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Enterprise Web Development

Enterprise Web Development

Building HTML5 Applications: From Desktop to Mobile

John's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Jul 24, 2014 John Drews wrote:
This book - like most O'Reilly publications makes great use of code examples and diagrams to help you get involved with the ongoing narrative. It utilizes a real-world project to help you grasp the principles. I felt that the authors were quite honest about the pros and cons of HTML5. It's pretty messy out there right now. Demand for HTML5 is very high now, however. This book will help you dig through the absolute mess of tools, standards and libraries and get you on the right track. Full Review >

iOS Game Development Cookbook

iOS Game Development Cookbook

John's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jul 23, 2014 John Drews wrote: Must Have
All iOS developers will enjoy this book. Full Review >

You Don't Know JS: Scope & Closures

You Don't Know JS: Scope & Closures

John's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Apr 15, 2014 John Drews wrote: Concise, fun read!
This book is concise and covers topics other books won't touch. It definitely a keeper. Full Review >

Introducing Python

Introducing Python

Modern Computing in Simple Packages

John's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Mar 10, 2014 John Drews wrote: Author with decades of experience.
This book shows his experience. It displays a deep knowledge of programming principles and the Python language, as well as and understanding of the shortcomings of the language - where other languages might be better suited to solve certain problems. Full Review >

Mastering Algorithms with C

Mastering Algorithms with C

Useful Techniques from Sorting to Encryption

John's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Mar 3, 2014 John Drews wrote: Great Explanations. Nice Visual Aids.
Programmers tend to have a difficult time explaining things in a way that average people can understand. Kyle Loudon is an exception. He uses well phrased illustrations to make complex subjects simple to grasp. Full Review >

Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Mavericks Edition

Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Mavericks Edition

John's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 3.0

On Mar 1, 2014 John Drews wrote: Not for Computer Nerds
If my mom were buying a Mac - I think I would get her this book. It is well written, easy to navigate, and the writer seems like a very friendly person. Full Review >

Programming iOS 7

Programming iOS 7

John's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Feb 27, 2014 John Drews wrote: Every iOS Developer should have this
In review, I wish I could give a ten star score, as this book is that good. Full Review >

Learning iOS Programming

Learning iOS Programming

From Xcode to App Store

John's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Feb 27, 2014 John Drews wrote: Diverse Subjects - great explanations
The version of this book I reviewed was covering iOS development up to iOS 6 - so it's a little outdated (already). This book still holds up. Mr. Allan shows a unique ability of teaching why things work the way they do. Most books just teach you how to do things.... Full Review >

Programming Entity Framework

Programming Entity Framework

John's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Sep 15, 2013 John Drews wrote: A Must Have for EF Programmers
This book is a must have for those of us using Entity Framework. I know it will benefit my career for many years to come. Full Review >

Designing Evolvable Web APIs with ASP.NET

Designing Evolvable Web APIs with ASP.NET

Harnessing the Power of the Web

John's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Sep 11, 2013 John Drews wrote: Designing Evolvable Web APIs with ASP.NET By Glenn Block, Pablo Cibraro, Pedro Felix, Howard Dierking & Darrel Miller
Designing Evolvable Web APIs with ASP.NET. Glenn Block, Pablo Cibraro, Pedro Felix, Howard Dierking & Darrel Miller As an ASP.net developer, this book hit a little close to home with me. I'm astounded at the capabilities of this platform. Now that it has expanded into the rest of the open-source… Full Review >

Jump Start CoffeeScript

Jump Start CoffeeScript

Get Up to Speed With CoffeeScript in a Weekend

John's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Aug 28, 2013 John Drews wrote: Pretty Good Book!
Ok this book is pretty good. The code is excellent and it's well though out. This book actually has a story that you can get involved in - which makes it kind of unique. For a programmer it might be a bit childish and you probably wouldn't want to use it as a reference, but you will pick a lot of good CoffeeScript stuff if you follow the book from start to finish. It's a book to read over a weekend - not to keep next to you on the desk. Full Review >

Python Cookbook

Python Cookbook

Recipes for Mastering Python 3

John's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Aug 22, 2013 John Drews wrote: BOOK REVIEW: PYTHON COOKBOOK 3RD EDITION; DAVID BEAZLEY, BRIAN K. JONES; O'REILLY MEDIA
This book gives you what you need if you're an experienced Python programmer. Admit it - we all face challenges in programming, and from time to time we need experts to help us through those problems. This book will get you there. Full Review >

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