LED Lighting: A Primer to Lighting the Future – #bookreview

LED Lighting: A Primer to Lighting the Future Sal Cangeloso (O’Reilly, paperback, Kindle) Sal Cangeloso of Geek.com and ExtremeTech.com wants to warm you up to some really cool lighting: light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. His new book, LED Lighting: A Primer to Lighting the Future, encourages readers to start using more LEDs and let loose of … Continue reading LED Lighting: A Primer to Lighting the Future – #bookreview

Think Like a Programmer: An Introduction to Creative Problem Solving – #programming #bookreview

Think Like a Programmer: An Introduction to Creative Problem Solving V. Anton Spraul (No Starch Press, paperback – Kindle) Often, we “solve” problems by avoiding them. For example, if we have a clunker car, we trade it in and get a new one. Problem “solved” simply by putting a shiny new sedan in the driveway. … Continue reading Think Like a Programmer: An Introduction to Creative Problem Solving – #programming #bookreview

Intermediate Perl, 2nd Edition – An excellent guide to pushing well beyond the basics – #programming #bookreview

Intermediate Perl, 2nd Edition Randal L. Schwartz, brian d foy & Tom Phoenix (O’Reilly, paperback) Attention, Perl programmers. Particularly those of you who write Perl programs with 100 lines of code or fewer but want to expand your limits. This popular intermediate guide, first published in 2006, has just been updated. Intermediate Perl, 2nd Edition … Continue reading Intermediate Perl, 2nd Edition – An excellent guide to pushing well beyond the basics – #programming #bookreview

Illustrated Guide to Home Forensic Science Experiments – Real CSI basics – #bookreview

Illustrated Guide to Home Forensic Science Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson (O’Reilly, paperback – Kindle) Movies, TV shows and detective novels have elevated forensic science to a cultural fascination. And in real life, a clue uncovered with a microscope or a chemical test frequently is the one that … Continue reading Illustrated Guide to Home Forensic Science Experiments – Real CSI basics – #bookreview

Build Awesome Command-Line Applications in Ruby – #programming #bookreview

Build Awesome Command-Line Applications in Ruby David Bryant Copeland (Pragmatic Bookshelf, paperback) The word “awesome” now is grossly overused in contemporary culture. And I hate it in book titles. That being said, Build Awesome Command-Line Applications in Ruby is an excellent how-to guide, particularly if you have a little bit of UNIX and some basic Ruby programming in … Continue reading Build Awesome Command-Line Applications in Ruby – #programming #bookreview

OS X Mountain Lion: The Missing Manual – Another how-to classic from David Pogue – #bookreview

OS X Mountain Lion: The Missing Manual David Pogue (O’Reilly, paperback – Kindle)  David Pogue knows how to produce excellent user manuals. He invented the popular “Missing Manual” series. And he continues to set high standards for other writers who also produce “Missing Manuals” and other tech books.   Pogue’s newest, OS X Mountain Lion: … Continue reading OS X Mountain Lion: The Missing Manual – Another how-to classic from David Pogue – #bookreview

Introducing Regular Expressions – Finding your perfect match…in strings – #bookreview

Introducing Regular Expressions Michael Fitzgerald (O’Reilly, paperback – Kindle) “Regular expressions are specially encoded text strings used as patterns for matching sets of strings,” Michael Fitzgerald writes in this example-rich new book that focuses on learning by doing. Veteran programmers who work with Perl, Java, JavaScript, C# and a number of Unix utilities often consider … Continue reading Introducing Regular Expressions – Finding your perfect match…in strings – #bookreview

Macintosh Terminal Pocket Guide and OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide – #bookreview

O’Reilly recently has released two compact and handy guides for Macintosh users: the Macintosh Terminal Pocket Guide and the OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide. Macintosh Terminal Pocket Guide Daniel J. Barrett (O’Reilly, paperback – Kindle) Macintosh Terminal is termed “the Macintosh’s best-kept secret” in this conveniently organized , well-illustrated guidebook.  Terminal also is described … Continue reading Macintosh Terminal Pocket Guide and OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide – #bookreview

The Data Journalism Handbook – Get new skills for a new career that’s actually in demand – #bookreview

The Data Journalism Handbook: How Journalists Can Use Data to Improve the News Edited by Jonathan Gray, Liliana Bounegru, and Lucy Chambers (O’Reilly, paperback – Kindle) Arise, ye downtrodden, unemployed newspaper and magazine writers and editors yearning to be working again as journalists. Data journalism apparently is hiring. Data journalism? I didn’t know, either, until … Continue reading The Data Journalism Handbook – Get new skills for a new career that’s actually in demand – #bookreview

Getting Started with D3 – A guide to working with data-driven documents – #bookreview #javascript

Getting Started with D3 Mike Dewar (O’Reilly, paperback – Kindle) This focused, 58-page how-to guide introduces the basics of D3, a JavaScript library written by Mike Bostock. The D3 library, a free download, can be used to manipulate documents based on data. According to the Data-Driven Documents website, “D3 allows you to bind arbitrary data to a … Continue reading Getting Started with D3 – A guide to working with data-driven documents – #bookreview #javascript