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HTML5 Hacks

HTML5 Hacks

Sean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Dec 20, 2013 Sean Patterson wrote: A great entry into HTML5 coding.
HTML5 is REALLY doing some great things for web developers. It has breathed new life in to web applications and with the advancements made in CSS3, it’s feasible to build a full fledged application that runs without any installation for your users on their desktop, tablet, and mobile phone with minimal changes to you. I’ll admit that I know quite a bit about HTML, but HTML5 was a new world for me in a lot of ways. Knowing the right code or “hacks” to make this work against all the different browsers is what HTML5 Hacks by Jesse Cravens and Jeff Burtoft provides for developers new and experienced. Full Review >

Windows PowerShell Cookbook

Windows PowerShell Cookbook

The Complete Guide to Scripting Microsoft's Command Shell

Sean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Aug 26, 2013 Sean Patterson wrote: Review: Windows PowerShell Cookbook, 3rd Edition
I’ve become an increasing fan of Windows PowerShell. It’s additional use of variables, scripts, and libraries opens up doors to some powerful scripting options that I need. I’m working on creating some deployment scripts for web applications I maintain across various web servers, and simple batch files wouldn’t fit the… Full Review >

The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide (Now in Color!)

The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide (Now in Color!)

Sean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Dec 7, 2012 Sean Patterson wrote: The perfect book for your beginning or intermediate LEGO builder looking to get to the next level with their building skills.
I love legos! I still have my functioning train set from when I was 10 years old that we pull out at Christmas. I have the 1st edition lego death star that took a week to put together, and a handful of other items around. My girls are getting into legos now too, which adds to the fun. We spend hours putting together the designs on the pages, or making our own, like a fire station, movie theatre, or even “Captain Frank’s Emporium”. So when I stumbled upon The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide by Allan Bedford, I had to look to see what new inspirations I could find with them. Full Review >

Regular Expressions Cookbook

Regular Expressions Cookbook

Sean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Oct 19, 2012 Sean Patterson wrote: An essential book for any programmer.
I’ll never forget the day I came across regular expressions. I was a year out of college and at my first “big” job at a major University and I ran into a challenge where I needed to detect the status of destination of packages arriving on campus based on a special reference code that was attached to the packages. While there were a large amount of options that made hard coding the processing undesirable, the format of the reference code was easy to discern. From here I discovered that regular expressions allowed me to get my location, floor, and sometimes room in two or three simple lines of code. Since then I’ve always tried to keep somewhat up to par on my regular expression proficiency. That is why I was really excited to come across Regular Expressions Cookbook, 2nd Edition by Jan Goyvaerts and Steven Levithan that provides everything I need to work with Regular Expressions. Full Review >

Getting Started with D3

Getting Started with D3

Sean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 3.0

On Oct 1, 2012 Sean Patterson wrote: Not a detailed book, but it helps.
A project I am currently working on required me to find an efficient way to displaying a “heat map” of data throughout the United States. While one approach would be to simply create static images, the map also needed to be updated based on different data parameters. We also wanted to be able to generate tooltips and zoom in and out of the map. These requirements led me to the D3 library and a nice book entitled, Getting Started with D3 by Mike Dewar that helped get me up and running. Full Review >

The Book of Ruby

The Book of Ruby

A Hands-On Guide for the Adventurous

Sean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Sep 12, 2012 Sean Patterson wrote: Review: The Book of Ruby
  Ruby is one of the most popular of the “newer” languages out on the market. In particular, it is the “Rails” framework for building web sites and applications that has made it so. As a perpetual learner, especially of coding languages and techniques, I was eager to give Ruby… Full Review >

The Book of CSS3

The Book of CSS3

A Developer's Guide to the Future of Web Design

Sean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Jul 21, 2011 Sean Patterson wrote: Review: The Book of CSS3
I’ve been slowly working on my “front end” web development for a while and the critical piece to this is being able to leverage CSS better. With the ability to write mobile compatible applications as well, making CSS work for you is even more important. Fortunately, The Book of CSS3… Full Review >

HTML5 Step by Step

HTML5 Step by Step

Sean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On May 5, 2011 Sean Patterson wrote: A great book for those beginning with HTML
I've been trying to get whatever reference books I can find to learn about HTML 5. Being a seasoned HTML web coder, I was surprisingly refreshed by the "ground up" approach I found in Step by Step HTML5 by Faithe Wempten. Step by Step takes a very natural progression to learn HTML5. It starts you with the fundamentals of HTML. It teaches you how to code... Full Review >

jQuery Pocket Reference

jQuery Pocket Reference

Sean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Feb 11, 2011 Sean Patterson wrote: Review: jQuery Pocket Reference
Perfect for the beginning jQuery programmer or intermediate that needs a quick reference. Full Review >

Beautiful Code

Beautiful Code

Leading Programmers Explain How They Think

Sean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jan 14, 2011 Sean Patterson wrote: This book is a challenging and inspiring read for new and seasoned programmers.
I heard about Beautiful Code, by Andy Oram and Greg Wilson a few years back, but haven't had the chance to read the book until now. It was worth the wait. This book is a challenging and inspiring read for new and seasoned programmers. Full Review >

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Plain & Simple

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Plain & Simple

Learn the simplest ways to get things done with Microsoft SharePoint 2010

Sean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Dec 15, 2010 Sean Patterson wrote: Straightforward, simple, an essential resource.
After completing some SharePoint 2010 training that was very focused on code and "under the hood" concepts, I needed a book to walk me through the basic tasks found in SharePoint. I found Plain & Simple - Microsoft SharePoint 2010 by Johnathan Lightfoot and Chris Beckett to be the perfect book to get me through the day to day tasks involved with SharePoint 2010. Full Review >

Head First WordPress

Head First WordPress

Sean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Nov 23, 2010 Sean Patterson wrote: An Excellent Introduction to WordPress
I'm a seasoned web developer that has been working a little bit with WordPress over the past 6 months. I've read books in the "Head First" series before, so when I discovered that there was a WordPress edition, I grabbed it without hesitation. Head First WordPress by Jeff Siarto (HWP) provides an excellent introduction into the WordPress environment. The book is structured to teach you how WordPress works while simultaneously having you build a couple of fictional WordPress sites. As you're reading... Full Review >

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