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If you are considering learning jQuery, this is a great place to start. The author starts the book with an introduction that puts jQuery in context and then helps you set up a development environment. Although I think most people reading this book should already be at a level of experience in which they already have a development environment set up, you may want to use the author's suggestion because it is focused on HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. I am using Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate which works fine, but is a heavy install. After the introduction the author jumps right into some examples to show you the jQuery syntax in several different scenarios. If you have not used jQuery at all this chapter gets you familiar with the syntax quickly. Next the author introduces a bunch of basics. The topics include the Web, Web 2.0, XML, JSON, JavaScript's relationship to jQuery, AJAX... (more)

Book Review: Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Unleashed

This book covers a ton of topics. Actually more like 10 tons of topics. The book is broken down into 6 parts: Planning for and Deploying SharePoint Server 2010 Administering and Maintaining SharePoint Server 2010 Securing, Protecting, and Optimizing SharePoint Architecture Using SharePoint 2010 Technologies for Collaboration and Document Management Leveraging Office Applications with SharePoint Extending the SharePoint Environment Covering so many topics has its pros and cons. Pros include covering a wide variety of topics and they provide a lot of very helpful lists. Especially when compari... (more)

Communicate... Because in IT, If You Build It, They May Not Come

Finding the perfect balance of influence between IT and the Business Owners (I will resist the urge to refer to them as B.O.) is not easy. I usually find that most projects are influenced by one or the other in an unbalanced manner. The story is usually goes like this... The business feels that technology should not be a factor in making sound business decisions. In the business owner's eyes, whatever the solution is, the IT department should be able to support the technology that comes with that solution. This is bad when a custom software package is the solution. .NET/SQL Serv... (more)

Book Review: Java The Complete Reference, 8th Edition

This is a great place to start learning Java. I think the book is good for beginners to start learning Java, as well as great reference for those experienced with Java. The book does not use an IDE to create, compile, and run the programs. It uses javac and java commands to compile and run. I used both the SDK command lines and the IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition to compile and run the programs. Both worked fine, but I also have an interest in learning to use IntelliJ IDEA. The book covers the Java language, the Java Library, Software Development with Java Beans, Swing, Servlets,... (more)

Book Review: C# 4.0 The Complete Reference

This book is all about C# the language and some of the .NET Framework class library. It is broken into two parts. Part I introduces C# with a view into the language's history. It then spends 19 chapters covering C# in detail. It begins those chapters with an introduction to object oriented programming, encapsulation, polymorphism, and inheritance. Part II digs deep into the .NET Framework's System namespace, collections, multithreading (including the Task Parallel Library and PLINQ), and networking. I have listed the book's chapters below. Part I: The C# Language Chapter 1. The Cre... (more)