JS – The Right Way
Node – Up and Running
Recipes with Angular.js
Angular.js is a Google developed web development framework for building rich web applications through a rich structure programming environment that leads to increased development output. The book from Frederik Dietz focuses on concepts, insights and tips on how to make the most of Angular when looking to do rapid application development. In its current form, the book chapters are as follows: introduction, controllers, directives, filters, APIs, routing, forms, UI patterns, back-end integrations with Node and Ruby — everything that you will encounter throughout the process of creating your own Angular application. There’s no shortage of tutorials for Angular, but sometimes it is good to just have a single book at your disposal that can act as a reference point.
Single page apps in depth
Single page apps, and also websites are increasingly growing in popularity. Having a whole application/website within a single page can be really appealing towards business ideology, but more than that it helps to eliminate the need for the customer to constantly jump back and forth between different parts of an application, and instead use it in its purest, native form. If you wish to go from zero to a single-page app within a day or two, then Mikito Takada’s book is your savior.
Learn Webpack and React
Isomorphic, once an alien word, is becoming the most popular technique for doing web app development. Isomorphic means that the written JS code is going to be run on both the client-side (browser), and server-side (web server), such structure of the app allows to yield benefits for search engine optimization, to increase load times (performance), to have access and full-control over the app’s UI. The book is in three parts: first you will learn about the identities of Isomorphic apps, and how to begin the development process, then you go from learning the details to beginning the development of your very own Isomorphic JS app, and the third part focuses on bringing and aligning your development workflow with Isomorphic patterns.
Building Web Apps with Ember.js
Ember.js uses model-view-controller (MVC) architectural pattern to allow front-end developers to build one-page and browser-optimized applications that seamlessly connect back to the back-end. Ember.js might not be the name you hear all the time, but the community is alive and very much kicking it. The book is a great introduction and a seasoned guide on how to begin app development using the Ember framework. Throughout the book you will learn: how to begin your Ember workflow and create a boilerplate, inspect the ins and outs of Ember and how it helps you save time by coding less, use the provided app prototype to learn more about Handlebars; JS styling library, immerse yourself in Routers to manage your apps without live browser interaction, use Controllers and Views to synchronize your data using data-binding, how to use Ember APIs, how to build scripts and widgets to extend your apps natively.
Developing Backbone.js Applications
Front-end developers know how handy Backbone can be when the tasks requires of you to build a single-page app, this is the best framework to use for that purpose. Addy Osmani is a reputable Google developer who works on Chrome, so you can easily put your worries to rest if you’re thinking this book is going to lack intellectualism, or concise and proper guidance to help you master Backbone as your own hands. The book’s chapters will introduce you to: how to use the MVC with Backbone to bring immense benefits to your client-side development workflow, how to use Backbone to write readable, extendable, and structured code, a rundown of common pitfalls when working with Backbone and how to best face them, a boilerplate for bootstrapping an application, a guide on bridging Backbone + jQuery Mobile to get your feet wet with mobile development, and also plenty of guides on unit testing.
Ernest Hemingway has somehow made his way into the programming world, we have the Hemingway App helping writers to write better sentences, and we have hackers constantly quote Ernest Hemingway from his novels, journals and short stories. The man was one of a kind writer, and it shows. Angus Croll takes Hemingway’s approach to development to a new level, he wants developers to recognize themselves as true creative artists with infinite possibilities in their self-universes, offering prose and code verses that will forever inspire unique approaches to the way you code. The book isn’t a learning resource, rather it is a resource that will help you remain creative and forever inspired in the ways that it is possible to write code.
Automate with Grunt
Some technologies stand out more than the rest, MEAN is one of them. MEAN stands for MongoDB, Express, Angular, and Node. Four modern technologies that you see powering the biggest and most powerful web apps on the market today. Each individual framework, and database, has their own set of extraordinary features that have changed the way we see the web, and to have all of them put together into one stack.. that’s just pure beauty. Chris Sevilleja and Holly Lloyd give their absolutely best advice on how to build staggering apps using the MEAN stack.
Beginning Mobile App Development with React Native
With all this knowledge at your disposal now, you are surely to be landing some new and exciting jobs, but landing a job at a professional startup or company is going to require more than just eagerness to learn, or having the charm of a great recruitee. You need to prepare yourself, and prepare yourself for one of the most difficult tasks in the process of finding a job — attending an interview. Programmer interviews can be a real pain to do, as they push your boundaries, and present challenges that can at times feel all too overwhelming to even bother, but the leading companies we have today all employ rigorous hiring processes that heavily rely on interviews to learn more about the people that wish to work for them. If you want to be one of the people who works at Google, or Apple, then you need to know what to prepare for, and this book from Xuanyi Chew will be of utmost importance as a starting point for understanding engineering interviews, and what you should look out for when applying for a new job.
Taking away what books have provided for us in these lives, it would be insanity. Books remain as consistent ways of learning about new subjects, and doing it through the way of acquiring knowledge that someone else has acquired. Books can teach us so much, even if they feel utterly boring at times. A good programming book will make your head hurt, because it is so rich in knowledge that you have to take breaks constantly just to keep up, but these are the books that we wanted to focus on here today, so hopefully all the head hurting is going to lead you one step closer to becoming a proficient web developer and web architect.