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  • Blog Post: Two New Books for Windows Phone 7 Developers

    Free Ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7 Charles Petzold literally wrote the book on Windows development , and he’s now doing it for Windows Phone 7. Programming Windows Phone 7 is published by Microsoft Press and covers Windows Phone 7 development from many angles: building apps with Silverlight, making...
  • Blog Post: Half Off Manning’s .NET MEAP Ebooks – October 1st Only!

    MEAP is short for “Manning Early Access Program”, a way for you to get an advance look at in-progress books by Manning Publications . Today only (Friday, October 1st), Manning’s .NET ebooks are going for half price! And yes, once the book is complete, you also get the final version of the book in ebook...
  • Blog Post: “Azure in Action” eBook for $15

    For today only (September 26, 2010): Manning is selling the ebook version of Azure in Action for a mere US$15, which converts to CAD$15.36 as of this writing. The ebook is a MEAP book – that’s Manning Early Access Program – which means that it’s an in-progress book. Purchasers of MEAP books get updates...
  • Blog Post: Half Off Manning’s SharePoint Books Today (Sept. 22)

    Today (Wednesday, September 22) Manning’s offering their SharePoint books, in both electronic and dead-tree form, at half price: SharePoint 2007 Developer’s Guide to Business Data Catalog SharePoint 2010 Site Owner’s Manual SharePoint 2010 Web Parts in Action SharePoint 2010 Workflows in Action Just...
  • Blog Post: Get “Silverlight 4 in Action” for Half Price!

    Today only (Friday, September 10, 2010), you can get either a PDF or dead-tree edition of Silverlight 4 in Action for half price! Just enter the discount code dotd0910 in the promotional code box when you check out at Manning Publications’ online store. Here’s the publisher’s description of the book...
  • Blog Post: “HTML5 Up and Running”– Only $9.99 Today!

    Want to get started developing sites and web applications that run on all modern browsers, including the upcoming Internet Explorer 9 ? You’ll need HTML 5 (along with CSS 3 and JavaScript) and a handy guide like Mark Pilgrim’s new book, HTML5 Up and Running . If Mark’s name sounds familiar, it’s because...
  • Blog Post: “C# in Depth” and “Azure in Action” for the Price of One Book–Today Only (August 15th)!

    For today only (that’s Sunday, August 15th), Manning is offering the pair of their books, C# in Depth, Second Edition and Azure in Action for the price of one! Just use the discount code dotd0815 in the Promotional Code box when you check out. You can order the final book in either dead-tree or PDF format...
  • Blog Post: Discuss C# with the “Head First C#” Author, Save Big Bucks on “Head First C#” Too!

    Want to learn C# or brush up on it? From Wednesday, August 18th through Tuesday, August 24th, you can join Head First C# co-author Andrew Stellman and other techies in a week-long exchange about C# in an O’Reilly “Inner Circle” discussion, where he’ll talk about C#, .NET 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010 ....
  • Blog Post: Today Only: 50% off Manning’s Silverlight Books

    Manning Publications’ deal of the day for today, Wednesday, August 11th, is 50% off the electronic and dead-tree versions of their Silverlight books: Silverlight 4 in Action Hello! Silverlight Silverlight 2 in Action Silverlight 4 in Action and Hello! Silverlight are “MEAP” books: that’s “Manning Early...
  • Blog Post: Half Off Manning’s SharePoint Books!

    Today (Thursday, August 5) and today only, Manning’s offering their SharePoint books, in both electronic and dead-tree form, at half price: SharePoint 2007 Developer's Guide to Business Data Catalog SharePoint 2010 Site Owner's Manual SharePoint 2010 Web Parts in Action SharePoint 2010 Workflows in Action...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone News: Life of the Party, Petzold’s Book Updated, Glow Air Hockey

    The Life of the Party Last night, I attended my friend Alexa Clark’s photo exhibit , which took place at Camaraderie , a downtown Toronto coworking space for indies and entrepreneurs. This sort of event at this sort of location tends to bring out techies with an interest in design and designers with...
  • Blog Post: What’s Happening with Windows Phone 7 [Updated]

    Update: I added links to official Windows Phone 7 documentation. And now, a quick wrap-up of what’s happening with Windows Phone 7. (What you see above is my phone in my hand, as seen from my point of view at Café Novo , one of my “remote offices” in Toronto.) In this article, I cover: General in-person...
  • Blog Post: Dive Into HTML 5

    If you’ve decided to learn HTML 5 and are looking for a good introduction, I can’t think of a better starting point than Mark Pilgrim’s Dive Into HTML 5 . If Mark’s name rings a bell, it’s probably because you’ve heard of his books Dive Into Python and Dive Into Accessibility . As you can see, he’s taken...
  • Blog Post: New SharePoint 2010 Books from Wrox

    Pictured above is Reza Alirezaei giving a presentation on SharePoint at last year’s TechDays conference in Toronto. Reza’s one of our go-to guys for SharePoint, and I’m pleased to announce that a book he co-authored has just been published by Wrox : Professional SharePoint 2010 Development . I don’t...
  • Blog Post: Geek Book Deals from Manning and Apress

    I wanted to post this earlier, but a number of things, shopping included, conspired to keep me from blogging until just now. If you’re reading this and it’s still December 21st,   Manning Publications , publishers of fine books such as C# in Depth , Real-World Functional Programming , ASP.NET MVC...
  • Blog Post: Follow @ManningBooks on Twitter and Get Discount Codes

    Manning Publications have a great variety of books on .NET development. There’s the stuff you’d expect, such as books on C#, ASP.NET and SharePoint, but they’ve also produced books on IronPython and IronRuby (not many books on these languages), functional programming is both F# and C# and doing brownfield...
  • Blog Post: Tech Books I’m Reading Right Now

    I’m reading a couple of tech books right now, and I plan to publish more in-depth reviews of them in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, I thought I’d give you some quick reviews to give you a taste. Pro ASP.NET MVC Framework by Steve Sanderson (Apress) The first book is Pro ASP.NET MVC Framework...
  • Blog Post: Pragmatic Thinking & Learning: My Favourite Geek Book of 2008

    It’s easy to point to books on understanding and improving the inner workings of your code, the software and hardware platforms on which it runs and even the processes used in developing it. It’s much harder to find one on understanding and improving the programmer , or more specifically the programmer...
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