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Programming the BeagleBone Black: Getting Started with JavaScript and BoneScript
Programming the BeagleBone Black: Getting Started with JavaScript and BoneScript
by Simon Monk
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.34
53 used & new from $4.73

5.0 out of 5 stars Got Started!, September 1, 2014
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This book delivers exactly what the tittle says "getting started" into programming the BBB. An easy yet informative read, in typical Simon Monk style, simple, clear examples & information that is straight to the point. There's enough to learn the basics of Javascript, Bonescript, the board layout, I/O pins & setting up simple projects. And of course the bargain price makes it well worth it in "bang for bucks".

Although I did notice a few typos eg p70 - there is no space after the function statement ie. functionledOn & again lower on the page functioflashmessage & possibly a few other instances.


Complete 10 Set of Replaceable Assorted Iron Tips for Standard Soldering Machine - 900M-T Series
Complete 10 Set of Replaceable Assorted Iron Tips for Standard Soldering Machine - 900M-T Series
Offered by giraffeshop
Price: $16.99
5 used & new from $12.88

4.0 out of 5 stars Do the job, August 14, 2014
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Bought them for use with a Tenma solder station, & fit with no problems. I would have liked cheaper shipping, nevertheless it still worked out cheaper than buying locally. Good to have a wide range of tips instead of just the one that came with my original purchase.

Selected this supplier as it shipped to my country & was cheaper than others.


Programming Arduino Next Steps: Going Further with Sketches (Tab)
Programming Arduino Next Steps: Going Further with Sketches (Tab)
by Simon Monk
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.48
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5.0 out of 5 stars Small book, packed, full of usefull information, August 14, 2014
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Great follow up book to the author's previous book,

Programming Arduino: Getting Started With Sketches

http://www.amazon.com/Programming-Arduino-Getting-Started-Sketches/dp/0071784225/ref=pd_sim_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=10E9DNK257VNG5Q9DJ2X

This book is an easy to read but covers a range of technical programing topics that are essential to any one wishing to master the Arduino. All topics are clearly introduced & straight to the point. Covering the basics of SPi, I2C, flash programming & many other topics


Arduino Workshop: A Hands-On Introduction with 65 Projects
Arduino Workshop: A Hands-On Introduction with 65 Projects
by John Boxall
Edition: Paperback
Price: $20.92
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of projects, lots of learning, lots of fun!, August 14, 2014
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An excellent introduction using 65 various projects for an Arduino, providing practical hands on projects to various interesting topics eg digital & LCD displays, gps, networking, rfid, gms etc. Readers should be aware that it could be costly to purchase all the parts from scratch (because there are so many! although in most cases the parts are reusable for your own future projects. However projects are generally independent of each other, so a later project is not necessarily dependent on a previous project although some are.

The value of this book is the scope of projects, as well the author provides more updated projects and most importantly provides active support on his web site. The projects provide a foundation on which the reader can develop & improvise for their own projects. The book is well edited with few typos - unlike some books! The author encourages referencing product spec sheets, a practice that seemed intimidating before finishing this book.

Projects are clearly defined, with background tech info, project setup/layout description, parts list, schematic, code & code explanations.

http://tronixstuff.com/2014/05/06/arduino-workshop-hands-introduction-65-projects/


C# 5.0 in a Nutshell: The Definitive Reference
C# 5.0 in a Nutshell: The Definitive Reference
by Joseph Albahari
Edition: Paperback
Price: $39.24
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extensive coverage of C#, August 14, 2014
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Excellent reference of the C# language, worth the purchase for any C# programmer, covering a broad range of C# topics.


HP Officejet 6700 Premium e-All-in-One Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax
HP Officejet 6700 Premium e-All-in-One Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax
Offered by Atars
Price: $179.93
35 used & new from $100.00

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So Far So Good!, January 7, 2014
I've only had this printer a week or so (to replace an aging cannon MFP) & basically it's working fine! It has all the features I need from a printer & more! And I got it cheap... maybe thanks to all the negative reviews!

However I've only set it up to use the USB connection & black only printing!

But here's my experience so far..... and maybe I'm benefiting from the latest drivers.

I set this up under Windows 8.1 & Ubuntu 13.10(the main reason why I wanted a HP) .....easy.. no worries.
On both OS's I could set to greyscale printing WITH BLACK ONLY!.....it's in the printer preferences(& in the manual!!!) if no one knows where to look! So far I've only printed approx 50 pages in black & the Ink Levels indicate only approx 20%(or less used) on the demo cartridges. So unless the indicator is widely out .. what's the prob ? I may get up to 200 pages on the black. The color inks don't appear to have been used. (Ok I make be in for a shock in a month or so... but I don't think so).

The duplex option works fine, great for multiple web pages. Ok, so it's bit clunky & a bit noisy, but it's quieter & less clunky than my old cannon! But it's heaps faster, I wish I got this years ago! If I get anywhere near 1000pages on the Black XL cartridges, then it will be cheaper than my old cannon especially if I get them discounted.

