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R Cookbook (O'Reilly Cookbooks)
R Cookbook (O'Reilly Cookbooks)
Price: £14.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, yet powerful, 26 July 2011
Simply put, one of the best R starters around. What you get here are recipes for most common problems you will face while working with R. This book is an extended version of 25 Recipes for Getting Started with R. However, the coverage of material is different. While 25 Recipes focus on getting started with R, R Cookbook penetrates the subject in greater details and goes beyond simple usage of R. You will find here not only how to load data, manipulate it and plot some graphic. You can find description of various statistical analysis as well.

This book, is not for a reading in bed just before you go to sleep. It is too pragmatic. Simple definition of the problem and just after that, simple solution - that's what you get when it comes to each issue covered within the book. This is the strength of R Cookbook. On the other hand, it's weakness. If you cant find the question within table of contents it might be hard to get the answer for what you ask about. As I like pragmatic approach, I like the book as well. For me it's just perfect. Well, maybe just too short.


25 Recipes for Getting Started with R
25 Recipes for Getting Started with R
by Paul Teetor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.81

5.0 out of 5 stars start working with R - gently way, 26 July 2011
Simple, straight to the point, and nicely composed introduction to R. This is the first impression after you go briefly through all the chapters. I am not regular R user - I use R periodically when I have to perform server log analysis. However I remember my first experience with R. It was quite painful to do such simple tasks as loading data from input files, printing loaded data, plotting basic charts not to mention more complex data analysis. Paul guides you through R basics and provides you with gentle introduction to R - powerful tool (or language if you want to be strict) for statistical analysis of data. What you get here is a description of tasks that every beginner will perform - sooner or later. Book guides your through all the steps from the installation process to complex data analysis. After reading this book chapter by chapter you will most probably notice something - it wasn't that hard to start working with R after all. What I really like in Paul's approach is that examples are really, really simple and straightforward. No messing around, just plain, clear, simple examples - very often single liners. But don't think that this is all about. After each solution there is a time for a deeper analysis of the problem. This is the place, where you get detailed explanation of what really happens when you execute given example. Great benefit of the book is that it covers really basic issues related to R programing and it covers them at fairly small number of pages. This way, you get the knowledge, while at the same time you don't get bored. Must have for R beginners.


Office 2011 for Macintosh: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)
Office 2011 for Macintosh: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)
Price: £12.71

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars get these ribbons working fine ;), 26 July 2011
Microsoft Office 2011 is a big leap in Mac world. It is faster, more stable and filled with lots of new features. It has a new look and feel as well. If you are like me, you'd rather stay with old good interface you have gotten used to. On the other hand, world will not wait and you have to follow the trend. This is the place were Office 2011 for Macintosh comes in handy. It helps you adapt to new circumstances, to completely redesigned user interface. I will not discuss the whole book here, because I don't use Outlook and Power Point at all - I simply don't belong to target group for these two products. However, when it comes to Word and Excel I can tell that Chris have done really good job. You will get basic information related to creating documents, templates, manipulating ribbon (quite useful), using style (believe me, I know people who format documents using Enter and space). Book discusses topics related to references and references management. This is really great feature that Pages '09 miss and makes Office better suited for scientific papers (unless you can not imagine anything else than LaTeX). Huge advantage of 2011 version is Visual Basic that was not available in 2008 edition for Mac. This is really, really huge step forward for Microsoft Office in Mac world. It makes this suite even more interesting. Chris touches slightly this topic, however you will be left unfulfilled. I'd recommend here Microsoft Office Excel 2007 Visual Basic for Applications Step by Step instead - if you are interested in Visual Basic programming. However, it's nice of Chris that he touches this topic as it is definitely worth mentioning. What I have found really interesting was explanation of pivot tables. Pivot tables are the endless topic of miss understanding. Lots of people can not get used to use them. Chris explains this topic very clearly and covers it with lots of examples. After reading this chapter you should say that you don't understand pivot tables no more. I really enjoyed reading this book. I like the way material is presented - nicely formatted content, lots of examples, simple language. Keep in mind, however, that book addresses beginners and it doesn't cover all the aspects of Microsoft Office 2011.


