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review: Lean UX

by Rob Friesel

Jeff Gothelf’s Lean UX (O’Reilly, 2013) is, to my eyes, an outline for the principles of the Lean UX philosophy, and a handbook for integrating it into Agile teams. “But wait,” you ask, “what exactly is Lean UX?” A serviceable definition from the text: Lean UX is the practice of bringing the true nature of […]

review: If Hemingway Wrote JavaScript

by Rob Friesel

Reading this book, I am reminded first of my friend Mike. Of an evening in Baltimore at a mutual friend’s home. Of vodka consumed and books given conversational chase and perhaps not a small amount of hero-worship on my part as he accelerated into his chosen field and I languished behind a copy machine at […]

review: Client-Server Web Apps with JavaScript and Java

by Rob Friesel

Having just wrapped up Client-Server Web Apps with JavaScript and Java by Casimir Saternos (O’Reilly, 2014), I’d say that I mostly got out of it what I wanted, and that it serves as a good jumping-off point for developers that want to build “modern” web applications on top of the JVM. More than anything else, […]

review: Data Structures and Algorithms with JavaScript

by Rob Friesel

Mike McMillan’s Data Structures and Algorithms with JavaScript (O’Reilly, 2014) uses JavaScript as a vehicle for introducing a number of fundamental computer science concepts. It reminds me a little bit of Tom Stuart’s Understanding Computation1 — that is, it’s a book about CS topics that targets people without a CS background. One might consider both […]

review: High Performance Browser Networking

by Rob Friesel

I just wrapped up High Performance Browser Networking by Ilya Grigorik (O’Reilly, 2013) and it just may be the best technical book I read in 2013. I first encountered Grigorik and his work about a year ago when I was researching web performance and HAR tools in particular1; it wasn’t long after that that I […]

review: Jasmine JavaScript Testing

by Rob Friesel

Packt Publishing recently released Jasmine JavaScript Testing by Paulo Ragonha (@pirelenito), and I just wrapped up reading it this morning. I’ve read a few books on JavaScript unit testing1 and at least one other that was dedicated to Jasmine,2 and this one is a strong entry. If you’re unfamiliar with Jasmine, Ragonha will give you […]

review: Functional JavaScript

by Rob Friesel

Just like it says on the tin, Functional JavaScript (Michael Fogus1; O’Reilly, 2013) is just that: a book about writing JavaScript in a functional style with Underscore.js as the foundational library to give you some of the higher-order functions you need to get started.2 First, a disclosure: I have a very personal relationship with this […]