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Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja
Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja
by Bear Bibeault
Edition: Paperback
Price: $28.51
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Masterfully written book but already outdated, June 10, 2015
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As a book to understanding the inner working of function invocations, closures, scopes, prototyping et al (and associated) gotchas, you would be hard pressed to beat this book. For that alone, this is the go to book on all things JS. Caution: This is not to be treated as a first book on Javascript. This is fairly advanced level stuff he discusses but thing that trip up even season programmers (but JS is a poorly conceived language so these slip ups are pretty common among programmers)
Obsolescence is a common problem with most tech books: the technology moves so fast that a book, unless annually updated, becomes out of date pretty fast. We can give that a slight pass because that's the nature of the beast. Glaringly, if you were to buy this today, notable omissions would be AngularJS & ReactJS.
There is another notable thing that's unforgivable: grayscale charts & graphs. Try matching the legend (grayscale, not color) to the pie-chart (also in grayscale) and I cannot make out which slice belongs to which framework in the legend.
Time for an update Mr Resig


iPad Air 2 Case, Apple iPad Air 2 Case i-Blason ArmorBox [Dual Layer] Convertible [Heavy Duty] Full-Body Protection KickStand Case with Built-in Screen Protector for Kids Friendly 2014 Release (iPad Air 2, Black)
iPad Air 2 Case, Apple iPad Air 2 Case i-Blason ArmorBox [Dual Layer] Convertible [Heavy Duty] Full-Body Protection KickStand Case with Built-in Screen Protector for Kids Friendly 2014 Release (iPad Air 2, Black)
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Price: $22.99
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2.0 out of 5 stars bad plastic, May 23, 2015
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Pretty expensive for something that uses a horrible, brittle plastic shell. Every time I have had reason to take apart the inner plastic shell- and I have had reason to because dust easily gets underneath the screen cover- I find bits of broken plastic. It has been about 6 months since I bought this, and at this rate, I don't expect it to last another six.


The Well-Grounded Rubyist
The Well-Grounded Rubyist
by David A. Black
Edition: Paperback
Price: $32.42
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, thorough, paces itself, July 14, 2014
First the disclosure:my copy of the book was provided by Manning in exchange for s review but no pre-conditions were attached to the outcome of the review. That said, it is a good book, not perfect. Since the list of things it gets right is long, I will stick to the only quibble I have with the book. It could have moved at a brisker pace by comparing Ruby's features and syntax to that of other closely related & popular OO programming languages like Python, Java, Objective C, C++. I dare say most readers of this book will quite likely have one of the aforementioned languages under their belt already & they would appreciate the differences and similarities. Another warning to the potential buyer: this is a Ruby book, not a Ruby on Rails book.
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RabbitMQ in Action: Distributed Messaging for Everyone
RabbitMQ in Action: Distributed Messaging for Everyone
by Alvaro Videla
Edition: Paperback
Price: $33.47
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Outdated info, March 27, 2014
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The good part is that it does have some coding examples. Bad part is that it is not enough. What's more, the info is quite basic. You can get that from the RabbitMQ site. The tougher things such as mirrored queues and using proxying solutions to make failure of master transparent to publishers/consumers have not been dealt with, all it talks about is using haproxying for load balancing which works for publishing but not for consuming. It gives its info based on 2.7 version of RabbitMQ but the current version is 3.2.x, so some of the info is actually wrong for the current version.
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JavaScript: The Definitive Guide: Activate Your Web Pages (Definitive Guides)
JavaScript: The Definitive Guide: Activate Your Web Pages (Definitive Guides)
Price: $22.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive but tedious, February 16, 2014
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The good thing about this book is that it is comprehensive, it goes into nuances and does not gloss over them. Bad thing is that it delves into nuances and gotchas too early in each chapter, so much so that the pace at which one can read this book and get a basic understanding of JS becomes excruciatingly slow. A better way would have been to go through JS basics first, and then revisit each concept, whether it be objects, properties, type conversion etc in greater detail in subsequent chapters. It is a better reference, I feel, than a book to learn JavaScript from, regardless of whether you are a novice or a longtime coder.


OtterBox Defender Series Case for iPhone 5 - Frustration-Free Packaging - Pink
OtterBox Defender Series Case for iPhone 5 - Frustration-Free Packaging - Pink

4.0 out of 5 stars Ugly but does the job well, April 2, 2013
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Your (in this case my wife) slender iPhone is turned into a fat brick but that's the price for solid protection. And it is solid.
If not for this, the phone would be a goner.
Only downside is if you ever need to take the phone out of the case, it is hard as hell.


Hadoop: The Definitive Guide
Hadoop: The Definitive Guide

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shallow, March 12, 2012
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I had bought this book (Kindle edition), hoping it would have a good intro to programming for MapReduce. It is not. This book tries to be a lot of things: a Hadoop administration book, MapReduce programming book using the Java API, an HDFS reference book, Hadoop Streaming book and so on and so forth but succeeds on no front. The examples are trivial and it barely skims the Hadoop Java API.


Programming Google App Engine: Build and Run Scalable Web Apps on Google's Infrastructure (Animal Guide)
Programming Google App Engine: Build and Run Scalable Web Apps on Google's Infrastructure (Animal Guide)
by Dan Sanderson
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow, February 17, 2012
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For the experienced Java EE programmer, this book is good enough. Not good for anybody else. Its treatment of the datastore is its weakest point. It explains the concepts decently well but the weakness lies in using the low-level API only, w/o using higher level JDO/JPA SDKs such as Objectify, which is what most programmers will end up using anyway. Also, this idea of trying to handle both the Python & Java APIs to GAE does not give the author enough space to go in-depth into either.


HTC ThunderBolt 4G Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)
HTC ThunderBolt 4G Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good hardware undone by software, December 8, 2011
This is a good phone, with a big screen and a mostly responsive build of Android but I don't know what HTC/Verizon did with the build but the OS and its basic tools like dialer come off a pretty buggy. For example, I have a custom ringer for when my wife calls. For reasons unknown, sometimes it will use the default ringer when she is calling (no, she is calling from one of the phones listed on her contacts card). Worse, sometimes, when my friends call, the ringer used is the one I have set for just my wife. There are times when the OS "drops" the SD card and only way to redetect it is to restart the phone. Until then, any podcasts, music, photos and videos I have cannot be accessed.
The HTC Sense UI is clunky at best. The should have stuck with Google's default UI.
The OS build comes preloaded with junkware which cannot be uninstalled. Another useful feature missing on this which I had on my G2 is the Swype keyboard.
In short, you can do better for the money. For the money, iPhone would have been better than this.


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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Junk. Please smash with rock., August 16, 2011
1. Runs hot with battery left in, so much so that the device stops working after showing a critical overheating message
2. Keeps dropping WiFi connection, every 3-10 mins, depending on phase of the moon, I think.
3. Takes forever to boot up and connect to 3G (I don't have 4G in my area of service).


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