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DevOps: A Software Architect's Perspective This is the first DevOps book that shows a realistic and achievable view of the full implementation of DevOps. Most of the books and other literature I have read on DevOps are all about the culture, the attitudes, how it relates to Agile and Lean practices, and a high level view of microservices. This book includes all that, but they are not its main focus, and it goes several steps further with respect to the architecture and infrastructure needed for the implementation. The book is broken down into five parts. I have listed each part below along with the chapters they include. Part One: Background Chapter 1. What Is DevOps? Chapter 2. The Cloud as a Platform Chapter 3. Operations Part Two: The Deployment Pipeline Chapter 4. Overall Architecture Chapter 5. Building and Testing Chapter 6. Deployment Part Three: Crosscutting Conc... (more)

Book Review: Sams Teach Yourself Java in 24 Hours

If you want a well rounded introduction to JAVA 7, look no further. This book touches on all the things you would expect in an introduction to a programming language. The book is broken down into six parts and a set of appendices. I have listed the chapters by part below. Part I: Getting Started- Becoming a Programmer, Writing Your First Program, Vacationing in Java, and Understanding How Java Programs Work. Part II: Learning the Basics of Programming- Storing and Changing Information in a Program, Using Strings to Communicate, Using Conditional Tests to Make Decisions, and Repeati... (more)

Book Review: The Essence of Software Engineering

I have had the opportunity to lead dozens of software development projects which I love doing. I have also had the opportunity to watch dozens of software development project from the sidelines, while working on my own project, or in place as a consultant to accomplish something other than run the development process. From the sidelines I have seen some succeed, some crash and burn, and the rest get close enough to success that the team can sell it as a success. Sometimes the later takes a heck of a sales job. I would say in my book 80% of those sold as successes failed. They ei... (more)

Book Review: Agile! The Good, the Hype and the Ugly

Finally a book from an industry leader that has the guts to write about the real world of Agile software development. If I had to pick one word to describe this book, it would be 'truth'. This book is going to raise the blood pressure of some of the Agilists out there. If you think you may be one of those, do yourself a favor and keep at the forefront of your mind that the author points out all the good in Agile too. He is not telling a one sided story. When reading a strongly opinionated book like this, we tend to only see the things the author is pointing out as our flaws, or ... (more)

Book Review | Swift for Programmers

This is one of the best laid out programming books I have read in a while. The way it starts out providing summaries of Swift features found in other programming languages, Swift features that eliminate common programming errors, the list of Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, new key features in Xcode 6, special characters, numeric and boolean types, operators, conditional and loop statements, compound assignment operators, Classes, access modifiers, properties, initializers, methods, value and reference types, and making use of built in frameworks is perfect for developers from ... (more)