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Windows PowerShell Cookbook

Windows PowerShell Cookbook

The Complete Guide to Scripting Microsoft's Command Shell

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On Feb 21, 2014 Yasin Soliman wrote: Book Review: Windows PowerShell Cookbook by Lee Holmes
Initially released seven years ago, Windows PowerShell is a supercharged command-line utility designed to provide greater control and flexibility to IT administrators and developers. According to Microsoft, "using a new admin-focused scripting language, more than 130 standard command line tools, and consistent syntax and utilities, Windows PowerShell allows IT professionals to more easily control system administration and accelerate automation." Even though the Windows PowerShell Cookbook isn't a tutorial per se, the format in which information is conveyed and described seems to be more effective in helping new and experienced PowerShell users alike experiment with scripts and topics relevant to their needs. Holmes explains this as "helping you learn PowerShell through task-based solutions to your most pressing problems. Read a recipe, read a chapter, or read the entire book—regardless, you’re bound to learn something." This task-based solution approach is an excellent way to display real-world examples of implementations and explain certain areas with logical and understandable scenarios. Full Review >

Python Pocket Reference

Python Pocket Reference

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On Feb 20, 2014 Yasin Soliman wrote: Book Review: Python Pocket Reference by Mark Lutz
The first thing to note about the Python Pocket Reference is that if I was completely new to the Python programming language and wanted to pick up a handy 'reference guide' to getting started with essential concepts, this would not be an ideal book for my needs whatsoever. Apart from the single-page introduction, the book provides no logical flow that would allow someone new to Python to jump right in and start experimenting with basic functions and progress to advanced skills by the end of the book. There is other books that suit beginner Python programmers and I would suggest that a more detailed read in a tutorial format would suffice. However, if you're an experienced Python programmer with existing awareness and knowledge of the topics covered (statements, syntax, types etcetera) then Lutz's reference is an excellent book to keep handy whenever you're working with Python. As this is not a tutorial or guide book, expect no images or graphics to break up large paragraphs of text, but instead well-presented tables containing essential expressions linked to the current chapter and bullet-pointed lists with colour-coding and a distinctive pre-formatted typeface for code. Full Review >

Take Control of iCloud

Take Control of iCloud

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On Feb 18, 2014 Yasin Soliman wrote: Book Review: Take Control of iCloud by Joe Kissell
Kissell succinctly opens Take Control of iCloud with an overview-style introduction and a 'Quick Steps' guide, helpful for those with little or basic understanding of iCloud. From the second you pass the introductory chapters you are greeted by a well-designed layout with presentational emphasis on certain points and a well-structured flow of information. This complements the way in which chapters are written and allows Kissell to explore specific concepts in more detail while retaining the general theme of a chapter. Full Review >

Windows 7 Administrator's Pocket Consultant

Windows 7 Administrator's Pocket Consultant

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On Feb 16, 2014 Yasin Soliman wrote: Book Review: Windows 7 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant by William R. Stanek
Although the title of Stanek’s Pocket Consultant book for Windows 7 administrators might give you the impression that the content inside is ‘brief and basic’, on flicking through the introductory chapters it is evident that this book packs a serious amount of useful and precise information on every area of Windows 7 with helpful (albeit sporadically positioned) screenshots, tips and guidance to help you harness the potential of the advanced features of Microsoft’s most popular desktop operating system or explain basic system functions to others. Full Review >

OS X Mountain Lion: The Missing Manual

OS X Mountain Lion: The Missing Manual

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On Nov 30, 2013 Yasin Soliman wrote: Book Review: OS X Mountain Lion: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Are you an existing Mac user who upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion? Or are you a new Mac user who plunged into the worldof the Mac on a system with Mountain Lion installed? Regardless of your familiarity with Apple's line of Mac systems, you may have been surprised to see that Mountain Lion came with a multitude of new features and enhancements, but no definitive guide or manual 'out-of-the-box' that provides a detailed but clear overview of the variety of improvements and additions to the OS. O’Reilly books in the Missing Manual series carry the slogan “[the] book that should have been in the box,” a statement which certainly in this case, at least, I agree with entirely, as Pogue's delivery and clarity presented in OS X Mountain Lion: The Missing Manual, in my opinion, serves as an excellent choice for a default guide to the new version of OS X, whether you've had a Mac for years or you're just getting started. Full Review >

Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual

Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual

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On Aug 10, 2012 Yasin Soliman wrote: Book Review: Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual by Lesa Snider
Photoshop is a feature-packed piece of software which could be overwhelming for new users. With Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual, it makes learning Photoshop a breeze. It's way more than just a manual, explaining all you need to know about the latest version of the Adobe image creation and editing package - with helpful guides, images and easy-to-understand instructions, for users who are new to Photoshop or have some experience with older versions. Snider's style of writing is easy to follow, written in a way that is educational and captivating at the same time. The Missing Manual is the only Photoshop book you need to jump right in to a range of areas. Compared to other publications and Photoshop manual offerings, the illustrative graphics and helpful content inside this book provides a textual instructor-style experience in your hand, wherever you are. Full Review >

Head First HTML5 Programming

Head First HTML5 Programming

Building Web Apps with JavaScript

Yasin's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Oct 19, 2011 Yasin Soliman wrote: Book Review: Head First HTML5 Programming by Eric Freeman and Elisabeth Robson
If you want an overview-style read with different sections on a diverse range of HTML5 topics then Head First HTML5 Programming is for you. It stems away from basic HTML markup coding, giving you view of potential uses for HTML5 combined with more complex functions and features allowing you to start projects such as building full-scale Web applications and working with APIs. Head First HTML5 Programming gives you all you need to know - it's a great guide for building web apps with HTML5 - with a focus on HTML5 and its potential uses instead of extensive learning about markup. From the first chapter you start to discover all the information you need to build and code web projects; how to make your sites interactive, how to access a range of APIs, and how you can build an exciting web experience for your users. Full Review >

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