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I started programming with Swift the first day it was available. Back then all we had available was Apple's The Swift Programming Language, and Using Swift with Cocoa and Objective-C eBooks. I got in a few weeks of heads down work before the plug was pulled on our project. When the project was shut down I was handed a project that required 100% of my attention so I was forced to shut down Xcode for a few months. That was a blessing and a curse. Curse because I don't remember anything I was doing, and a blessing because now there are several books available for getting started with Swift. I am reading four books on Swift before moving on to iOS. This might seem like over kill since I have spent a lot of time in Objective-C, but this is what I do to learn when I am trying to learn something I am not using at work. I am not that quick or smart, so I need to repeatedly ... (more)

Microsoft .NET - Architecting Applications for the Enterprise (2nd Edition)

Below is my review of the first edition of this book. I have included it in its entirety and because it is rather short. This book does a great job of putting architecture into a view that .NET developers and architects can relate to. The book covers design principles and patterns, and then relates them to each layer of a traditional layered system. It includes business, services, data access, and presentation layers. The authors include several different patterns for each layer and discuss the pros and cons of each. The book focuses on the technical aspects of .NET architecture. I... (more)

Book Review: Swift in 24 Hours

This book has Beginning to Intermediate on the back cover. I would recommend you put that into the context of learning Swift, not learning Object-Oriented Programming. The book does an excellent job of covering the Swift language in detail and it jumps right in after a short introduction to the available development environments - Xcode, playgrounds, and REPL (Read-Eval-Print-Loop). REPL is kind of a command line version of playgrounds running in terminal. The introduction is hour 1. There are 24 hour long lessons. I have listed the lessons below to show you what is covered. Hou... (more)

Book Review: Android Security Internals | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

This is the first security book I have read on Android that was not primarily about hacking the Android platform. This book completely covers all the tools available to the Android software architects and developers. Instead of showing us how to root the device at the beginning of the book and then showing us exploits and vulnerabilities throughout the rest of it, he covers how root access is achieved in different types of Android builds, and different ways get Root Access, but late in the book. The book starts out with an overview of the Android security model, and then each cha... (more)

Android Security Internals: An In-Depth Guide to Android's Security Architecture Book Review

This is the first security book I have read on Android that was not primarily about hacking the Android platform. This book completely covers all the tools available to the Android software architects and developers. Instead of showing us how to root the device at the beginning of the book and then showing us exploits and vulnerabilities throughout the rest of it, he covers how root access is achieved in different types of Android builds, and different ways get Root Access, but late in the book. The book starts out with an overview of the Android security model, and then each chapt... (more)