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Functional Thinking

Functional Thinking

Paradigm Over Syntax

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Aug 14, 2014 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote: Focuses on teaching you how to think functionally, and why that is good.
What Ford does in Functional thinking is to present the advantages of functional programming within the context of an object oriented language that can support this, then move to more appropriate languages to show how the advantages can be more clear when the language supports it more directly. You will not learn functional programming from this book, but it does offer a more clear argument for why functional programming can useful and better in some circumstances. Full Review >

Java Cookbook

Java Cookbook

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Jul 21, 2014 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote:
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High Performance Python

High Performance Python

Practical Performant Programming for Humans

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 3.0

On Jul 9, 2014 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote: High Performance Python By Micha Gorelick, Ian Ozsvald: Book review
For someone like me who is a technical programmer but did not study CS, I've seen hints on how to speed up Python numerical code, but I only had a vague understanding of the principles and application. This Early Release version of High Performance Python has examples that demonstrate why certain data structures are faster than others in particular situations, and how to use the various data structures provided. Full Review >

Agile Data Science

Agile Data Science

Building Data Analytics Applications with Hadoop

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On May 5, 2014 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote:
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Mining the Social Web

Mining the Social Web

Data Mining Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, GitHub, and More

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Feb 16, 2014 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote: This is a great book to work through the mess of implementing data mining methods in real situations. It is not a theory book, but it serves its purpose well.
The hardest part of learning a data analysis method is not in implementing the method, it is applying the method in the context of a real data problem. And many texts often skirt the issue by using pre-processed data sets and problems defined to fit the method being taught. Russell uses analysis of social media sites to set a context where you start from having to gain access to real data sets, clean and transform the data into forms that your analytical libraries can make sense of, and then use the results to make a conclusion. Full Review >

Doing Data Science

Doing Data Science

Straight Talk from the Frontline

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Jan 28, 2014 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote: This is not a textbook or a how-to-do-this type of book, rather it is a how-to-think-when-doing book.
Doing Data Science is about the practice of data science, not its implementation. I suspect the students at who were taught using this learned how to find other sources to help them figure things out. But it provides wisdom, which is harder to find and worth quite a bit. Full Review >

The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 2

The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 2

Spaceships, Pirates, Dragons & More!

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Dec 14, 2013 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote: A Masterclass in LEGO building
This is a book of inspiration. What they have done is to have a group of Master Builders show what they can do. But it is more than a book of pretty pictures of Lego models, it is a masterclass in Lego as a medium for art. Full Review >

Open Government

Open Government

Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in Practice

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Dec 3, 2013 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote:
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Beautiful LEGO

Beautiful LEGO

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Oct 19, 2013 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote: This is a beautiful and inspiring book. The pictures are works of art. Some majestic in scale, some more at the level that you can imagine someone actually doing, if they had the artistic vision these creators did!
What this book and the artists that it interviews discusses is the use of LEGO as a medium for art. Where it makes the jump from a toy to art is when you creatively consider possibilities within the context of a constraint. And like the photographer who chooses to use black and white, the use of LEGO instead of clay is the fact that it comes in generally rectangular blocks. This book and the interviews recorded here deal with many ways of approaching this type of abstraction. From large scale recreations that rely on distance and scale to convert the blocks to a realistic looking objects, to abstractions with just enough detail so that the idea is recognizable and can fill in the rest. Full Review >

Data Science for Business

Data Science for Business

What you need to know about data mining and data-analytic thinking

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Oct 10, 2013 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote: This is the why of data mining, not only the what and how.
What Provost and Fawcett have done is to write a book on data mining that focuses on the why of data mining technique, which is great complement to all the books that focus on the how of data mining. Full Review >

Learning Java

Learning Java

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 3.0

On Aug 17, 2013 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote: A reference, not a tutorial for learning Java programming
Very good first section on setting up the development environment. The part on the language is good as a reference, but it does not seem like something for teaching someone how to get things done or learning programming. Full Review >

Python Cookbook

Python Cookbook

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jul 13, 2013 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote:
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Interactive Data Visualization for the Web

Interactive Data Visualization for the Web

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Jul 4, 2013 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote:
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Lean Analytics

Lean Analytics

Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Apr 28, 2013 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote:
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Digital Capture After Dark

Digital Capture After Dark

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 3.0

On Mar 12, 2013 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote:
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R Graphics Cookbook

R Graphics Cookbook

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Feb 7, 2013 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote:
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Statistics in a Nutshell

Statistics in a Nutshell

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Dec 30, 2012 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote:
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21st Century C

21st Century C

C Tips from the New School

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Dec 21, 2012 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote:
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Python for Data Analysis

Python for Data Analysis

Data Wrangling with Pandas, NumPy, and IPython

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Nov 9, 2012 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote: Book Review: Python for Data Analysis by Wes McKinney
Python for Data Analysis by Wes McKinneyMy rating: 5 of 5 starsFor some time now I have been using R and Python for data analysis. And I have long ago discovered the Python technical stack of ipython, NumPy, Scipy, and Matplotlib and I thought I knew what I was doing.… Full Review >

PostgreSQL: Up and Running

PostgreSQL: Up and Running

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Sep 21, 2012 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote: Book Review: PostgreSQL: Up and Running by Regina Obe and Leo Hsu
PostgreSQL: Up and Running by Regina ObeMy rating: 4 of 5 starsCompared to most books that introduce a full featured relational database management system, PostgreSQL: Up and Running is surprisingly short. It achieves this by being focused on its purpose, and doing it well. It is aimed at someone who… Full Review >

