Review

Book review: The Lego Build-It Book, Volume 1, Amazing Vehicles (Kuipers & Zamboni, O’Reilly Media)

As a parent of young kids, we of course have Lego... lots and lots of Lego... all over the house. You'd think that would allow for lots of model building where they get more enjoyment out of following a set of instructions rather than figuring out all the mechanics of making a "cool" model. So we can either keep buying new sets ($$$) or find new instructions. The Lego Build-It Book, Volume 1, Amazing Vehicles is the perfect resource for our situation. In this 132-page book, the authors show you how ......

Review–Build Android and iOS apps in Visual Studio with Nomad

Nomad is a Visual Studio extension that allows you build apps for both Android and iOS platforms in Visual Studio using HTML5. There is no need to switch between .Net, Java and Objective-C to target different platforms - write your code once in HTML5 and build for all common mobile platforms and tablets. You have access to the native hardware functions (such as camera and GPS) through the PhoneGap library, UI libraries such as jQuery mobile allow you to create an impressive UI with minimal work. ......

Book Review: Kindle Fire: Out Of The Box (O’Reilly)

The Kindle Fire, like a lot of devices these days, does not come with a user manual. Kindle Fire: Out Of The Box covers the basics of setting up and using your Fire. This 76-page book is divided into 6 chapters: Get to Know Your Kindle Fire Set Up Your Fire Books, Newsstand, and Docs Music and Video Apps Web and Email The book is loaded with detailed, annotated screen shots, which makes it easy to figure out exactly what you should be seeing on your Kindle's screen. However, this comes at a price ......

Book Review: MAKE Ultimate Kit Guide 2012; O’Reilly Media

If you're interested in hacking (and by that I don't mean programming, I mean cobbling together various wires, circuits, bits and gizmos to form something new and innovative) then you've probably come across MAKE magazine. The folks at MAKE have released a special edition: MAKE Ultimate Kit Guide 2012. At 101 square-bound pages, and a $9.99 price tag, it's something more than a magazine but not quite a book. The first 30 pages are devoted to the kit "industry" itself, with articles on: The Rally ......

Review of InRule v 4.0 Business Rule Authoring system

I’ve worked with the BizTalk Rule Engine and various rule systems using Windows Workflow Foundation with varying degrees of success, so I was interested in seeing InRule’s solution, billed as “The Premier .NET Solution for Authoring, Managing and Executing Business Rules”. The company has been around since 2002, and lists AirTran Airways, Trane and Experian among its customers. Product Components of InRule InRule has multiple components for authoring, storing and executing rules, each of which can ......

Review: Redgate SQL Source Control

RedGate SQL Source Control is a Management Studio add-in that allows you to seamlessly (hopefully...) connect your existing source control system to SQL Server. It is advertised as doing all the typical stuff you'd expect: Source control schemas and data within SSMS Connect databases to TFS, SVN, Sourcegear Vault, Vault Pro, Mercurial, Perforce, Git, Bazaar, and any source control system with a capable command line Work with shared development databases, or individual copies Track changes to follow ......