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Professional ASP.NET MVC 3 (Wrox Programmer to Programmer)
Professional ASP.NET MVC 3 (Wrox Programmer to Programmer)
by Jon Galloway
Edition: Paperback
Price: £29.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good and entertaining introduction to ASP.NET MVC, 11 Feb. 2012
This book is a really good introduction to ASP.NET MVC 3.
While it does a great job about explaining how to develop ASP.NET MVC applications and covers all the main components, it also focuses on the ecosystem around it (NuGet, Scaffoldhing ...) and on good practices (Security concerns, Unit Testing).

I did find some chapters a bit too abstract to actually follow completely, but most of them are very easy, and even pleasant to read.

Brownfield Application Development in .NET
Brownfield Application Development in .NET
by Donald Belcham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £30.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for Brownfield application developers ... but also any other developer, 5 Nov. 2011
This book targets developer teams working on maintaining and adding features to Brownfield Applications, old (or not) codebases which are still under active development and where you constantly find hidden gems.

It focusses on strategies to try and improve the quality of that sort of beast and therefore our day-to-day developer life.

It does a great job at covering good practices, both in the software development process (issue tracking and management, automation of tests and builds, deployment) and in good programming principles (OO principles). It is full of directly applicable tips and helps avoiding the well-known traps that can show up when improving the application.

In addition to developers working on brownfield applications, I would recommend it to any developer who needs a good overview of the Software development process and good practices.

I found that it also helped improve my morale regarding the terrible codebase I am working on.

Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction
Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction
by Steve McConnell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.07

5.0 out of 5 stars a MUST-read, 1 Nov. 2010
This book just covers EVERYTHING any programmer should know to build great software. It shows very concrete examples of what should or should not be done and offers ways to improve your programming skills.
If focuses on code-quality and maintainability and collects lots of relevant data from other projects and studies. In addition, the writing-style is really pleasant.

The Mythical Man-month: Essays on Software Engineering
The Mythical Man-month: Essays on Software Engineering
by Frederick P. Brooks Jr.
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.94

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Somehow obsolete, 20 Oct. 2010
This book is supposed to be a classic about software project management, maybe because it was the first to actually cover the topic and offer advice and solutions back in the 70s. Even though most principles nowadays apply, the arguments have aged rather badly and do not translate very well in nowadays environment.

I have the feeling I haven't learnt anything that I didn't already know, which is somehow frustrating.
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jQuery Cookbook
jQuery Cookbook
by Cody Lindley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not fantastic, 20 Oct. 2010
This review is from: jQuery Cookbook (Paperback)
Having played a bit with jQuery on a few projects, I wanted to understand a bit more the core of jQuery and see how usual problems can be solved. Being a fan of O'Reilly books, I purchased jQuery cookbook.

The approach is OK for somebody who has basic knowledge of Javascript and CSS : it relies on examples ("How can I .... with jQuery ?") to cover things a jQuery developer might want to know : include the libraries, write a plugin, use an existing plug-in, use and customize jQuery-UI plugins etc, and also mentions topics such as performance or testing.

While most examples are actually rather good, some of them just make you think "there MUST be a better way to do it".

In my opinion, the main problem is that, being a work by "the jQuery community" rather than a book written by one or two authors, it lacks coherence : each developer seems to write jQuery code in his own way and no effort was made in this book to homogenize the code examples. This might really hurt your brain if you plan to read it from cover to cover.

So as a conclusion : it can be useful for a beginner who just wants to know how to solve a specific problem, but do not expect to find a reference that you can read from cover to cover. For this purpose, the online jQuery documentation is really really great !

The Pragmatic Programmer
The Pragmatic Programmer
by Andrew Hunt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.79

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for any passionate programmer trying to improve, 1 Oct. 2010
Great great book for anyone trying to become a better programmer.

It really does a great job at transmitting the general principles that can help making better software, thanks to a very easy-to-read style, lots of applied examples and exercises, and awesome silly-sounding but relevant easy-to-remember comparisons.

Even 10 years after publishing, all the advices the authors offer still make lots of sense.

One of the best books I've read so far ! I enjoyed it much more than The Mythical Man Month and Other Essays on Software Engineering, which I found somehow outdated and to general.

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