Introducing Regular Expressions

Introducing Regular Expressions

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Sep 1, 2012 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote: Book Review: Introduction to Regular Expressions by Michael Fitzgerald
Introducing Regular Expressions by Michael FitzgeraldMy rating: 4 of 5 starsThis is not the first time I've tried to learn Regular Expressions. But other than some basic syntax, it never clicked. But I think this book provided the kind of introduction I needed to get me to not just know… Full Review >

Safe C++

Safe C++

How to avoid common mistakes

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 2.0

On Aug 25, 2012 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote: Book Review: Safe C++ by Vladimir Kushnir
Safe C++: How to Lower the Bug Count of your C++ code by Vladimir KushnirMy rating: 2 of 5 starsSafe C++ bills itself as providing ways of avoiding common programming mistakes in C++ through a set of rules. While the author makes a convincing case that these rules are better… Full Review >

Clojure Programming

Clojure Programming

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Jul 1, 2012 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote:
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Think Complexity

Think Complexity

Complexity Science and Computational Modeling

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Apr 27, 2012 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote:
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Code Simplicity

Code Simplicity

The Fundamentals of Software

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 3.0

On Apr 8, 2012 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote:
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Machine Learning for Hackers

Machine Learning for Hackers

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Mar 24, 2012 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote:
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The Art of Black and White Photography

The Art of Black and White Photography

Techniques for Creating Superb Images in a Digital Workflow

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Feb 27, 2012 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote:
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SQL and Relational Theory

SQL and Relational Theory

How to Write Accurate SQL Code

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Feb 4, 2012 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote:
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Cool Tools in the Kitchen

Cool Tools in the Kitchen

Things We Recommend

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Dec 25, 2011 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote:
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The Art of Readable Code

The Art of Readable Code

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Dec 19, 2011 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote:
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Ten Photo Assignments

Ten Photo Assignments

to develop your photographic skills

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 3.0

On Nov 9, 2011 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote:
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The Perfect Photo

The Perfect Photo

71 Tips from the Top

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 2.0

On Sep 29, 2011 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote:
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Think Stats

Think Stats

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Sep 24, 2011 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote:
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The Manga Guide to the Universe

The Manga Guide to the Universe

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 3.0

On Jun 26, 2011 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote:
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Capture

Capture

Digital Photography Essentials

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On May 21, 2011 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote: Book Review: Capture - Digital Photography Essentials by Glenn Rand et. al.
Capture: Digital Photography Essentials by Glenn RandMy rating: 4 of 5 starsCaptureWhen I started to get serious about photography, I turned to London and Upton’s ‘Photography’ as a place to go to understand the fundamentals of photography on the theory that you can get better at something if you understand… Full Review >

iPad 2: The Missing Manual

iPad 2: The Missing Manual

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 3.0

On May 10, 2011 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote: Book Review: iPad 2 - The Missing Manual by J.D. Biersdorfer
iPad 2: The Missing Manual by J.D. BiersdorferMy rating: 3 of 5 starsiPad2: The Missing Manual by J.D. Biersdorfer Thinking about a "Missing Manual" for the iPad2, the obvious first question is "Why?" The marketing is all about ease of use, and there are YouTube videos out there with toddlers… Full Review >

R Cookbook

R Cookbook

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Apr 22, 2011 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote: Book Review: R Cookbook by Paul Teetor
R Cookbook by Paul TeetorMy rating: 4 of 5 starsA part of the cookbook series is expected to provide a multitude of examples of useful tasks. The R Cookbook does this, but also more. This provides more, teaching about R beyond what reference books and most tutorials.One weakness of R… Full Review >

Data Source Handbook

Data Source Handbook

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 2.0

On Mar 18, 2011 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote: Book Review: Data Sources Handbook by Pete Warden
While this bills itself as covering 'the most useful sources of public data available today" and that "You'll find useful information on APIs" what this really is a sampling of a small number (57) sources and an example of its… Full Review >

Microsoft® Excel® 2010: Data Analysis and Business Modeling

Microsoft® Excel® 2010: Data Analysis and Business Modeling

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Jan 29, 2011 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote: Book Review: Microsoft Excel 2010: Data Analysis and Business Modeling by Wayne L. Winston
When Microsoft Excel 2010 came out, I noted that it claimed to finally correct long standing errors in its statistical functions (1). While I wait for McCoullough et al (2) to do their usual reviews, I was encouraged to see that it now passes some basic statistics tests where previous versions consistently failed. Full Review >

Programming Python

Programming Python

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Jan 16, 2011 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote: Book Review: Programming Python 4e by Mark Lutz
Programming Python by Mark LutzMy rating: 4 of 5 starsI've been using Python since I was a graduate student. While I have known of earlier versions of this tome it had never occurred to me to go through this. Because my focus in computer programming is not in the systems… Full Review >

Data Analysis with Open Source Tools

Data Analysis with Open Source Tools

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Dec 27, 2010 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote: Book Review: Data Analysis with Open Source Tools by Philipp Janert
Data Analysis with Open Source Tools by Philipp K JanertMy rating: 5 of 5 starsThis is a book that is how to think about data analysis, not only how to perform data analysis. Like a good data analysis, Janert's book is about insight and comprehension, not computation. And because of… Full Review >

Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML

Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML

Kiatikun's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Dec 12, 2010 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote: Book Review: Head First HTML With CSS & XHTML by Elizabeth Freeman and Eric Freeman
This member of the Head First series teaches in an engaging way with every lesson providing the context and the why, not only what and how, of using HTML and CSS.I have written web pages before,… Full Review >

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