Aprils Packt Publishing Prize Draw

4 Apr

Androids and Architects

This month we’re going to look at two very different areas.  First of all we have two beginners guides for Android.  They may be beginners guides, but they are covering advanced topics that can make your Android apps look fine.  Then we have two books for the service oriented architect.  If you want to become and architect then this is a popular architectural style that you need to be familiar with.  The final two books are for those with an interest in architecture that want to stay practical.  They cover two core element’s of JBoss’ SOA Suite: the Enterprise Service Bus and Business Rules Engine.

If you want to have a chance of winning one of this months books then please sign up on the Meetup page.  At the end of March the lucky winner will get a physical copy with an ebook for the runner up.

Making Android Applications Special

The Play market is full of applications that all look like each other.  To stand out from the crowd you want to make your applications look special.

Android 3.0 Animations: Beginner’s Guide 
by Alex Shaw

From simple stop frame animation and fades to 3D motion and form this guide will show you how to create, test and use stunning animations.

Android NDK Beginner’s Guide
by Sylvain Ratabouil

The Android Native Development Kit allows you to create C + C++ embedded applications for the Android platform that can be integrated with Java.  This allows native APIs to be ported and used.  The book introduces both OpenGL ES and OpenSL ES.

Service Oriented Architecture

The SOA Manifesto sets out what it means to do Service Oriented Architecture.  It means focusing on business value,  strategic goals intrinsic interoperability, shared services, flexibility and evolutionary refinement.

Do more with SOA Integration: Best of Packt
by various authors

Integration is a key part of SOA, and this book integrates the best of eight existing books.  It takes a broad sweep that covers topics as diverse as Web Services, BPEL and Governance.

Service Oriented Architecture: An Integration Blueprint
by Guido Schmutz, Peter Welkenbach and Daniel Liebhart

Based on a foundation of core principles and base technologies this book provides a blueprint for SOA.  Each layer and component is described in detail and visualisations help you to see the big picture.


If you are already implementing SOA using the JBoss stack you will want to learn how to better leverage the power tools at your disposal.

JBoss ESB Beginner’s Guide 

by Len DiMaggio, Kevin Conner, Magesh Kumar B and Tom Cunningham

The Enterprise Service Bus is central to SOA Integraion, and your SOA implementation journey should begin here.  With practical examples, step by step instructions and plenty of screenshots this book will help you take those difficult first steps.

Drools Developer’s Cookbook 
by Lucas Amador

Drools is just so powerful that it can be hard to get to grips with.  If you’re already using Drools then this book will take you forward through the advanced topics such as complex event processing, Camel integration and JMX monitoring.

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