Make It So: Interaction Design Lessons from Science Fiction [Book Review]

On the starship Enterprise, when Captain Jean-Luc Picard directs his crew to "make it so," something needs to happen. Now. And when we interact with a piece of software, we have the same expectation. No matter how good the program is, if the interface makes it unusable, it's … [Read more...]

The Healthy Programmer: a Book Review

You want your code to be healthy and bug-free. How about starting with yourself? Let's face it: Programmers, on average, don't have the healthiest of lifestyles. We sit too much, often in one position for hours. When we get absorbed in figuring out problems we forget to … [Read more...]

What’s New in Visual Studio 2013 Preview

Lynn Greiner attended the recent Microsoft BUILD conference, and came home with a few shiny new beta toys. Here’s her view of the Visual Studio 2013 features you really need to know about. One of the more entertaining things at Microsoft's developer conference, BUILD, is … [Read more...]

The Modern Web: A Book Review

Peter Gasston likes gorillas. A lot. And he also has a passion for Web design. Mix those together, and you get The Modern Web, his new book on multi-device Web development using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. In just over 225 pages (including index and appendices), Gasston, … [Read more...]

Think Like a Programmer

Need to wrap your head around the craft of programming, not just understanding the technology? This book might help. Programming – real programming – isn’t just about little monkeys madly pounding out code. It’s about solving problems. Big problems, such as how to navigate … [Read more...]