Hadoop is hot! Three new how-to books for riding the Big Data elephant – #programming #bookreview

In the world of Big Data, Hadoop has become the hard-charging elephant in the room. Its big-name users now span the alphabet and include such notables as Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google, the New York Times, and Yahoo. Not bad for software named after a child’s toy elephant. Computer systems that run Hadoop can store, process, … Continue reading Hadoop is hot! Three new how-to books for riding the Big Data elephant – #programming #bookreview

Programming C# 5.0 – Excellent how-to guide for experienced developers ready to learn C# – #bookreview

Programming C# 5.0 Ian Griffiths (O’Reilly, paperback – Kindle) Ian Griffiths’ new book is for “experienced developers,” not for beginners hoping to learn the basics of programming while also learning C#. The focus is “Building Windows 8, Web, and Desktop Applications for the .NET 4.5 Framework.” Earlier editions in the Programming C# series have “explained some … Continue reading Programming C# 5.0 – Excellent how-to guide for experienced developers ready to learn C# – #bookreview

Switching to the Mac, Mountain Lion Edition – David Pogue scores again – #bookreview

Switching to the Mac: Mountain Lion Edition David Pogue (O’Reilly, paperback – Kindle) David Pogue will have to pry Windows PCs out of my cold, dead fingers. That being said, his new book makes a very compelling case for why you other Windows users should switch from PCs to Macs right away. As I’ve previously … Continue reading Switching to the Mac, Mountain Lion Edition – David Pogue scores again – #bookreview

Version Control with Git, 2nd Ed. – Bring order to software development’s collaborative chaos – #bookreview #programming

Version Control with Git, 2nd Edition Jon Loeliger and Matthew McCullough (O’Reilly, paperback – Kindle) When I first took a job in software development, individual programmers controlled code versions themselves, and they jealously guarded their releases with back-ups on multiple diskettes – 5.25” diskettes. The real floppies. (Yep, I’m so old I actually worked with a … Continue reading Version Control with Git, 2nd Ed. – Bring order to software development’s collaborative chaos – #bookreview #programming

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

Learn the Kinect API – New Microsoft ‘Start Here!’ guide shows how – #bookreview

Learn the Kinect™ API Rob Miles (Microsoft Press, paperback, Kindle) The Kinect sensor  is a popular peripheral for Microsoft’s XBox 360 video game systems and Windows PCs. The device contains a video camera, a directional microphone system, and a depth sensor. Software developers are using the device “to advance the field of computer interaction in … Continue reading Learn the Kinect API – New Microsoft ‘Start Here!’ guide shows how – #bookreview

Understanding IPv6, 3rd Edition – Welcome to the new, improved & BIGGER Internet – #bookreview #microsoft #windows

Understanding IPv6, 3rd Edition Joseph Davies (Microsoft Press, paperback, list price $49.99; Kindle edition, list price $39.99) The Internet can now expand into a much bigger realm than was possible before the worldwide launch of IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) on June 6, 2012. The web most of us use has long relied on IPv4, … Continue reading Understanding IPv6, 3rd Edition – Welcome to the new, improved & BIGGER Internet – #bookreview #microsoft #windows

Introducing Windows Server 2012 – A guide to what’s coming in a much-anticipated release – #bookreview #microsoft

Introducing Windows Server® 2012 Mitch Tulloch with the Microsoft Server Team (Microsoft Press, paperback, list price $14.99; Kindle edition, list price $0.00)  The anticipated release date for the new version of Microsoft Server®  is sometime between the third quarter of 2012 and early 2013. And this book’s introduction hails it as “probably the most significant release … Continue reading Introducing Windows Server 2012 – A guide to what’s coming in a much-anticipated release – #bookreview #microsoft

Oh, Say Can You C#? – C# 5.0 in a Nutshell & C# 5.0 Pocket Reference -#programming #bookreview

O’Reilly recently has released two handy and helpful books for practitioners and students of the C# object-oriented programming language. One is a hefty, 1042-page “definitive reference” that (in paperback format) can double as a handy weight for physical exercise. The other is a compact, 215-page reference that really does fit in a coat pocket or pants … Continue reading Oh, Say Can You C#? – C# 5.0 in a Nutshell & C# 5.0 Pocket Reference -#programming #bookreview

Inside Windows Debugging: Practical Debugging and Tracing Strategies – #bookreview #in #programming

Inside Windows Debugging: Practical Debugging and Tracing Strategies Tarik Soulami (Microsoft Press, paperback, list price $39.99; Kindle edition, list price $31.99) Debugging and tracing tools — and the willingness and strategies to use them — should be key aspects of any software development and testing process. Inside Windows Debugging is intended for software engineers who … Continue reading Inside Windows Debugging: Practical Debugging and Tracing Strategies – #bookreview #in #programming