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Sunday, October 19, 2014

APress Deal of the Day 19/October/2014 - BizTalk 2013 EDI for Healthcare

Today’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at is BizTalk 2013 EDI for Healthcare.

BizTalk 2013 EDI for Healthcare – EDI 834Enrollment Solutions demonstrates how to build both inbound and outbound EDI 834 processes in BizTalk server that follow the required patterns for integrations with health exchanges. Archiving, mapping,reconstituting EDI 837 data, exception handling and advanced logging and reporting are all covered”

Saturday, October 18, 2014

APress Deal of the Day 18/Oct/2014 - Exploring C++ 11

Today’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at is Exploring C++ 11.

Exploring C++ divides C++ up into bite-sized chunks that will help you learn the language one step at a time. Building up from first principles you’ll soon be creating sophisticated C++ applications of your own.”

Friday, October 17, 2014

How To Write Unmaintainable Code (or how to sell yourself workable coding standards)

The essay ‘How To Write Unmaintainable Code’ is an excellent article on how not to write code. I suggest every Dot Net developer read through it! It will convince you to use Visual Studio (Pro and above) together with ReSharper and StyleCop, to automate a workable coding standard. (Yes there are other standards, but StyleCop provides a coding standard that is very ergonomic.)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

O’Reilly Deal of the Day 16/Oct/2014 - Becoming a Better Programmer

Today’s half-price E-Book Deal from O’Reilly at is Becoming a Better Programmer.

“If you’re passionate about programming and want to get better at it, you’ve come to the right source. Code Craft author Pete Goodliffe presents a collection of useful techniques and approaches to the art and craft of programming that will help boost your career and your well-being.”

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

O’Reilly offer on Hadoop E-books and Videos until 05:00 PT 18/October/2014

To celebrate the Strata and Hadoop world, O’Reilly are offering 50% off a number of E-books and Videos at

Anonymizing Health Data

“Updated as of August 2014, this practical book will demonstrate proven methods for anonymizing health data to help your organization share meaningful datasets, without exposing patient identity. Leading experts Khaled El Emam and Luk Arbuckle walk you through a risk-based methodology, using case studies from their efforts to de-identify hundreds of datasets.  Clinical data is valuable for research and other types of analytics, but making it anonymous without compromising data quality is tricky. This book demonstrates techniques for handling different data types, based on the authors’ experiences with a maternal-child registry, inpatient discharge abstracts, health insurance claims, electronic medical record databases, and the World Trade Center disaster registry, among others.”

Using Flume

“How can you get your data from frontend servers to Hadoop in near real time? With this complete reference guide, you’ll learn Flume’s rich set of features for collecting, aggregating, and writing large amounts of streaming data to the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), Apache HBase, SolrCloud, Elastic Search, and other systems.”

Data Science at the Command Line

“This hands-on guide demonstrates how the flexibility of the command line can help you become a more efficient and productive data scientist. You’ll learn how to combine small, yet powerful, command-line tools to quickly obtain, scrub, explore, and model your data.  To get you started—whether you’re on Windows, OS X, or Linux—author Jeroen Janssens introduces the Data Science Toolbox, an easy-to-install virtual environment packed with over 80 command-line tools”

I Love Logs

“Why a book about logs? That’s easy: the humble log is an abstraction that lies at the heart of many systems, from NoSQL databases to cryptocurrencies. Even though most engineers don’t think much about them, this short book shows you why logs are worthy of your attention.”

ReSharper 9 now available under Early Access Program

JetBrains are making version 9 of ReSharper available under the Early Access Program at

The initial version should in my opinion only be installed on a virtual instance as it will de-install not only a previous version of ReSharper but other JetBrains tools as well. There are however many new features such as support for Visual Studio 14 and C# 6.  These new features may be vital additions for some users and I therefore suggest that you read the blog entry at

JetBrains offers Free Licences to Students

Jet Brains are offering free licences to the excellent products ReSharper, dotTrace, dotCover, dotMemory, CLion and WebStorm at to Students and their Teachers.

You just needs a recognised student email address or a valid ISIC card!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

O’Reilly Deal of the Day 14/Oct/2014–Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day.

Until 05:00 PT 15/October/2014, to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day, O’Reily are offering 50% off e-books and videos authored by women! See the long list at

Programming Windows Store Apps with C#

“If you’re a .NET developer looking to build tablet apps, this practical book takes you step-by-step through the process of developing apps for the Windows Store. You’ll learn how to use Microsoft’s Modern UI design language with Windows 8.1 and WinRT 8.1.1 by building a line-of-business mobile app with C# through the course of the book.”

Programming Entity Framework: Code First

“Take advantage of the Code First data modeling approach in ADO.NET Entity Framework, and learn how to build and configure a model based on existing classes in your business domain. With this concise book, you’ll work hands-on with examples to learn how Code First can create an in-memory model and database by default, and how you can exert more control over the model through further configuration.”

Head First HTML5 Programming

“HTML has been on a wild ride. Sure, HTML started as a mere markup language, but more recently HTML’s put on some major muscle. Now we’ve got a language tuned for building web applications with Web storage, 2D drawing, offline support, sockets and threads, and more. And to speak this language you’ve got to go beyond HTML5 markup and into the world of the DOM, events, and JavaScript APIs.”

Head First HTML and CSS, 2nd Edition

“Tired of reading HTML books that only make sense after you're an expert? Then it's about time you picked up Head First HTML and really learned HTML. You want to learn HTML so you can finally create those web pages you've always wanted, so you can communicate more effectively with friends, family, fans, and fanatic customers. You also want to do it right so you can actually maintain and expand your web pages over time so they work in all browsers and mobile devices. Oh, and if you've never heard of CSS, that's okay--we won't tell anyone you're still partying like it's 1999--but if you're going to create web pages in the 21st century then you'll want to know and understand CSS.”

The Art of SEO, 2nd Edition

“Four acknowledged experts in search engine optimization share guidelines and innovative techniques that will help you plan and execute a comprehensive SEO strategy. This second edition brings you up to date on recent changes in search engine behavior—such as new ranking methods involving user engagement and social media—with an array of effective tactics, from basic to advanced.”

Saturday, October 11, 2014

APress Deal of the Day 11/Oct/2014 - Designing for Windows 8

Today’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at is Designing for Windows 8.

Designing for Windows 8 is a fast-paced, 150-page primer on the key design concepts you need to create successful Windows 8 apps. This book will help you design a user interface that is both delightful and effective, feels ‘right’ to your users, and encapsulates a great Windows 8 experience.”

Friday, October 10, 2014

APress Deal of the Day 10/Oct/2014 - Exploring C++ 11

Today’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at is Exploring C++ 11.

Exploring C++ divides C++ up into bite-sized chunks that will help you learn the language one step at a time. Building up from first principles you’ll soon be creating sophisticated C++ applications of your own.”



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