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Learn to Program with Scratch

Learn to Program with Scratch

A Visual Introduction to Programming with Games, Art, Science, and Math

Sharon's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Oct 2, 2014 Sharon Murphy wrote: Book Review: Learn to Program with Scratch by Majed Marji; No Starch Press
I picked this because my eldest has started to mess around with Scratch and I didn't really know anything about it myself, so I wanted to get up to speed to be able to answer his questions. The introduction says the book is targetted at readers from middle school and up: Wikipedia tells me that in the US this is age 11/12. It would definitely be beyond my 8yo to read this himself, and despite the kid-friendly looking cover, I found it challenging myself in places, despite being no spring chicken! :-) Full Review >

WordPress: The Missing Manual

WordPress: The Missing Manual

Sharon's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Sep 1, 2014 Sharon Murphy wrote: Book Review: Wordpress: The Missing Manual by Mathew MacDonald; O'Reilly Media
I've just finished reading Wordpress: The Missing Manual by Mathew MacDonald, obtained via the O'Reilly Blogger Review Program, and it's everything I hoped it might be and more. Full Review >

The Art of LEGO Design

The Art of LEGO Design

Creative Ways to Build Amazing Models

Sharon's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jul 14, 2014 Sharon Murphy wrote: Book Review: The Art of LEGO Design by Jordan Schwartz; no starch press
Aside from the wealth of information already in the book, there are plenty of references to online resources where you can find further inspiration and even source spare parts for your own creations! Full Review >

Fitness for Geeks

Fitness for Geeks

Real Science, Great Nutrition, and Good Health

Sharon's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 3.0

On Jun 1, 2012 Sharon Murphy wrote:
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The Twitter Book

The Twitter Book

Sharon's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Feb 3, 2012 Sharon Murphy wrote:
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Windows 7 Inside Out, Deluxe Edition

Windows 7 Inside Out, Deluxe Edition

Sharon's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Nov 11, 2011 Sharon Murphy wrote: Book Review: Windows 7 Inside Out, Deluxe Edition by Ed Bott, Carl Siechert, Craig Stinson; O’Reilly Media
Once again, I’ve gone and selected a monster tome from O’Reilly to review on their Blogger Review Program. And once again, after months wading through it, I’m impressed. I’ve owned a few Inside Out volumes over the years, so had … Continue reading → Full Review >

Documents, Presentations, and Workbooks: Using Microsoft® Office to Create Content That Gets Noticed

Documents, Presentations, and Workbooks: Using Microsoft® Office to Create Content That Gets Noticed

Sharon's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Jul 21, 2011 Sharon Murphy wrote: Book Review: Documents, Presentations, and Workbooks by Stephanie Krieger; O’Reilly Media
For the most part, I really enjoyed it - it's a huge book with a vast amount of useful information, and it's made me more interested in working with Office than I have been in most of the past decade. Full Review >

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