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.

The Future of Looking Back (Microsoft Press)
Saturday, 25 February 2012

As digital technology takes an ever-increasing role in our lives, one question is how we’ll manage our collections after we’re gone. What takes the place of shoeboxes full of pictures and dog-eared record albums? A look at how we might manage the digital artifacts and content we’re creating now—and how we might pass on or inherit these kinds of items in the future.


The Adobe Photoshop Layers Book (Focal Press)
Friday, 24 February 2012

Layers are the building blocks for working in Photoshop but are often misused and misunderstood. This book covers everything you need to know to work with layers, including how to use masks, blending, modes and layer management.Learn professional techniques as you become completely familiar with the power of layers as an organizational, correction, and revision tool.


Lift in Action (Manning)
Thursday, 23 February 2012

Lift is a Scala-based web framework designed for interactive and engaging web applications. It's highly scalable, production-ready, and will run in any servlet container. Its convention-over-configuration approach lets you avoid needless work. This step-by-step exploration is for developers who are new to both Scala and Lift.


Service Design Patterns (Addison-Wesley)
Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Codifies design solutions for web services that follow the REST architectural style or leverage the SOAP/WSDL specifications. This catalog identifies the fundamental topics in web service design and lists the common design patterns for each topic. All patterns identify the context in which they may be used, explain the constituent design elements, and explore the relative strengths and trade-offs.


Microsoft SharePoint 2010: Customizing My Site (Microsoft Press)
Tuesday, 21 February 2012

A practical guide to how to modify key My Site features to meet specific business needs. Learn how to apply best practices, tackle hard-to-solve problems and create a valuable sense of community. Establish unified profiles across multiple SharePoint farms; determine a user content quota; manage metadata to keep user tags consistent on each site.


Programming Pig (O'Reilly)
Monday, 20 February 2012

This guide to Apache Pig, the open source engine for executing parallel data flows on Hadoop, provides an introduction for new users and gives experienced users  coverage of  the Pig Latin scripting language, the Grunt shell, and User Defined Functions (UDFs) for extending Pig. If you need to analyze terabytes of data, this book shows you how to do it efficiently with Pig.


Beginning iOS 5 Games Development (Apress)
Saturday, 18 February 2012

Provides a clear path for you to create games using the iOS 5 SDK platform for the iPad, iPhone, and iPad touch. Learn how to use classes to create game apps, including graphics, and animations. Other topics include iOS 5 game apps development with the newest iOS Game Center update, persisting user data, and designing a compelling user experience.


Mastering Xcode 4: Develop and Design (Peachpit Press)
Friday, 17 February 2012

This project-based book introduces readers to Apple's development environment. The book is aimed at new Mac OS X and iOS developers and assumes the reader is familiar with programming and object-oriented concepts. Starts at the basics - how to download, install, and start using Xcode - and moves to a detailed look at building and running applications.


Configuring Microsoft SharePoint 2010 (Microsoft Press)
Thursday, 16 February 2012

This book/CD package is the MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit for Exam 70-667. It includes the official Microsoft study guide, plus practice tests to help you assess your skills. Features self-paced training based on final exam content;  objective-by-objective review; exam tips from expert, exam-certified authors and customizable testing options.


Web Development Recipes (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Presents a full spectrum of cutting-edge web development techniques, from UI and eye candy recipes to solutions for data analysis, testing, and web hosting. Make buttons and content stand out with simple cross-browser styles; do animations that work on mobile devices without plugins; build and test HTML emails; and build a flexible layout that works on desktops and mobile devices.


Moving To The Cloud (Syngress)
Tuesday, 14 February 2012

An in-depth introduction to cloud computing models, cloud platforms, application development paradigms, concepts and technologies. Describes programming APIs and compare the technologies that underlie them. Covers the basic foundations needed for developing both client-side and cloud-side applications.


The Linux Command Line (No Starch Press)
Monday, 13 February 2012

Takes you from your very first terminal keystrokes to writing full programs in Bash, the most popular Linux shell. Along the way you'll learn the timeless skills handed down by generations of gray-bearded, mouse-shunning gurus: file navigation, environment configuration, command chaining, pattern matching with regular expressions, and more.



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