About Face

About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design, 4th edition
By Cooper, Alan

Book – 2014

Many years ago in the mid-’90s, Alan Cooper wrote the first edition of this leading UI design book. Its revelation for me was the concept of automatic save. When you are using, say, a word processor, you normally want to save before closing. So that is automatic, and if you want otherwise then you have to ask for it via some menu or control. There are never confirmation dialogs saying “are you sure you want to …”. Instead, there is an undo function which can reverse any action when you want to go back.
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JavaScript Ninja

Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja, second edition, By Resig, John (- 2016)

John is the creator and lead developer of the jQuery UI library, so I am not surprised to find that this is an excellent book. It is not for the beginner programmer, but if you have a bit of JavaScript experience then you will find this book rewarding.
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Windows Into the Soul

soulWindows Into the Soul : Surveillance and Society in An Age of High Technology
By Marx, Gary T.
Book – 2016

The library’s barcode sticker on the back generally obscures some unimportant back-cover information but, in this case, it is troublesome: it covers Schneier’s recommendation. I wanted to read that so I found it on the web:

In a world punch-drunk on data, with both governments and corporations Рnot to mention private persons Рincreasingly recording and correlating our every move, Windows Into the Soul is an important and timely book

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VR Book

Samsung VR Headset
VR Book : Human-Centered Design for Virtual Reality
By Jerald, Jason
Book – 2015

Learn about the design of Virtual Reality systems. This textbook format book is a bit like a university level textbook, but it is published by the ACM so it has some of the flavour of a scholarly research paper. But wait: it is readable, and takes you through all aspects of VR systems, from system design, hardware, content creation, health effects, to interaction design. VR is not a new technology: we progress from old historic systems requiring specialised lab hardware, to the latest Oculus mass market headsets.

Hardcover, 600 pages, many excellent illustrations.

the Start-Up Bubble

Disrupted – My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble By Lyons, Dan Book – 2016

Lyons was a technology journalist at the top of his career when the news industry imploded, leaving him screwed (in his words). He stumbled around, eventually getting work at HubSpot, the marketing support company. The job fit was so bad! When it ended about a year later, Lyons had a perfect chance to exercise his well practised skills in satirical writing and ‘take the piss out’ of Hubspot.
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