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August 26, 2008

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» Designing Web navigation

book coverDesigning Web navigation / James Kalbach. O’Reilly, 2007.

A book about design for web sites. Finishing with a section on navigation for web applications. Years ago, before the web, we would have called this GUI design. We have come a long way!

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August 25, 2008

Rick Leir
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» Beginning JBoss Seam

book coverBeginning JBoss Seam : from novice to professional / Joseph Faisal Nusairat, Apress 2007

Here’s a good book for Java programmers. Agile and Enterprise in the same sentence! Seam is a framework that attempts to streamline the development of a web app.  I will read this book before I do my next web app.

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August 22, 2008

Rick Leir
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» Programming collective intelligence

book coverProgramming collective intelligence : building smart Web 2.0 applications / Toby Segaran, O’Reilly, c2007.

Most programmers will find this book fascinating. What algorithm does Amazon use to predict what books are likely to interest you? Netflix with DVD’s? Google with search results? Example algorithms are in Python. With a foreword from Tim O’Reilly and a recommendation from Dan Russell, Google’s ‘Uber Tech Lead’.

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August 20, 2008

Rick Leir
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» Programming WCF services

book coverProgramming WCF services / Juval Löwy. O’Reilly, c2007

Here’s a good, current book for web application developers. If you don’t mind being locked into Microsoft, or your manager is forcing you, then this is the book for you. Soft cover, 500 pages, an angelfish picture, and O’Reilly readability.

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July 15, 2008

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» Professional iPhone and iPod touch programming

book coverProfessional iPhone and iPod touch programming : building applications for Mobile Safari / Richard Wagner. Wiley, c2008

Here’s how to develop apps for the iPhone. They run in the context of the Safari browser, so you are using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and AJAX. If you are targeting other smart phones, lots of this info will apply.

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June 20, 2008

Rick Leir
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» Ajax in action

book coverAjax in action / Dave Crane, Eric Pascarello; Manning, c2006.

This is the best book on AJAX programming that I have seen. It used to be that Javascript was for small and crufty hacks, but now full apps run in the browser environment. The code needs to be structured to be maintainable. This well written and engaging book looks at web app design from all angles.

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