Big Data Glossary by Pete Warden

The *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 […]

Designing Data Visulisations by Julie Steele and Noah Iliinsky

Insightful, 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 – […]

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

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? […]

Learning SPARQL by Bob Ducharme

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 […]

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

Learning 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 […]

Head First iPhone and iPad Development (2nd Edition)

Head 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 […]

Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac by Joe Kissell

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 […]