Archive for the 'Technical' Category

CLR via C#

CLR via C# by Jeffrey Richter $34.48 at Amazon While I did notice when Microsoft introduced .NET and the CLR (Common Language Runtime), it wasn’t until 2011 that I first used them, when I had the opportunity to learn C#. At the time, I needed a working knowledge of the language – enough to do […]

Think Like a Programmer

Think Like a Programmer by V. Anton Spraul $20.39 from Amazon While I was working on my PhD in computer science, part of my job as a TA was to run the computer lab. I never cared for Java, but I learned enough of it to be able to help the undergraduates when they got […]

Safe C++

Safe C++: How to Avoid Common Mistakes by Vladimir Kushnir $19.77 at Amazon ($12.39 Kindle) Published by O’Reilly Media C++ used to be my favorite language; although I haven’t used it in years, I’m starting to get into several related languages (C# and Objective C) and I was curious about this new book from O’Reilly. […]

Healthcare in the 21st Century

Healthcare in the 21st Century by William Springer $0.99 on Amazon (Kindle only) Shameless plug time! Normally, I just review other people’s books; today, I’m going to tell you a bit about a book that I wrote instead. My day job is developing software for a company that makes electronic health records (EHRs). When the […]

JavaScript 24-Hour Trainer

Javascript 24-Hour Trainer by Jeremy McPeak $25.88 on Amazon Although I do a lot of HTML and CSS, I’ve never really had much interest in JavaScript. That changed a few months ago when web programming was added to my list of job responsibilities, so I picked up a couple of books to get me started […]

Fitness for Geeks

Fitness for Geeks by Bruce W. Perry $22.85 from Amazon I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book, but I was in the mood for something different after all the web programming books I’ve been reading lately. As I start feeling the aches and pains of old age (I turned 32 this year), […]

Murach’s HTML5 and CSS3

Murach’s HTML5 and CSS3 by Zak Ruvalcaba and Anne Boehm $54.50 from Mike Murach & Associates By this point, I had no intention of reading, let alone reviewing, another HTML book; I’ve seen too many of them in the last year. However, I’ve been a fan of the Murach books since I picked up Murach’s […]

Designing for the iPad

Designing for the iPad: Building Applications that Sell by Chris Stevens $24.34 from Amazon My wife and I are in the process of designing our first iPad game; while we have plenty of books on coding the app (some of which will be reviewed here), we were looking for something on how to design good […]

HTML & CSS: design and build websites

HTML & CSS by Jon Duckett $16.49 from Amazon I’ve reviewed a number of HTML and CSS books before, but this one is fairly unique. Most of the programming books I read are aimed at programmers, and they tend to have a similar look (aside from the facing-page layout in the Murach books, anyway). This […]

Building iPhone Apps, Part I: Cocoa and Objective-C

This past summer, I decided I wanted to get into app programming. I have an ipod touch and a first generation ipad, my wife had just gotten an iphone, and – much as I dislike Apple – I had to admit that all these gadgets were pretty nifty! I just had three main problems: I […]