December 2013

Gavin Pickin

Deals and Steals - Books and Training - Packt Publishing $5 Ebook Special

Books and Training, Steals and Deals

Its Christmas time, and its all about shopping right? Well, maybe not, but there are sometimes a few good deals to be found, and today is one of those days. Packt Publishing, one pretty reputable book company that deals with books for IT Professionals, Administrators and Users, is having an EBook Bonanza… where every single Ebook they have, which is almost 2000 books, are all going for $5. They support multiple formats, and yes, they are only $5 each. This special lasts until January 3rd, so jump on it, and soon.

If you want a paperback copy of course, Amazon is always awesome, and you can check all of Packt Publishing books listed here on Amazon. Note the Kindle Edition Prices on Amazon are 14-25 dollars, just skimming down the page. So this is a great deal, but more importantly, are these books that you want really want? I have a couple already, in paperback, and I have my eyes on several others, and I'll tell you why I'm going to snap them up.

Railo 3 Beginner's Guide

Not this is not to be mistaken for a CFML Server Book. Its actually a guide to getting beginning with CFML itself, but obviously you're using Railo and not ColdFusion. It has a lot of good information for a beginner, and has a few bits and pieces I didn't know about the server too. Amazon has Look Inside available if you want a sneak peak. Pretty Good Book
Packt Link - Amazon Link 

PhoneGap Mobile Application Development Cookbook

Not using PhoneGap before, this was a good book to just get the basic concepts and how to apply them with PhoneGap. It didn't go into a lot of detail, but Matt Gifford (producer and sometimes host on CF Hour) did a great job with the book. It might not be too detailed, but its a simple beginning cookbook. I found it very interesting, and good reading. I just wish I had my laptop next to me while I read it, so I could play along. Family trip, had to behave, books good, laptops, not so much :)
Packt LinkAmazon Link 

Ok, next is a series of books I am going to buy, and their aren't bought yet just because I have to fill up my cart before I check out, so far, I've picked about 7 or 8 books to buy on this special, and here they are.

Object-Oriented Programming in ColdFusion

This is another written by Matt Gifford, and this is supposed to be a must read for ColdFusion developers. It has some good reviews on Amazon 4.1 out of 5, and it has been recommended to me several times, so now at $5, I have to get it.
Packt Link -  Amazon Link 

Mastering Web Application Development with AngularJS

Angular is a hot topic, and I know several developers choosing AngularJS over EmberJS so its worth investigating more. It has 4.3 out of 5 on Amazon, and looks like a good read.
Packt Link - Amazon Link 

Learning jQuery - Fourth Edition

jQuery is hard to avoid these days, and although I feel comfortable with it, there is still a lot I am sure I need to learn. It has 5 out of 5 for this version, albeit only 5 votes, but previous versions have been popular, so worth a read.
Packt Link - Amazon Link 

Responsive Web Design with HTML 5 and CSS3

Being a full stack developer my whole career (I guess you could call it a career) I have always dealt with the front and the back, and this focuses on the right things for front end moving forward. With 4.3 out of 5 on Amazon with 46 reviews, it sounds pretty solid.
Packt Link - Amazon Link

Object-Oriented JavaScript - Second Edition

I've heard some good things about this book on podcasts and around the place, with 4.3 out of 5 on Amazon with 41 reviewers, it did enough to get on the list.
Packt Link - Amazon Link

CentOS 6 Linux Server Cookbook

Doing a lot more Server side work with Centos lately, I think this is a must have for me. I like the Cookbook style, 5 out of 5 for the 5 reviews on Amazon, easy choice.
Packt Link - Amazon Link

Linux Shell Scripting Cookbook, Second Edition

Only 3 reviews, but 5 out of 5 on Amazon, Cookbook style again sold me. Shell scripting is something i need to do more with, automation and server side technologies are one of the many things on my list to improve on.

Packt Link - Amazon Link 

I had thought about this one, but not sure

Apache Tomcat 7 Essentials

With Railo and ColdFusion using Tomcat these days, I'd like to know a little more about the beast behind the servers. This book doesn't have the best reviews… so might have to do a little research, although, for $5… might be better to just buy it and read it for myself.
Packt Link - Amazon Link


There are a lot of other great topics, Node, Express, surprisingly a lack of EmberJS, also some good Clojure, Ruby, Python, Drupal, Wordpress, Android, IOS… pretty much anything you're thinking about (except EmberJS) is there.

Well, worth the look for $5. 
If there are any good ones I have missed, that you think I should reconsider, please, let me and the readers know.
Happy Holidays, and get something good to read (instead of talking to family lol)



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