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At http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... O'Reilly are offering 50% off books in IPv6. I have read Migrating Applications to IPv6 and recommend it to all in IT ...
The animals on the covers of O'Reilly books have been a distictive feature of them (aside of course from expert content, well edited, well printed and reasonably priced), but how did the Animal pictures get to be used?

All is revealed at http://oreilly.com/news/lejeune_0400.html
I encountered the R Language recently with O'Reilly books and while from the context I knew it was a language for dealing with statistics, doing a web search for the support web site was futile. However I have now located the web site and it is at http://www.r-project.org/R is a free language available for a number of platforms including windows. CRAN mirrors are available at a number of locations worldwide.Here is the official description:"R is a language and environment for statistical computing ...
At http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... O'Reilly are offering a series of books on geo-location at 50% off until April 5, 2012 14:00 PT. HTML5 Geolocation Truly revolutionary: now you can write geolocation applications directly in the browser, rather than develop native apps for particular devices. This concise book demonstrates the W3C Geolocation API in action, with code and examples to help you build HTML5 apps using the "write once, deploy everywhere" model. Along the way, ...
O'Reilly have a special offer on NetDuino books and videos to 30/Maqrch at http://shop.oreilly.com/category/deals/netduino-package.do

Netduino is an open source system for building robots.
Today's $10 book from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro LINQ Language Integrated Query in C# 2010"Most books show the simplest examples of how to use a method, but they so rarely show how to use the more complex prototypes. This book is different. Demonstrating the overwhelming majority of LINQ operators and prototypes, it is a veritable treasury of LINQ examples." Adam Freeman is an excellent author who is good at providing practical examples of code ...
Ok, so as the title suggests, I have decided to release the name of my upcoming Window Phone application. Mixtio Reader will take advantage of various cloud services to provide you with access to your books or documents. There will also be a shopping experience added so you can buy more books or download free domain books. There are a lot of other features that will be in Mixtio Reader, but I will hold on that information till closer to release. So what have I been doing? Well, I redid my logo for ...
At http://shop.oreilly.com/category/deals/perl-programming-power.do, O'Reilly are offering a series of E-Books on PERL (Practical Extraction and Report Language).  Included in this are books on Regular Expressions which will be of use to many programmers.


Today's Microsoft Press Ebook Deal of the Day at http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... is 50% off a series of E-books by William R. Stanekinin celebration of the launch of Microsoft SQL Server 2012. This offer will run to 14:00 PT on 8/March/2012. There are 12 other books also available at 50% off ...
If you have not heard the latest technical news yet, the SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch event is today March 8, 2012! Register to not to miss this opportunity to interact with technology experts and win cool prizes! I am thrilled and excited! Why? Because like in the automotive industry, every new iteration of a vehicle is more fuel efficient, safer, more polished, looking more attractive and fun to drive. Sure, the the new version of the SQL Server is ready to take me further in what I can deliver ...
Today's $10 Deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Applied ASP.NET 4 in Context"Applied ASP.NET 4 in Context answers the commonly asked question, "Yes, but how does it work in reality?" Through a series of carefully constructed examples, the book shows how ASP.NET works in a real-world context, showing how technologies and best practices can be drawn together to create well-crafted web applications." I have read other books by Alan Freeman and I know he is an excellent ...
Site Point on their new Deal Fuel website at http://www.sitepoint.com/sale/day/24 are offering all of the Sitepoint Christmas Deals again.

The books include topics like CSS, Javascript, WordPress and general web design. Online training courses are also available at a good discount.
It’s time to dust things off here at DotGeek and get busy with learning some newer things in 2012 and in turn, hopefully providing myself some more opportunities in the long run too. I kind of let 2011 get away from me, but I had a later start to be fair. So what better time to start than at the first of 2012 and with a plan of action. So I’ve known for sometime that I wanted to become more than just front man and I wanted to be involved more with the backend operations of various projects. Whether ...
I originally heard about this website several years ago when I was attending user groups with Rob Reynolds and Dru Sellers. At the time it was still early on in my career and I didn't feel it was the right time to start something like this. Now, 5 years later, I feel it's tje right time to start giving back, or at least trying to, and hopefully help someone like so many have helped me along the way.I am a programmer in Topeka, Ks. I moved here after graduating from Kansas State University and began ...
The list of 30 free programming books at http://citizen428.net/blog/2010/08/12/30-free-programming-ebooks/ has been updated and there are now 59 links listed.
Until Jan 19th, O Reilly at http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... are offering 7 weeks of gift ideas.Areas already available are:JavaScriptHTML5ArduinoL... DesignProgrammingIn previous blogs I have recommended various books that I am familiar with. O Reilly Books are written by experts, well type set and reasonably priced. With a 50% discount on E-books and 40% on print, they are a bargain!Have a look through the list and see if there are any you need ...
Yes, we all know that the IT field is ever-changing. Yes, we all know the importance of keeping up to date on emerging technologies. Yes, we all know that you may never have the opportunity to use a lot of those technologies in your day-to-day role. So here is where the great divide comes… Those that are believers that the responsibility lies with their employer to provide ongoing training, and those that inherently take on the responsibility for themselves. The difference between the two views is ...
At http://www.red-gate.com/pro... Redgate are offering a free copy of Oracle Essentials, 4th EditionO Reilly books are written by subject experts on the basis of practical experiance ...
It's after midnight and I'm resting after a long vacation day with the family. What am I thinking about? Scrum, naturally.What I'm thinking about is this: Why don't Agile practices work on some teams? Why do some teams pick up Agile and run with it, and others either fail to pick it up or actively fight against it?It's taken me about two years to come up with the words to summarize my conclusion, which is stated in the introduction to many books on Agile and Scrum: Agile practices are what great ...
On 23/24 Dec Site Point at http://www.sitepoint.com/sale/ are offering a very specical deal - all the special offers that they have made this month are available again!

