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Interactive Data Visualization for the Web

Interactive Data Visualization for the Web

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Apr 24, 2013 Shawn Day wrote: Data Driven Documents Demystified
Interactive Data Visualisation for the Web by Scott Murray puts you in the seat beside a data vis master as he takes you from zero to a solid comprehension of the thinking behind d3.js. It is well paced, perfectly suiting self-guided instruction and is full of helpful, well constructed samples. I would recommend this for novice to intermediate usage and seriously consider using it in my next information visualisation workshop. Full Review >

Vintage Tomorrows

Vintage Tomorrows

A Historian And A Futurist Journey Through Steampunk Into The Future of Technology

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Apr 4, 2013 Shawn Day wrote: Looking to the Past to Enjoy the Future
Johnson and Carrott meet in a bar and dedicate themselves to exposing the deeper motivations behind the what seems to be a superficial practise of fancy dress costumes, glistening brass gears and a fascination with clockwork ornamentation. Looking for The outcome is an unexpected delight. A critical, deep and probing questioning of what makes steampunk tick. This is a book about how humanity engages with technology and the nature of the relationship is deep, fluid and individual. I ended up savouring the authors' delivery and living with this one for a couple weeks. It gave me pause to think and that makes this a seriously exceptional book. Full Review >

Content Everywhere

Content Everywhere

Strategy and Structure for Future-Ready Content

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Mar 11, 2013 Shawn Day wrote: A Solid Conceptual Approach
Content Everywhere takes the reader through a quick-paced, yet thorough, journey in content management and information architecture. It will provide rapid upskilling for anyone looking to gain a fast appreciation of this sphere. This volume is conceptual in nature and those looking for a hands-on approach should look elsewhere. That being said, this is a solid and approachable book for developing rapid competency in content management and reuse. Full Review >

Python for Kids

Python for Kids

A Playful Introduction to Programming

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jan 22, 2013 Shawn Day wrote: Gentle But Superb
I am not sure that this book will hook and keep kids engaged. However, I can’t really say enough good about this book being a superb gentle intro­duc­tion for all audi­ences. I’d recom­mend this book as a per­fect intro­duc­tion to Python for any learner with no prior exper­i­ence. It's clear, straight­for­ward and a great learn­ing tool. Full Review >

Bad Data Handbook

Bad Data Handbook

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Nov 29, 2012 Shawn Day wrote: Taming Bad Data
This is an intriguing book. It looks at the down and dirty manipulation and munging of data, then takes higher level looks at how we might mistake information for solid data. It suggests how to apply good techniques, to the identification or potential problems, suggests how one can use sound statistical reasoning, interrogate the data model or delve into code based manipulation in the pursuit of more truthful data. Full Review >

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

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

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Nov 23, 2012 Shawn Day wrote: The Science of Fun
This wonderful book combines a theory of Lego building that is presented in satisfying detail and that I had never imagined, with well constructed and instructed hands-on exercises that will spark, re-ingnite and inspire a love for Lego. Bedford's narrative speaks to his own love for his subject and creates an engaging and inspiring work. All in all a dangerous, dangerous book - one that will have you off adding to your Lego collection and spending an increasing amount of time in the virtual workshop, playing, tinkering, imaging, and building. Full Review >

Macintosh Terminal Pocket Guide

Macintosh Terminal Pocket Guide

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jul 12, 2012 Shawn Day wrote: A Versatile Guide to Using OSX More Efficiently
This handy guide is comprehensive without being exhaustive and delivers a ref­er­ence source for advanced users and a tutorial for a novice. Through very use­ful examples and instruc­tion it caters to a self-paced approach. It is a handy, use­ful volume that provides a brief sketch of the gen­eral purpose and function of Ter­minal and then focus­see on the most com­mon and widely used pro­cesses. Full Review >

The Data Journalism Handbook

The Data Journalism Handbook

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jun 20, 2012 Shawn Day wrote: Catching An Emerging Trend with an Engaging Handbook
This intriguing handbook explores the rapidly emerging sector of the media engaged around presenting, interpreting and most innovatively developing and providing interactive tools for working with publicly available data. It has a solid coherence around the general theme. It is very comprehensive and current. As with any printed work in emerging fields is the challenge is to keep it current, but I have sense that this one in particular will age well due to its richly diverse authorship and thoughtful reflection. Full Review >

