Book Watch Archive
Multithreading for Visual Effects (A K Peters/CRC Press)
Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Developers from DreamWorks Animation, Pixar, Side Effects, Intel, and AMD share their successes and failures in the messy real-world application area of production software. They provide practical advice on multithreading techniques and visual effects used in popular visual effects libraries (such as Bullet, OpenVDB, and OpenSubdiv), the visual effects package Houdini, and proprietary animation systems. Useful to developers of high performance software as well as those in the visual effects arena.

<ASIN:1482243563>

 
Programming Elixir (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Tuesday, 28 October 2014

You want to explore functional programming, but are put off by the academic feel (tell me about monads just one more time). You know you need concurrent applications, but also know these are almost impossible to get right. Meet Elixir, a functional, concurrent language built on the Erlang VM. Elixir's pragmatic syntax and built-in support for metaprogramming will make you productive and keep you interested for the long haul. 

<ASIN:1937785580>

 
App Inventor 2 (O'Reilly)
Monday, 27 October 2014

Co-authored by App Inventor creator and MIT Professor Hal Abelson and David Wolber of appInventor.org along with Ellen Spertus and Liz Looney, two of the Googlers who helped develop App Inventor, this second edition has been fully updated for App Inventor 2. As before, it is  full of cool apps and tutorials you can build, along with an Inventor's Manual for learning computer science and programming concepts. 

<ASIN:1491906847>

 
If Hemingway Wrote JavaScript (No Starch Press)
Friday, 24 October 2014

What if William Shakespeare were asked to generate the Fibonacci series or Jane Austen had to write a factorial program? Angus Croll imagines short JavaScript programs as written by famous wordsmiths. The result is a peculiar and charming combination of prose, poetry, and programming. The best authors are those who obsess about language—and the same goes for JavaScript developers. To master either craft, you must experiment with language to develop your own style, your own idioms, and your own expressions. 

<ASIN:1593275854>

 
21st Century C 2nd Ed (O'Reilly )
Thursday, 23 October 2014

Throw out your old ideas of C, and relearn a programming language that’s substantially outgrown its origins. With the subtitle C Tips from the New School Ben Klemens presents up-to-date techniques that are absent from every other C text available. C isn’t just the foundation of modern programming languages, it is a modern language, ideal for writing efficient, state-of-the-art applications. No matter what programming language you currently champion, you’ll agree that C rocks.

<ASIN:1491903899>

 
Make: Wearable Electronics (Maker Media)
Wednesday, 22 October 2014

With the subtitle "Design, prototype, and wear your own interactive garments" this book is intended for those with an interest in physical computing who are looking to create interfaces or systems that live on the body.  Kate Hartman introduces you to the tools, materials, and techniques for creating interactive electronic circuits and embedding them in clothing and other things you can wear. Each chapter features experiments to get you comfortable with the technology and then invites you to build upon that knowledge with your own projects.

<ASIN:1449336515>

 
Introduction to Agile Methods (Addison-Wesley)
Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Many people with varying levels of work experience are interested in understanding the architecture and nuances of Agile, but it is difficult to know where to start. Here Sondra Ashmore and Kristin Runyan use academic research and their own experiences with numerous Agile implementations to present a clear description of the essential concepts for students and professionals who want to understand Agile and become conversant with Agile values, principles, framework, and processes.

<ASIN:032192956X>

 
Photoshop Elements 13: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly)
Monday, 20 October 2014

Photoshop Elements 13 looks sharper, performs better, and has more sophisticated photo-editing and slideshow features than previous versions—but knowing which tools to use when can be confusing. In this new edition Barbara Brundage removes the guesswork. With her candid, jargon-free advice and step-by-step guidance, you’ll get the most out of Elements for everything from sharing and touching-up photos to fun print and online projects.

<ASIN:1491947217>

 
Introducing Elixir (O'Reilly)
Friday, 17 October 2014

Elixir combines the robust functional programming of Erlang with a syntax similar to Ruby, and includes powerful features for metaprogramming. Simon St. Laurent and J. David Eisenberg show you how to write simple Elixir programs one skill at a time. Once you pick up pattern matching, process-oriented programming, and other concepts, you’ll understand why Elixir makes it easier to build concurrent and resilient programs that scale up and down with ease.

<ASIN:1449369995>

 
Inside Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 (Microsoft Press)
Thursday, 16 October 2014

Dig into the architecture and internals of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 - with firsthand insights from the team that designed and developed it. Deepen your knowledge of the underlying frameworks, components, and tools - and deliver custom ERP applications with the extensibility and performance your business needs. Useful for Microsoft Dynamics AX solution developers at all levels, this guide will provide max benefit to those who understand OOP, relational database, and Transact-SQL concepts.

<ASIN:073568510X>

 
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