Far too often, we see developers put together books where they reinforce themselves as experts, and use that context throughout the book, only to give you a narrow idea of the topic, and with majority of the focus on the writer’s personal experience. Whereas, Cody talks to everyone individually and really focuses on helping everyone to become better JS developers. At the end of the day, learning to program by yourself can be a daunting feat to achieve. Yet with the help of this amazing book, you will no longer need to feel like there are any gaps left unfulfilled.
JS – The Right Way
Each programming languages gives its users a specific set of functions and probabilities that will be unique to that programming language. However, some things in programming are inevitably intertwined, and design patterns are one of them. A design pattern is a solution to a problem that may reappear throughout the process of designing software.
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 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; 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 to you…
- How to use the MVC with Backbone to bring immense benefits to your client-side development workflow
- How 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
- 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. We also 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.
The book introduces basics concepts like arrays, loops and strings, and progresses towards using jQuery, and visual drawing for the web using Canvas. The book is aged at kids that are ten or older, and parents are welcome to participate, too. This is what you will learn:
- Create JS functions and use code over again
- Write HTML for dynamic websites
- Use jQuery and DOM to allow form input
- Animate and draw web graphics using Canvas
- Build a variety of traditional games using JS
Once the book is finished, you will have the knowledge to:
- Use your data and build pie charts, data maps, heat-maps, networking graphs, a cloud of words, and data timelines
- How to add interactive features to your visualizations and fetch data without reloading web pages using AJAX
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. 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 sure to land some new and exciting jobs. But, that is going to require more than just eagerness to learn, or having the charm of a great recruitee. You need to 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. 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 who work for Google or Apple, you need to know what to prepare for. 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.