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 Swift Development with Cocoa

Swift Development with Cocoa

Developing for the Mac and iOS App Stores

Jim's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Nov 25, 2014 Jim Schubert wrote: Great intro to OS X/iOS dev with Swift
I reviewed this book for O'Reilly and I really enjoyed it. I have a development background mostly in C#, Scala, and JavaScript; I was interested in this book to explore similarities between Swift and Scala. The book is useful and in-depth. I think beginners to OS X and iOS development will pick up a lot from reading the book. I read the early access version and found only a handful of typos, which is a great indicator for how well-written the final product will be. Full Review >

Programming 3D Applications in HTML5 and WebGL

Programming 3D Applications in HTML5 and WebGL

3D Animation and Visualization for Web Pages

Jim's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Oct 17, 2014 Jim Schubert wrote: Companion for Parisi's Book
I reviewed this set of videos for O’Reilly and I really enjoyed them. I feel like they are meant more to accompany the author's book "Programming 3D Applications with HTML5 and WebGL”. In fact, he mentions early on that it's meant to supplement that book and the code for the book. Full Review >

Build a Strong AngularJS Foundation

Build a Strong AngularJS Foundation

Jim's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jul 23, 2014 Jim Schubert wrote: Great introduction to AngularJS
Build a String AngularJS Foundation is a great introduction to the framework. I thought these guys did a great job clearly explaining concepts that I've had Junior Developers regularly struggle with. Full Review >

Functional Thinking

Functional Thinking

Functional Programming using Java, Clojure and Scala

Jim's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Oct 19, 2013 Jim Schubert wrote: Functional Thinking is... functional
I especially enjoyed Neal's discussion about the paradigm shift from object-oriented programming to more functional programming. He is able to support this with concrete examples of functional concepts like map/fold, functional data structures, preferring composition over inheritance, and a lot more that I think any developer of any experience level would benefit from watching. Full Review >

Python Cookbook

Python Cookbook

Jim's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jul 27, 2013 Jim Schubert wrote: Fantastic Cookbook
I read Python Cookbook as part of the O'Reilly Bloggers program. I would highly recommend Python Cookbook to developers with any level of expertise, provided they understand the basic syntax and usage of Python 3. Full Review >

Computer Science Programming Basics in Ruby

Computer Science Programming Basics in Ruby

Jim's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Jun 8, 2013 Jim Schubert wrote: Great intro to basics!
I read this book as part of the O'Reilly blogger program. I have been a professional software engineer since 2008, and I thought that I wouldn't gain much from this book from a technical perspective and just provide some creative feedback for future readers. I also regularly enjoy teaching others about technology and different aspects of development. I was very impressed with the authors' presentation of material. Full Review >

Values, Units, and Colors

Values, Units, and Colors

Jim's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Nov 25, 2012 Jim Schubert wrote: Excellent intro or review
I am reviewing "Values, Units, and Colors" as part of the O'Reilly Blogger Review program. I have had about a 6 month hiatus from full-time web development, so I thought I'd be able to offer a somewhat fresh perspective of this book's content. It's a short, quick read. It's also well-worth the price. There were quite a few things I didn't know (or hadn't considered), such as some odd behavior in older versions of Internet Explorer and certain times a value may mean something different depending on the order of values and keywords. Full Review >

Hilary Mason: Advanced Machine Learning

Hilary Mason: Advanced Machine Learning

Jim's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Sep 22, 2012 Jim Schubert wrote: More "Intro to Machine Learning part 2"
If you're looking for an introduction in getting things done with data, you should check out this video. Although the amount of information is pretty light, it is still a good way to get your start conceptually. If you look at the scripts and sample data provided in the code repository, you'll be off to a good start to learn more about your data. Full Review >

Windows Internals, Part 1

Windows Internals, Part 1

Covering Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

Jim's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Jun 11, 2012 Jim Schubert wrote: Excellent technical reference
I reviewed Windows Internals, Part 1, Sixth Edition as part of the O'Reilly Bloggers program. I was mainly interested in the 'System Architecture' chapter and the chapter called 'Process, Threads, and Jobs'. Full Review >

Accessible EPUB 3

Accessible EPUB 3

Jim's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Feb 22, 2012 Jim Schubert wrote: Good content about a new standard
I reviewed Accessible EPUB 3 as part of the O'Reilly Blogger program. This book is actually an excerpt from the upcoming EPUB 3 Best Practices. The content of this excerpt is undeniably rich. Full Review >

Node for Front-End Developers

Node for Front-End Developers

Jim's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Feb 11, 2012 Jim Schubert wrote: Or... Prototyping with Node.js
I've reviewed "Node for Front-End Developers" for the O'Reilly blogger program. Because I've been contributing to an open-source Node.js ebook, I was very excited to read this book. I must warn you-- this book is less about Node.js than it is about prototyping web applications using modules available in Node.js Full Review >

McCullough and Berglund on Mastering Advanced Git

McCullough and Berglund on Mastering Advanced Git

Jim's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Feb 6, 2012 Jim Schubert wrote: Great demonstration of advanced Git
At just under 4 hours long, this video course packs in a lot of content. Each video is about 30 minutes long, so I didn't have to watch it all in one sitting. The structure of the demonstration is extremely useful because Tim and Matthew ask and answer questions conversationally while showing a split-view Git workspace Full Review >

Android Open Conference 2011: Complete Video Compilation

Android Open Conference 2011: Complete Video Compilation

Jim's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jan 31, 2012 Jim Schubert wrote: Hours of Android enjoyment
There are a lot of videos here. If you're only planning to write apps for the market, you'll most likely not be interested in the Embedded Android talk or Scala as a Java replacement. If you don't work on iOS and never plan to, you can probably scan through Nick Farina's talk (sorry, Nick). I found many of the videos worthwhile, whether they related to actual app development or the business of apps. Full Review >

JavaScript: The Definitive Guide

JavaScript: The Definitive Guide

Jim's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Nov 8, 2011 Jim Schubert wrote: A tome of knowledge
This is an unbelievably thorough JavaScript book. It's definitely more of a reference book than a front-to-back read. Full Review >

Inside the Microsoft Build Engine

Inside the Microsoft Build Engine

Using MSBuild and Team Foundation Build

Jim's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On May 5, 2011 Jim Schubert wrote: My Review of Inside the Microsoft Build Engine
This book covers a lot, from the basics of ItemGroups and PropertyGroups, to writing custom tasks and loggers, to using MSBuild for the more complicated build process of Visual C++ projects. Full Review >

jQuery Pocket Reference

jQuery Pocket Reference

Jim's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Feb 16, 2011 Jim Schubert wrote: Review: jQuery Pocket Reference by David Flanagan
Originally submitted at O'Reilly jQuery is the "write less, do more" JavaScript library. Its powerful features and ease of use have made it the most popular client-side JavaScript framework for the Web. This book is jQuery's trusty companion: the definitive "read less, learn more" guide to the library. Full Review >

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