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Professional Alfresco: Practical Solutions for Enterprise Content Management (Wrox Programmer to Programmer)
Professional Alfresco: Practical Solutions for Enterprise Content Management (Wrox Programmer to Programmer)
by David Caruana
Edition: Paperback
Price: 33.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and accurate, 4 Sep 2012
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This is the best book I've found so far for getting started with developing for Alfresco - the only minor issue (common to most other Alfresco books too) is that the chapter on workflow covers the jBPM engine which is now deprecated in favour of Activiti. Other than that, it gives good solid coverage still relevant for Alfresco 4. It's not encyclopaedic (Alfresco is a big system) but it covers the basics and has some extended examples.


The Snail and the Whale
The Snail and the Whale
by Julia Donaldson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.85

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greats, 4 Sep 2012
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One of my favourite books to read to kids - a dramatic story (caution - contains mild peril!) in wonderfully flowing rhyme.


Programming in Scala: A Comprehensive Step-by-Step Guide
Programming in Scala: A Comprehensive Step-by-Step Guide
Price: 15.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 12 July 2012
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This is probably the best programming language book I've ever read. It is clear, thorough, logical, with a dry humour from time to time. The authors don't just describe the syntax and features - they explain why the language is the way it is, and how it fits together.

This is all the more impressive given that Scala (taken as a whole) is not a simple language compared to Java, Python etc.


Alfresco Share
Alfresco Share
Price: 6.82

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Superficial and unclear, 12 July 2012
This review is from: Alfresco Share (Kindle Edition)
This is a review of the paperback edition.

I was hoping that this book would provide more detailed technical coverage of Share than a general Alfresco book such as Professional Alfresco.

However, after an overview chapter, it then spends an entire chapter on Alfresco installation, which is all covered in the free online documentation and wiki.

The explanation of Spring Surf in the next is not very clear, and not detailed enough to be able to do anything useful in terms of customisation. There are many typos and much unclear language - the book does not seem to have been properly proof-read or copy-edited.

There are then several chapters covering the out-of-the-box functionality (user management, workflows, wiki etc), most of which one can learn just by playing with a copy of Alfresco.

Finally we reach Chapter 9 on Configuring Share. This skims over some examples of setting up a custom Content Model and Workflow by pasting some example XML into the right places, but does not explain the underlying content model, so the reader would have no idea what is really going on. These topics take several days to cover on official Alfresco developer training courses. Some useful customisations are included such as hiding the Repository from the Share UI, and customising a template, but this isn't enough to redeem the chapter.

The final chapter covers setting up Eclipse,Ant etc for developing with the Alfresco SDK, and a cursory discussion of JARs and AMPs (Alfresco Module Packages).

In summary, there are a few useful nuggets, but I doubt I'll be referring to this book again.


Growing Object-Oriented Software, Guided by Tests (Beck Signature)
Growing Object-Oriented Software, Guided by Tests (Beck Signature)
by Steve Freeman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 29.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed the way I think, 8 April 2012
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This book fundamentally changed my understanding of TDD.

It is the first clear, detailed description I have seen of how test-driven development (TTD) not just improves the quality of code, but can and should be used as a driver to change the actual design of the code. In other words, why you don't merely write less buggy code with TDD, but fundamentally different (and better) code.

The book describes how to kick off a new project with a "walking skeleton" - a minimal end-to-end feature that exercises the entire automated build-deploy-test infrastructure that you will need for the rest of the project.

It describes how end-to-end acceptance tests differ from unit tests and integration tests, and how the three types fit together.

Much of the book is an extended worked example, including asynchronous networking and UI code. This level of detail requires effort to read, but prevents the authors from hiding behind any form of hand-waving, and is well worth the effort - I am currently re-reading all the way through.

If you aspire to test-first programming then you need this book. If you don't aspire to test-first programming then you should read this book.


Smartcafe Hot Cafetiere Mug, Platinum
Smartcafe Hot Cafetiere Mug, Platinum
Offered by home_essentials
Price: 12.75

3.0 out of 5 stars Quality control on the seals?, 9 Jan 2012
I had one of these mugs that worked pretty well; eventually it wore out and I got another, but the new one has a 1cm gap in the seal so I get a mouthful of grounds every time.
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Numberjacks - Calling All Agents! [DVD]
Numberjacks - Calling All Agents! [DVD]
Dvd ~ Numberjacks
Offered by simply-well-priced
Price: 4.10

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's awful. They love it., 20 Dec 2011
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The plotlines are tenuous, the villains are feeble (one of them is a spoon, for goodness' sake!), the music is dire, the animation is pedestrian and the educational value is pretty minimal. However, my 3yo is obsessed by it and, if we didn't intervene, would watch it until his eyes bleed.
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Numberjacks - Numberjacks Are On Their Way [DVD]
Numberjacks - Numberjacks Are On Their Way [DVD]
Price: 5.00

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's awful. They love it., 20 Dec 2011
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The plotlines are tenuous, the villains are feeble (one of them is a spoon, for goodness' sake!), the music is dire, the animation is pedestrian and the educational value is pretty minimal. However, my 3yo is obsessed by it and, if we didn't intervene, would watch it until his eyes bleed.
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The Kiss That Missed
The Kiss That Missed
by David Melling
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.31

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and dramatic, 19 Sep 2011
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This review is from: The Kiss That Missed (Paperback)
A beautiful book from David Melling - a charming story (perhaps a little slushy, but small children won't mind!), with vivid, almost 3D illustrations with a great perspective and drama (and humour!).


Anathem
Anathem
by Neal Stephenson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've read for years, 20 Aug 2011
This review is from: Anathem (Paperback)
Simply amazing. As many other reviewers have said, it's not an easy start - you are dropped into a rich and complex world of jargon right from the start. Yet, when nearly 1000 pages are up, you wish there were more. An epic storyline in a beautifully-developed world not so far away from our own, with mystery, puzzles, science and philosophy along the way.


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