August 10, 2011

To excel at your craft, you need mastery over your tools. If you’re working on a Mac, and are using the new Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), you need Keir Thomas’ latest book, Mac Kung Fu: Over 300 Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Hacks for OS X Lion, now available in beta from pragprog.com/titles/ktmack.

Mac Kung Fu (For Lion)

After you’ve uncovered the basics in Lion, Mac Kung Fu is your next step. You’ll learn how to master everyday tools such as the Dock, Spotlight, Mission Control, Launchpad, and Dashboard. You’ll discover other amazingly useful tools and built-in add-ons that you never knew existed. You’ll customize the OS X interface, refine your workflow, learn valuable security tricks, work better with photos, movies and documents, and test your Mac hardware. You’ll wow friends with your insanely great Mac knowledge!

Mac Kung Fu details things even Mac Geniuses don’t know. And why should they? Many of the tips in this book exploit settings or experimental features never officially made public.

Each tip in this unique book is deliberately short and readable, and you can dip in and out whenever you want. Most take less than a minute to complete, yet the results last for a lifetime of better computing.

For Mac OS 10.7 (Lion) and above.

Don’t forget the AGILEWEEK sale

To celebrate the Agile 2011 conference this week, we’ve proclaimed it Agile Week here at the Pragmatic Bookshelf. Hey, if they can have a Shark Week, we can have Agile Week. So this week, and this week only, you can save 40% on your purchases from pragprog.com, but you have to use the coupon code AGILEWEEK before Friday, August 12, 2011. (Please note, only applies to titles we publish, not to titles we distribute such as Exceptional Ruby.)

Upcoming Rails 3.1 Studios

Rails 3.1 is coming down the track! Here in the Studio, we’ve redesigned our Rails course so you can now learn Ruby on Rails using this latest version. Thanks to your support, our courses continue to sell out. To help you schedule, here are two new opportunities for you to learn Rails 3.1 in the upcoming months:

  • September 7-9 in Reston, VA
  • November 9-11 in Reston, VA

If you or your team is new to Rails, this 3-day course will get you started on the right foot. You’ll gain hands-on experience with Rails during the course, and return to your project ready to build your own Rails apps! See all the details and register early to save money at pragmaticstudio.com/rails

If you have a large team of developers (roughly 10 or more) who need to get up to speed on Rails, perhaps you’ll consider scheduling a private Rails course on-site at your location. Details at http://pragmaticstudio.com/onsite-training

Hope you’re having a great summer!

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Coming Soon:

  • Cutting an Agile Groove video series with David Hussman
  • Web Development Recipes in beta
  • Programming Concurrency on the JVM: Mastering Synchronization, STM, and Actors in print

Recently Released:

  • CoffeeScript: Accelerated JavaScript Development [in print]
  • New Programmer’s Survival Manual: Navigate Your Workplace, Cube Farm, or Startup [in beta]
  • The Cucumber Book: Behaviour-Driven Development for Testers and Developers [in beta]
  • iOS Recipes: Tips and Tricks for Awesome iPhone and iPad Apps [in print]
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