Microsoft® Excel® 2010: Data Analysis and Business Modeling (Business Skills)
Microsoft® Excel® 2010: Data Analysis and Business Modeling (Business Skills)

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars become familiar with Excel built in functions, 26 July 2011
Microsoft Excel 2010 is typical FAQ/lecture like book. What you get is a list of issues that you probably encounter, sooner or later, during Excel programming. Each chapter is organized the same way. At first, you get the list of questions that are related to topics covered within chapter. Then, you get answers to questions explained by examples. This way you can easily find solutions for problems that you have recently encountered and want to have them solved by the Excel. What is a benefit here is that knowledge is not just a plain theory. Contrary, what you get is a purely pragmatic approach - problem/solution. In order to check your knowledge, each chapter contains brain teasers that will force you to think a little bit. You are asked to solve a problem that can be solved using knowledge you have acquired while reading the chapter.

I have mixed feelings when it comes to this book. At one point you should have it in your own library as a reference. On the other hand, I don't like editorial side of the book at all. It's too simple and too plain. I know you can say that lecture script is not required to look fancy and nice, but I simply like well edited books. I know that judging book by it's cover might be very unfair by in case of this one, editorial side of the book took advantage over the content. However, if you don't pay that much attention to look over the content you should consider buying this one. You will find quite a loot of examples that will guide you through the mysteries of the Excel. And you don't have to know Visual Basic at all.


Designing Interfaces: Patterns for Effective Interaction Design
Designing Interfaces: Patterns for Effective Interaction Design
Price: £19.77

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Find the best solution for particular UI related issues, 26 July 2011
Patterns are present within IT industry for quite some time. Typically, books related to patterns application refer to particular language and present patterns either using either the language they refer to or using UML. Jenifer takes a different approach. Instead of providing reader with technology specific solution she shows how different UI related aspects can be organized and turned into reusable patterns. In first chapter, you will find description of various motives that drive users. This is the entry point for the rest of the book. How to react correctly to user's requirements (expectations) is a leading motive of the book. Following chapters focus on various aspects of UI design (e.g. navigating, retrieving user's input, presenting data, listing data). What is worth mentioning here is that Jenifer doesn't bind solutions to a particular technology or operating system. She tries to diversify and cover most common user environments. Of course, she shows examples that are based on real applications but these are used rather as an example instead of being one and only one proper solution.

What I like in the book is the way Jenifer presents the patterns. She goes with them, one by one, using structured schema: what will be covered by particular pattern, when is it used, why is it used, how should you use it, how does it look like (by example), and the reference to other sources mentioning given pattern. In general, this is good book, however I think that some conclusions are not solidly proven (especially related to user's behavior). On the other hand, UI efficiency is not something that you can easily prove.


Head First Python
Head First Python
by Paul Barry
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.47

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Learn python efficiently, 26 July 2011
This review is from: Head First Python (Paperback)
There are two books devoted to Python you can find within Head First series. One of them is related indirectly - Head First Programming, second one is explicitly focused on Python - Head First Python. If you take a look at the content description you will find that some parts of material overlaps. If you ask yourself whether these are two different titles, answer is - yes, these are two different books. Even thou both are devoted to Python, you will find them different. Head First Programming focuses on telling reader what programming is, while Head First Python goes directly into Python related topics. Another benefit of this book is that it touches various aspects of Python usage - application programming, Web development, Mobile development.

What I like in the book is a way things are explained. Head First approach is one of favorite, so I like the book automatically - in a way. On the other hand, I think it could be better bundled with Head First Programming. Both books cover the same topics in few places which makes it questionable to buy both of them. Putting it straight. If you want to focus on Python itself, and you know what programming is all about - Head First Python is a good choice. If you don't know any programming language or you want to learn programming through the Python, definitely buy Head First Programming instead of this one.


