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Friday, September 19, 2014

Avast, Ye Mateys! Step up for some pillage and plunder! Hoist yer colors for R – a pirate's favorite language!

I admire the humorous write-up of O’Reilly’s offer of 50% off books on R at until 05:00 PT on 22 September 2014.

“If you be crunchin' numbers or analyzin' heaps o' data, ye'll be knowin' that nothing floats yer ship like R (aye, that an' a pint o' grog, some ne'er-do-well hearties, and a coupla sea shanties to warm yer hornpipe. Arrr!). Fer Talk Like a Pirate Day only, take yer cutlass and slash 50% off R ebooks at Aye, ye'll be a bold sea rat to say no to this deal. Arr.”

Learning R

“Learn how to perform data analysis with the R language and software environment, even if you have little or no programming experience. With the tutorials in this hands-on guide, you’ll learn how to use the essential R tools you need to know to analyze data, including data types and programming concepts.”

R Cookbook

“With more than 200 practical recipes, this book helps you perform data analysis with R quickly and efficiently. The R language provides everything you need to do statistical work, but its structure can be difficult to master. This collection of concise, task-oriented recipes makes you productive with R immediately, with solutions ranging from basic tasks to input and output, general statistics, graphics, and linear regression.”

Big Data Analytics with R and Hadoop

“Big data analytics is the process of examining large amounts of data of a variety of types to uncover hidden patterns, unknown correlations, and other useful information. Such information can provide competitive advantages over rival organizations and result in business benefits, such as more effective marketing and increased revenue. New methods of working with big data, such as Hadoop and MapReduce, offer alternatives to traditional data warehousing.”

R Graphics Cookbook

“This practical guide provides more than 150 recipes to help you generate high-quality graphs quickly, without having to comb through all the details of R’s graphing systems. Each recipe tackles a specific problem with a solution you can apply to your own project, and includes a discussion of how and why the recipe works.”

Thursday, September 18, 2014

O’Reilly Half-Price Deal of JavaScript Books to 05:00 PT 19/September/2014

To celebrate 19 years of JavaScript, O’Reilly are offering 50% off a number of e-books and training videos at

Here are a few highlights from what is on offer.

JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, 6th Edition

“Since 1996, JavaScript: The Definitive Guide has been the bible for JavaScript programmers—a programmer's guide and comprehensive reference to the core language and to the client-side JavaScript APIs defined by web browsers.”

Testable JavaScript

“One skill that’s essential for any professional JavaScript developer is the ability to write testable code. This book shows you what writing and maintaining testable JavaScript for the client- or server-side actually entails, whether you’re creating a new application or rewriting legacy code.”

Data Structures and Algorithms with JavaScript

“As an experienced JavaScript developer moving to server-side programming, you need to implement classic data structures and algorithms associated with conventional object-oriented languages like C# and Java. This practical guide shows you how to work hands-on with a variety of storage mechanisms—including linked lists, stacks, queues, and graphs—within the constraints of the JavaScript environment.”

Learning jQuery Deferreds

“Orchestrating asynchronous function calls in JavaScript often leads to callback hell, but there is a reliable way to avoid this painful state of affairs. With this concise and simple guide, you’ll learn how to use jQuery deferreds and promises, an elegant approach for managing asynchronous calls in both client and server applications.”

Learning from jQuery

“If you’re comfortable with jQuery but a bit shaky with JavaScript, this concise guide will help you expand your knowledge of the language—especially the code that jQuery covers up for you. Many jQuery devotees write as little code as possible, but with some JavaScript under your belt, you can prevent errors, reduce overhead, and make your application code more efficient.”

AngularJS: Up and Running

“If want to get started with AngularJS, either as a side project, an additional tool, or for your main work, this practical guide teaches you how to use this meta-framework step-by-step, from the basics to advanced concepts. By the end of the book, you’ll understand how to develop a large, maintainable, and performant application with AngularJS.”

The Little Book on The Little Book on CoffeeScript

“This concise book shows JavaScript developers how to build superb web applications with CoffeeScript, the remarkable language that’s gaining considerable interest. Through example code, this guide demonstrates how CoffeeScript abstracts JavaScript, providing syntactical sugar and preventing many common errors. You’ll learn CoffeeScript’s syntax and idioms step by step, from basic variables and functions to complex comprehensions and classes.”

… and there is a lot more to choose from at!

APress Deal of the Day 18/September/2014 - Beginning Windows 8 Application Development – XAML Edition

Today’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at  is Beginning Windows 8 Application Development – XAML Edition.

