Big Data Glossary by Pete Warden

bigData.gifThe *Big* Data Glossary is actually a relatively *short* book, best enjoyed as an eBook in my estimation. This volume is similar to a number of recent releases from O’Reilly that have moved from being deep and comprehensive to providing a higher-level taste-test overview from a more conceptual standpoint. In this instance, the Big Data Glossary by Pete Warden could also be described as an annotated bibliography of the variety of tools and platforms recently emerged to work with linked data or large and rich datasets.

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Designing Data Visulisations by Julie Steele and Noah Iliinsky

dataVis.gifInsightful, substantive and a must read for anyone working with data visualisation as consumer or designer. Julie Steele andNoah Iliisky’s new volume – Designing Data Visualisations – from O’Reilly succeeds in applying a long overdue and well crafted taxonomic process to the art of Data Vis. Building on their previous volume – Beautiful Visualisations – the authors take to the underpinnings of the pretty pictures and case studies presented in their edited volume. This shorter work would form a superb basis for an introduction to Data Vis course. Continue reading

Getting Started with GEO, CouchDB and Node.js by Mick Thompson

geo couchdb.gif 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.

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Learning SPARQL by Bob Ducharme

Learning SPARQLI 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.

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Learning Perl (6th Edition) by Schwartz, Foy and Phoenix

learningPerl.gifLearning Perl (Sixth Edition) Is the latest iteration of the de facto standard for learning the basics of the PERL programming language. It has been lately updated to deal with latest changes to the language remains a superb starting point for those with little or no programming experience. It assumes no prior experience and provides approachable, and well explained hands on examples, starting from installation of PERL on Windows, OSX or Linux-based systems.

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Head First iPhone and iPad Development (2nd Edition)

s-1.gifHead First iPhone and iPad Development (Second Edition) provides an extremely accessible and approachable guide for those new to using tools such as Xcode to develop apps for iOS. As with other Head FIrst books, the approach is extremely graphically enhanced and takes the reader through a series of hands-on tutorials. General approach and processes are introduced and grounded through detailed and thorough discussion of real examples of apps worked through in each of the chapter sections.

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Take Control of Troubleshooting Your Mac by Joe Kissell

Troubleshooting Your Mac OK. Let’s go for the hat trick with this one. The third book in what Kisell terms The Mac Fitness Books series is Take Control of Troubleshooting Your Mac. He completes his trilogy as he deals with general and sometimes fatal issues such as slowdown in system operation (much of which is dealt with in his speeding up your Mac volume) or the peril of kernel panics to basic application issues such as mail connectivity or keychain issues. This is the most familiar of the three volumes and is possibly the most fluid read.

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Take Control of Speeding Up Your Mac by Joe Kissell

s.gif Take Control of Speeding Up Your Mac by Joe Kissell is one of a triumvirate of step-by-step manuals to keep your OSX based computer running as advertised – or as close to that as possible. Like his other two volumes on maintaining and troubleshooting your Mac, Kissell takes a systematic approach to examine the areas of software and hardware that can result in slower performance of your computer than need be. The volume is thorough and comes with many recommendations on applications for download to resolve issues and restore performance along with hardware tips that can boost existing performance.

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Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac by Joe Kissell

mac.gif Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac provides a series of steps and activities that can done on a periodic basis to prevent slowdown and/or crashes of your OSX based computer. The book lives up to its promise of providing a clear, concise and straightforward approach that explains why to carry out particular routines, what their impact is and assembles these into programmes to be carried out on a daily, weekly and yearly basis. The book is brief, but concise and provides copious references for further explanation or discussion along with links to applications to automated most of the processes.

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Take Control of Scrivener 2 by Kirk McElhearn

scrivener.gifWhen I saw that there was a Take Control book available for Scrivener 2 I was excited to see if it could help me use Scrivener more effectively. I bought Scrivener back in 2005/6 in desparate hope that it would help me take control of my own disprate thougths and work on my doctoral thesis. I found it helpful to start to get a grasp but was not able to really put it to the ultimate use. I collected reference material and built an outline.

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