Why? Unfortunately I quickly come to this question and don’t get an answer when reading Getting Started with Geo, CouchDB and Node.js. The brief summary and end piece of the book enticed me. The premise appeared to be: today’s technology tells us where we are, so how can we best work with this locational data? Good premise. Anticipating that this might be a deeper than I would typically attempt to go programmatically, the idea of putting together a useful application as an exercise appealed to me.
Mac OS X Lion Pocket Guide by Chris Seibold is one of those handly small books that O’Reilly does so well. In this case, we have a concise, but thorough, look at the key features and facets of Apple’s latest operating system and how it changes the way in which we interact with our Macs. The handy book begins by exporing the new features and then logically looks at how to upgrade, what issues may emerge and a quick overview of how to benefit from the new features. Coverage is brief, but of value to both novices and experienced OSX users alike.
What a great excursion down a wonderful project! A lovely, short, step-by-step brief, DIY Bookbinding by Brian Sawyer inspires the reader to attempt their own bookbinding project. Although only 32 pages in length, the author makes the process of binding together a collection of magazines into a durable hardcover tome quite approachable and achievable.
Wow! This is the manual that should come with the camera. If you, like me, come away from the stock manual disappointed, frustrated, or just feeling that it simply leaves out all the practical ‘why’ type information…get this book. Coming on the heels of Young’s previous Mastering a variety of other Nikon DSLR’s this latest iteration is simply superb. Mastering the Nikon D7000 by Darrell Young goes deep on every single feature, switch, dial, bell, whistle and possibility that this camera offers the novice or advanced digital photographer.
I really like an instructional book that begins with “Chapter2 provides some background on RDF, the semantic web, and where SPARQL fits in, but before going into that, let’s start with bit of hands-on experience writing and running SPARQL queries to keep the background part from looking too theoretical.” Great decision – great start. I appreciate this approach to learning by doing and Learning SPARQL by Bob Ducharme adopts this general approach through this volume.