Review: Railo 3 Beginners Guide

The first Railo book Railo 3 Beginner's Guide, and hopefully not the last, was published by Packt Publishing sometime near the end of December, and while it's taken a bit of time a copy finally arrived last week for me to review.

I've already posted a review on Amazon and won't be repeating myself here. I also won't be doing a seriously in-depth exhaustive review a'la Charlie Arehart, cause thats not my style.

The Review

Firstly I just want to say this. It's about friggen time! The book could have been written sooner, hell I started writing a jumpstarter book a few years ago but then all hell broke loose (personally) and the project failed to really take off. I'm quite thankful that it did because Mark et Al did a bang up job.

I have a little beef with the title though, I think beginners guide is a misleading title, sure they go on to say that the reader is "expected to have some experience in web application development..." and given the intro chapter in CFML it's definitely a book by developers for developers.

I was a big confused with the jump to the server Admin in chapter 4, but when I think about how I learn, or how we learn in general, its good to get results fast. No one wants to sit in theory class for 6 weeks before sitting behind the wheel when learning to drive, show me the important stuff: brake, gas, clutch, steering wheel, ok? good! Here are the keys lets have a quick go around the empty parking lot to get a feel for it.

Besides chapter 5 through 8 go into more depth, then a bit more classroom work in Chapter 8 with Resources and Mappings, then back out behind the wheel with Extending Railo and the Video sharing application.

What I missed

I would have liked to have seen an Appendix with Railo's own CORE tags that are not in "Standard" CFML e.g. Engine specific Tags, and an Appendix showing their Engine specific Attributes when they differ. Quasi a comparative Matrix like we know showing the differences between the popular Browsers.

Buy it...

Buy it don't steal it, the e-book is only $19 don't be a cheap bastard and leach it.

Book review: Coldfusion 9 Developer Tutorial

I've just received an updated copy of John Farrar's Developer Tutorial Book for Coldfusion 9 from Packt Publishing. I've not yet had the time to dive into the book yet as work has been insane busy but I'll try to get a "real" review of the book in the next couple of weeks. I'm actually in the process of migrating my blog over to Mango.


Ext JS 3.0 Cookbook

I just recieved a review copy of Jorge Ramon's book Ext JS 3.0 Cookbook from Packt Publishing.

I will be posting a detailsed review in a couple of weeks. I spent about 20 minutes so far just browsing the book and I really like the way the book is laid out. The book is full of "recipes" each recipe starts with the result, then a guide on how to do it yourself and then an explanation of what it is you are doing.

I find this type of book very good because it concentrates on providing real world solutions. Now lets see how those recipes turn out in my Ext JS kitchen.

Happy Coding...

Book Review: Coldfusion 8 Developer Tutorial

Yesterday I received a copy of John Farrar's first published book ColdFusion 8 Developer Tutorial. I haven't made it too far into the book yet because I want to review the book for it's entire contents not just the parts that may interest me.


Book Review: Dreaming In Code

I received Dreaming in Code as a gift some time ago from an "old" work colleague and friend in Washington DC. I've finally had a chance to finish it and since reading it I've placed it in the "holy tomes" section of my personal library. This section is devoted to books that are essential reads, another such book is The Pragmatic Programmer

The Horrible Truth

This isn't a novel, at least not in the traditional sense, it's also not a fanciful account of programmers wet dreams


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