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Podcasting for Dummies

I wanted to be on the other side of the podcasting fence - I wanted to be the one podcasting my message to the masses. And so I bought this book.

I'm a podcast junkie, for sure. It started with cartoon version of the Ricky Gervais podcast, continued with a series of pro wrestling themed podcasts and now I'm up to at least 10/week.  So ... Read More

2011-Dec-02

Revolution in the Valley The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made

Andy Hertzfeld's insiders tale of the birth of the Mac.

 There have always been certain periods of time when, because of a set of circumstances perhaps only obvious in hindsight, it is possible for individuals to make a change to the established or... Read More

2011-Nov-28

Drupal User's Guide

By the same author of last year’s well-regarded Front End Drupal; this similarly-sized book is aimed more at beginners.

Drupal User's Guide is by the same author of last year’s well-regarded Front End Drupal; but while Front End was aimed at experienced Drupal developers building themes, this similarly-sized b... Read More

2011-Nov-05

The Definitive Guide to Drupal 7

If last-year's Professional WordPress is the must-have book for WordPress developers, then Definitive is at least the equivalent for Drupal developers.

A few weeks ago I was listening to a DrupalEasy podcast about the book with lead author Benjamin Melançon. The podcast was aptly named “Epic”, which kind of sums up this two kilo... Read More

2011-Oct-24

Learning HTML5 Game Programming

Until recently, without Flash or Java, the kinds of games you could create tended to be less action orientated, though some enterprising types had built late 1970s favourites.

Almost anyone who’s learned to program at some point decides to create a game, so it’s natural that web developers will want to give it a go. That said, until recently, without using Fl... Read More

2011-Oct-17

Designed for Use

 On seeing this book for the first time, you might be wondering where it fits on the shelf of interface design books that have arrived in the past few years. It's not a design-pattern book, li... Read More

2011-Oct-09

Build Mobile Websites and Apps for Smart Devices

 This book covers how to build a website that works on the current generation of mobile phones. Mobile has come a long way since I wrote my first mobile website back in 2004. Back then it was ... Read More

2011-Sep-27

HTML5 Guidelines for Web Developers

12 chapters on different technologies that fit into HTML5.

A few months ago I was asked if I knew HTML5. It’s a good question, if you think about it. See the thing is HTML5 is not CSS3 or whether your browser can play back video without using a Flash... Read More

2011-Sep-14

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