venerdì 21 marzo 2014

Packt Publishing celebrates their 2000th title with an exclusive offer - We've got IT covered!

Known for their extensive range of pragmatic IT ebooks, Packt Publishing are celebrating their 2000th book title `Learning Dart’– they want their customers to celebrate too.
To mark this milestone Packt Publishing will launch a ‘Buy One Get One Free’ offer across all eBooks on March 18th – for a limited period only.
`Learning Dart’ was selected as a title and published by Packt earlier this year. As a project that aims to revolutionise a language as crucial as JavaScript, Dart is a great example of an emerging technology which aims to support the community and their requirement for constant improvement. The content itself explains how to develop apps using Dart and HTML5 in a model-driven and fast-paced approach, enabling developers to build more complex and high-performing web apps.
David Maclean, Managing Director explains `It’s not by chance that this book is our 2000th title. Our customers and community drive demand and it is our job to ensure that whatever they’re working on, Packt provides practical help and support.
At Packt we understand that sometimes our customers want to learn a new programming language pretty much from scratch, with little knowledge of similar language concepts. Other times our customers know a related language fairly well and therefore want a fast-paced primer that brings them up to a competent professional level quickly.
That’s what makes Packt different: all our books are specifically commissioned by category experts, based on intensive research of the technology and the key tasks.’
Since 2004, Packt Publishing has been providing practical IT-related information that enables everyone to learn and develop their IT knowledge, from novice to expert.
Packt is one of the most prolific and fast-growing tech book publishers in the world. Originally focused on open source software, Packt contributes back into the community paying a royalty on relevant books directly to open source projects. These projects have received over $400,000 as part of Packt’s Open Source Royalty Scheme to date.
Their books focus on practicality, recognising that readers are ultimately concerned with getting the job done. Packt’s digitally-focused business model allows them to quickly publish up-to-date books in very specific areas across a range of key categories – web development, game development, big data, application development, and more. Their commitment to providing a comprehensive range of titles has seen Packt publish 1054% more titles in 2013 than in 2006.
Erol Staveley, Publisher, says `Recent research shows that 88% of our customers are very satisfied with the service knowing that we offer a wide breadth of titles in a timely manner, and owing to the quality of service that they receive 94% of customers are willing to recommend Packt to friends and family. It’s great that we’ve hit such a significant milestone, and we want to continue delivering this fantastic content to our customers.’
Here are some of the best titles across Packt's main categories - but Buy One, Get One Free will apply across all 2000 titles:

lunedì 17 febbraio 2014

Learning Dart

Learning Dart (review)

I was expecting a lot from this book, but unfortunately some parts are too immature or little depth.

The author correctly guide the reader towards the new language from Google, but some sections should be further explored or expanded, in particular the introduction of the language and its packaging system.

Moreover, it is often not easy to follow the examples of code included in the book: annotations and references often distract the reader.

Great introduction to libraries Polymer and Dartling, unfortunately the examples are too tied to the (much) source code which does not make the reading smooth and flowing.
A good start to learn the language Dart, hoping that the authors settle these small flaws in subsequent editions.

sabato 7 dicembre 2013

Android Application Security Essentials (review)

Android Application Security Essentials (review)

I don't totally agree with the author in the section "Who this book is for" where she wrote "This book is an excellent resource for anyone interested in mobile security", I think every developer (not only the Android ones) need to develop every piece of code with the security concepts in mind!

Our application need to be fast, beautiful but also secure! Think about all the personal information that we have in out phone or tablet, open any possible door to malicious apps could be a nightmare!

In the book, after a brief introduction on Android application concepts, you start to analize every part of an application under the security point of view, in the book you can also find two good chapters about the crypto API and the security tests. I hope in the future editions of the book the author could expand this two parts with more examples and code snippets!
The best chapter is the 7th, about the securing of application data. Every Android application store a lot of user information and is very easy to loose your device: if you're working on an application that store credit card informations or other sensible data (like medical informations or enterprise access tokens) this chapter will drive you to choice which information store and how to secure the storage!

At the end of the book you have also a very nice chapter about the "future" of the mobile system and some discussion about the security perspective.

Finally, the book is a good reading about the security over Android application, is not the reference guide about crypto API but is a great reading about security best practices.