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I was much more impressed with Flex 4 Cookbook, from Joshua Noble, et al, than I was with Flex 3 Cookbook. I haven’t had a chance to try out all of the code snippets yet, but there are lots of good ones. I was especially glad that the authors were able to maintain focus on […]

Monday, February 7th, 2011 at 21:32 0 comments

I’ve never been a big fan of Java web programming, though I’ve had to deal with my fair share of it. That will probably never change, but after being exposed to Grails I have to admit that it’s a much better way to go about it. Grails is a ‘rails-like’ framework, that takes much of […]

Monday, January 3rd, 2011 at 21:46 0 comments

Perl is one of those languages I probably don’t care if I ever master, but I have to deal with it from time to time both in web applications and in shell scripting, that I wanted to gain a better understanding of it. For that reason I passed up on getting the highly acclaimed “camel […]

Monday, February 8th, 2010 at 22:05 1 comment

I’ve been using MySQL for almost 7 years now without realizing it had stored procedure capabilities.  So when I saw MySQL Stored Procedure Programming, by Guy Harrison with Steven Feurerstein, I decided to take the opportunity to advance my skills with MySQL.  It’s a pretty good sized book, and it took me a while to […]

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 at 19:58 0 comments

I was expecting to learn a little about Native American cuisine when I ordered Apache Cookbook, 2nd ed., by Ken Coar and Rich Bowen.  I was disappointed in that respect, but I still found ample material to digest… On a more serious note, I enjoyed reading this book and I learn a lot of new […]

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 at 15:37 0 comments

I enjoyed reading Learning Flex 3, by Alaric Cole… which is saying something, because there aren’t very many “Flex for beginner”-type books I can stand to read these days.  Aside from being very easy to read as far as technical books go, here are a few things that really stood out: First, the book is […]

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 at 08:09 0 comments

Head First Design Patterns by Eric and Elizabeth Freeman was great.  The designers of the series really tout their method of presenting the material as being on the cutting-edge, and although I can’t speak for everyone, the the content really got through to me. I took a class a few semesters back that had design […]

Monday, October 13th, 2008 at 21:10 0 comments

Adobe Flex 3 Bible by David Gassner doesn’t contain anything ground breaking or spectacular, but overall I was impressed with both the breadth and depth of the book.  Granted, at roughly the thickness of a real Bible (978 pages including index), it would be quite a shame not to achieve some depth. What I especially appreciated […]

Friday, September 26th, 2008 at 10:13 1 comment

From a Flex developer’s perspective, ActionScript 3.0 Cookbook, by Joey Lott, Darron Schall, and Keith Peters is pretty hard-core Actionscript (I know it’s ActionScript… Actionscript is easier to type).  Many of the graphical recipes use the Sprite class, and there are plenty of references elsewhere to classes that have simpler to use, more watered down counterparts […]

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 at 22:13 0 comments

I  have a lot of praise for Advanced ActionScript 3 with Design Patterns, by Joey Lott and Danny Patterson.  I purchased this book when I first started learning Flex and Actionscript for the purpose of becoming more familiar with Actionscript.  I was familiar with most of the common design patterns already and wanted to see […]

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 at 18:49 0 comments