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.

Click on the title (in blue) for more information on any book.



100 Go Mistakes and How to Avoid Them (Manning)
Wednesday, 05 October 2022

This book puts a spotlight on common errors in Go code developers might not even know they’re making. Teiva Harsanyil explores key areas of the language such as concurrency, testing, data structures, and more—and learn how to avoid and fix mistakes in your own projects. As you go, you’ll navigate the tricky bits of handling JSON data and HTTP services, discover best practices for Go code organization, and learn how to use slices efficiently.


JavaScript (Rheinwerk Computing)
Monday, 03 October 2022

In this book subtitled "The Comprehensive Guide to Learning Professional JavaScript Programming", Philip Ackermann covers the whole of JavaScript from basics to advanced topics. At the advanced end, there are discussions about object-oriented and functional programming, the Node.js platform, mobile and desktop application development, and the use of JavaScript in the Internet of Things.


Functional Aesthetics for Data Visualization (Wiley)
Friday, 30 September 2022

Described as a coffee table book for the data geek in you, in this book Vidya Setlur and Bridget Cogley take readers through a journey around perception, semantics, and intent as the triad that influences visualization. This visually engaging book blends ideas from theory, academia, and practice to craft beautiful, yet meaningful visualizations and dashboards.


Infrastructure as Code, Patterns and Practices (Manning)
Wednesday, 28 September 2022

This book explains how to automate infrastructure by applying changes in a codified manner. Using examples in Python and Terraform, Rosemary Wang shows how to create, test, and deploy infrastructure components in a way that’s easy to scale and share across an entire organization.


The Book of Kubernetes (No Starch)
Monday, 26 September 2022

Subtitled "A Complete Guide to Container Orchestration", this is a hands-on guidebook to the inner workings of containers.  Alan Hohn peels back the layers to provide a deep explanation of what a container is, how containerization changes the way programs run, and how Kubernetes provides computing, networking, and storage.


Make: Calculus (Make)
Friday, 23 September 2022

This book, subtitled "Build models to learn, visualize, and explore" imagines how Isaac Newton, creator of Calculus, might have used 3D printed models, construction toys, programming, craft materials, and an Arduino or two to teach calculus concepts in an intuitive way. Joan Horvath and Rich Cameron use as little reliance on algebra as possible while still retaining enough to allow comparison with a traditional curriculum.


MATLAB, 6th Ed (Butterworth-Heinemann)
Wednesday, 21 September 2022

This book, subtitled "A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving" guides the reader through both programming and built-in functions to easily exploit MATLAB’s extensive capabilities for tackling engineering and scientific problems. Assuming no knowledge of programming, Stormy Attaway starts with programming concepts, such as variables, assignments, and selection statements, moves on to loops, and then solves problems using both the programming concept and the power of MATLAB.


Parallel Programming and Concurrency with C# 10 and .NET 6 (Packt)
Monday, 19 September 2022

This book shows intermediate-level .NET developers how to make their applications faster and more responsive with parallel programming and concurrency in .NET and C# with practical examples. Alvin Ashcraft starts with the essentials of multi-threaded .NET development and explores how the language and framework constructs have evolved along with .NET.


Mathematical Logic through Python (Cambridge University Press)
Friday, 16 September 2022

Using an approach tailored to the intuitions and strengths of the ever-growing population of programming-savvy students, Yannai A. Gonczarowski and Noam Nisan introduce mathematical logic by guiding students in implementing the underlying logical concepts and mathematical proofs via Python programming. The approach brings mathematical logic into the comfort zone of these students and provides clarity that can only be achieved by a deep hands-on understanding and the satisfaction of having created working code.


Template Metaprogramming with C++ (Packt)
Wednesday, 14 September 2022

This book shows how to use the metaprogramming technique to create data structures and functions that allow computation to happen at compile time. Marius Bancila shows how to use templates to avoid writing duplicate code, and how these are key to creating generic libraries, such as the standard library or Boost, that can be used in multiple programs. 

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Murach's PHP and MySQL, 4th Ed (Murach)
Monday, 12 September 2022

This book shows how to use PHP and MySQL for web apps, the way the pros do. Joel Murach shows how to create a database-driven website that implements the MVC pattern in the first six chapters. The rest of the book shows you how to build out your PHP and MySQL skills to the professional level, using today's best practices.


Robot Ethics (MIT Press)
Friday, 09 September 2022

This book sets out to consider questions such as Does a robot have moral agency? Can it be held responsible for its actions? Do humans owe robots anything? Will robots take our jobs? Mark Coeckelbergh considers a variety of robotics technologies and applications—from robotic companions to military drones—and identifies the ethical implications of their use.



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