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Old 08-17-2011, 03:05 AM   #1
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After the browser became a worldwide instrument to access the World Wide Web, there was a need for a language that could be interpreted by the web browser that could make pages interactive. This need was fulfilled by a new programming language written by Brendan Eich, called JavaScript. Later, officially named as ECMAScript, JavaScript is a powerful loosely typed and prototype-based dynamic scripting language. It's an object-oriented programming language as well as a functional language, since its functions are first-class objects. JavaScript was initially adopted solely to make pages interactive, but it became a popular programming language with the rise of DOM Scripting and AJAX. Dealing with the DOM (model representing a web page) and with AJAX is a challenge given all the different browsers implementations. To cope with this issue, developers started implementing JavaScript libraries and frameworks and the popularity of JavaScript increased incredibly.Today, desktop and mobile web applications contain a fair amount of scripts, so writing good JavaScript code is vital for the success of a web application. JavaScript is also now used on the server as well as the client-side.We have chosen a selection of the most useful books for JavaScript development in this bibliography. You can learn how to start programming with JavaScript and you can dig into most advanced topics such as performance, design patterns and best practices. You can find reference books on the most popular JavaScript libraries such as jQuery, YUI, Mootols, Dojo and ExtJS and how to enhance the user experience through DOM Scripting and AJAX. If you are writing mobile apps, you will want to read how to create applications with web technologies.

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Old 08-17-2011, 03:06 AM   #2
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Since the release of the iOS SDK in 2008, there have been over 425,000 apps in the App Store. The developers of these apps are the ones responsible for the rapid innovation in the mobile space. It's this innovation that makes the future of iOS extremely exciting.The iOS SDK originally allowed Objective-C developers to create applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Developers took advantage of hardware features such as location, the accelerometer, camera, bluetooth, multi-touch, and so on, which led to many new innovative mobile apps. iOS developers were then introduced to a new form factor and all new possibilities with the release of the iPad in 2010.The upcoming release of iOS 5 brings over 1,500 new APIs for developers. There's iCloud, which will allow developers to sync documents and data to your user's computers automatically. AirPlay will allow iOS devices to enhance the application experience by using the Apple TV or other AirPlay compatible devices. You can pipe audio or video to the Apple TV or enhance the experience on your device by using the Apple TV to output to a second screen. Apple may one day allow developers to create applications specifically for the Apple TV.With the release of Mac OS X Lion we've seen how Apple is moving parts of iOS to the desktop. The new application launcher, Launchpad, for example, is copied over from iOS. There's also more support for multi-touch gestures on the desktop with Lion.It's only been three years since the release of the iOS SDK. As the number of iOS developers grow, so will the number of exciting new apps and possibilities. It'll be interesting to look back on iOS in another three years.
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Android is a top open source project that powers millions of mobile devices. But, it all started back in 2005, when a small startup called Android, Inc. was acquired by Google. With the acquisition of Android Inc, Google entered the mobile space. Later in 2007, together with other major companies, Google created the Open Handset Alliance consortium with the goal of promoting Android as a standard for mobile platforms. Today Android has taken the mobile industry by surprise with major 3rd-party handset manufacturers and network operators around the world embracing Android. In addition, the Android ecoystem and developer community, both key elements of Android's success, are very strong. In fact, a recent study indicates that Android devices are being sold at the rate of 350,000 a day.Safari Books Online provides full access to all of the resources in this bibliography. A subscription to our "cloud library" gives you unlimited use of more than 16,000 books and videos. For a free trial, go to http://safaribooksonline.com/oscon11.The future of Android looks bright. From smartphones to tablets to TVs, to home appliances and Machine-to-Machine (M2M), expect Android to power all of these, while grabbing a large segment of the mobile and embedded market. You can expect Android to enter emerging markets such as Africa via low-cost, Android-powered handsets, extending the reach and business opportunities to all Android developers.We have chosen a selection of popular books in this bibliography that span the spectrum of Android topics. We cover Android core application concepts, such as getting you up to speed with the Android SDK, using Eclipse, and creating your first Android application. We also cover how to use JavaScript, CSS3 and HTML5 to create mobile web applications that tap into native Android functionality. Finally, for those ready to take on more advanced topics, we cover 2D and 3D gaming and communications, and using the Native Development Kit to tap into existing C and C++ programs. We even cover making money selling your applications. For these topics and more, dive into the this bibliography and join the Android movement.
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In the early 1990s, a team of developers at Sun Microsystems, led by James Gosling, designed and implemented a new computer language: Java. The language was object oriented, was compiled into an intermediate form called Java Bytecode, and those bytecode instructions were run on a virtual machine called the Java VM. Java, at the time, was a revolution in itself. It quickly became the language of a new generation of software developers who were writing small applications for the web, server applications for the enterprise, and even desktop applications. Today many new languages compile into Java bytecode and are run on top of the Java VM such as Scala, Groovy and Clojure, as well as variants of Python, Ruby, and Erlang. Java is also the language used to write programs for many of the world's mobile devices, including Android. If you're interested in Android development, there is also a bibliography specific to that platform. Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems in January of 2010 and became the owner of the Java technology. So far, this has not changed how Java has been positioned in the market.Open source software projects have used Java extensively to create some of the world's most popular software libraries. These libraries have likely been one of the driving forces behind the creation of many of the JVM based language ports. Of course, people have to learn about how to use these libraries and languages, so the books written about Java are also varied in nature. There are a great many excellent learning reference books, class library reference books, and books on enterprise and web development. There are books that cover the Java Virtual Machine based languages mentioned earlier. The Spring Framework is a highly popular, open source, modular, infinitely configurable framework written in Java that is also covered well by technical book writers. Many games are written in Java, and we've included a few books on Game programming. If you are writing web services, you'll want to read about Service Oriented Architecture as well as storing and retrieving data using one of the many Java persistence frameworks.This bibliography covers the entire Java language, spanning from introductory to advanced topics. We hope you enjoy them and use them to your advantage.
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Twenty years ago, Guido van Rossum was hard at work on the first release of Python. A lot has changed in those twenty years. Many of the programming languages that were contemporaries of Python have started showing their age. Meanwhile, there have been no shortages of new programming languages, yet Python continues to hold up well. Its emphasis on clean syntax, and its melding of object-oriented and functional programming elements, put it years ahead of the other popular languages from the 1990s.The story of Python is not only about it being ahead of its time in terms of syntax and features. It is also about its open development and the community around it. Its value as a scripting language is well known, and it ships with many operating systems. For years Python has been one of the P’s in the LAMP stack used for numerous web applications. Indeed, Python’s popularity with web developers has lead to a multitude of web application frameworks written in Python: Django, TurboGears, Pylons, CherryPy, and so on.Even with technology's fast-moving pace, Python remains on the cutting edge. NoSQL data stores have become increasingly popular, and you can find first class support for using Python with any of these technologies. This is just further evidence of the continued popularity of Python and the vibrant community around it. This bibliography contains a wide selection of books about Python. These range from various introductory to advanced books. Of course, web development is covered, but you might be surprised to see the wide variety of other types of development that are done using Python.Whether you are working on machine learning or just hacking in your spare time, Python has something for you.
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Old 08-17-2011, 10:05 AM   #6
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So these are just catalogs of other books to buy from this company? Odd.
Good thing they are free. Not sure if I'd pay a buck for any of them.
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I gotta agree there. It's entirely possible to get this info for free elsewhere. Nice that Safari is making it available on their own website though.
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