13. November 2016

Silicon Germany – book recommendation

There are many books about startups and lean thinking from USA. They have one big problem in common. These books does not match with situation and environment in Europe. Buying those books and trying to apply them in Europe is in many cases waste of time.

I’ve been searching for books based on European context. I have found only few European authors.

Prof. Günter Faltin wrote book Kopf schlägt Kapital which apply similar thinking like Steve Blank and Lean Canvas.

Stefan Merath wrote several books about customer relationship and how to build working business model. He has similar style like Eric Rise and Lean Startup.

Recently I discovered very intriguing book with the title Silicon Germany written by Christoph Keese. Christoph is investigating reasons why products from German or other European companies are simply bellow average and why they struggle so much to catch with latest products from California.

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If you want get better understanding why Europe has so many problems with innovations then I recommend this book to you.

 

28. May 2014

Book review: Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook

Visual Studio 2013 is a huge technological leap forward. The book Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook helps to get on track with latest features including enhanced support for JavaScript and C++.visual-studio-2013-cookbook

Software projects often combine many different technologies like C++, .NET or JavaScript. Professional developer must be aware of all these technologies. The book is a great source of essential information which helps developer to grasp important concepts implemented in Visual Studio.

Cookbook provides short and easy to understand chapters about wide range of features. Each chapter contains some links to web sites or related technologies.

I recommend to read the book one chapter a day. Learn new stuff, experiment with it and next day continue with next chapter.

What you can find inside the book? Here is selection of some interesting topics

Chapter 1: Discovering Visual Studio 2013

  • contains productive tips how to use Visual Studio in effective way (keyboard shortcuts, navigation in project)

Chapter 2: Getting Started with Windows Store Application

  • good starting point for building own application for Windows Store
  • introduction to analysiss of application performance

Chapter 3: Web development

  • learn how to work with Bootstrap
  • minification of JavaScript and CSS

Chapter 4: .NET 4.5.1 Development

  • unit testing of .Net apps
  • managing packages with NuGet

Chapter 5: Debugging .NET Application

  • debugging with IntelliTrace
  • debugging parallel code

Chapter 6: Asynchrony in .NET

  • introduction to popular way of programming applications
  • integration of async concepts with web applications

Chapter 7: Unwrapping C++ Development

  • C++ is still very popular and Visual Studio 2013 introduces several concepts known in .NET or JavaScript
  • Native Unit Test Project for C++
  • graphics programming – 3D, DGSL and diagnostics

Chapter 8: Working with Team Foundation Server

  • getting feedback from users
  • git integration

Chapter 9: Languages

  • highly improved integration with further languages like TypeScript or Python
  • Python support is simply awesome

Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook is available at Packt Publishing store.

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