This  includes some excellent books on CSS and JQUERY!
At http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... there is an excellent deal of programming books including how to buy for the geek in your life:The hardest person on your list to shop for is Andrew. Why? Because he just won't tell you what he needs or wants. It's not because he doesn't want anything; it's just that telling you isn't logical. If he needs it or wants it, he'll get it himself, right? In the meantime, you're left with trying to figure out the perfect gift for someone who spends ...
I just finished reading new book on Microsoft BizTalk 2010 written by BizTalk colleagues Kent Weare, Richard Seroter, Thiago Almeida, Sergei Moukhnitski, and Carl Darski. There are many good books that explore core BizTalk features for beginners, intermediate, and advanced developers. This one stands out by the fact that it covers relatively less documented aspect of BizTalk development – integrating with different line of business applications. The subject is vast and diverse so attempt to fit it ...
Our TFS instance had been humming along for some time when I noticed that the full and incremental cube refresh jobs started failing. Using Grant Holiday’s “Team Foundation Server 2010 Administrative Report Pack” I was able to better visualize and diagnose the problem. The Problem The full error message was - OLE DB error: OLE DB or ODBC error: Login timeout expired; HYT00; A network-related or instance-specific error has occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server. Server is not found ...
At http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... O' Reilly are offering 50% off on ebooks and 40% off on print books with discount code HDCKBK. This offer is good to January 19, 2012. Some of the books on offer that I like are: ...
APress's Cyber Monday sale is today - all books are $15 (except for The Definitive Guide to Berkeley DB XML which as book of the day is $10)

At http://oreilly.com/store/samplers.html, O Reilly have put together a list of all their their sample chapters from books - enjoy!

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I've got a bunch of technical books I'd like to get rid of. Some are more current than others. 3D Programming For Windows Introducing LINQ VB.NET Class Design Handbook ASP.NET MVC 1.0 ASP.NET MVC In Action FBML Essentials Test Driven Development in Microsoft .NET The Rational Guide To Building Technical User Communities Expression Web Step By Step Applications = Code + Markup I don't really feel like dealing with the hassle of ebay (or Amazon), and I'd hate to just throw them away. Craigslist / Freecycle ...
Today's deal of the day from O'Reilly at is a shootout between Vi/Vim and Emacs "The realization that Vim just turned 20 reminded us of the passion developers have for their editor of choice. We've published books about the two most popular, Emacs and Vim, and love them both. Today only you can cast a vote for your favorite, and take advantage of a special offer. We'll report on the results next week, both of your votes, and the sales percentage for books on the respective editors." ...
During the last months, I was (for some reasons that are not related to programming) working for a dev shop where software development was done the 'traditional' way: You just write your application's production code, do it as good as you can, and hopefully it will be good enough and no problems will occur in production (this is HDD: Hope-driven development). Anyway, after I had finished this contract, I felt the need to review some core aspects of what I think is Test-driven development. And while ...
Today O'Reilly have two excellent deals! Data Science Starter Kit Fundamentals of Microsoft .NET Programming Grasp the basic concepts that drive all Microsoft® .NET-based languages—and prepare yourself to learn .NET programming. If you have absolutely no previous experience, no problem—simply start here! This ebook provides the foundation for all other .NET programming language books in the Start Here! series. You’ll explore programming concepts and techniques with clear explanations, easy-to-follow ...
UPDATED Jul 3rd 2013: Added Art of Unit Testing Version 2 UPDATED Apr 11th 2013: Added Instant TFS 2012 and Project Server 2012 Integration How-to UPDATED Jan 12th 2013: Added Prof TFS Server 2012, TFS 2012 Starter, Pro ALM with VS 2012 and VS 2012 Cookbook UPDATED Dec 8th 2011: Added Kanban book by David Anderson “Send me a list of books to read” – that is what I am often asked. No more, as this list is an answer to those request! I have divided it into different subject areas, and each area hold ...

