shows how to use microservices and Docker to drive modular architectural design, on-demand scalability, and application performance and reliability.  Author Parminder Kocher offers detailed guidance and a complete roadmap for moving from monolithic architectures, as well as an in-depth case study that walks the reader through the migration of an enterprise-class SOA system.

<ASIN:0134598385>

 
Programmed Inequality (MIT Press)
Monday, 28 May 2018

In the History of Computing Series, the book by historian and author Marie Hicks has the subtitle "How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing". Hicks explains how Britain lost its early dominance in computing by systematically discriminating against its most qualified workers: women. Her account reveals that in 1944, Britain led the world in electronic computing. By 1974, the British computer industry was all but extinct.

<ASIN:0262535181>

 
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