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Programming iOS 7

Programming iOS 7

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On May 26, 2014 Thomas Maher wrote: Book Review Programming iOS 7, 4th Edition
The Neuburg books, including Programming iOS 7, 4th Edition, won't be outdone. If another iOS programming book gets created that is better, I expect its author will be Matt Neuburg. Full Review >

Perl One-Liners

Perl One-Liners

130 Programs That Get Things Done

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On Dec 11, 2013 Thomas Maher wrote: Book Review: Perl One Liners
This book can be read very quickly by experienced perl programmers who know about $_ and hashes and lists and single quotes and backslashes. Less experienced users can probably use it to get work done fast. Non-programmers and aspiring not-yet-programmers can probably learn very efficiently using this book. Many of these one-liners are outright programs that could run to dozens or hundreds of lines of code. The density can reveal many problems being addressed on one line--open file, read line, process line, do some other stuff, save file. All on one line! Seriously, folks, CompSci 101 courses might be more fun with a book like this (instead of the standard C++ tome). Full Review >

Android Cookbook

Android Cookbook

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On Oct 21, 2013 Thomas Maher wrote: Book Review: Android Cookbook
This is a review of Oreilly's Android Cookbook. A few notes of disclosure: 1. I only read (and therefore review) books that I'm almost certain that I'm going to love. 2. I have every Ian Darwin book and think the guy is a technology God. Yes, I like the book. I think all of the books recommended are good ones, especially Head First Java, 2nd Edition. Thinking in Java, 4th edition is also a great book. I would add "The Java Programming Language" even though it gets very difficult during the second half of the book. Full Review >

Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers

Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers

A Guide to Developing Internet Agents with PHP/CURL

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On Apr 13, 2012 Thomas Maher wrote: Book Review: Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers, 2nd Ed
It is also clear that the author has used robots to make online purchases. One wonders whose credit card was on the hook for code quality. It is funny to think of UPS showing up with, oops, 1000 packages one Tuesday morning. The author’s real-world web crawling experience adds something hard to describe, something good. Full Review >

MySQL Troubleshooting

MySQL Troubleshooting

What To Do When Queries Don't Work

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On Apr 4, 2012 Thomas Maher wrote: Book Review: MySQL Troubleshooting
Having read more than half of Oreilly's MySQL books, I can say that the bar for quality is very high in this genre. The MySQL reference manual is indispensible, but to really learn MySQL, you need to read the Oreillys. These classics in particular, are handy to read: Full Review >

Environmental Monitoring with Arduino

Environmental Monitoring with Arduino

Building Simple Devices to Collect Data About the World Around Us

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On Feb 7, 2012 Thomas Maher wrote: Book Review: Environmental Monitoring with Arduino Building Simple Devices to Collect Data About the World Around Us
One problem with this book is that you need certain hardware that you don’t have right now to complete the project. A great strength of the book is that each section lists the parts you need. For example, Chapter 3 requires a thing called a “4Char display”. The “Parts” section lists a part number: “SparkFun sku COM-09765A”. This is great help. It would have been better if there was a list at the beginning of the book with all the parts needed to do all of the projects in the book, some advice on what they will cost and where to get them. The book does suggest these four providers of Arduino hardware 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

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On Jan 31, 2012 Thomas Maher wrote: Head First iphone and ipad Development 2nd edition
Dan and Tracey Pilone have delivered a masterpiece of efficient learning. This book will be useful to anyone involved at any level of iPhone/iPad development. Even managers! Full Review >

Virtualization: A Manager's Guide

Virtualization: A Manager's Guide

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On Jul 5, 2011 Thomas Maher wrote: Book Review: Virtualization: A Manager’s Guide
Dan Kusnetzky’s new book “Virtualization: A Manager’s Guide” is subtitled “Big picture of the who, what, and where of virtualization”. The book’s ISBN is 9781449306458. Its website is at http://oreilly.com/catalog/9781449306458/ I have read the book. Full Review >

Introduction to Search with Sphinx

Introduction to Search with Sphinx

From installation to relevance tuning

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On May 17, 2011 Thomas Maher wrote: Book Review: Introduction to Search with Sphinx, by Andrew Aksyonoff
Chapter 1 "The World of Text Search" is awesome fun. Who knew that Sphinx (and Google) searches use AND by default but that Lucene uses OR by default. Chapter 1 is mostly a refreshing breeze, but we do get precision about the meaning of many terms including document, index, match, result set. Full Review >

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