Reviews by Marco Rapella

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Introducing Python

Introducing Python

Modern Computing in Simple Packages

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On Dec 16, 2014 Marco Rapella wrote: Introducing Python by Bill Lubanovic – O’Reilly Media
I already have .NET and Cold Fusion programming skills so I was pretty curious about Python. It’s widely recognized as one of the most used programming language in modern big-data oriented environment. The book is very clear but also too basic for people that already have experience in other programming languages. Some concept must be already in readers’ background so it would be better to dig deeper on other aspects of Python. Full Review >

MongoDB: The Definitive Guide

MongoDB: The Definitive Guide

Powerful and Scalable Data Storage

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On Nov 24, 2014 Marco Rapella wrote: MongoDB: The Definitive Guide by Kristina Chodorow – O’Reilly Media
I came from SQL-oriented RDBMs so I was pretty curious about MongoDB. It’s widely recognized as one of the most interesting NoSQL DB. The book covers from common concepts and tasks to advanced techniques and approaches like replication, sharding, administration and data design. The material is not complicated at all and the examples are very clear and accurate. They show you really how to manage practical situations and needs. There is no SQL shell, but you can work directly with javascript through a dedicated shell. Javascript is the built-in programming language of Mongo, like PL/SQL is for Oracle relational databases or T-SQL of MS SQL Server. Full Review >

Communicating Data with Tableau

Communicating Data with Tableau

Designing, Developing, and Delivering Data Visualizations

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On Nov 14, 2014 Marco Rapella wrote: Communicating Data with Tableau by Ben Jones – O’Reilly Media
Ben Jones helps the reader to familiarize with Data Visualization features of Tableau Software. He provides several examples that make you learning fast visualization main concepts with step by step instructions. Data visualization relies on an accurate and focused approach. It’s not just math’s stuff, it’s above all a comunication skill. The author supports all his concepts with clear examples on various area of interests. Full Review >

Getting Started with Impala

Getting Started with Impala

Interactive SQL for Apache Hadoop

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On Nov 10, 2014 Marco Rapella wrote: Getting Started with Impala – O’Reilly Media
This book introduces Impala SQL for Hadoop in a simple and crystal clear way. Impala is a modern, and yet very interesting new entry in the Hadoop ecosystem. Cloudera, by implementing Impala, provided a very useful layer to Hadoop. Impala makes SQL knowledge valuable again without having other low lever skills on Hadoop. SQL is already known to many data professionals coming to Hadoop from various platforms and DBMS and this layer helps those professionals to be ready and focused on real value of Big Data: producing Insights. To me the book reaches two important goals: first it's highly readable and concise, second it shows something under active development in a "stable" and "actionable" way. The author, to clearly point his view, provided in the book two main message: the first is why Impala implementation is a good news in Hadoop. Second: how to be ready with daily tasks and avoid pitfalls. Full Review >

Mastering Regular Expressions

Mastering Regular Expressions

Understand Your Data and Be More Productive

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On Nov 4, 2014 Marco Rapella wrote: Mastering Regular Expressions by Jeffrey E. F. Friedl – O’Reilly Media
I didn’t use regex a lot before reading this book but I definitely need its powerful approach to manage string and text processing effectively. As I finished reading this book, I realized how many simple and complex tasks you can elegantly accomplish using regex. The book is exceptional. It takes you in a fantastic journey. The first three chapter make you handle wisely the basic regex techniques, then it move you forward opening your vision to the full power of this approach. The book manage the general as the specific stuffs in a very effective way. Therefore, the content and material is quite dense and the reader must deal with it by analyzing in small chunks. Full Review >

Lean UX

Lean UX

Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience

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On Nov 2, 2014 Marco Rapella wrote: Lean UX By Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden – O’Reilly Media
I had a lot of expectations on this topic because the user experience is where you see the wrecks even of the most ambitious projects. Unfortunately, I found that this book was less “lean” than his title. I’ve appreciated some interesting ideas but the title is misleading since the User Experience is more the collateral issue. Full Review >

Business Process Change

Business Process Change

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On Oct 27, 2014 Marco Rapella wrote: Business Process Change, 3rd Edition by Paul Harmon
This book, as new revised version of previous bestselling author, provides and enhaPaul Harmon - Business Process Changences several crucial concepts in the field of business process change. The author has a deep understanding and knowledge about the evolution in time of major business process concepts, methods, cases for improvement and give them a clear explanation. The book has been updated from previous version adding new material on the development of business models and business process architecture. It also offer new insights about decision management models and other interesting stuffs on business rules, service processes. Full Review >

Agile Data Science

Agile Data Science

Building Data Analytics Applications with Hadoop

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On Jun 3, 2014 Marco Rapella wrote:
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Job Reconnaissance

Job Reconnaissance

Using Hacking Skills to Win the Job Hunt Game

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On Feb 4, 2014 Marco Rapella wrote: Expanding your vision about job rules
A must read about Job research. Hacking your approach to professional growth. Full Review >

MOS 2013 Study Guide for Microsoft PowerPoint

MOS 2013 Study Guide for Microsoft PowerPoint

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On Nov 11, 2013 Marco Rapella wrote: Well written and easy to follow
This book is very clear and useful in reviewing your knowledge of MS PowerPoint in order to pass the MOS Exam. I strongly suggest you to use it for your preparation. Full Review >

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