Archive for June, 2007

Winnie-the-Pooh

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

100020556.gifby A. A. Milne

Browsing Milne

Happy 80th birthday, Pooh! The Bear of Very Little Brain and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood have delighted generations of readers since Winnie-the-Pooh was first published in 1926. This deluxe anniversary edition of Winnie-the-Pooh is the perfect way to celebrate the enduring popularity of A. A. Milne’s classic work. The interior features the unabridged text and Ernest H. Shepard’s charming illustrations in full color on cream-colored stock. The specially designed jacket sports gold ink and a die-cut window that reveals the full-color art on the case cover. It is an impressive package for new fans and collectors both. Three cheers for Pooh! (barnesandnoble.com, from the publisher)

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Death Comes for the Archbishop

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

100020555.gifby Willa Cather

Browsing Cather

Death Comes for the Archbishop sprang from Willa Cather’s love for the land and cultures of the American Southwest. Published in 1927 to both praise and perplexity, it has since claimed for itself a major place in twentieth-century literature. The narrative follows Bishop Jean Latour and Father Joseph Vaillant, friends since their childhood in France, as they organize the new Roman Catholic diocese of Santa Fe subsequent to the Mexican War. While seeking to revive the church and build a cathedral in the desert, the clerics, like their historical prototypes, Bishop Jean Laury and Father Joseph Machebeuf, face religious corruption, natural adversity, and the loneliness of living in a strange and unforgiving land. The historical essay traces the artistic and spiritual development that led to its writing. The broad-ranging explanatory notes illuminate the elements of French, Mexican, Hispanic, and Native American cultures that meet in the course of the narrative, they also explain the part played by the land and its people – their history, religion, art, and languages. (barnesandnoble.com, from the publisher)

Clockwork Orange

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

100020554.gifby Anthony Burgess

Browsing Burgess

Told by the central character, Alex, this brilliant, hilarious, and disturbing novel creates an alarming futuristic vision of violence, high technology, and authoritarianism. Anthony Burgess’ 1963 classic stands alongside Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World as a classic of twentieth century post-industrial alienation, often shocking us into a thoughtful exploration of the meaning of free will and the conflict between good and evil. In this recording, the author’s voice lends an intoxicating lyrical dimension to the language he has so masterfully crafted. (barnesandnoble.com, from the publisher)

Design Patterns for Dummies

Friday, June 15, 2007

1169277313.gifby Steve Holzner

Design Patterns For Dummies takes design patterns and puts them in the fun and easy Dummies reference format. Unique to this book will be an emphasis on real-world examples that are direct and to the point, without extra complexity. The reader will be able to grasp how each pattern helps, and where to use it. The book will bring design patterns to the great majority of programmers that still struggle with them. Here, patterns will appear as natural solutions to natural problems, making them seem effortless.

Design Patterns For Dummies will cover all 23 GOF (“gang of four”, after the original four authors of the original Design Patterns book by Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides) design patterns: Abstract Factory, Adapter, Bridge, Builder, Chain of Responsibility, Command, Composite, Decorator, Facade, Factory Method, Flyweight, Interpreter, Iterator ,Mediator, Memento ,Observer, Prototype, Proxy, Singleton, State, Strategy, Template Method, Visitor

New patterns that have emerged since the original book was first published (such as the Object-Pool pattern) will also be covered.  (barnesandnoble.com, from the publisher)

Skype for Dummies

Friday, June 15, 2007

1169277312.gifby Loren Abdulezer, Susan Abdulezer and Howard Dammond

See how to use Skype for secure chats and connect SkypeOut and SkypeIN. Here’s the fun and easy way (r) to understand all the hype about Skype and make this cool alternative communication system work for you! You’ll get great advice about hardware, directions for downloading and installing Skype, ideas for using Skype in your business, and the lowdown on making Skype calls to people with old-fashioned phones.

Discover how to:

  • Install Skype and start making calls
  • Create a contacts list
  • Set up voicemail and call forwarding
  • Use Skype for worldwide conference calls and Skypecasting
  • Enhance Skype with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi wireless, and video

(barnesandnoble.com, from the publisher)

Persona Lifecycle: Keeping People in Mind Throughout Product Design

Friday, June 15, 2007

1169277311.gifby John Pruitt and Tamara Adlin

If you design and develop products for people, this book is for you. The Persona Lifecycle addresses the “how” of creating effective personas and using those personas to design products that people love. It doesn’t just describe the value of personas; it offers detailed techniques and tools related to planning, creating, communicating, and using personas to create great product designs. Moreover, it provides rich examples, samples, and illustrations to imitate and model. Perhaps most importantly, it positions personas not as a panacea, but as a method used to complement other user-centered design (UCD) techniques including scenario-based design, cognitive walkthroughs and user testing.

