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The Linux Programming Interface

The Linux Programming Interface

A Linux and UNIX System Programming Handbook

Dylan's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Mar 16, 2014 Dylan Scott wrote: Clear and In-Depth
At over 1,500 pages, this work can appear to be intimidating for some readers. However, Kerrisk does a great job of being thorough. Full Review >

bash Cookbook

bash Cookbook

Solutions and Examples for bash Users

Dylan's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Nov 25, 2013 Dylan Scott wrote: Good tips for bash work
As with most Cookbook format books, I am not sure that users will want to read straight through the entire book-I know that I would use it as a reference primarily. The entries usually have a Problem/Solution/Discussion section. I appreciate how the discussion sections generally do a good job of trying to explain various aspects of the solution. Full Review >

High Performance Web Sites

High Performance Web Sites

Essential Knowledge for Front-End Engineers

Dylan's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Nov 23, 2013 Dylan Scott wrote: 14 Web Performance Rules
Readers need to make sure and note the date of the publication is 2007 (at least the copy I reviewed was still noted as 2007 being the last published year). Of course in that time version numbers of the popular browsers has changed and so have some of the tools. I believe this is even pre-Chrome days (I didn't see it mentioned in this work at least). However, the key is to focus on the 14 rules that are presented and still apply mostly today. Full Review >

Ruby Under a Microscope

Ruby Under a Microscope

An Illustrated Guide to Ruby Internals

Dylan's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Nov 21, 2013 Dylan Scott wrote: Very approachable look at Ruby language implementation
This book is not for learning Ruby syntax or about building websites. Instead, it focuses on how Ruby does work under the covers. Explanations use diagrams and are clear overall. Full Review >

Learning R

Learning R

Dylan's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Nov 20, 2013 Dylan Scott wrote: Intro to the R language
With a background as a developer, I found this book very approachable having not touched R before this book. It remained close to the R language itself and did not veer too deep into statistics. Full Review >

RESTful Web APIs

RESTful Web APIs

Dylan's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Oct 16, 2013 Dylan Scott wrote: REST Concepts
Only having a basic understanding of REST, this book introduced many new concepts and topics to me. For example, I had never heard of the ColIection+JSON standard or JSON-LD. Hypermedia was also a topic that I had barely heard about but was introduced to in this book. Full Review >

Programming Perl

Programming Perl

Unmatched power for text processing and scripting

Dylan's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Sep 21, 2013 Dylan Scott wrote: Not an intro book-but a solid reference
I looked at the 4th Edition which is updated for Perl version 5.14 (as the cover states) and some notes on 5.16. This is not a tutorial or introduction book to the language and most beginners likely won't want to start with this as their first Perl book. It really is mostly a reference book on various topics on Perl in my opinion. Full Review >

Head First C#

Head First C#

Dylan's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Sep 2, 2013 Dylan Scott wrote: Great C# Intro
If one has never seen the Head First series, readers who want a straight reference manual will likely find many of the jokes and diagrams to be distracting. Make sure you look at the sample pages or other references as some will note that the presentation just isn't for them. Full Review >

Java Network Programming

Java Network Programming

Dylan's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Aug 20, 2013 Dylan Scott wrote: Deep Dive Networking in Java
I reviewed this upcoming fourth edition while it was part of O'Reilly's Early Release program. I had not seen previous editions of this book, but this edition appears to be updated to include newer Java apis when I reviewed the early release copy. General networking topics are covered in this book but it stays true to its Java language focus and users should not be surprised to see many examples and api signatures throughout the work. Full Review >

Land of Lisp

Land of Lisp

Learn to Program in Lisp, One Game at a Time!

Dylan's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Aug 19, 2013 Dylan Scott wrote: Quality Intro to an Interesting Language
As a programmer, I have always been curious about Lisp even though I have never used it in courses or even on hobby projects. This book seemed like a great way to get an intro to the language. Full Review >

Learning Python

Learning Python

Dylan's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Aug 8, 2013 Dylan Scott wrote: Covers a lot of ground
When compared to other "Learning" titles in the O'Reilly series, this one can seem intimidating at first due to the number of pages alone. However, the material is still very approachable. Full Review >

Python Cookbook

Python Cookbook

Dylan's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jul 15, 2013 Dylan Scott wrote: Solid Cookbook
This cookbook seems to follow closely in the vein of other cookbooks in the series. Programmers with as least some experience with Python will likely get the most out of this material. Full Review >

Functional JavaScript

Functional JavaScript

Introducing Functional Programming with Underscore.js

Dylan's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jul 7, 2013 Dylan Scott wrote: Practical Functional JS
Fogus presented the sometimes tricky concepts of functional programming in clear language. It was also refreshing how Fogus explained that functional programming was not the only way to complete a task (and not a mandate that had to be the best solution)-but one way that can work in many situations. Full Review >

Violent Python

Violent Python

A Cookbook for Hackers, Forensic Analysts, Penetration Testers and Security Engineers

Dylan's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Jun 10, 2013 Dylan Scott wrote: Security using Python
This book served as an introduction into the world of security for me since I have never studied in this area. I like to see discussions involving code and that was one of the reasons I started this book as it seemed very practical. Full Review >

Understanding and Using C Pointers

Understanding and Using C Pointers

Dylan's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On May 17, 2013 Dylan Scott wrote: Great Pointer Resource
This book is ideal for the programmer who has only had a casual introduction to pointers. One example is that type size_t is explained and not just shown. Some of the tutorials I have seen use types like this in pointer discussions without giving the full explanation of what is going on. Full Review >

Computer Science Programming Basics in Ruby

Computer Science Programming Basics in Ruby

Dylan's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On May 15, 2013 Dylan Scott wrote: Great intro to CS book
This isn't the book for you if you want to mainly do tutorials with Ruby. I see it as a good starter book for those really new to computer science as a topic or are just interested in maybe starting to program. Full Review >

Mac Hacks

Mac Hacks

Tips & Tools for unlocking the power of OS X

Dylan's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On May 9, 2013 Dylan Scott wrote: Mostly for Causal Users
Chris Seibold covers some interesting topics in this work. I agree with other reviews that I have seen in that potential buyers need to look at the Table of Contents and see the list of projects and if they are interesting enough for one to purchase. Full Review >

Programming iOS 6

Programming iOS 6

Dylan's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Apr 1, 2013 Dylan Scott wrote: Not a Cookbook
Matt Neuburg's book is not for the absolute beginner (or timid) as it covers a lot of material. This is not a cookbook and the reader will need to put effort into consuming the fundamentals presented in this book. Full Review >

Programming PHP

Programming PHP

Dylan's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Mar 19, 2013 Dylan Scott wrote: Solid PHP Guide
While not an important part of the book itself-the foreword was one of the best I have read in a technical book. It really describes how many people get started with PHP-it is accessible. Full Review >

Introducing Erlang

Introducing Erlang

Getting Started in Functional Programming

Dylan's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Mar 16, 2013 Dylan Scott wrote: Fast Intro to Erlang
Simon St. Laurent takes the reader for a gentle look at the Erlang language. I would recommend this for a programmer that knows or has a good foundation in any programming language as this is not meant to be a learning the basics of programming book. Full Review >

DOM Enlightenment

DOM Enlightenment

Dylan's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Feb 22, 2013 Dylan Scott wrote: Detailed DOM Examples
Cody Lindley takes the reader into the depths of the DOM with his work. This book does what it says it will in the beginning introduction by presenting a very terse cookbook: you won't be seeing tons of lengthy explanations. One of the best perks of this book was that in ebook form->the code was presented with links to code examples in jsFiddle (with Firebug lite) or github Full Review >

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