Posted: 12 May 2009 04:19 PM PDT
Head First PHP&MySQL (A Brain-Friendly Guide)
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc.
If you're ready to create web pages more complex than those you can build with HTML and CSS, Head First PHP & MySQL is the ultimate learning guide to building dynamic, database-driven websites using PHP and MySQL. Packed with real-world examples, this book teaches you all the essentials of server-side programming, from the fundamentals of PHP and MySQL coding to advanced topics such as form validation, session IDs, cookies, database queries and joins, file I/O operations, content management, and more.
Head First PHP & MySQL offers the same visually rich format that's turned every title in the Head First series into a bestseller, with plenty of exercises, quizzes, puzzles, and other interactive features to help you retain what you've learned.
Use PHP to transform static HTML pages into dynamic web sites
Summary: Heads First PHP & MySQL is the way to get started!
I've been a big fan of the Heads First series for a long time. The format of the Head First books is unique, engaging and effective. One could consider the Head First series to be comic book like. This is one of the series' great virtues. The interactive layout and thoughtful way illustrations are integrated to text in order to explain 'hard to get concepts' really works.
I use the series to learn and teach advanced programming topics. All the exciting things about the Heads First series shines through in PHP & MySQL.
Heads First PHP & MySQL is for beginners. There is little prerequisite knowledge required to get benefit from the book. I have learned from years of teaching and mentoring that beginners learn best when presented with information in a way that is fun and hands on. Heads First PHP & MySQL meets this requirement with no problem.
The book covers the range of topics that is standard for having a good foundation in programming in general and programming in PHP in particular. After finishing this book the reader will be able to create a data driven web site in PHP, leveraging that special relationship between the PHP programming language and the MySQL database. The reader will know why and how PHP and MySQL go hand in hand.
The book throws in some extra tidbits. For example it teaches you how to make a data drive Rss Feed. It's a good example that has real world bearing.
Again, this is a beginners book. I caution 'bosses' that while giving this book to aspiring PHP developers is a good thing to do, you should not think that the book will create production ready coders. Coding in a production environment requires experience that is beyond the scope of this work.
This being said, I look forward to reading an follow up volume to this work titled, Heads First Really Programming in PHP and MySQL in which the topics of object oriented programming in PHP and implementing the basic software design patterns are explained in a way that only a Heads First book could.
Heads First PHP and MySQL is a great beginners book, one that should be on the bookshelf of every up and coming PHP developer.
Posted: 12 May 2009 04:01 PM PDT
Scripted GUI Testing with Ruby (Pragmatic Programmers)
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
Scripted GUI Testing with Ruby is a practical, quick-moving tutorial based on real life, and real-world GUI applications.
Right out of the gate you'll start working with code to drive a desktop GUI. You'll discover the kinds of gotchas and edge cases that don't exist in simple, toy programs. As you add more tests, you'll learn how to organize your test code and write lucid examples. The result is a series of "smoke tests" team will run on Continuous Integration servers.
Next, we'll explore a variety of different testing tips and tricks. You'll employ a series of increasingly random and punishing test monkeys to try to crash programs. Table-driven techniques will show you how to check dozens of different input combinations. See how to use longer acceptance tests (in the form of stories) to represent the way a typical customer would use your program.
The book uses examples from Windows, OS X, and cross-platform Java desktop programs as well as Web applications. You'll develop test scripts in Ruby; you don't need to be a Ruby expert, but basic comfort with the language will be helpful.
Posted: 12 May 2009 03:47 PM PDT
This book offers in 27 chapters a collection of all the technical aspects of specifying, developing, and evaluating the theoretical underpinnings and applied mechanisms of AI tools. Topics covered include neural networks, fuzzy controls, decision trees, rule-based systems, data mining, genetic algorithm and agent systems, among many others. The goal of this book is to show some potential applications and give a partial picture of the current state-of-the-art of AI. Also, it is useful to inspire some future research ideas by identifying potential research directions. It is dedicated to students, researchers and practitioners in this area or in related fields.
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Posted: 12 May 2009 12:50 PM PDT
Publisher: Charles River Media
Key Features * Uses complete programs to teach Java concepts, including geometric patterns, games, puzzles, number theory, and cryptography to teach Java concepts * Covers the new features of Java 5.0, including enumerated types, "for-each" statements, generics, autoboxing, and static imports * Discusses important software engineering principles, such as the importance of reuse and consistent style * Includes a discussion of the design issues associated with each program and provides UML diagrams illustrating the design for the larger examples * Provides review questions covering the major concepts from each chapter and short programming exercises and more complete programming projects * Includes a CD-ROM with all the source code and fi gures from the book
ON THE CD (see Appendix C for more details) * SOURCE CODE - Includes all the source code from the projects in the book * FIGURES - Contains all the images used in the book SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS WIN: Windows ME or higher; Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher or Mozilla 1.4 or higher; Pentium II Processor or greater; CD-ROM drive; Hard drive; Java 2 Platform Standard Edition 5.0 (J2SE 5.0)
Summary: One of the more fun ways to learn basic Java programming
I have always been a fan of learning a programming language by constructing program applications. If done well so that each step is fully explained then it can be a very effective method. Even if the program is simple the fact that you can write it and get immediate results encourages you and helps you understand how it all works together. This book takes that approach and teaches Java through the writing of various small applications. The author includes a CD-Rom with all the code from the book so you don't have to type it in line by line to start using it. The book does a good job of starting from the beginning and assuming no prior knowledge of programming or Java. Although it is a fairly thorough introduction to Java it takes a gradual approach with the reader learning a piece, seeing what it does, and then moving on to the next piece. Learning Java Through Applications is highly recommended as an excellent choice for the person completely new to Java.
Summary: Good Way To Get Introduced to Java
This is described as a beginning to intermediate book on programming in Java, it's probably a bit more beginning than intermediate. It is intended for both self study and for formal classroom use.
Java is increasingly be used as the first language to be studied. It is not only a powerful language in its own right, but has the ability to quickly and easily put graphics on the screen without the work necessary to create separate windows. The browser handles this part allowing the program to do it's own thing.
One thing I particularly like about this book is its treatment of objects. So many Java books start talking about objects in the first page or two, stringing together a bunch of words that absolutely no meaning to the beginning student. After this, the word object tends to not be mentioned for a hundred pages or more, by which time the student has completely forgotten the description. This book takes a more incremental approach. It starts with simple applets, increasing the size and complexity as the student progresses through the chapters. Objects com in at chapter 5, about the same place as in the other books, but having skipped those first confusing words.
The CD-ROM is designed to be used with Windows (sorry Mac Folk). It contains the source for every program in the book, as well as all of the figures used.
Posted: 12 May 2009 11:42 AM PDT
You can use this book to help you set up and administer a DotNetNuke portal, even if you have a limited knowledge of ASP.NET. You will learn how to setup and administer an example site, stepping through all the tasks to ease your learning. If you are a developer, this book will help you extend the DotNetNuke portal by first helping you understand how the core framework works and then show you how to create custom modules and skins. A rudimentary knowledge of VB.NET programming is assumed, but the emphasis is not on becoming a better VB.NET programmer but on taming DotNetNuke. This book has been written for both the beginner wanting to set up a website and also ASP.NET developers with a grasp of VB.NET who want a deeper understanding of how to work with DotNetNuke. To work with the DotNetNuke code, you will need access to Visual Web Developer Express or Visual Studio .NET 2005. No prior knowledge of DotNetNuke is assumed.
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