Mobile Design Pattern Gallery, Color Edition

Mobile Design Pattern Gallery, Color Edition

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jun 12, 2012 Shawn Day wrote: Finding a Design Language for Mobile OS
Neil has sys­tem­at­ic­ally com­piled a com­pre­hens­ive means of describ­ing inter­face ele­ments and clas­si­fy­ing between their cur­rent vari­ations. She cov­ers the most pop­u­lar mobile OS’s provid­ing a pro­fu­sion of screen cap­tures and suc­cess­fully devel­ops a lan­guage akin to Chris­topher Alexander’s work in archi­tec­ture and design to identify the role and the way in which dif­fer­ent choices inter­act as part of a lar­ger sys­tem. Full Review >

Beyond Bullet Points

Beyond Bullet Points

Using Microsoft PowerPoint to Create Presentations that Inform, Motivate, and Inspire

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jun 8, 2012 Shawn Day wrote: Making Your (Power)Point More Effectively
This book is a focussed and well con­sidered present­a­tion in itself. It weaves the psy­cho­lo­gical factors that impact on the effect­ive­ness of com­mu­nic­a­tion by con­sid­er­ing the key mes­sage and the appar­atus that will sup­port optimal uptake by your audi­ence. In its 3rd edi­tion, Atkinson’s book is enga­ging without being over­whelm­ing and walks the a reader through a feel sup­por­ted approach that lends itself to imme­di­ate application. Full Review >

Fitness for Geeks

Fitness for Geeks

Real Science, Great Nutrition, and Good Health

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Apr 27, 2012 Shawn Day wrote: Quirky, Original and Brilliant
This is first and foremost a simply fun book! It takes an holistic approach to fitness from the perspective of appreciating the science and process of fitness. It is fun, but it also seriously thoughtful and contains a wealth of vast and varied aspects that will appeal to all. As the author states, 'this is a book about fitness and nutrition for the independent of spirit and irrepressibly curious.' I heartily agree. A greatly enjoy­able read. Highly recommended! Full Review >

Using Mac OS X Lion Server

Using Mac OS X Lion Server

Managing Mac Services at Home and Office

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Apr 25, 2012 Shawn Day wrote: Superb Guidance and Simple Good Advice
Using Mac OSX Lion Server is one of those lovely, handy O'Reilly overview guides that take the place of manuals that aren't supplied with software products. This is a recommended volume both for those called to upon to administer an exsting OSX server or similarly useful even if at the point of considering whether and OSX-based server will meet your needs. It is a superb reference manual foremost and specific topics of interest are esy to locate and helpful in isolation. Full Review >

Take Control of BBEdit

Take Control of BBEdit

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Apr 4, 2012 Shawn Day wrote: Solid Instruction and Power Tips
This is a great book for novices and experts alike and is guar­an­teed to help you get more out of what is a cru­cial pro­gramme in the OSX arsenal. It is concise and well directed offering solid advice and thorough and well constructed instruction. I engaged with it because I didn't feel that I was using BBEdit to its potential, but after reading Fleishman's book I have a far greater sense of how to make use of BBEdit's powerful features for document comparison and manipulation as well as using its project management components to manage text assets. Full Review >

Publishing with iBooks Author

Publishing with iBooks Author

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Mar 14, 2012 Shawn Day wrote: Comprehensive Intro to Exciting New Tool
This is a well crafted, illustrated and solid introduction to Apple's exciting new authoring software. It will get the novice up, imagining and creating richly interactive textbooks in short order. It offers a logical progression building on a thorough look at the interface and available commands with a more comprehensive examination of the steps in the authoring process from considering pages, text, objects and layout to finally looking at the publishing process itself. Full Review >

#tweetsmart

#tweetsmart

25 Twitter Projects to Help You Build Your Community

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 3.0

On Feb 21, 2012 Shawn Day wrote: More about Engagement than Community Building
McDougall's book provides 25 solid projects that online marketers can put to use to engage with buyers using twitter. It is written in a lively and fun style and will pave the path for those unconvinced that Twitter can be employed to reach a new or existing market for a product or service. Although many of the projects could be employed to share a message or spark local interest in a cause, its primary audience is sellers and it would benefit from more information on how to build and sustain communities beyond simple one-off projects. Although seeking to provide ways to build community I find that this is more of a twitter marketing manual and is restricted to shorter limited ways to engage with customers than concrete longer term strategies for building community. This is not an easy task and there are pitifully few places to turn for advice on this process. This is a practical and direct read for a small or medium business person attempting to gain rapid familiarity with some of the subtler aspects of online engagement using Twitter. Full Review >