John Pruitt is the User Research Manager for the Tablet & Mobile PC Division at Microsoft Corporation. Tamara Adlin is a Customer Experience Manager at Amazon.com. For the past six years, John and Tamara have been researching and using personas, leading workshops, and teaching courses at professional conferences and universities. They developed the Persona Lifecycle model to communicate the value and practical application of personas to product design and development professionals. (barnesandnoble.com, from the publisher)

Flickr Mashups

Friday, June 15, 2007

1169277310.gifby David Wilkinson

  • flickr is a popular digital photo sharing Web site and Web services suite that also provides Web developers with a set of tools to tap into flickr’s services and use its RSS feeds, tags, and photos in their own Web applications
  • After a review of mashup fundamentals (including REST, XML, and Ajax), the author goes on to teach readers how to create their own mashups and remixes using the flickr API
  • Shows how to use flickr API Objects such as Interestingness, Tags, Sets, and Groups
  • Offers suggestions for remixing flickr with flickr feeds, greasemonkey hacks for flickr, and geotagging mashups with maps

(barnesandnoble.com, from the publisher)

Yahoo! Maps Mashups

Friday, June 15, 2007

116927739.gifby Charles Freedman

Wrox’s Yahoo! Maps Mashups is one of the first books available that teaches web developers how to build innovative applications with Yahoo!’s Maps APIs. With tremendous support for AJAX and Flash technologies, Yahoo!’s Maps API offerings let developers push map technology to its limits and beyond.

Senior Yahoo! developer Charles Freedman skillfully guides readers through the simple, yet comprehensive Map APIs distinctly built on AJAX, JavaScript, Flash and Flex.

Topics covered include:

  • Exploring map features such as panning and zooming, widgets, markers, overlays and geocoding.
  • Learning Mashup fundamentals including REST, XML and popular map-friendly web services.
  • Developing tight and efficient Mashups with the AJAX API
  • Enriching the Mashup experience with the JavaScript-Flash API
  • Creative and customized Mashups with the Actionscript-Flash API
  • Enterprise level data-driven Mashups with the Flex API
  • 4 fully implemented and guided mashups featuring Flickr, HotJobs, Upcoming.org, real-time weather, traffic, video and more!

Yahoo! Maps Mashups will benefit readers of all levels of development experience. Those interested in Yahoo! Maps API’s and building map mashups will have at their fingertips all they need to build amazing map applications. (barnesandnoble.com, from the publisher)

Linux All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies

Friday, June 15, 2007

116927738.gifby Naba Barkakati

  • Eight minibooks spanning over 850 pages deliver the scoop on the latest versions of seven leading Linux distributions: Fedora Core, SUSE, Debian, Xandros, SimplyMEPIS, Knoppix, and Ubuntu
  • The DVD includes the full Fedora Core and Knoppix distributions plus ISO images of the other distributions covered, saving hours of downloading time
  • This new edition includes all-new coverage of the SimplyMEPIS and Ubuntdistributions, an added section on the Skype Internet telephone system, and expanded coverage of Firefox, SELinux, and OpenOffice.org applications
  • The eight minibooks cover Linux basics, desktops, networking, the Internet, administration, security, Internet servers, and programming
  • The Linux share of the operating system market is expected to grow from three to 11 percent in the next four years

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

(barnesandnoble.com, from the publisher)

Building Flash Web Sites for Dummies

Friday, June 15, 2007

116927737.gifby Doug Sahlin

You can get Flash-y with your Web site — here’s how!

Know your audience, plan your site, and make it both interactive and cool

Gone are the days when you could get by with a boring Web site. With Flash, you can add interactivity, video, an exciting and easy-to-navigate interface, and eye candy like custom cursors and flying text. This friendly guide makes Flash fun and easy, so you can have your site up and running in no time.

Discover how to
* Build an interface with custom buttons and menus
* Include animation and soundtracks
* Dress up your text
* Create tween animations
* Create ActionScript objects
* Test and publish your site

(barnesandnoble.com, from the publisher)