Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Book Review: Learn to program with Scratch A Visual Introduction to Programming with Games, Art, Science, and Math
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Of course, some tracks could have been done a little better. For example, the starting video of "History of the language" is 44 minutes. It should have been trimmed to under 10 minutes, in my honest opinion. I would have liked more coverage on the other sections rather than 44 minutes on the history.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Wow, I didn't know my Galaxy S4 could do that! Many a time, this was my reaction when I read about something that I wasn't aware of. The book has a lot of graphics and screenshots that make it a real pleasure to read and understand. When I got my new S4, I had often wondered what certain options meant and how some apps were used and this book actually covered those topics very well. I actually started using some of the apps, like S Health, after reading this book.
Of the many things I learned, I could sync my calendar with Google Calendar and Outlook, start watching movies and TV shows while they are loading, send pictures and videos wirelessly to your TV, etc. Pretty neat book and expansive coverage overall. This book is actually 485 pages but you should be able to skim through it pretty fast.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Book Review: The LEGO Build-It Book, Vol. 1 Amazing Vehicles By Nathanael Kuipers, Mattia Zamboni Publisher: No Starch Press
I am glad that the book has a one-pager with a "bill of materials". That allowed me to take a printout with me and my son to the Lego shop "pick a brick" section. If you already have a couple of Lego toys for building cars, you probably don't need to buy the parts at all.
The graphics in this book are really crisp and delightful unlike the Lego manuals. The detail step by step instructions make it easy to make progress for a kid. If you have Super Speedster Item: 5867, then you don't need to buy the parts.
Have fun for hours with your kids. I loaded the ebook on my laptop and projected to my big screen TV and enjoyed with my son.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
It takes a completely different mindset, no matter how fluent you are with web application programming, to understand the "Angular Paradigm". It is going to take time to grasp the concepts if you are learning Angular for the first time, no matter how well it is presented. It is certainly not the fault of this book if you get a cultural programming shock.
The ideas and examples provided in the later part of the book are very useful and I would be using some of them for my applications.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
I recommended this book to some more folks on my team and they found it useful as well.
I got my certification with a good score.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
CSS3: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition
Excellent coverage of all CSS3
Pros: Concise, Easy to understand, Accurate, Well-written, Helpful examples
Best Uses: Expert, Student, Novice, Intermediate
Describe Yourself: Developer
This book has been a pleasure to read. CSS3 has brought some great enhancements to the plain old CSS and this book does an excellent job of covering that.
This book has 650 pages and that might sound intimidating. However, the language and the flow has been so friendly that you could literally pick something that interests you and get a deep coverage.
If you want to learn everything about CSS3, go out and pick this book. You will not regret it.