The Linux Command Line

The Linux Command Line

A Complete Introduction

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Feb 15, 2012 Shawn Day wrote: Simply Superb - Makes Learning Linux Fun
The Linux Command Line : A Complete Introduction by William Shotts jr is as complete as you might desire / imagine and delivers much more than it promises. This is simply the most fun, yet strikingly comprehensive, introduction to Linux that you could want. As the title states it focusses on interaction via the Linux command line yet delves into popular GUI's at times and provides such comprehensive coverage that you will go from newbie to pro in no time. Full Review >

Galaxy S II: The Missing Manual

Galaxy S II: The Missing Manual

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Feb 3, 2012 Shawn Day wrote: Make the Most of Your Galaxy SII
Galaxy S II: The Missing Manual continues to reinforce the strong reputation of providing a comprehensive guide to emerging technology - technology generally in need of just such instruction. This one approaches the use of the phone from a basic to advanced level moving from standard operations such as making a call to use of the addresss book to syncing with desktop devices and the cloud. Each section deals exhaustively with the options available to the user and the comprehensive index allows the guide to be approached as both a tutorial approach and also a pure reference source. Full Review >

iPhone: The Missing Manual

iPhone: The Missing Manual

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jan 13, 2012 Shawn Day wrote: A Mighty Manual that Misses Nothing
This superb book is the gold standard for instruction on the iPhone or iOS5. Col­our me impressed. This book is far more really than one could hope for. Now in its Fifth iter­a­tion, this is the manual brought up to date for iOS 5 and the iPhone 4S. It is the most com­pre­hens­ive and ref­er­ence source avail­able for new and exist­ing users of iPhones from the 3gs onward. Full Review >

Kindle Fire: Out of the Box

Kindle Fire: Out of the Box

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 3.0

On Jan 12, 2012 Shawn Day wrote: Clear and Concise
Well, hot off the digital press and literally out of the box comes the missing manual for the Amazon Kindle Fire. This new volume provides a comprehensive look at a variety of the features of the Android-enabled Amazon tablet. The volume is short and concise, but throughly addresses the Fire's features. It is copiously illustrated and provides an overview of what makes the Fire special. Full Review >

Google+: The Missing Manual

Google+: The Missing Manual

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 3.0

On Jan 12, 2012 Shawn Day wrote: Google+ Shouldn't Need a Manual
If there was ever a product needing a manual, frankly it's Google Plus. It remains a rather obtuse beast - at least to my way of seeing things. Google Plus: The Missing Manual attempts to remedy this by providing a comprehensive review of all the possible interactions you'd have with the web service from a user perspective. So, do I feel like I know the service any better after reading the book. No, not really, unfortunately maybe it's just the case that G+ doesn't work the way I do. The book makes a valiant effort, but I have a sense that I personally would be better served by a pure cookbook approach. I would characterize this 'manual' as a hybrid approach. Although it structurally does follow a cookbook like structure, I found a tendency to words where graphics and images would better suit the purpose. This isn't to say that the information isn't there, I just found it harder to find. This is not to say that the book isn't well illustrated. It's full of great full-colour screen shots. I think what might improve it for me would be the addition of diagrams that represented the processes related to accomplishing tasks using pictures rather than words. Full Review >

Mapping with Drupal

Mapping with Drupal

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jan 11, 2012 Shawn Day wrote: Superb for Novice and Expert Alike
Mapping with Drupal by Alan Palazzolo and Thomas Turnbull provides a hands-on, in-depth exploration of a the most popular tools for turning your favorite CMS into a geospatially enabled data management system. Contextualising and demonstrating modules such as Geofield, GMap and Location modules and the OpenLayers framework, Palazzolo and Turnbull provide a superbly crafted guidebook to allow a user to quickly get up to speed and undertaand the strengths and weaknesses of available solutions. Background information on cartography and a limited amount on extending Drupal quickly brings a novice up to speed. Subsequent chapters take a practical approach and the step-by-step instructions lead the reader through concrete real-world examples. Full Review >

