Book Watch Archive
Improving Software Development Productivity (Prentice Hall)
Monday, 29 December 2014

This hardcover has the subtitle "Effective Leadership and Quantitative Methods in Software Management".  In 1979 Randall W. Jensen was the co-author with Charles Tonies of Software Engineering, a book wihch illuminated key software productivity attributes  Since that time Jensen has continued his research on productivity leading to his improved computer-based estimating model, which is still used today. In this book he helps you measure your organization’s capacity and productivity, and then use that information to improve multiple facets of developer and team performance, and to build more accurate estimates and schedules.

<ASIN:0133562670>

 
Learning MIT App Inventor (Addison Wesley)
Friday, 26 December 2014

Subtitled "A Hands-on Guide to Building Your Own Android Apps" this complete tutorial has been written from the ground up for MIT's dramatically updated Version 2. Derek Walter and Mark Sherman guide you step-by-step through every task and feature, showing you how to create apps by dragging, dropping, and connecting puzzle pieces rather than by writing code. As you learn, you’ll also master expert design and development techniques you can build on if you ever do want to write code. Through hands-on projects, you’ll master features ranging from GPS to animation, build high-quality user interfaces, make everything work, and test it all with App Inventor’s emulator. 

<ASIN:0133798631>

 
Steampunk LEGO (No Starch Press)
Thursday, 25 December 2014

Curated by award-winning LEGO builder and special effects master Guy Himber, this full-color coffee table book showcases an eclectic variety of models designed by dozens of the world's best LEGO artists. Grab your brass goggles and join fictional explorer Sir Herbert Jobson as he travels the world cataloguing its technological wonders for Queen Victoria. His entertaining descriptions of an imaginative alternate history bring these delightful LEGO models,dirigibles, floating cities, penny-farthings, pirate ships, curiosities and robots galore, to swashbuckling life.

<ASIN:1593275285>

 
Lauren Ipsum (No Starch Press)
Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Meet Lauren, an adventurer lost in Userland who needs to find her way home by solving a series of puzzles. As she visits places like the Push & Pop Café and makes friends with people like Hugh Rustic and the Wandering Salesman, Lauren learns about computer science without even realizing it. Read it  yourself or with someone littler than you, then flip to the notes at the back of the book to learn more about logic and computer science in the real world.

<ASIN:1593275749>

 
The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System 2nd Ed (Addison Wesley)
Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Authoritative technical guide to the FreeBSD kernel’s internal structure from long-time FreeBSD project leaders extensively updated to cover all major improvements between Versions 5 and 11. Approximately one-third of this edition’s content is completely new, and another one-third has been extensively rewritten. McKusick, Neville-Neil and Watson begin with a concise overview of the FreeBSD kernel’s current design and implementation and cover the kernel from the system-call level down–from the interface to the kernel to the hardware. 

<ASIN:0321968972>

 
The Official Ubuntu Book, 8th Ed (Prentice Hall)
Monday, 22 December 2014

Extensively updated to make running today’s Ubuntu even more pleasant and productive this is the ideal one-stop knowledge source for Ubuntu novices, those upgrading from older versions or other Linux distributions, and anyone moving toward power-user status. Its team of expert authors focus on what you need to know most about installation, applications, media, administration, software applications, and much more. You’ll discover powerful Unity desktop improvements that make Ubuntu even friendlier and more convenient.

<ASIN:013390539X>

 
Learning 2D Game Development with Unity (Addison-Wesley)
Friday, 19 December 2014

With Unity, now the world’s #1 game engine, you can design, code, and author your game once, and then deploy it to multiple platforms, reaching huge audiences and earning maximum returns. Matthew Johnson and James Henley help you master Unity and build powerful skills for success in today’s game industry. It also includes a bonus rundown of the new GUI tools introduced in Unity’s version 4.6 beta.

<ASIN:0321957725>

 
Time Series Databases (O'Reilly)
Thursday, 18 December 2014

Time series data is of growing importance, especially with the rapid expansion of the Internet of Things. This concise guide shows you effective ways to collect, persist, and access large-scale time series data for analysis. You’ll explore the theory behind time series databases and learn practical methods for implementing them. Ted Dunning and Ellen Friedman provide a detailed examination of open source tools such as OpenTSDB and new modifications that greatly speed up data ingestion.

<ASIN:1491914726>

 
Ruby Wizardry: An Introduction to Programming for Kids (No Starch Press)
Wednesday, 17 December 2014

An introduction to Ruby with the help of wizards and dragons. Using a playful, illustrated tale Codeademy's Eric Weinstein teaches kids aged 10+ (and their parents!) how to program in Ruby in a fantastical journey following the adventures of young heroes Ruben and Scarlet.  Along the way, you'll meet colorful characters from around the kingdom, like the hacker Queen, the Off-White Knight, and Wherefore the minstrel.

<ASIN:1593275668>

 
Bulletproof Android (Addison Wesley)
Tuesday, 16 December 2014

With the subtitle "Practical Advice for Building Secure Apps" and in the distinctive Developer's Library, Godfrey Nolan has "battle-tested" best practices for securing android apps throughout the development lifecycle. Using detailed examples from hundreds of apps he has personally audited, the author identifies common “anti-patterns” that expose apps to attack, and then demonstrates more secure solutions.

<ASIN:0133993329>

 
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