Beginning Windows 8 Application Development – XAML Edition shows you how to start building rich, immersive applications that connect people, applications, and devices with Windows 8. ”

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

O’Reilly Deal on Performance Titles to 05:00 PT 18 September 2014

To celebrate the Velocity conference, at, O’Reilly are offering 50% off a number of titles.

High Performance Browser Networking

“How prepared are you to build fast and efficient web applications? This eloquent book provides what every web developer should know about the network, from fundamental limitations that affect performance to major innovations for building even more powerful browser applications—including HTTP 2.0 and XHR improvements, Server-Sent Events (SSE), WebSocket, and WebRTC. ”

Even Faster Web Sites

“Performance is critical to the success of any web site, and yet today's web applications push browsers to their limits with increasing amounts of rich content and heavy use of Ajax. In this book, Steve Souders, web performance evangelist at Google and former Chief Performance Yahoo!, provides valuable techniques to help you optimize your site's performance.”

High Performance Web Sites

“Want your web site to display more quickly? This book presents 14 specific rules that will cut 25% to 50% off response time when users request a page. Author Steve Souders, in his job as Chief Performance Yahoo!, collected these best practices while optimizing some of the most-visited pages on the Web. Even sites that had already been highly optimized, such as Yahoo! Search and the Yahoo! Front Page, were able to benefit from these surprisingly simple performance guidelines.”

Using WebPagetest

“Learn basic and advanced uses of WebPagetest, the performance measurement tool for optimizing websites. This practical guide shows users new to this tool how run tests and interpret results, and helps experienced users gain a better and more thorough understanding of hidden features in WebPagetest that make testing easier.”

Getting Started with Web Performance

“Speed is money—and increasing web performance can have a significant bottom line impact. This practical guide introduces a new model for thinking about end-to-end performance that everyone, from developers to engineers and analyst, can readily understand. Whether you want to write faster applications, or ensure site is fast all the time, you’ll discover how to achieve performance in a new way. Learn how to identify, prioritize, and analyze problems, and then—most importantly—how to optimize performance.”

APress Deal of the Day 17/September/2014 - Expert F# 3.0

Today’s Deal of the Day from APress at is Expert F# 3.0

Expert F# 3.0 is about practical programming in a beautiful language that puts the power and elegance of data-rich functional programming into the hands of professional developers and analytical programmers. Through simplicity and interoperability, F# achieves unrivalled levels of programmer productivity, application performance and program clarity.”

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

APress Deal of the Day 16/September/2014 - Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Game Development

Today’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at is Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Game Development.

Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Game Development gives you everything you need to maximize your creativity and produce fantastic games that will run on any Windows 8 device. ”

Sunday, September 14, 2014

APress Deal of the Day 14/September/2014 - Beginning R: An Introduction to Statistical Programming

Today’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at is ‘Beginning R: An Introduction to Statistical Programming’.

Beginning R: An Introduction to Statistical Programming shows how to get R, use R, and write your own custom statistical functions with a powerful, capable, and freely-available programming language and statistical computing environment. ”

Saturday, September 13, 2014

O’Reilly Deal of the Day to 05:00 PT 14 September 2014

O’Reilly are offering all programming e-books and videos at half-price at until 05:00 14/September/2014.

“Behind every line of great code is a programmer or two who deserves recognition. In celebration of their hard work and contributions to our lives, let's have a round of applause for all programmers on this, the 256th (hexadecimal 100th, or the 28th) day of the year.

For one day only, Save 50% on all programming ebooks and videos to celebrate this important day.”


Friday, September 12, 2014

O’Reilly Deal of the Day 12/September/2014 - Version Control with Git, 2nd Edition

Today’s half-price Deal of the Day from O’Reilly at is Version Control with Git, 2nd Edition.

“Get up to speed on Git for tracking, branching, merging, and managing code revisions. Through a series of step-by-step tutorials, this practical guide takes you quickly from Git fundamentals to advanced techniques, and provides friendly yet rigorous advice for navigating the many functions of this open source version control system.”

O’Reilly half-price offer on books by C.J.Date until 05:00 PT September 19 2014

Until 05:00 PT September 2014, O’Reilly are offering 50% off a number of books by C.J. Date (the Guru of SQL Relational Theory) at

“Set theory, nullology, the closed world assumption…the finer concepts of relational theory are both subtle and challenging to learn. We've got good news. You can learn from the best with video training from C.J. Date. When it comes to data, there's no better teacher.”




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