Mobile Development with C# by Greg Shackles (O’Reilly Media, 2012) delivers an excellent introduction to using Xamarin’s Mono framework for cross-platform mobile development.
One of the challenges of developing for the mobile ecosystem is either choosing to release your application exclusively on iOS, Android, or Windows phone, or trying to manage to write quality applications for three disparate platforms. Xamarin has worked since 2011 to bring sensible cross-platform development to mobile developers.
The Mono framework can be daunting at first blush for an experienced mobile developer, let alone a developer that is looking at a first foray. The book does an excellent job of walking you through getting started with Mono all the way through all the basic features that a developer would want to use for building virtually any mobile application.
The book does not go into great detail about all of these features. It is more focused on giving you a broad overview of how Mono can help you manage cross-platform development. This can leave some readers feeling short-changed, but in all honesty, complex cross-platform mobile development cannot be covered in a single tome.
The book has excellent practical source code examples and does build a working application. This helps you get a real feel for Mono and what it can do for you. The book doesn’t touch on some of the pitfalls and common headaches that you can run into using Mono. It could do a little better job giving you an idea on how to avoid or cope with some of these issues.
Mobile Development with C# is not for the inexperienced developer, but if you have some coding chops and want to be able to do cross-platform mobile with as few headaches as possible, it is worth a read.
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The last year has been a tumultuous ride through a lot of personal and professional trials. I know I have come out on the better side of things at this point. I am focused on building my life, both personally and professionally. I am happy and starting to thrive with a new found comfort with myself.
I have struggled a lot with trying to define myself and figure out who I am. After years of not understanding why my mind works so differently from most people, my diagnosis with Asperger’s Syndrome also known as a high-functioning Autistism (DSM-V definition). I have a better idea of what makes me tick and why, and my comfort with being me has reached an all-time high. It is still quite the adventure of discovering all of the interesting and wonderful things about myself and being an Aspie, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
One of the things I need to focus on is being more willing to put myself out there and share what is in my head. I know I have a mind full of ideas, solutions, musings, and interesting stuff. The challenge that I am presented with is pushing all of that out where it can be shared.
It is time to put myself out there in every way possible and see what happens.
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The Manga Guide To Relativity by Hideo Nitta, Masafumi Yamamoto, and Keita Takatsu is a surprisingly good read. I honestly was not expecting much in the way of depth on a scientific subject from a manga, but I was pleasantly surprised by this book. If you enjoy manga and science, this is definitely a book you will enjoy reading.
The scientific information is spot on with excellent examples and the proper amount of depth to give you a good understanding of relativity. The book also does a nice job of detailing some of the history and people involved in the formulation of the theory of relativity. There are full pages of text interspersed throughout to help better explain concepts and principles. Although these can be a bit distracting from the flow of the manga, I see no other way the authors could have presented some of the deeper information. All in all, the full text pages add value to the overall book.
The artwork is well done in a traditional manga style. It definitely feels that the authors and illustrators knew that the artwork was as critical to the presentation of the subject matter as the scientific correctness. The pages are pleasant to look at and convey the material very well.
If you are looking for a book that takes a very serious subject and makes is a little less dry to read, then The Manga Guide To Relativity is for you. In a mere 196 pages, you will have a reasonable understanding of the principles of relativity while probably not nodding off during the entire read.
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