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Fatal Network (A Jake Adams International Espionage Thriller Series Book 1)
Fatal Network (A Jake Adams International Espionage Thriller Series Book 1)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read to keep your mind of everyday problems, June 27, 2015
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The characters are good, out of the classic spy novels. The plot is ok as well, nothing original but entertaining. It's an easy uncomplicated read.
I will be picking up the next book on the series just for fun.

Ep.#11 - "Born of the Ashes" (The Frontiers Saga)
Ep.#11 - "Born of the Ashes" (The Frontiers Saga)
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5.0 out of 5 stars another great episode in the series, November 1, 2014
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What I like of this series is that Ryk Brown manages to keep the same tone while at the same time it grows the characters and evolves the general story without using cheap tricks.

Ep.#10 - "Liberation" (The Frontiers Saga)
Ep.#10 - "Liberation" (The Frontiers Saga)
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5.0 out of 5 stars can't wait for ep11, February 11, 2014
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The characters are getting darker and the writing improving with every new book.
The last four books have been very good specially on the character development department.

Ep.#9 - "Resistance" (The Frontiers Saga)
Ep.#9 - "Resistance" (The Frontiers Saga)
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5.0 out of 5 stars getting better and better, February 7, 2014
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The plot is getting better and better and exploring multiple scenarios and stories in parallel is making the books even more enjoyable.

Ep.#8 - "Celestia: CV-02" (The Frontiers Saga)
Ep.#8 - "Celestia: CV-02" (The Frontiers Saga)
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5.0 out of 5 stars So far the best written of the series, February 5, 2014
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All the books in The Frontiers Saga are very entertainment. I think that in this one Ryk Brown grew as a writer significantly. I really enjoyed the rhythm of the middle chapters. Now back to book 9.

Effective Akka
Effective Akka
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend for anybody involved on designing or developing distribute applications., October 19, 2013
This review is from: Effective Akka (Kindle Edition)
Jamie Allen tackles the problems of writing concurrent/distribute applications and expose some patterns that can help to found solutions to those problems.

All the examples in the book are written on top of the Akka framework (as is obvious in the title of the book), but the patterns can be easily extrapolate to other frameworks and languages.

It was a great read, even for a person like me, not very familiar with Akka. I really appreciate how each problem is clearly expressed and the different solutions are explored with ample samples and detailed analysis of the pros and cons of each approach.

Functional JavaScript: Introducing Functional Programming with Underscore.js
Functional JavaScript: Introducing Functional Programming with Underscore.js
by Michael Fogus
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to write clean and composable JS applications, July 10, 2013
Even if you are familiar with JavaScript and functional programming, the book serves as a good resource to refresh and update your knowledge on both fields.

There are lots of code examples that illustrate each and every point in the book. I found myself going back to those examples as a way to internalize the most complicate or tricky concepts.

If you are new to JavaScript the first two to three chapters are going to serve as a good introduction to the language in the context of functional programming.
Regarding your knowledge of JavaScript I would recommend to at least skim over those initial chapters to make sure you don't miss anything important.

The progression feels natural and you shouldn't have problems following along. At the end of the book you will be able to see problems in a new light where data and behavior don't (necessarily) need to be coupled in the concept of Object.

Microinteractions: Designing with Details
Microinteractions: Designing with Details

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended to anybody working on any type of UI, June 5, 2013
Microinteractions are all those little things we deal with in a daily basic. Every piece of software and hardware have a good number of them.
You should read Dan Saffer book if you want to understand how to make your users life and your applications significantly better.

Sometimes as developers we glance over those little things that will make our application much better.
We can spend great amounts of time writing the perfect code, making that function elegant, concise and readable while at the same time we burden the end user with ridiculous flows, unhelpful error messages and obscure settings.

The book brings an understanding of these interactions and provide a framework to work with them. From using the appropriate control to enter data on a form to displaying the correct message in context after something important happened and hundreds of other little details that actually "make" our application.

I found the chapters that deal with each part of the microinteractions to be the most interesting of the book, as well as the section on how to test them.

I was able to find use cases on my own work where reading the book could have helped on how some of those interactions have been designed and implemented. I'm sure you will find the same.

Absolutely recommended.

Opa: Up and Running
Opa: Up and Running
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new framework (and language) that try to shake things up in the web development world, May 11, 2013
You will learn about how to work with Opa "the framework" and about some of the language features.

The book achieves this with several hands on projects of varies and increasing complexity.

There are only a few chapters that are not practical, ex: explaining the opa type system (chapter 7) and a few short introductory chapters at the beginning of the book. Read those chapters because they are packed with good information on some of Opa's strong points.

The book is targeted to developers of an intermediate level, without leaving in the dark beginners.

The authors don't waste to much time describing concepts outside Opa itself, a beginner may have to do some reading on the side to supplement knowledge, but it should be able to get to work with the framework regardless.

I think it's a good compromise since keep the book focused on the task and keep it short.

Opa is an intriguing framework and I will have to take it for a spin to make my mind about it. The book convinced me that I should at least spend some time with it.

The only issue I have with the book is the absence of tests. There are no tests nor mention of unit test, assertions or testing libraries/modules. A book written today should (at least), describe how to test your system. Even if it's in an appendix of the book, so to keep the examples clean.

Effective Monitoring and Alerting: For Web Operations
Effective Monitoring and Alerting: For Web Operations
by Slawek Ligus
Edition: Paperback
Price: $21.99
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book to learn how to interpreted all those graphics in the ops room, April 2, 2013
The author is clearly knowledgeable and experienced and the book is well written.

If you are new to metrics, this book is a good primer that goes deep into some of the practices and tools to use to capture and interpret those metrics.

So, if you are looking for a good and deep book on time series analysis that can help you to read and understand all those metrics you are capturing, this is the book.

There are extensive case studies of different scenarios that will show you how to interpret those time series and find the problem in that stubborn web server that (should) be working well.

If instead you want to learn how to capture those metrics and what tools to use, this is probably not the book you should be reading just yet, but keep it in your list and make sure to read it soon after you have your metrics set.
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