Many Features Great & Small: Two New Microsoft Windows 7 Books – #bookreview

Here’s the long and the short of it, and the big and the semi-little. Microsoft Press recently has released two helpful new books focusing on the features of Windows 7. One book, a hardback, weighs nearly five pounds and has 1,323 pages. The other, a paperback that weighs nine ounces and has 194 pages, is supposed to fit in … Continue reading Many Features Great & Small: Two New Microsoft Windows 7 Books – #bookreview

The IDA Pro Book: The Unofficial Guide to the World’s Most Popular Disassembler – #bookreview

The IDA Pro Book: The Unofficial Guide to the World’s Most Popular Disassembler By Chris Eagle (No Starch Press, $69.95, paperback; $55.95, Kindle) The popular interactive disassembler IDA Pro helps reverse engineers, malware analysts, vulnerability testers and others dissect computer programs when source code is not available. Unfortunately, IDA Pro is updated so frequently, it’s … Continue reading The IDA Pro Book: The Unofficial Guide to the World’s Most Popular Disassembler – #bookreview

Designed for Use: Create Usable Interfaces for Applications and the Web – #bookreview

Designed for Use: Create Usable Interfaces for Applications and the Web By Lukas Mathis (Pragmatic Bookshelf, $35.00 paperback) There’s no code inside this well-written book for programmers and visual designers. Instead, the focus is on usability — how people use things — and how you can make big, modest or subtle improvements to their experiences … Continue reading Designed for Use: Create Usable Interfaces for Applications and the Web – #bookreview

I.M. Wright’s “Hard Code”: A Decade of Hard-Won Lessons from Microsoft – #programming #bookreview

I.M. Wright’s “Hard Code”: A Decade of Hard-Won Lessons from Microsoft By Eric Brechner (Microsoft Press,  $44.99, paperback; $35.99, Kindle) Good news, Eric Brechner fans. His alter ego “I.M. Wright” is back in print with an updated edition of “Hard Code,” a collection of columns that frequently delivers the “hard” truth about the ongoing battles … Continue reading I.M. Wright’s “Hard Code”: A Decade of Hard-Won Lessons from Microsoft – #programming #bookreview

Microsoft Access 2010 VBA Programming Inside Out – #bookreview #access #vba #programming

Microsoft Access 2010 VBA Programming Inside Out By Andrew Couch (Microsoft Press, $49.99, paperback; $39.99, Kindle) Critics of Microsoft’s Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) often contend that it is too “simple” a programming language, particularly when stacked up against C++ and C#. But Andrew Couch, a Microsoft MVP (“Most Valuable Professional”) with extensive experience in … Continue reading Microsoft Access 2010 VBA Programming Inside Out – #bookreview #access #vba #programming

Windows Sysinternals Administrator’s Reference – #bookreview #software #techsupport

Windows Sysinternals Administrator’s Reference By Mark Russinovich and Aaron Margosis (Microsoft Press, $49.99, paperback; $39.99, Kindle) To the uninitiated, the title may sound a bit ultra-geeky and scary. Particularly the “Huh?” word “Sysinternals.” But this book may benefit you “whether you manage the systems of a large enterprise, a small business, or the PCs of your … Continue reading Windows Sysinternals Administrator’s Reference – #bookreview #software #techsupport

New MOS 2010 Study Guide for 4 Microsoft Office Certification Exams – #bookreview

MOS 2010 Study Guide for Microsoft Word Expert, Excel Expert, Access, and SharePoint Exams By John Pierce and Geoff Evelyn (Microsoft Press, $44.99, paperback;  $35.99, Kindle ) In today’s depressed job market, employers have the upper hand. So, many companies now demand that job candidates and current workers have a wide range of computer skills … Continue reading New MOS 2010 Study Guide for 4 Microsoft Office Certification Exams – #bookreview

Gamification by Design – Implementing Game Mechanics in Web and Mobile Apps – #bookreview

Gamification by Design: Implementing Game Mechanics in Web and Mobile Apps By Gabe Zichermann and Christopher Cunningham (O’Reilly, $24.99, paperback; $9.99, Kindle) Many companies which sell us products and services are rushing to try to adapt successful videogame strategies to their sales techniques. This well-written and adequately illustrated book encourages companies to view consumers as “players” rather … Continue reading Gamification by Design – Implementing Game Mechanics in Web and Mobile Apps – #bookreview

Fante: A Family’s Legacy of Writing, Drinking and Surviving – #bookreview #writing #screenwriting

Fante: A Family’s Legacy of Writing, Drinking and Surviving By Dan Fante (Harper Perennial, $14.99, paperback; $9.99, Kindle) Italian-American novelist and screenwriter John Fante wanted his son Dan to become a plumber or electrician, not a writer or worse, an actor. He had strong and bitter reasons behind that desire, as Dan Fante movingly notes … Continue reading Fante: A Family’s Legacy of Writing, Drinking and Surviving – #bookreview #writing #screenwriting

The Book of Ruby: A Hands-On Guide for the Adventurous – #ruby #programming #software #bookreview

The Book of Ruby: A Hands-On Guide for the Adventurous By Huw Collingbourne (No Starch Press, $39.95, paperback; $31.95, Kindle)  Ruby, first introduced in 1995, is “a cross-platform interpreted language that has many features in common with other ‘scripting’ languages such as Perl and Python,” says Huw Collingbourne,  who is director of technology for SapphireSteel Software and has 30 … Continue reading The Book of Ruby: A Hands-On Guide for the Adventurous – #ruby #programming #software #bookreview