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Flask Web Development: Developing Web Applications with Python
Flask Web Development: Developing Web Applications with Python
Price: $18.35

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great First Book on Flask!, May 15, 2014
My daughter and I have some experience with Python, but don't know anything about Flask, and we were easily able to read through the book and follow along on a Mac. The first part of the book does a wonderful job teaching the various features in Flask. You learn how to map routes to view functions, create templates using Jinja2, work with web forms, connect to SQLite via SQLAlchemy, etc. Finish that part of the book and you are armed with a lot of good information on building websites with Flask. Part 2 uses this knowledge to build real-world social applications and then Part 3 goes into more advanced subjects like unit testing, performance, and deployment.

All-in-all we were pleasantly pleased on how the information was presented and felt really empowered after working through the book. If you are new to Flask and looking for a gentle introduction that eventually gets very real-world and in-depth, you'll be very happy with the book.

Head First JavaScript Programming
Head First JavaScript Programming
by Eric Freeman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $35.70
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Beginner Book!, May 9, 2014
If you are new to JavaScript, Head First JavaScript Programming is a fantastic first book. It focuses more on JavaScript as a language than manipulating the DOM, and this is exactly what you need before diving into jQuery, Zepto, or other JavaScript Framework to help with cross-browser DOM manipulation.

Follow this book with another great book, Head First HTML5 Programming, which is one of my personal favorites on learning JavaScript in the browser. It will take your skills even further.

Once you finish those 2 books, dive into a good book on jQuery to round out your knowledge!

The Modern Web: Multi-Device Web Development with HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript
The Modern Web: Multi-Device Web Development with HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript
by Peter Gasston
Edition: Paperback
Price: $25.34
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Overview!, June 20, 2013
Excellent overview of current and future technologies for developing for the web. If you're trying to catch up on various technologies and best practices on HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, etc., this is the book. It touches just about everything you want to know and goes just deep enough to help you understand importance and implementation. For those wanting to dive even deeper, each chapter ends with a list of resources for further reading.

Highly recommended for web designers, developers, front-end engineers, and managers looking for an overview of the current and future state of developing for the web.

Mac Hacks: Tips & Tools for unlocking the power of OS X
Mac Hacks: Tips & Tools for unlocking the power of OS X
by Chris Seibold
Edition: Paperback
Price: $20.13
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something For Everyone, April 13, 2013
I am not an OS X Power User so a lot of the Hacks in this book were new to me and very useful. Depending on your knowledge and interests this book could be really fun and useful or filled with information you already know or don't care about.

I was particularly interested in a lot of the security-related content. The book helped me create a backup, bootable flash drive, patition my drive nondestructively, and copy the Mountain Lion installer to a flash drive. I then encrypted a USB Drive to protect my sensitive files. I also optimized my wifi and double-checked the security. All of these items were hacks in the book and something I hadn't done before in OS X.

I haven't tried it yet, but one hack mentions turning your Mac into a DVR, which would be very fun and useful, too. I'm saving that for another weekend.

I recommend looking at the table of contents before buying, because all the hacks are listed in it. The list will tell you whether the book is worth buying or not. I found the procedures easy to follow, but I have done a lot of these hacks on a PC so that probably helped me on the Mac. If you're pretty comfortable in OS X, I don't think you'll have a problem.

Coding with Coda
Coding with Coda
by Eric J. Gruber
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.54
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overview of UI and Preferences, March 12, 2013
This review is from: Coding with Coda (Paperback)
The book would have been better titled "Overview of Coda" as opposed to "Coding with Coda" as it mainly provides a quick overview of the UI, preferences, and new features. It feels more like a help manual to me. There are screenshots sprinkled throughout the book, but mainly it lists out all the preferences in Coda and what they mean. Only one chapter shows a bit of workflow to construct a single web page, but it is too simplistic to get a feel for Coda.

I think the book is best suited for those developers struggling with understanding the UI of Coda and its preferences. If you are looking for insights on workflow, the advantages of Coda, a detailed look at the features, and how to leverage any plugins for maximum productivity, you will probably be disappointed.

DOM Enlightenment
DOM Enlightenment
by Cody Lindley
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.99
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book on DOM Fundamentals, March 1, 2013
This review is from: DOM Enlightenment (Paperback)
Great book on learning the fundamentals of manipulating and traversing the DOM using JavaScript without a library like jQuery, Zepto, etc.The writing style is very similar to JavaScript Enlightenment with small, bite-sized topics that include a brief introduction to the topic followed by a code sample and a link to a live version on JSFiddle.

At the end of the book the author shows a way to bundle this knowledge to create your own jQuery-inspired library for modern browsers. Think of it as a Zepto or jQuery version 2 library with no support for older versions of IE. Teaches you some neat JavaScript best practices and common patterns.

