New books on computing and the internet in January.
Implosion : what the Internet has really done to culture and communications / Andy Law.
“The Internet is behaving in a way that is affecting everything we do. It is making us think about things in a way we never previously thought. The Internet has enhanced a reverse polarity of discovery in which seeking to know more about what and who we already know (think Facebook, Twitter, Google) is now just as valid as learning new things. This is the “implosion” that this book examines and the great impact it will have on society and business. The creation of the Internet, the most significant invention for several generations, is driving culture inward instead of outward (like many of history’s other prestigious cultural innovations). It is an implosive force, annihilating and creating simultaneously, and it will change forever the way society and business communicates. This book offers a controversial insight into where we are heading in the age of the web.” (Syndetics summary)
Breakpoint : why the web will implode, search will be obsolete, and everything else you need to know about technology is in your brain / Jeff Stibel.
“Stibel, brain scientist and entrepreneur, compares the Internet to the human brain as a network, and, as with all networks, the Internet is approaching a break point, along with many technologies and businesses that rely on it. Yet, as in nature, the break point will bring better things because the fittest species are typically the smallest. The unit of measure for progress isn’t size, it’s time. We learn that post-break-point technology networks (he cites the Internet, the web, and Facebook) are just tools to further connect humans more deeply while encouraging and enhancing equality, since social media promotes democracy.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
My iPad for seniors (covers iOS 7 on iPad 2, iPad 3rd and 4th generation and iPad mini) / Gary Rosenzweig, Gary Eugene Jones.
“This iPad introductory guide has been written from the ground up with one fast-growing audience in mind: seniors. Not just an ordinary “beginner’s” book, “My iPad for Seniors” approaches every topic from a senior’s point of view, using meaningful examples and realistic tasks. With large text, close-up screen shots, and a custom full-color interior, this easy tutorial is designed to be read comfortably by everyone. We assume no prior experience with computers, but we don’t talk down to you: we know you’re smart and engaged, just new to the latest iPad!” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
iPhone for seniors for dummies / by Nancy C. Muir.
“Once you get comfortable with your iPhone, you’ll wonder how you lived without it! Muir cuts through the jargon to help you find your way around the homescreen, make calls, send texts and emails, fill your iPhone with games, movie, and music– and much more!” (Syndetics summary)
SharePoint 2013 on demand / Steve Johnson, Perspection, Inc.
“SharePoint 2013 On Demand is built from the ground up for today’s SharePointuser. Like every book in the On Demand Series, it teaches visually, using an easy, friendly, full-color format designed to “show you how,” instead of “telling you how.” But that’s not all. This book:
Combines step-by-step training with quick-reference material you can rely on long after they’ve mastered the core skills they need.
Provides easy-to-follow task-based coverage of the techniques you’ll use most often, presenting most tasks in just one or two pages.
Offers in-depth coverage of all new MCAS (Microsoft Certified Application Specialist) and MCAP (Microsoft Certified Application Professional) exam objectives, so you can use it as a study guide to enhance your job prospects or current career.
Provides additional end-of-chapter workshops, plus even more hands-on projects online.” (Syndetics summary)
Excel 2013 pivot table data crunching / Bill Jelen, Michael Alexander.
“.Use Excel 2013 pivot tables and pivot charts to produce powerful, dynamic reports in minutes instead of hours; understand exactly what’s going on in your business; take control, and stay in control! Even if you’ve never created a pivot table before, this book will help you leverage all their amazing flexibility and analytical power. In just the first seven chapters, you learn how to generate complex pivot reports complete with drill-down capabilities and accompanying charts. Then, you go even further, discovering how to build a comprehensive, dynamic pivot table reporting system for any business task or function.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
WordPress web design for dummies / by Lisa Sabin-Wilson.
“Updated, full-color guide to creating dynamic websites with WordPress 3.6. In this updated new edition, bestselling For Dummies author and WordPress expert Lisa Sabin-Wilson makes it easy for anyone with a basic knowledge of the WordPress software to create a custom site using complementary technologies such as CSS, HTML, PHP, and MySQL. You’ll not only get up to speed on essential tools and technologies and further advance your own design skills, this book also gives you pages of great case studies, so you can see just how other companies and individuals are creating compelling, customized, and cost-effective websites with WordPress.” (Syndetics summary)
Beginning 3D game development with Unity 4 : all-in-one, multi-platform game development / Sue Blackman.
“This book introduces key game production concepts in an artist-friendly way, and rapidly teaches the basic scripting skills you’ll need with Unity. It goes on to show how you, as an independent game artist, can create casual interactive adventure games in the style of Telltales Tales of Monkey Island, while also giving you a firm foundation in game logic and design.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
“Code for most web sites mostly runs on the server. When a user clicks on a link, the site reacts slowly because the browser sends information to the server and the server sends it back again before displaying the results. With near universal availability of capable browsers and powerful hardware, the single page web application (SPA) pushes most of the code to the browser, giving users immediate results, whether they’re surfing at their desk or using a phone app.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
CSS3 : pushing the limits / Stephen Greig.
“Representing an evolutionary leap forward for CSS, CSS3 is chock-full of new capabilities that dramatically expand the boundaries of what a styling language can do. But many of those new features remain undocumented, making it difficult to learn what they are and how to use them to create the sophisticated sites and web apps clients demand and users have grown to expect.”– publisher website.” (Syndetics summary)
Cool infographics: effective communication with data visualization and design
“Make information memorable with creative visual design techniques.
Research shows that visual information is more quickly and easily understood, and much more likely to be remembered. This innovative book presents the design process and the best software tools for creating infographics that communicate. Including a special section on how to construct the increasingly popular infographic resume, the book offers graphic designers, marketers, and business professionals vital information on the most effective ways to present data.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)