Reviews by Chris Harback

Read Chris Harback's Blog

Mastering Algorithms with C

Mastering Algorithms with C

Chris's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Apr 14, 2014 Chris Harback wrote:
Don't get me wrong, this is no beginner's text. For anyone looking for that, proceed immediately to "the C Programming Language" by Kernighan and Ritchie. But for anyone who's digested that material already, and even to those who have a stable understanding of Objective-C, C++, or C#, this book will open up a whole new world of understanding as far as Algorithms in C are concerned. In other words, once you have an understanding of the language, this book is an excellent place to take your learning to a completely new level. Full Review >

Physics for Game Developers

Physics for Game Developers

Science, math, and code for realistic effects

Chris's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Feb 11, 2014 Chris Harback wrote: Perfect choice for the intermediate programmer!
Pros? Comprehensive, hugely updated with a new section about gaming input devices. Cons? None really, but best for programmers with a few years under their belts. Full Review >

iOS 6 Programming Cookbook

iOS 6 Programming Cookbook

Chris's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Apr 21, 2013 Chris Harback wrote:
From virtual cover to virtual cover (this review is of the electronic version), I've yet to find code that's incorrect or contains typos. Code is presented as it should be in a "Cookbook": on its own, with no extraneous information to cloud the detail on the subject. The subject matter runs the gamut from basic information about Objective-C such as syntax and working with data types to more advanced subjects such as the core libraries of iOS. The discussion of Core Data is especially nice, as is the section of Graphics. Full Review >

Learning Web Design

Learning Web Design

A Beginner's Guide to HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Web Graphics

Chris's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Nov 13, 2012 Chris Harback wrote: “Learning Web Design” by Jennifer Niederst Robbins; O’Reilly Media
Trying to learn how to write a Web site from scratch? If you’re just looking around online for how to do it, good luck! It’s not as simple as it might seem to learn about HTML, CSS, and Javascript. That’s where Jennifer Niederst Robbins’s book, Learning Web Design: A Beginner’s… Full Review >

jQuery UI

jQuery UI

Chris's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Jul 13, 2012 Chris Harback wrote:
Mr. Sarrion's writing is concise, sober, and friendly, but never familiar. He doesn't dig into years of Javascript history, because it doesn't matter. He does, however, discuss just about every conceivable angle of the book's subject, to the point that I found myself wondering why O'Reilly didn't offer this book as part of its "Cookbook" line. Maybe it was the methodical method of the author's writing, which focuses on building on the previously discussed topic rather than flipping to a recipe for a specific issue to find a quick fix. Ultimately the format is good; by the end of the book, the reader will have a comprehensive understanding of the subject. Full Review >

Building HTML5 Games with ImpactJS

Building HTML5 Games with ImpactJS

An Introduction On HTML5 Game Development

Chris's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Apr 25, 2012 Chris Harback wrote:
Overall, I found the content in the book to be well organized, informative, helpful, and written in a compelling voice. Mr. Freeman is a great writer who conveys his knowledge really well. He should consider writing more on this subject. Full Review >

The Little Book on CoffeeScript

The Little Book on CoffeeScript

Chris's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Feb 20, 2012 Chris Harback wrote:
All in all, I'll heartily recommend "The Little Book on CoffeeScript". It's a pleasant read that an intermediate user can breeze through in a sitting and use as a launchpad for further explorations, once you've learned how interesting CoffeeScript can be. Full Review >

MacRuby: The Definitive Guide

MacRuby: The Definitive Guide

Ruby and Cocoa on OS X

Chris's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Feb 1, 2012 Chris Harback wrote:
Mr. Aimonetti's book is well written, and he even begins the instructional part of the book by saying that rather than making the reader wade through MacRuby's history, the technical aspects of the implementations, and their pros and cons he will begin by having us start coding. I think this is a great approach, since information on these topics is hard difficult to come by. This way, I can get right down to it. Full Review >

Supercharged JavaScript Graphics

Supercharged JavaScript Graphics

with HTML5 canvas, jQuery, and More

Chris's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Oct 20, 2011 Chris Harback wrote:
The bottom line? As with a lot of O'Reilly books, you're getting a great value, a solidly constructed book, and a well written one at that. If you're a Javascript developer, a game programmer who has interest in browser-level game creation, or if you're just interested in learning about these thing, go get yourself a copy. I doubt you'll regret it. Full Review >

OpenGL iPhone Games with Cocos2D

OpenGL iPhone Games with Cocos2D

An O'Reilly Breakdown

Chris's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 3.0

On Jul 15, 2011 Chris Harback wrote:
This is an interesting, informative video series that would be great for a beginner to Cocos2D game development or to iOS game programming in general. Hosts Todd Moore and Courtney Nash are pleasant and charismatic, Moore is very knowledgeable, with a deliberate style that is to the point and never confusing. I highly recommend this video to anyone who has some iOS experience and is looking for a primer on Cocos2D. Full Review >

Top Reviewers

Michal Konrad Owsiak, 95 Reviews

Santosh Shanbhag, 64 Reviews

Surachart Opun, 61 Reviews

Doron Katz, 57 Reviews

Shawn Day, 55 Reviews

See More Reviewers >

Featured Review

Mining the Social Web

Hal Smith wrote:
mining the social web - matthew russell
Mining the Social Web does a great job of introducing a wide variety of techniques… Full Review >

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar4.0