Head First WordPress

Head First WordPress

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Dec 22, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: Head First WordPress by Jeff Siarto
This particular volume is very well done and offers a deeply basic introduction to setting cup, configuring and managing a WordPress blog. It takes a new user through the basics and then provides a hands-on practical experience with all the appropriate skills to meet basic to intermediate user demands. It is well written and comprehensively delivered and if you are either a visual learner or a person who does not want to sit down with a stock manual than this is the approach for you. Full Review >

The Information Diet

The Information Diet

A Case for Conscious Consumption

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Dec 14, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: Choose your information wisely
The premise of the Information Diet by Clay Johnson is: 'What if we started managing our information consumption like we managed our food consumption?' And so it begins. This is a fascinating book framed as an open discussion in which Johnson carries along this metaphor or information intake being likened to nutritional sustenance. This is not the first attempt to diagnosis the problem and surely won't be the last, but this interesting parallel with nutrition and diet is -- please pardon me for this -- great food for thought ;-) Full Review >

Ten Photo Assignments

Ten Photo Assignments

to develop your photographic skills

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Dec 13, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: Hands-On Photo Expertise in Your Own Time
This is a superbly fashioned instruction course for those who want to go beyond photographic snaps and start to think about what makes a photo particularly remarkable. Although it won't provide a simple formula to turn you into a photographic expert, what it does do is provide a series of "assignments" focusing on particular aspects that can be explored to both enjoy getting deeper into the photographic experience, but also moving beyond the snapshot. Full Review >

Big Data Glossary

Big Data Glossary

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Oct 25, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: High Level Overview with Deep Appreciation
The *Big* Data Gloss­ary is actu­ally a rel­at­ively *short* book, best enjoyed as an eBook in my estim­a­tion. This volume is sim­ilar to a num­ber of recent releases from O’Reilly that have moved from being deep and com­pre­hens­ive to provid­ing a higher-level taste-test over­view from a more con­cep­tual stand­point. In this instance, the Big Data Gloss­ary by Pete Warden could also be described as an annot­ated bib­li­o­graphy of the vari­ety of tools and plat­forms recently emerged to work with linked data or large and rich datasets. Full Review >

Designing Data Visualizations

Designing Data Visualizations

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Oct 23, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: A Concise and Valuable Intro to Data Vis
Insight­ful, sub­stant­ive and a must read for any­one work­ing with data visu­al­isa­tion as con­sumer or designer. Julie Steele andNoah Iliisky’s new volume — Design­ing Data Visu­al­isa­tions — from O’Reilly suc­ceeds in apply­ing a long over­due and well craf­ted taxo­nomic pro­cess to the art of Data Vis. Full Review >

Revolution in The Valley [Paperback]

Revolution in The Valley [Paperback]

The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Sep 17, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: Iconic and Authen­tic
I remem­ber being mildly amused by the first incarn­a­tion of Andy Hertzfeld’s col­lec­tion of anec­dotes when it was first pub­lished. Revolu­tion in the Val­ley was an intriguing and enga­ging set of remin­is­cences by many of those involved in mak­ing the Macin­tosh a real­ity col­lec­ted from folklore.org. Newly re-released in 2011 here I find myself re-reading the stor­ies and enjoy­ing them even more. Full Review >

Quick Guide to Flash Catalyst

Quick Guide to Flash Catalyst

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Sep 13, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: Quick and Concise Introduction
If you need to gain a rapid appreciation of Flash Catalyst and determine whether it may be the product to suit your needs, this is your book. The author provides con­cise, but pithy com­ment­ary about a few subtler points of the pro­cess, but not in dis­trac­tion from get­ting your feet wet with Catalyst. Full Review >

Getting Started with GEO, CouchDB, and Node.js

Getting Started with GEO, CouchDB, and Node.js

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 2.0

On Aug 30, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: Not the Book I Hoped For
The brief summary and end piece of the book enticed me. 'Today's technology tells us where we are, so how can we best work with this locational data?' Good premise. I can usually backwards engineer how we will get there. I need to know why I am doing something to determine how it is actually happening and to comprehend and learn. This book did not provide this for me. Full Review >

Mac OS X Lion Pocket Guide

Mac OS X Lion Pocket Guide

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Aug 25, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: Concise but Indispensable
Mac OS X Lion Pocket Guide by Chris Seibold is one of those handly small books that O’Reilly does so well. In this case, we have a con­cise, but thor­ough, look at the key fea­tures and facets of Apple’s latest oper­at­ing sys­tem and how it changes the way in which we inter­act with our Macs. The handy book begins by expor­ing the new fea­tures and then logic­ally looks at how to upgrade, what issues may emerge and a quick over­view of how to bene­fit from the new fea­tures. Full Review >

