Saturday, May 28, 2011

Learning the iOS 4 SDK for JavaScript Programmers by Danny Goodman

The first book I ever read by Danny Goodman was “The Complete Hypercard Handbook” which was published in 1987 and was the best selling Macintosh book at that time. Fast forward to 2011 and “Learning the iOS 4 SDK for JavaScript Programmers” published by O’Reilly Media. See how far we have come.

This well-written book introduces newcomers to the world of iOS programming. While it is intended to be a guide for those currently familiar with JavaScript programming concepts, the book is general enough to benefit anyone hoping to learn how to use Apple’s Xcode application and the iOS 4 SDK.

Xcode comes with lots of reference documentation, but Danny keeps us on the right path with a generous amount of sample code and even includes the code for a test workbench that the reader can use to experiment with various code snippets. After examining the differences between an interpreted language like JavaScript and code compiled to run natively, he dives right into a quick tour of the Xcode environment and by the end of Chapter 2 will have you running your first app on the iPhone simulator. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in iOS programming.

Click here to learn more about or to purchase this book.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this ebook as part of the O’Reilly Reader Review Program.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

O'Reilly School of Technology

I have just signed up for the PHP/SQL programming certificate program at the O’Reilly School of Technology. The certificate will be issued by The University of Illinois, who have been offering online IT courses and certificates since 1998.

The four courses in the PHP/SQL programming certificate program are:

O’Reilly currently offers a total of 10 different certificate programs, and many more individual courses if you're not interested in a complete program.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Future of Publishing

I am really excited about the plethora of eReaders and eBooks that are finally appearing. Having been a fan of eBooks since the days of the Rocket eBook, I can tell you that there have never been so many choices available on the market. It is also great to see some publishers going with the idea of DRM-free eBooks. O'Reilly Media being a prime example.

Which brings me to my favorite eBook format: ePUB

It is great to see that so many vendors are adopting the open ePUB standard defined by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF).

This standard consists of three specifications:
  • Open Publishing Structure (OPS)
  • Open Packaging Format (OPF)
  • OEBPS Container Format (OCF)

Combined they form a single .epub file which internally uses XHTML files to build the structure of the eBook. The open format, flowable text, image support, CSS styles, and embedded font support combine to form a winning package.

Click here for more information on the ePUB standard.