November 28, 2012

Well that was an exciting week, and congratulations to everyone who took advantage of our Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale. Of course, it wasn’t as exciting as the first newspaper printed by automatic, steam-powered presses on this day in 1814.

Our Pragmatic exPress series has moved from steam power to the far more reliable gerbil power, and now the gerbils were ready with our latest title, Trevor Burnham’s Async JavaScript: Build More Responsive Apps with Less Code at pragprog.com/book/tbajs.

Also in print and shipping this week, Mac Kung Fu: Over 400 Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Hacks for Apple OS X, 2nd Ed. at pragprog.com/book/ktmack2.

Come and get ‘em!

Async JavaScript: Build More Responsive Apps with Less Code

With Async JavaScript, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of the JavaScript language. You’ll start with a ground-up primer on the JavaScript event model—key to avoiding many of the most common mistakes JavaScripters make. From there you’ll see tools and design patterns for turning that conceptual understanding into practical code.

The concepts in the book are illustrated with runnable examples drawn from both the browser and the Node.js server framework, incorporating complementary libraries including jQuery, Backbone.js, and Async.js. You’ll learn how to create dynamic web pages and highly concurrent servers by mastering the art of distributing events to where they need to be handled, rather than nesting callbacks within callbacks within callbacks.

Async JavaScript will get you up and running with real web development quickly. By the time you’ve finished the Promises chapter, you’ll be parallelizing Ajax requests or running animations in sequence. By the end of the book, you’ll even know how to leverage Web Workers and AMD for JavaScript applications with cutting-edge performance. Most importantly, you’ll have the knowledge you need to write async code with confidence.

Now available from pragprog.com/book/tbajs

Mac Kung Fu: Over 400 Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Hacks for Apple OS X

Mac Kung Fu, Second Edition will blow your mind with secret hacks never before made public and little-known tricks that will change the way you work forever. From big tasks through everyday jobs, this book will improve your productivity and refine your workflow. You’ll customize and manage the OS X interface, boost the power of built-in apps, efficiently handle the filesystem, implement important security tricks, and much more.

Working with files in iCloud? We have tips to help. Managing program windows on your desktop? Hacks will make life easier. Creating reminders or notes? Use our tricks to make the process more productive. Emailing, tweeting, browsing, printing, word processing, testing and exploiting hardware, working with photos, movies, and documents… There’s no area Mac Kung Fu, Second Edition doesn’t touch upon, making it a unique and utterly necessary addition for any Mac lover’s bookshelf.

Each tip is deliberately short and readable, often detailing things even Mac Geniuses don’t know, and you can dip in and out whenever you want. Most tips take less than a minute to complete, yet the results last for a lifetime of better computing.

Now in print and shipping from pragprog.com/book/ktmack2

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Coming Soon:

  • The Pomodoro Technique Illustrated audio book
  • Good Math in beta
  • RubyMotion Pragmatic exPress
  • Outsource It! in print

Recently Released:

  • iOS SDK Development [in print]
  • The Cloud and Amazon Web Services [video]
  • Core Data, 2nd Ed.: Data Storage and Management for iOS, OS X, and iCloud [in beta]
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