DIY Bookbinding

DIY Bookbinding

Bind your own book by hand

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Aug 24, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: Looking for a great DIY Project?
What a great excursion down a wonderful project! A lovely, short, step-by-step brief, DIY Bookbinding by Brian Sawyer inspires the reader to attempt their own bookbinding project. Although only 32 pages in length, the author makes the process of binding together a collection of magazines into a durable hardcover tome quite approachable and achievable. Full Review >

Mastering the Nikon D7000

Mastering the Nikon D7000

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Aug 5, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: Embrace the cre­at­ive poten­tial of the D7000
Wow! This is the manual that should come with the cam­era. If you, like me, come away from the stock manual dis­ap­poin­ted, frus­trated, or just feel­ing that it simply leaves out all the prac­tical ‘why’ type information…get this book. Full Review >

Learning SPARQL

Learning SPARQL

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Aug 4, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: Plunging into Linked Data
I really like an instructional volume that dispenses with initial bouts theory of theory for good hands on tooling with a technology. This volume does a superb job of balancing theory with extensive examples and thorough discussion to provide a super grounding in the vocabulary and process of the SPARQL query language. Full Review >

Learning Perl

Learning Perl

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Aug 3, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: The De Facto Standard
This book takes the learner to a solid competence in PERL and a stage to carry out many useful tasks is areas such as text processing or database manipulation. It will be useful to those with no programming experience and a need to carry out automated tasks for their own use as well as people familiar with Python or PHP requiring a rapid introduction to a different approach to similar programmatic structures. Full Review >

Head First iPhone and iPad Development

Head First iPhone and iPad Development

A Learner's Guide to Creating Objective-C Applications for the iPhone and iPad

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Jun 28, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: Fun and Informal: A Great Intro to iOS Development
This book covers iOS app development from start to finish in such a lyrically informal and fun way that this is definitely a recommended start for anyone considering getting into this booming area. It provides an extremely accessible and approachable guide for those new to using tools such as Xcode to develop apps for iOS. As with other Head First books, the approach is extremely graphically enhanced and takes the reader through a series of hands-on tutorials. Full Review >

Take Control of Troubleshooting Your Mac

Take Control of Troubleshooting Your Mac

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jun 15, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: An Essential Tool for OSX Users
A book like this shouldn't need to be written, but it does and it's an indispensable read for any OSX user from novice to expert. The entire volume is chock full of useful advice, dealt with largely as a cookbook allowing it to be consulted when needed in a to get right to the exact information needed in timely manner. I would recommend this one to any OSX user and say its is well worth it and an essential buy. Full Review >

Take Control of Speeding Up Your Mac

Take Control of Speeding Up Your Mac

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Jun 14, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: Useful and Good Value for Money
Take Control of Speeding Up Your Mac by Joe Kissell is one of a triumvirate of step-by-step manuals to keep your OSX based computer running as advertised - or as close to that as possible. Like his other two volumes on maintaining and troubleshooting your Mac, Kissell takes a systematic approach to examine the areas of software and hardware that can result in slower performance of your computer than need be. The volume is thorough and comes with many recommendations on applications for download to resolve issues and restore performance along with hardware tips that can boost existing performance. Full Review >

Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac

Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Jun 9, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: Clear, Concise and Prudent
Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac provides a series of steps and activities that can done on a periodic basis to prevent slowdown and/or crashes of your OSX based computer. The book lives up to its promise of providing a clear, concise and straightforward approach that explains why to carry out particular routines, what their impact is and assembles these into programmes to be carried out on a daily, weekly and yearly basis. Full Review >

Take Control of Scrivener 2

Take Control of Scrivener 2

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Jun 8, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: Dense and Well-Structutured Instuction
Take Control of Scrivener is strewn with nuggets and within are all the bits and pieces you could want. What this book takes to use and to really benefit from it is the ability to sit down with the program and the book and concentrate with them both for an extended period of time. Take Control of Scrivener is an invaluable source of information. There are few books to call upon for any extra-manual instruc­tion in Scrivener and the tips and tutorial in this volume are superb and much appreci­ated. I would recommend this book to any use of Scrivener for honing and perfecting their usage of a powerful writing tool. Full Review >