One thing I did notice is that I should not turn it off while it's doing it's head alignment or whatever it doing when it's clunking around when not printing...as it gave an error message.

I'll update this review when I get around to setting it up for wireless & color printing or any other features. However I will set up the printer with a fixed IP, as I suspect this may avoid a lot of issues the 1 starers had.

This is a non amazon purchase, but I still thought worth reviewing.

Update (Aug/2014): I managed to get over 1000 greyscale prints with a non hp black cartridge, & approx 200 pages with the original black 'demo' cartridge. The down side is that when the printer does self cleaning it uses up the color cartridges(hence the downgrade to 4 stars). I left them in even after 'low' warnings.. the original demo color are all near low, even though I only color printed a few text pages. I've set it up to use wifi - no problems- even with Ubuntu, although on screen keyboard bit fiddly, but usable since only using rarely.


C# Design Pattern Essentials
C# Design Pattern Essentials
by Tony Bevis
Edition: Paperback
Price: $28.36
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy introduction to Design Patterns in C#, May 15, 2013
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This book is suitable for those wishing to get a quick intro to design patterns in C#. Whether a beginner to design patterns or those from another language wishing to get a quick reference into design patterns in C#.

From a common base application each pattern is applied, examples are simple without excess code, making them easy to follow & identify the pattern.

Each pattern is in it's own chapter, with it's UML, problem description & example code,

At the end of the book there is a chapter with an application that incorporates all the patterns. In the appendix, each pattern is summarized including it's UML, for a quick reference.

This book would also serve as a good stepping stone, to books that might have a deeper & broader explanation of patterns eg. the original GOF book etc.

For what you can learn in a short time, providing the benefits of better coding, makes this book great value.


Professional Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2012
Professional Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2012
by Martin Woodward
Edition: Paperback
Price: $44.69
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gave me the "leg up" to get started with TFS, March 27, 2013
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Even though this book is aimed at covering all the features of Visual Studio Ultimate, I was able to use it with VS 2012 Express & TFS Express to setup Source Control, Build Management (with a bit of help from MS Channel 9 videos & ALMRanger docs). For that alone it was worth the purchase, throw in unit testing, code anaysis an understanding of UML diagrams was a bonus. VS Professional-Ulitmate features like dependency diagrams, UI testing & all the others were worth knowing about, for possible future use. Minor nitpick .. could have had labels for the figures etc.


Windows 8 Administration Pocket Consultant
Windows 8 Administration Pocket Consultant
by William R. Stanek
Edition: Paperback
Price: $32.90
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy reference guide, March 27, 2013
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Professionally well written with clearly defined chapters with a concise language style. An "Under the Hood" manual for configuring, troubleshooting & learning the more complex tasks of Windows 8. However to learn how to use the Metro UI, there are other books that cover that topic. I'd give it 5 stars, except this is really the "Administrators Guide", that used to be supplied for free when purchasing a boxed version on Windows....in days long past!


Beginning Windows 8 Application Development – XAML Edition
Beginning Windows 8 Application Development – XAML Edition
by Kyle Burns
Edition: Paperback
Price: $33.23
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars practical example project, March 6, 2013
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Given that some computer books can be over 1000 pages, I found quite a lot a value in this book of 300 pages.

It starts off with a good summary of the windows 8 design style, & then a summary/reference of Xaml controls, that's the first 90 pages & an easy read. However from then on it's all coding examples.

Starting with styles, databinding & dependency objects to be used for developing a 'real world' example called MovieBrowser that connects to NetFlicks developer site (developer.netflix.com). Using the GridView template, the example is build upon in later chapters until it is a fully working (sample) solution. The MVVM pattern is introduced along with data templates. But then it gets into topics like Inversion of Control, Service Agents, Delegates, Asynchronous Programing to connect the the odata service that NetFliks provides, to complete the project.

After that, Search & Share Contracts along with Toasts & Tile Notifications and finally "Sensors" ie. Accelerometers, Inclinometers, Compass, Light & Geolocation are each covered by their own rather simple example exercise.

Descriptions of various topics were usually clear & straight to the point eg Dependency Objects etc. However one should be prepared for further research on more advanced topics, if not familiar. Although there are explanations of the code, it is at times brief, your on your own if you cant work it out.

As this book states it is an "Introduction to Windows 8 Development", it may well be best served as a complement with a book with a wider coverage & focus on controls, styles etc (eg Petzold's & Adam Nathan's books).

I would have given it 4 stars for the good choice of the sample exercise ie.MovieBrowser, and I think it's worthwhile doing. However I found a number of typos/errors in the coding examples, and there were mismatches between what's in the book & downloaded code. If a list of corrections (at apress.com or the author's blog ) & updated download code then I will gladly change to 4 stars. Having said that there were a few interesting links to various blogging sites that were worth visiting.


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