If you are building hybrid HTML 5 applications where you are only targeting a specific browser, like Mobile Safari on iOS, this type of knowledge can be very useful as you won't need a library like jQuery that has a lot of code to support multiple browsers. If you are a web designer who went straight to jQuery and have no knowledge of working with the DOM using JavaScript, this will be rather eye-opening.

If you like learning the fundamentals from books with less discussion and more code samples with sample output, this is a good book. If you like longer and more in-depth discussions with little code, then this book won't meet your needs.

Learning from jQuery
Learning from jQuery
Price: $14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book for Non-Programmers Using jQuery, February 17, 2013
I enjoyed the book even though I wasn't the intended audience for it. I see this book being a good transition for non-programmers that use jQuery in their web designs and want to know more about how jQuery works under the covers as well as better understand the JavaScript they do write. It's a way for them to dip their toes into the JavaScript waters using what they know - jQuery.

The topics in the book are roughly divided into two areas: 1) Event Handling, DOM Manipulation, and Ajax, and 2) JavaScript the programming language. The first area plays to the power of jQuery for DOM features and compares how you do things in jQuery vs raw JavaScript. You really appreciate the simplicity of jQuery. The second area discusses JavaScript as a programming language and helps you optimize your code, leverage patterns and best practices, and avoid common pitfalls. The language-specific topics can be a bit dry as their really isn't a good way to make this exciting if you don't enjoy learning a programming language.

CSS3: The Missing Manual
CSS3: The Missing Manual
by David Sawyer McFarland
Edition: Paperback
Price: $28.48
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Beginner Book, January 21, 2013
If you are just learning CSS and even HTML, this is a great beginner book. It explains the role of HTML and CSS and how to create stylesheets and take advantage of inheritance and cascading. It then walks you through numerous examples of styling various parts of a web page. Each chapter ends with one or more tutorials that you can apply in day-to-day web design. Toward the end of the book you learn to create page layouts and float-based layouts, use media queries, and develop responsive websites. Everything is written clearly and wonderfully. If you are a beginner, don't hesitate to purchase it.

If you know CSS and just looking for what's new in CSS3, you're not the intended audience and would probably be better off buying an example-driven book specifically for what's new in CSS3 and event HTML5. There are numerous books out there that are less narrative and more to-the-point at highlighting new features in CSS3.

CLR via C# (4th Edition) (Developer Reference)
CLR via C# (4th Edition) (Developer Reference)
by Jeffrey Richter
Edition: Paperback
Price: $41.99
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great C# Reference Book, December 15, 2012
I purchased the 2nd edition awhile back and considered this one of my favorite reference books on C#. The book dives deep into the C# language and exposes what's happening with the compiler, debunks myths, shows common mistakes and best practices, and generally just takes your C# knowledge to the next level.

It's not a beginner book and it's not a book you read cover-to-cover in a single sitting. I use it for a reference book on my iPad when I get stuck or question my knowledge of a particular language feature or solution.

If you have the 3rd edition and are wondering if it makes sense as an upgrade, the author ( Jeffrey Richter ) has posted the differences between the 3rd and 4th editions. Just do a search for him and the book in your favorite search engine and you are bound to find the post.

I haven't kept up with all the new C# reference books out there, but this is one I purchased early on and have always enjoyed the depth of the information.

Async in C# 5.0
Async in C# 5.0
by Alex Davies
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.25
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book. Just Needed More Examples., October 19, 2012
This review is from: Async in C# 5.0 (Paperback)
I really enjoyed this book. I think the author did a great job covering the material. He starts out explaining what async programming is using some nice analogies that one can relate to in everyday life. He then discusses async patterns and techniques using prior to C# 5 and their "problems." This, of course, is the segue to the new features in C# 5 and how they improve on previous techniques. There are good discussions on performance, unit testing, exception handling, etc. and a really in-depth look at what the C# compiler is doing to make our lives easier.

My only disappointment in the book is the lack of samples, and in particular, ASP.NET samples. The book really revolves around a single, overused, console application sample using WebClient to download favicons. It's a good sample, but WebClient is all we every see. I would have liked some nice ASP.NET MVC samples showing a variety of use cases. There are only a total of 2.5 pages toward the end mentioning ASP.NET, and this includes ASP.NET MVC and Webforms.

Overall, it is a really good book. I love the topic, the writing style, and the information. I just wish there were more examples, especially ASP.NET MVC examples. If not in the book, they would have been much appreciated in the sample code, which again, only has the single WebClient sample. Perhaps the author will add more examples in the sample code now that the book is published.

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