Head First WordPress
Head First WordPress
by Jeff Siarto
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Improve my blog - make it more "fancy", 26 July 2011
This review is from: Head First WordPress (Paperback)
Many blogs are based on the WordPress - today's de facto standard for blogging platform. There are, usually, two ways of starting fun with WordPress - you are either so called Web nerd or totally green when it comes to all these Internet abbreviations like FTP, PHP, SFTP, SQL, and so on. If you are familiar with mentioned terms, you will benefit from half of the book. If you are not familiar with Internet terminology but want to have your own blog - this book is perfect for you. Jeff does a good job when it comes to providing users with basic knowledge related to installation, configuration and management of the WordPress blog. He not only tells you how to configure it, but also provides you with information how to upload files, which FTP clients can you use - these notes are especially valuable for newcomers. But that's not all, if you are more experienced user you will probably find useful the chapters devoted to Look and Feel, Content Management and Securing the stuff. How did I benefit from the book - well, I am going to introduce some videos in near future and reading Video and Plug-ins definitely helped.

Side note, thanks to Jeff, I have found Sequel Pro - he mentions it while discussing SQL database access.


Learning iPhone Programming: From Xcode to App Store
Learning iPhone Programming: From Xcode to App Store
Price: £11.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Learn iPhone programming, 26 July 2011
Learning iPhone Programming is well organized and easy to read book. In first two chapters, it is explained why should we move to creating native applications and how to start the development process. There are few interesting remarks, especially in "Becoming a Developer" chapter. After explaining how to start development, readers are shown how to build very simple - "Hello world" like application, and deploy it on the iPhone/iPod (this will require paid iPhone Developer membership). This is a good start because it lets you feel what Objective-C and what coding within XCode is all about. Further chapters guide you through most common topics you can encounter when starting coding. However, Objective-C and Mac OS X specific topics (MVC) are covered not too deeply - I'd recommend here additional reading (Hillegass) and some books related to Objective-C (e.g. Cocoa and Objective-C: Up and Running). One of the drawbacks is that book doesn't cover iOS 4 and iPhone 4 version and doesn't mention iPhone 4 (e.g. Table 10-1). In general, I like the style of the book, but I would recommend it as a companion book rather then the only source of knowledge. There is another quite interesting position related to iPhone programming - Head First iPhone Development.


Learning Perl
Learning Perl
Price: £16.07

4.0 out of 5 stars Learn programing Perl with elementary book, 26 July 2011
This review is from: Learning Perl (Kindle Edition)
Learning Perl is a typical elementary book. You can find there everything, beginner needs. You will be guided through the basics of Perl, elementary data types, structures and conditional loops. What this book reminds me is good old "The C Programming Language" by Kernighan and Ritchie. Authors of Learning Perl simply go step by step and present language specific constructs to the reader. However, this book is not for everybody. It is neither a reference guide, nor a "Learn by example" kind of book. It's an elementary. You will be though Perl from the very basics and I am pretty sure this is great for people who begin their experience with Perl. What I liked within the book? Well, the "Some Advanced Perl Techniques" chapter - which is unfortunately very short, brought my attention. Another interesting part of the book was devoted to regular expressions, however I missed XML related examples and references. XML is quite important these days and to pass over it is strange thing for me. In general, I'd advise buying it to anyone who wants to learn Perl a consistent way rather than through "found in the Internet" examples. On the other hand, if you are looking for a reference or advanced book on Perl - try finding something else.


The Myths of Innovation
The Myths of Innovation
Price: £9.26

5.0 out of 5 stars free yourself from prejudices, 26 July 2011
Scott takes you in a journey over the ideas you probably well known but was not aware of details. He goes though the history of innovation,
shows us some interesting examples and provides with entertainment. I lack better proven, well formed references thou - especially when it comes to Philosophy - I think Scott's analogies are to shallow in few places. On the other hand, this book should entertain you - it's obvious you will not get an answer how to create good idea. One of my teachers told us a joke once - how to build financial empire? Well it's simple, create popular product and logo - like Coca-Cola - and you are set. That's more or less the book is about. It shows how great inventions were created, how they were born and brought to us by inventors who were quite often rejected by others. Descrates wrote once: "it is necessary to reject everything that raises doubts in order to left only pure truth". I think, this idea remains somewhere in the background throughout all the book. If you really want to be outstanding person, you can't think like others do - you have to reject what you have been told, and do your things. Then, with little luck, you might become real inventor.


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