Bergers Book Reviews

Doing Math With Python

Doing Math With Python
Author: Amit Saha
Publisher: No Starch Press
Genre: Computer programming / Mathematics
ISBN: 978-1-59327-640-9
Pages: 264
Price: $29.95

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Mathematics comes alive when seen visually, and computer programming makes it easy to turn formulas into graphs. Doing Math With Python shows the budding math whiz how to do this, step by step.

Prior knowledge of Python is not assumed, and the author shows the reader exactly how and why he’s using each line of code. Building on basic logic, the reader is then guided into programming more and more sophisticated graphs. Simple data mapping leads to graphic illustrations of algebra and physics equations. Statistical analysis, calculus, and even fractals are covered.

Serious math students who also enjoy working with computers will find Doing Math With Python a valuable resource. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

January 30, 2016 Posted by | computers, mathematics | Leave a comment

Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress

Build Your Own Website
Author: Nate Cooper
Illustrator: Kim Gee
Publisher: No Starch Press
Genre: Computers / Internet
ISBN: 978-1-59327-522-8
Pages: 264
Price: $19.95

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Building your own website doesn’t have to be intimidating! With Nate Cooper’s help (along with the Web Guru, Glinda the Good Witch of CSS, and Wendy the WordPress Maven), Kim and her dog Tofu show beginners exactly how it’s done.

Rather than overwhelming the reader all at once, each of these helpful guides show the essentials of the tool he or she is demonstrating in a fun and friendly comic strip environment. Hands-on learning opportunities are provided, letting the reader learn each step by actually building a website along with Kim. Once the basics of each tool have been well covered, additional code is provided for the reader to play with and make their own.

One of the unfortunate drawbacks of technology is the fact it changes so quickly. Some of the screen shots at WordPress have changed since the book was published, but these minor changes shouldn’t affect the user’s ability to follow along.

If you’ve ever thought about setting up your own website, there is no time like the present to go for it. With Build Your Own Website at your side, you can’t go wrong.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

December 17, 2014 Posted by | computers | Leave a comment

Draw Your Own Alphabets

Draw Your Own Alphabets
Author: Tony Seddon
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Genre: Graphic Design
ISBN: 978-1-61689-126-8
Pages: 160
Price: $19.95

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Using hand-lettering in computer graphics can make your work uniquely your own. But how do you go about creating an alphabet? If you’ve ever wanted to know more about this art, Draw Your Own Alphabets can help.

Using thirty sample fonts, author Tony Seddon guides you as you determine what characteristics your personal font will have. Proper sizing matters, and tips and tricks are given to be sure your new font scans properly to your computer. Then Seddon provides information on uploading your font to TypeTool so it is properly matched to your keyboard.

If you’ve ever wanted to create a hand-lettered look in your own graphic design, Draw Your Own Alphabets would be a valuable resource.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

July 29, 2013 Posted by | art, computers | Leave a comment