The Lens – A Practical Guide for the Creative Photographer – #photography #bookreview

The Lens NK Guy (Rocky Nook, paperback) NK Guy’s new book is billed as “A Practical Guide for the Creative Photographer.” It is that–and more. It also is a celebration of excellent photography made possible by great glass and having several interchangeable lenses available for your digital SLR or film SLR. Forget about megapixels vs. more … Continue reading The Lens – A Practical Guide for the Creative Photographer – #photography #bookreview

Juniper MX Series – A comprehensive guide for network engineers – #bookreview #juniper #networking

Juniper MX Series Douglas Richard Hanks Jr., and Harry Reynolds (O’Reilly, paperback – Kindle) This comprehensive, well-written handbook is aimed directly at network engineers who want to know more about the feature-rich Juniper MX Series of routers. Actually, “handbook” is a bit of a misnomer. It takes two hands to comfortably handle this hefty, comprehensive, 864-page guide. … Continue reading Juniper MX Series – A comprehensive guide for network engineers – #bookreview #juniper #networking

Surviving Orbit the DIY Way – You, too, can launch a satellite – #diy #science #bookreview

Surviving Orbit the DIY Way Sandy Antunes (O’Reilly, paperback – Kindle) Okay, it’s not exactly Star Trek. For less than the price of a reasonably good used car, you now can build your own picosatellite from a kit, get it launched into low Earth orbit by commercial rocket, and receive data from space. Surviving Orbit … Continue reading Surviving Orbit the DIY Way – You, too, can launch a satellite – #diy #science #bookreview

R in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition – A welcome update to an excellent reference guide – #programming #bookreview

R in a Nutshell: 2nd Edition Joseph Adler (O’Reilly, paperback – Kindle) Attention, statisticians, data scientists, data journalists, mathematicians, graphics specialists, and others who use the R programming language.  Joseph Adler has updated his popular “desktop quick reference guide” to R. If you aren’t familiar with R, it is a “free software environment for statistical … Continue reading R in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition – A welcome update to an excellent reference guide – #programming #bookreview

Practical Vim: Edit Text at the Speed of Thought – #programming #bookreview

Practical Vim: Edit Text at the Speed of Thought Drew Neil (Pragmatic Bookshelf, paperback) Vim is a popular, free text editor used by programmers, web developers, and others. If you are a reasonably good touch typist and know just two commands, i and :w, you can create simple code files and text files in a … Continue reading Practical Vim: Edit Text at the Speed of Thought – #programming #bookreview

Learning Unix for OS X Mountain Lion – Working with the Terminal and Shell – #bookreview

Learning Unix for OS X Mountain Lion (O’Reilly, paperback – Kindle)  When I showed this book–and its “Going Deep with the Terminal and Shell”–tagline to my Mac-centric wife, her first response was: “Why?” Her Macintosh, she declared, already does everything she needs it to do, with no fuss. Why bother with terminals and shells–and Unix? … Continue reading Learning Unix for OS X Mountain Lion – Working with the Terminal and Shell – #bookreview

Learning Node – A good how-to guide for server-side Web development with Node.js – #programming #bookreview

Learning Node Shelley Powers (O’Reilly, paperback – Kindle)  “Node is designed to be used for [server-side] applications that are heavy on input/output (I/O), but light on computation,” veteran Web technology author Shelley Powers notes in Learning Node, her ninth and newest how-to book from O’Reilly. “Node.js,” she explains, “is a server-side technology that’s based on … Continue reading Learning Node – A good how-to guide for server-side Web development with Node.js – #programming #bookreview

Adobe Edge Animate Preview 7: The Missing Manual – #bookreview #html5 #animation

Adobe Edge Animate Preview 7: The Missing Manual Chris Grover (O’Reilly, paperback – Kindle) Chris Glover’s well-written new book shows you how to build animated HTML 5 graphics for the iPhone, the iPad, and the Web, using familiar Adobe features. By the sixth page of the first chapter, you are using the software to create … Continue reading Adobe Edge Animate Preview 7: The Missing Manual – #bookreview #html5 #animation

Enterprise Games – How to build a better 21st-century business with game mechanics – #business #bookreview

Enterprise Games: Using Game Mechanics to Build a Better Business Michael Hugos (O’Reilly, paperback – Kindle) Can 21st-century games and gamers attack and destroy the top-down, assembly-line thinking that still keeps many businesses firmly rooted in the previous century?  Michael Hugos’ compelling new book makes a solid case that they can. Game mechanics, he argues, can … Continue reading Enterprise Games – How to build a better 21st-century business with game mechanics – #business #bookreview

Developing with Google+ –A handy how-to guide for working with the Google+ Platform – #programming #bookreview

Developing with Google+ Jennifer Murphy (O’Reilly/Google Press, paperback – Kindle) Ready to integrate Google+ with an existing website? Eager to build your own Google+ social application? This well-written and nicely illustrated how-to guide can get you started. Jennifer Murphy’s new book shows you, step by step, how to become “comfortable digging into Google+” and its … Continue reading Developing with Google+ –A handy how-to guide for working with the Google+ Platform – #programming #bookreview