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)

The Irrationals: A Story of the Numbers You Can't Count On (Princeton)
Saturday, 28 July 2012

The ancient Greeks discovered them, but it wasn't until the nineteenth century that irrational numbers were properly understood and rigorously defined, and even today not all their mysteries have been revealed. This comprehensive book on the subject tells the story of irrational numbers and the mathematicians who have tackled their challenges, from antiquity to the twenty-first century.


Deploying with JRuby (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Friday, 27 July 2012

JRuby deployments have fewer moving parts and consume less memory than traditional Ruby deployments, but to deploy your apps on the JVM, you need to learn some new approaches. This book introduces you to three JRuby deployment strategies and, along the way, to Vagrant, Puppet, Warbler, the Trinidad web server, TorqueBox and Jenkins.


Everyday Cryptography: Fundamental Principles and Applications (OUP)
Thursday, 26 July 2012

A comprehensive introduction to the role that cryptography plays in providing information security for technologies such as the Internet, mobile phones, payment cards, and wireless local area networks. Focusing on the fundamental principles, it is a self-contained and widely accessible introductory text.


Programming in Go (Addison-Wesley)
Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Shows how to write code that takes full advantage of Go’s breakthrough features and idioms making comparisons that shows how it improves on older languages and pointing out Go's key innovations.


The Well-Grounded Java Developer (Manning)
Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Subtitled "Vital techniques of Java 7 and polyglot programming" this book starts with thorough coverage of Java 7 features like try-with-resources and NIO.2 and then explores a cross-section of emerging JVM-based languages, including Groovy, Scala, and Clojure.


Alan Turing's Electronic Brain (OUP)
Monday, 23 July 2012

Paperback edition of the first detailed history of Turing's contributions to computer science. It contains first hand accounts by Turing and by the pioneers of computing who worked with him. As well as relating the story of the invention of the computer, the book clearly describes the hardware and software of the ACE - including the very first computer programs.


Create Your Own Photo Book (Rocky Nook)
Sunday, 22 July 2012

Guides you through the process of creating a printed and bound portfolio of your photographs, or even a bookstore-quality coffee table book. Learn about every step of the process, from selecting a book publishing service to designing and proofing your photo book. You'll get practical advice on how to work with software provided by services such as Blurb or Viovio, and will learn about relevant concepts of book design, color management, and digital printing.


C# 5.0 Pocket Reference (O'Reilly)
Saturday, 21 July 2012

Covers the entire C# 5.0 language, including all of C#’s fundamentals; advanced topics such as operator overloading, type constraints, covariance & contravariance, iterators, nullable types, operator lifting, lambda expressions & closures and LINQ, starting with sequences, lazy execution and standard query operators, and finishing with a complete reference to query expressions



Learn HTML5 and JavaScript for iOS (Apress)
Friday, 20 July 2012

Subtitled "Web Standards-Based Apps For iPhone, iPad, And iPod Touch", this book walks you through building a mobile web app from scratch using real-world examples. Learn about design considerations, mobile web frameworks, and HTML5 features like animation and graphics using Canvas. Also covers testing and has performance tips.


Computer Science Illuminated 5th Ed (Jones and Bartlett)
Thursday, 19 July 2012

Revised and updated with the latest information in the field,  provides students with a breadth-first overview of computer science principles. The text carefully unfolds the many layers of computing from a language-neutral perspective, beginning with the information layer, progressing through the hardware, programming, operating systems, application, and communication layers, and ending with a discussion on the limitations of computing.


The CSS Anthology 4th Ed (Sitepoint)
Wednesday, 18 July 2012

This new edition of a question-and-answer book on CSS has been revised and updated to cover newer techniques enabled by CSS3 and HTML5, and recent trends such as responsive design. Over 100 tutorials show how to gain control over the appearance of web pages, create sophisticated web page navigation controls, and design for alternative browsing devices, including phones.


Database Design and Relational Theory (O'Reilly)
Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Introduces database design theory in ways practitioners can understand. Exercises show how to apply the theoretical ideas in practice, provide additional information, or ask you to prove some simple theoretical result. If you’re a database professional familiar with the relational model, and have more than a passing interest in database design, this book is for you.



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