Professional iPhone and iPod touch programming

book coverProfessional iPhone and iPod touch programming : building applications for Mobile Safari / Richard Wagner. Wiley, c2008

Here’s how to develop apps for the iPhone. They run in the context of the Safari browser, so you are using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and AJAX. If you are targeting other smart phones, lots of this info will apply.

Professional C++

book coverProfessional C++ / Nicholas A. Solter, Scott J. Kleper. Wiley, c2005.

Here is everything a programmer needs to get going in C++. It’s a thick book, but it does not cover everything because there are so many details in C++. Job seekers will value the appendix, which lists likely interview questions. Managers who interview programmers will find this useful too.

Ajax in action

book coverAjax in action / Dave Crane, Eric Pascarello; Manning, c2006.

This is the best book on AJAX programming that I have seen. It used to be that Javascript was for small and crufty hacks, but now full apps run in the browser environment. The code needs to be structured to be maintainable. This well written and engaging book looks at web app design from all angles.

The definitive guide to SWT and JFace

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The definitive guide to SWT and JFace / Rob Warner with Robert Harris. Apress Springer Verlag, c2004.

Here is a good introduction to Eclipse GUI programming. Though somewhat dated, it is still worth reading. It will help if you are doing a Rich Client (RCP) or extending Eclipse with a new plugin. SWT is way better than Swing, but there seem to be fewer books on it. There is a lot to learn, and too many sources on the net, so use this book to get started.

Eclipse : building commercial-quality plug-ins

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Eclipse : building commercial-quality plug-ins / Eric Clayberg, Dan Rubel ; Addison-Wesley, c2004.

If you are extending Eclipse or designing a Rich Client (RCP) then this book will be useful. Also if you are planning a Java project, and want to see a project architecture.

It is dated now (2008), but the main concepts have not changed.