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Book review: Eloquent Javascript

23 Nov

Book cover: Eloquent JavaScript

Eloquent JavaScript: A Modern Introduction to Programming

I read the whole book even though I was interested in a few chapters. I would fully recommend for almost any level programmers. It starts with the very basics of JS, but it climbs to a good advanced level.

Javascript can be fun and evil, so I strongly recommend you always seek more knowledge on this language. If you read the article about learning jquery or js and realized you’re a great jquery programmer but doesn’t know javascript yet, this is a great book to start with.

Book review: A project guide to UX Design

3 Nov

A Project Guide to UX Design: For user experience designers in the field or in the making on

Strongly recommended for anyone in the field, specially if you’re starting your career on UX or even development, it will put you on the right tracks.

The book is really detailed about every step of a project related with UX design (any software out there). It even gives you a guide on creating proposals for clients, but a lot of that knowledge can be used if you’re part of an internal team.

I mostly enjoyed Chapter 4 and 5, “Project Objectives and Approach” and “Business Requirements”, it’s a great guide for what I believe can be the hardest part of a project.

Book review: Professional ASP.NET MVC 3

24 Oct

Professional ASP.NET MVC 3 on

I started reading this book to see what was new in MVC 3, I’ve been developing with ASP.NET MVC 2 for a while and now I finally had the opportunity to start a new project with MVC 3. Anyway, the book is really good and highly recommended for those getting their hands dirty with MVC 3.

The book goes from basic to some really advanced topics, it doesn’t only explain how to extend but also shows how the MVC 3 framework works inside.

I would spend a little more time on the unit testing chapter, I think it was a little poor on content but there’s a lot of content out there that you can go to get more info.

Book review: CSS3 for Web Designers

19 Oct

CSS3 for Web Designers

First of all pay attention to the title, I didn’t and I got a little bit frustrated. It’s for Web Designers, not for developers so it’s kind of basic. It’s good to get an idea of the possibilities that CSS3 can give to you.

Like all books from A Book Apart, it’s quick and basic, sometimes they just feel like a long blog post, but at least you know that it’s a well written blog post. (more…)

Book review: Forms that work

11 Oct

Forms that Work: Designing Web Forms for Usability on

I really liked this book because it gave me really good insights on the best ways to build forms. I shows what to do, what not to do and why.

The structure makes it really easy to read and follow the main ideas. The book is separated in 3 parts: relationship, conversation and appearance.

One thing that I thought it was interesting was how important (talking ux, not design bs) it can be that your forms have good appearance, how much that can affect the efficiency of the form.

“Friday Karl” recommends (01-21-10)

21 Jan

Are you a javascript developer or a jQuery developer? Selling web development to Senior Management and early implementations of HTML 5…

My comments on these links in audio format (4:47):


“Friday Karl” recommends (12-17-10)

17 Dec

Copy writing for the web, the “Gran Torino effect”, google search in 2010 and screencasting. All of that in my first mini-poadcast.

My comments about these links in audio format (3:15):


PD: This is my first mini-poadcast, someone called me in the middle of it but I’m definitely not recording another one, it doesn’t need to be perfect. I also noticed that I make funny pauses when I speak english, specially with the “aaaannnnd” :). Hint: turn off skype or office communicator while recording audio.

“Friday Karl” recommends (10-09)

10 Sep

Book review: Made to stick

30 Aug

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

Made to stick analyses the aspects that make an idea stick. After an extensive research the authors came up with 6 principles that make an idea stick, and they can be contained in SUCCES (Simple, Unexpected, Concrete, Credible, Emotional, Stories). Reading this book was a great experience, it’s very practical and the lessons learned can be used in different areas of my life, but of course in this blog I want to analyze the applications for the web. (more…)

“Friday Karl” recommends (27-08)

27 Aug

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