January’s Packt Publishing Prize Draw

16 Jan

Looking back at 2011

During 2011 Packt publishing gave 22 books away to LJC winners. Those lucky winners signed up through the LJC Meetup Site and their names were picked.
Each month a first prize winner received a physical copy and the runner up received an e-book.

If you want to be one of the 2012 winners you should go and RSVP to this months Prize Draw Meetup straight away.

The books choosen give an idea of the topics our members are interested in. It is a list dominated by Google’s technologies.

We’re offering these popular choices again, along with a couple of testing books.

Web Applications with Java and Google

The most populate topic for the books was Google’s Java based web application stack with their Web Toolkit and App Engine. Nearly 20% of the prizes claimed were for this topic.

Google Web Toolkit 2 Application Development Cookbook

Claimed in June and September this is part of Packt’s cookbook series. It provides step by step instructions for tasks that include the following:

  • Create impressive, complex browser-based web applications with GWT 2.
  • Learn the most effective ways to create reports with parameters, variables, and subreports using iReport.
  • Create Swing-like web-based GUIs using the Ext GWT class library.
  • Develop applications using browser quirks, Javascript,HTML scriplets from scratch.

Google App Engine Java and GWT Application Development

Claimed in March and September and providing everything needed to get a dynamic web application up and running in the cloud, including:

  • Comprehensive coverage of building scalable, modular, and maintainable applications with GWT and GAE using Java.
  • Leverage the Google App Engine services and enhance your app functionality and performance.
  • Integrate your application with Google Accounts, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • Safely deploy, monitor, and maintain your GAE applications.

Mobile Development with Android

Java programmers find the Android platform to be quite familiar and there’s a lot of demand for mobile developers right now. It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that Android books have proven popular with winners, making up almost 15% of the claims.

Android User Interface Development: Beginner’s Guide

Claimed in October and July this book introduces the fundamentals of good user interface design from a developer’s point of view. It goes beyond just the coding and teaches the beginner the following:

  • Leverage the Android platform’s flexibility and power to design impactful user-interfaces.
  • Build compelling, user-friendly applications that will look great on any Android device.
  • Make your application stand out from the rest with styles and themes.

Android 3.0 Application Development Cookbook

Claimed in October this is another in Packt’s cookbook series. It provides over 70 working recipes and has the following features:

  • Written for Android 3.0 but also applicable to lower versions.
  • Quickly develop applications that take advantage of the very latest mobile technologies, including web apps, sensors, and touch screens.

Test Driving the Web

In the long tail of interest it’s good to see testing being taken seriously. jUnit just isn’t enough when it’s time to test the user’s web experience. Both of these tools emulate the browser in different ways.

Selenium 1.0 Testing Tools: Beginner’s Guide

“Selenium automates browsers. That’s it. What you do with that power is entirely up to you.” That’s what they tell you over at Selenium HQ.

Our January Runner Up must have needed a little more guidance than because they claimed this book. It’s detailed worked examples will have helped them use the power in the following ways:

  • Save your valuable time by using Selenium to record, tweak and replay your test scripts.
  • Get rid of any bugs deteriorating the quality of your web applications.
  • Take your web applications one step closer to perfection using Selenium tests.

Apache JMeter

It doesn’t matter how pretty or feature rich your web pages are if the user is still waiting for them to load. Apache JMeter helps avoid making user’s wait by simulating different load scenarios for the application.

It was claimed in August and the winner will have learnt to do the following:

  • Test your website and measure its performance
  • Master the JMeter environment and learn all its features
  • Build test plan for measuring the performance
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