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I've made a list of programming books I've read, am reading and am going to read on the Bookshelved Wiki; would anyone care to recommend good books for a web-oriented, C# Agile programmer which I've not discovered or not considered?I've reproduced the list so far below for convenience :)Programming books on my 'to read' list Real World Functional Programming by Tomas PetricekCode Complete by Steve McConnellWorking Effectively With Legacy Code by Michael FeathersProgramming books being read at the ...
First let me say that this is a “what I like” post and not a comparison of platforms. The Windows Phone is the first smart phone that I have owned (no, I’m not 100 or 15 years old). Now that I have done the full disclosure I did want to talk about the features of the Windows Phone that I really enjoy. I have had the Samsung Focus since shortly after it came out. I have found it extremely capable and enjoy the performance of the device. It is light, durable and bright. My wife has the LG Quantum that ...
Full Disclosure: I was one of the technical reviewers on this book. I think my friend Tomislav did a great job on this book and it would make a valuable addition to the bookshelf of anyone that is working with MDX. I really enjoyed reading this and there were even a couple of interesting techniques that I have added to my toolkit. As far as I know there are not any other MDX books on the market quite like this one. It's more aimed at the intermediate level of MDX user and assumes that you have some ...
In the hours since Steve Jobs death was announced, the world has seemingly fallen into a conjoined state of mourning…well, at least according to my Twitter feed. Quotes Steve made over the years fill the stream, along with reports of people gathering at Apple stores with some garnering memorials outside their doors. Very rarely has someone from the corporate world garnered such a response to their passing. Even more rarely does a corporate individual get a statement from the US President. But its ...
Today is a weird day. I just got the news, as I woke up, that Steve Jobs passed away last night. This news affected me more than I thought it would. I felt the need to write about these emotions, and about my history with Apple. This is probably more for myself than for the reader, so feel free to skip ahead if you don’t like this, but it felt appropriate to keep a few thoughts at this time. Read the rest of this entry » ...
Apart from Dictionary<TKey, TValue>, there's two other dictionaries in the BCL - SortedDictionary<TKey, TValue> and SortedList<TKey, TValue>. On the face of it, these two classes do the same thing - provide an IDictionary<TKey, TValue> interface where the iterator returns the items sorted by the key. So what's the difference between them, and when should you use one rather than the other? (as in my previous post, I'll assume you have some basic algorithm & datastructure ...
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I’ve been a bookworm for years and have amassed a significant volume of books of all kinds. Most of my collection is technology related, but volumes of Conan, manga, astronomy, philosophy, genetics, personal productivity, science fiction, fantasy, and just about everything else abound. After getting my Kindle Christmas before last, and later, my iPad, I’ve grown steadily more comfortable with reading and utilizing digital printed media. This comfort level, coupled with my semi-new found desire to ...
One benefit of my recent experience on a BA flight was that I got plenty of time to read through “Microsoft BizTalk 2010 Line of Business Systems Integration”. I’d promised the publisher weeks ago that I would take a look and publish some comments, but August has been such a busy month for me, and they have had to be patient. I should point out that, for the sake of transparency, that with another BizTalk book about to be released (next week) which I helped co-author, I have an urgent and obvious ...
Today's $10 Deal from Apress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro LINQ Language Integrated Query in C# 2010 "Most books show the simplest examples of how to use a method, but they so rarely show how to use the more complex prototypes. This book is different. Demonstrating the overwhelming majority of LINQ operators and prototypes, it is a veritable treasury of LINQ examples." ...
Welcome to my blog! This is my first blog, so I’m learning as I go. I’m excited though. Let’s get started with some background on me. I started down the IT road as a QA tester for a large financial firm. At the time I was in the middle of getting my BS degree and wanted to get my hands dirty a bit. So I moved to a developer role in the same company. I was working on the Siebel CRM implementation for said company and did that for about a year. I wanted to get into some real-deal coding (building from ...
Using Xslt along with XPath we can transform any xml document in the way we want and use it e.g. to create the html page. At this time, we have Xslt 2.0 and XPath 2, but unfortunatelly .Net Framework doesn't support them. We can only use Xslt 1. We have two ways to work with Xslt 2. One is to use a 3rd party library, e.g. XQSharp or Saxon. The second option is to manually implement the missed in Xslt 1 functions. How to do it I want to show in this post. First is the sample code. The goal is to create ...
I’ve learned, from conference sessions and user group meetings, that Agile is best learned in action – being part of a game or activity that explains Agile, having lively discussion with people, or (best yet) being part of an Agile project. We still get a large amount of learning from books though, and so while Agile books may do a good job explaining the methodologies and techniques, its never as good as having some context to stand it up against. Enter Agile Project Management with Scrum by Ken ...
Everyone has a journey. You start off young & stupid, and 2 decades later, you're closer to understanding the nature of reality. That’s one of the main goals in life, to seek knowledge (justified, true beliefs – pick any 2 J ). I must have read 5000 books in my life. From some of my readings it could be construed that reality computes itself, It from Bit. From others, it can be concluded that Entropy is decreased by increased rates of computation, and in the short span of human civilization, ...
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Recently I began studying for the 70-400, System Center Operations Manager 2007, Configuration. Before I was told that we needed someone certified in SCOM I didn't even know what it was! I began like every student does. I went to www.google.com. I learned that this was a very powerful tool that Microsoft has developed which is part of the System Center product line. This particular piece of software focuses on monitoring and recovery of systems. So instead of realizing that a server is offline, you ...