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April 28, 2009

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» Getting started with Flex 3

Getting started with Flex 3 / Jack Herrington, O’Reilly, 2008

This book will help you develop Flash or RIA applications. It’s amazing how much useful info they can pack into a pocket sized book. 125 pages.

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March 30, 2009

Rick Leir
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» Professional Silverlight 2

Professional Silverlight 2 for ASP.NET developers / by Jonathan Swift, Wiley, 2009

Here is a book for .NET developers and architects who are designing a web application. It has well written tutorial material and examples in 600 pages.

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March 21, 2009

Rick Leir
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» Struts 2 in action

Struts 2 in action / Donald Brown, Manning, 2008

This is about the framework for Java web applications. It has lots of code examples, and good explanations in 400 pages.

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» Building Spring 2 Enterprise applications

Building Spring 2 Enterprise applications / Interface 21 ; with Bram Smeets, Apress, 2007

This is about the framework for Java web applications, and is intended for the intermediate programmer. There are lots of code examples, and good explanations in 300 pages.

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March 11, 2009

Rick Leir
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» Essential PHP security

Essential PHP security / Chris Shiflett, O’Reilly, 2006

This 100 page slim book is required reading for all PHP programmers (that’s all of us, isn’t it?)

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March 10, 2009

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» Agile web development with Rails

Agile web development with Rails : a Pragmatic guide / Dave Thomas, Pragmatic Bookshelf, 2006

This book is not ‘recent’ but it is the best Rails book in the library. It is very readable and practical, with many examples. 500 pages.

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March 9, 2009

Rick Leir
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» The art & science of Javascript

The art & science of Javascript / by Cameron Adams, SitePoint, 2008

Here are 7 things you can do with JavaScript that you might not have thought of, written by 7 top programmers. Topics include creating client-side badges, debugging and profiling with Firebug, meta programming techniques, and building a 3D maze with CSS.

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March 2, 2009

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» Professional CodeIgniter

Professional CodeIgniter / Thomas Myer, Wiley, 2008

Structure your PHP web app using a MVC framework. This book on the CodeIgnitor framework starts by comparing it to the Symfony and CakePHP frameworks. Then agile programming is discussed, and you dive into code examples with a shopping cart, a dashboard and a WYSIWYG editor. The book has 300 very readable and practical pages.

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» Flex 3 bible

Flex 3 bible / David Gassner, Wiley, 2008

This book is about Adobe’s commercial IDE for creating Flex web apps. It would also be useful if you are using the open source Flex SDK, without the IDE. The book is huge at 1000 pages and very readable.

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February 19, 2009

Rick Leir
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» application development : using Microsoft Office SharePoint server

Professional office business application development : using Microsoft Office SharePoint server 2007 and VSTO / Steve Fox, Bill Sheldon, Wiley, 2008

A book for developers of Office applications, requiring a knowledge of the .net framework.

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February 14, 2009

Rick Leir
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» PHP and MySQL : create-modify-reuse

PHP and MySQL : create-modify-reuse / Tim Boronczyk with Martin E. Psinas, Wiley, 2008

This is a cookbook full of good example code. There is not much introduction, then it jumps in to User Registration, Community Forum, Mailing List, Search Engine, Personal Calendar, Ajax File Manager, Online Photo Album, Shopping Cart, Web Site Statistics and News/Blog System . There is good advice on writing shell scripts. The book ends with a good, clear discussion of security and logging.

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February 11, 2009

Rick Leir
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» Silverlight 2

Silverlight 2 bible / by Brad Dayley, Wiley, 2008

Silverlight is Microsoft’s competitor for Adobe Flash. Here are 550 pages of introduction to web design and development using this toolset.

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February 8, 2009

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» Flash and PHP bible

Flash and PHP bible / Matthew Keefe Wiley, 2008

If you want to code a decent web site, PHP and Flash are the tools that will get it done quickest (though perhaps not the most secure, maintainable, or performant). Here are 500 pages of tutorial and sample code to help you get it done.

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January 27, 2009

Rick Leir
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» Pro Drupal development

Pro Drupal development / John K. VanDyk, Apress, 2008

Drupal is a powerful CMS and this book is a solid, well written description for developers.

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December 3, 2008

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» C# 2008

C# 2008 for programmers / Paul J. Deitel, Harvey M. Deitel, Prentice Hall, 2009

Here are 1000+ pages packed with good tutorial material on C#, ASP.NET, WCF, WPF, and Silverlight.

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November 28, 2008

Rick Leir
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» Adobe ColdFusion 8 Web application construction kit

Adobe ColdFusion 8 Web application construction kit / Ben Forta, Peachpit Press, 2008

If you are using ColdFusion, this looks like a useful book.

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November 22, 2008

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» The essential guide to Dreamweaver

The essential guide to Dreamweaver CS3 with CSS, Ajax, and PHP / David Powers, Friends of ED, 2007

Here is a good introduction to web app programming using Dreamweaver. 720 pages, mostly well written text, with a few pictures of dialogs. Not many code examples. Recommended.

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November 12, 2008

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» Professional IIS 7 and ASP.NET

Professional IIS 7 and ASP.NET integrated programming / Shahram Khosravi, Wiley 2008

If you are using a Microsoft server ..

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» Beginning ASP.NET 3.5

Beginning ASP.NET 3.5 in C# and VB / Imar Spaanjaars, Wiley, 2008

If you are using a Microsoft server ..

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September 20, 2008

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» Professional Web 2.0 programming

Professional Web 2.0 programming / Eric van der Vlist, Wiley, c2007

Here is a readable, current book about the web applications stack. It also looks at new projects which are likely to be part of the toolkit in the future.

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