An artistic take on the alphabet. What I enjoyed most is all the creative ways that the letters are depicted, and it's a great way to talk about art w...moreAn artistic take on the alphabet. What I enjoyed most is all the creative ways that the letters are depicted, and it's a great way to talk about art with your kids (bit just the alphabet).(less)
I've been reading these to my boy H., who was five and a half when we finished this one. And although I think I may like The Prisoner of Azkaban bette...moreI've been reading these to my boy H., who was five and a half when we finished this one. And although I think I may like The Prisoner of Azkaban better, this was the first one where H. and I got all sad together, there at the end.(less)
The board book we have is an abridged version which (1) omits the weird belligerent chase scene in the bottom half and also (2) skips a few details in...moreThe board book we have is an abridged version which (1) omits the weird belligerent chase scene in the bottom half and also (2) skips a few details in the first half while retaining all of the images, leading to at least one visual non sequitur. (Roller skates!?)(less)
If you’re unfamiliar with Jasmine, Ragonha will give you a solid foundation of the testing framework by the end of the second chapter. Less than 40 pages in and you’ll understand Jasmine’s approach to testing, as well as how to stand up a basic test suite. His coverage of the core functions and the collection of built-in matchers is concise and accurate. He builds on this foundation by demonstrating Jasmine’s abilities in testing everything from asynchronous code (Sinon.js!) to MVC components (Backbone.js!) to AMD modules (Require.js!).
Disclosure: I received an electronic copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing this review.
The first book that E. ever really requested and then voluntarily sat through without needing to be like... restrained. (He really couldn't be more di...moreThe first book that E. ever really requested and then voluntarily sat through without needing to be like... restrained. (He really couldn't be more different than H.)
He probably likes this one because it has all of his favorite things:
- puppy dogs (insert panting sound here) - beach balls - soccer balls - ducks - eating - ice cream - the park - the beach - daddy(less)
Borderline four stars... and I think when it's completed and fully edited, it just might be. (Disclosure: I read an early access edition; O'Reilly ...moreBorderline four stars... and I think when it's completed and fully edited, it just might be. (Disclosure: I read an early access edition; O'Reilly  has been doing that a lot lately...)
: To be fair: almost all of the technical book publishers that I know of are doing this lately -- i.e., releasing "Early Access Editions" and "MEAPs" and the like.
: I go back and forth on this bit of critique. If you're "all theory" then you're potentially losing out on providing some value because you're discussion is too far away from the real problems; but if you're too close to "the real thing" then you're just talking about that specific situation or tool-chain and it winds up being about addressing that problem with that tool, and not really "that class of problem". Elliott is somewhere in the middle here, listing only slightly toward "too specific" and only in a couple of places.
: The PDF I have of this book has a little more, and some slightly different content than the version I read on my Kindle. Again: "Early Access Editions" and all that...(less)
And that's where MacCaw's Little Book on CoffeeScript comes in.
It's short (62 pages!) and gets right to the point. And MacCaw is (by and large) eloquent about the subject, if a bit... provocative at times.
Loved: I wanted to learn a couple of things about CoffeeScript and MacCaw gave us exactly that, and with no ceremony. "This is CoffeeScript. Yes, this is all there is to it. And we're done."
However: there were a few statements in the book that made me bristle a bit. Example:
And the crux of the book is about CoffeeScript. And by the end of it, you'll know enough about that little language to form your own opinion of it. And that opinion is probably something like: