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Merrell Men's Chameleon 3 Ventilator Gore-tex® Lace Up
Merrell Men's Chameleon 3 Ventilator Gore-tex® Lace Up

1.0 out of 5 stars Defective design, 27 Dec 2012
Having purchased these shoes for walking around whilst holiday fishing I was dismayed when after only 6 months the rubber Vibram sole separated from the main body of shoe allowing water in. Just a morning stroll in dewy grass would leave my feet soaking wet. Best avoided.

Pro Javascript RIA Techniques
Pro Javascript RIA Techniques
by Dennis Odell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £35.49

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If I had a match I could but this book out of its misery, 29 April 2010
When Doug Crockford says theat 'The Rhino' book is the best book in a collection of very bad JavaScript books he's taking about efforts like this. The author clearly knows very little about the prototypal nature of Javascript where functions as first class objects, and its origins in Self and Scheme. Some of the practices he advocates are so awful it make me want to set a match to this momument to ignorance. The remainder of the book is padded with meaningless guff on various subjects such as HTML and HTTP to no purpose.

Advanced Rails
Advanced Rails
by Brad Ediger
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great on Ruby Weak on Deployment, 25 Mar 2008
This review is from: Advanced Rails (Paperback)
Whilst there have been books for those seeking an introduction to Rails for some time, and a number of books for those wishing to learn Ruby, there hasn't been much in the way of material that bridges the two. There's David A Blacks' excellent Ruby for Rails of course but that chooses to focus on Ruby's idioms in the context of generalized application programming.
The first three chapters of Advanced Rails take these ideas a bit further by placing Ruby use in the context of Rails. The author demonstrates how Ruby features such as introspection and method binding are used in framework features such as routing and the plug-in architecture.
The writing style is detailed enough to explain exactly what is going on and light enough not to get repetitive or confusing. It is in these opening chapters that the book excels.

The second part of the book deals with more generalized application development : database choice, security and performance improvements. Unfortunately these aren't covered in sufficient depth to make them de facto reading. The problem, of course, is that these are areas of Rails that are constantly in flux with new products and solutions coming along every fews months, with the risk that the writing could soon become outdated. However I still think there was scope for a more in depth analysis of these areas.

JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
by David Flanagan
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive ? Absolutely, 27 Feb 2007
After many years struggling with rudimentary JavaScript and never being able to find a sensibly structured book on the subject, a colleague recommended

'JavaScript - the Definitive Guide'. O'Reilly have never really impressed me as a publishing house but this book is the best there is. The coverage is as extensive as it is complete. Especially noteworthy is its carefully documented chapters on the relationships between functions and objects which other authors shy away from. Want to be as good as Dean Edwards ? This is the book to get you there.

Pragmatic Ajax: A Web 2.0 Primer
Pragmatic Ajax: A Web 2.0 Primer
by Justin Gehtland
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.27

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great primer for Ajax, 11 July 2006
Another great book from Pragmatic Programmers. A useful resource on what you need to know about Ajax, once you've grasped what Ajax is and how it works.

The book is not a 'teach yourself Ajax from scratch' book, rather it serves as an introduction to the various Ajax frameworks / libraries which is what you'll be using once you grasp the basics.

The first section on creating a Google maps type application was a bit overwhelming, but subsequent chapters on Prototype, Dojo etc explained clearly and concisely what they were, with some basic examples of how to call their API. It serves as a great handle on where Ajax is at and where you should be looking to get further into it.

Practices of an Agile Developer: Working in the Real World (Pragmatic Programmers)
Practices of an Agile Developer: Working in the Real World (Pragmatic Programmers)
by Venkat Subramaniam
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.50

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and Informative, 9 July 2006
I've worked as a web developer for 10 years and in that time I've worked for numerous companies. I wish every one of them had read this book and taken lessons from it.

If you've been in the position where processes aren't working, projects are a nightmare race to deadline, the team isn't cohesive. If you're thinking surely theres a better way to run projects than this, then this is the book for you.

Intelligently written and well argued, it covers many concepts you may well already be familiar with and gives them some foundation and practical ways in which they can be adopted.

If you wish to be a better developer in a better team buy this book.

Ruby for Rails: Ruby Techniques for Rails Developers
Ruby for Rails: Ruby Techniques for Rails Developers
by David Black
Edition: Paperback
Price: £31.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem, 26 May 2006
As a Rails newbie I've been purchasing a number of Ruby and Rails books/pdfs and this is one of the best.

Dave is a longstanding member of the Ruby community and I think his passion for the language may explain why this is such an excellent read.

He has managed to produce a technical manual that explains both what Rails is and how to use it, and Ruby's idioms and how they work in a Rails context, that is a joy to read. The book's contents prove to be both very informative and easy to grasp. A definite must have.

Rails Cookbook (Cookbooks (O'Reilly))
Rails Cookbook (Cookbooks (O'Reilly))
by Rob Orsini
Edition: Paperback
Price: £25.99

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A reasonable companion to ADROR, 20 May 2006
A few months ago I previewed the Rough Cuts version of 'Rails Cookbook' and at that stage there was very little to merit it. However it seems the bulk of the material now covered in this book was added just prior to release.

The 'Rails Cookbook' serves as a reasonable companion to 'Agile Development with Ruby on Rails' (one of the must have tomes on the subject). Whereas ADROR generally devotes a chapter per aspect of the framework, Cookbook instead takes a 'task by section approach' so for instance you have a section called 'Modelling a Database with Active Record'. Several of the chapters covered the same ground, and where they do Rails Cookbook differs by working through the examples with the Rails Console.

This book won't gain you the further insight into the inner workings of Rails that some of the excellent blogs on the subject might and given a limited budget I would probably opt for Rails Recipes over this book, alternatively purchasing the cheaper PDF ebook version of this title is certainly worthwhile.

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