Reviews by Kathy Brown

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Head First C#

Head First C#

A Learner's Guide to Real-World Programming with C#, XAML, and .NET

Kathy's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Dec 12, 2014 Kathy Brown wrote: It's a Head First book, so it's good
I love Head First books. I know, it’s crazy to say you love a technical book, right? But I really do. The format just works for me. They’ve done a great job of analyzing how people learn, and writing a technical book that can actually stimulate and interest the reader. Full Review >

User Story Mapping

User Story Mapping

Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product

Kathy's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 3.0

On Oct 24, 2014 Kathy Brown wrote: Not for me
Admittedly, I am not the target audience for this book, but it was just too much for me. Full Review >

Java Cookbook

Java Cookbook

Solutions and Examples for Java Developers

Kathy's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Sep 15, 2014 Kathy Brown wrote: Java Cookbook - tons of solutions
The book states that it is not for beginners, and that is correct. While some basics of Java are covered in order to move on to other topics, this is not a book for learning Java. Full Review >

Hands-On Sencha Touch 2

Hands-On Sencha Touch 2

A Real-World App Approach

Kathy's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Aug 19, 2014 Kathy Brown wrote: Well thought out beginner book
Right off the bat, I like the comparison to Sencha Touch versus jQuery Mobile, Appcelerator Titanium, and Kendo UI Mobile. The book targets beginner to intermediate programmers, experienced with JavaScript, JSON, CSS3, and HTML5. Full Review >

Build a Strong AngularJS Foundation

Build a Strong AngularJS Foundation

Kathy's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Jul 23, 2014 Kathy Brown wrote:
If you are a visual learner or prefer to learn from videos, this would be the way to do it. The videos take you from understanding the history of Angular and what it is, to how to use it. The presenters arent exactly the most polished, but they explain the concepts and code in a clear manner. With code examples and a full application to download along with the videos, this series should give you a solid basic understanding of Angular. Full Review >

Instant Getting Started with VMware Fusion

Instant Getting Started with VMware Fusion

Kathy's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 3.0

On May 22, 2014 Kathy Brown wrote: Handy book to have with some good tips
I use a Mac. I love my Mac. However, sometimes I have to have Windows. My solution? VMware Fusion. Even though Im not getting started, this was still a worthwhile book. Full Review >

Speaking JavaScript

Speaking JavaScript

An In-Depth Guide for Programmers

Kathy's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Apr 22, 2014 Kathy Brown wrote: Well written JavaScript book from beginner to experienced
Thorough book on JavaScript from the very basic to the more advanced with lots of tips and example code along the way. Full Review >

Mobile Design Pattern Gallery

Mobile Design Pattern Gallery

UI Patterns for Smartphone Apps

Kathy's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Mar 19, 2014 Kathy Brown wrote: Well-written book with loads of examples
A device-agnostic look at design patterns. This well-done book covers the gamut of design patterns and gives thoughtful explanations on what works and what does not work. Full Review >

iOS 7 Programming Fundamentals

iOS 7 Programming Fundamentals

Objective-C, Xcode, and Cocoa Basics

Kathy's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Feb 12, 2014 Kathy Brown wrote: Everything you need to know to get started with programming for iOS7
You can’t say this book isn’t thorough. This book really and truly covers the fundamentals of programming for iOS7. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t worthwhile for those who already know some iOS programming. Full Review >

Killer UX Design

Killer UX Design

Create User Experiences to Wow Your Visitors

Kathy's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 3.0

On Nov 13, 2013 Kathy Brown wrote: Basic but thorough, not a killer for me though
The book itself “aims to be an introduction to user experience design”. It starts out very basic, including a pretty detailed description of what UX design even means. However, I was confused by the target audience. Full Review >

Confessions of a Public Speaker

Confessions of a Public Speaker

Kathy's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Oct 14, 2013 Kathy Brown wrote: No Matter Your Public Speaking Experience, You'll Learn Something Here
I’ve never seen Scott Berkun speak, so I have no idea if he is a good public speaker or not. I can tell you that he has some of the best advice I’ve ever read if you are thinking about (or already do) public speaking. Full Review >

The Art of iPhone Photography

The Art of iPhone Photography

Creating Great Photos and Art on Your iPhone

Kathy's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Sep 24, 2013 Kathy Brown wrote: Great Book for Every Day Photographers
This book goes way beyond snapping photos with your phone. In a simple and easy-to-follow manner, you can see how to create art with your iPhone. Full Review >

Head First HTML5 Programming

Head First HTML5 Programming

Building Web Apps with JavaScript

Kathy's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Sep 5, 2013 Kathy Brown wrote: It's a Head First book, you can't go wrong.
Per the authors, this book is targeted to anyone willing to learn and who is not "completely new" to writing web pages. Don't be fooled, that doesn't mean if you've been writing web pages for years that you will be bored. This is a Head First book, I've never been bored with any Head First book I've ever read. Full Review >

Version Control with Git

Version Control with Git

Powerful tools and techniques for collaborative software development

Kathy's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Aug 13, 2013 Kathy Brown wrote: Comprehensive book for all you ever wanted to know about Git
For all you ever wanted to know about Git. From A to Z and letters you didn't even know existed in between. Full Review >

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