HTML5 Geolocation

HTML5 Geolocation

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jun 7, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: HTML5 Geolocation - Clear, Concise and Thorough
The book is concise, but thorough, well con­structed and logically arranged. The linear treatment of demonstrating what is involved, how it is implemented and the following this with discussion of why and where it is of value for consumers of the data is beauti­fully delivered. This is an excellent reference manual and can be read as either an overview introduction to the why and wherefore or as a more detailed and stepped development info source. Full Review >

The Book of CSS3

The Book of CSS3

A Developer's Guide to the Future of Web Design

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jun 3, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: Book of CSS3 Chock Full of Goodness
Not only does the Book of CSS3 by Peter Gasston provide a thoughtful introduction to the latest and greatest power of CSS3, it offers clear, thorough and well illus­trated examples built on tips, tricks and real world experience. This book is aimed at those with some experience with CSS in gen­eral but does not demand an in-depth knowledge. It jumps in and demonstrates by doing and provides a logical path through the vari­ous facets of CSS3. Full Review >

Capture

Capture

Digital Photography Essentials

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Apr 21, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: Capture: Deep Theory Well Executed
Capture by Rand, Broughton and Quintenz-Fiedler is an opulent manual that plumbs the depths of photographic theory, presenting it with clarity - extending the traditional analogue into the digital. Its all about the science of image and light. Full Review >

R Cookbook

R Cookbook

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Apr 19, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: R Recipes: A Cookbook For Data Analysis and Visualisation
The R Cookbook by Paul Teetor is a solid addition to the well respected series. It provides a rich collection of useful examples written in the proven method The book is targeted at a wide audience from R novice eager to just start playing in R to more experienced practitioners looking to hone and round out their R repertoire. Highly recommended. Full Review >

iPad 2: The Missing Manual

iPad 2: The Missing Manual

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Apr 18, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: When a Good Pad Gets Better
It answers those niggling questions that new users would have and continues to serve as a useful reference source as a user gains familiarity. Full Review >

Gamestorming

Gamestorming

A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Apr 18, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: Serious Games for Breakthrough Dynamics
Gamestorming lives up to its rather lofty ambitions by providing solid and systemised routines that can be implemented to create an environment for innovation. The book provides a recipe-like guide to a wide (100 or so) variety of exercises and scripts for groups of individuals to employ to open up the flood gates for the free flow of ideas, breaking through impasses and generally making great things happen. Full Review >

Data Source Handbook

Data Source Handbook

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Mar 1, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: A Handy Guide to Public Data Sources
The Data Source Handbook by Pete Warden provides a concise and handy guide to some of the main sources of public data accessible on the web today. It's a very short book of 40 pages. This in itself does not stand against the book. These sources are rapidly changing and compiling and committing an exhaustive survey to a printed volume would damn it to almost instant obsolescence. Full Review >

Mining the Social Web

Mining the Social Web

Analyzing Data from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Other Social Media Sites

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Feb 4, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: I really just simply enjoyed this book
This is a very comprehensive and thoughtful approach to the avalanche of explorable data available from our social existence and Russell provides an extremely approachable and superbly crafted volume. For anyone interested in stepping beyond simple participation and taking a thoughtful view of how social media is changing our lives, this is the book of reference. Full Review >

Microsoft Excel 2010: Data Analysis and Business Modeling

Microsoft Excel 2010: Data Analysis and Business Modeling

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Feb 1, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: Microsoft® Excel® 2010: Data Analysis and Business Modeling (Wayne Winston)
This impressive volume delivers a hugely comprehensive data analysis and business modeling 'course' in a succinct and applied style. Designed for a business professional it offers real hands-on experience. Full Review >

JavaScript Step by Step

JavaScript Step by Step

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Jan 21, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: JavaScript Step by Step
Yes, another tutorial based guide to JavaScript. Does the world need another one? Do you need another one? After having spent some time with this volume, I come away very impressed. Suehring's JavaScript Step by Step in a superb 'missing manual' for novices and those already somewhat acquainted with aspects of JavaScript. Full Review >

App Savvy

App Savvy

Turning Ideas into iPad and iPhone Apps Customers Really Want

Shawn's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jan 19, 2011 Shawn Day wrote: App Savvy by Ken Yarmosh
Everybody's doing it. They are sitting on that great idea for a next amazing application. The first lesson that Yarmosh empahsises is that your 'app idea must be more than just an idea.' This is 'the' textbook for iApp development. Full Review >

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