Professional Android Sensor Programming


This book is for the Android developer – beginner or intermediate. It is a highly defined illustration of the different sensors available on Android devices, how to determine if that sensor is on that particular device and also includes applications … [Continue reading]

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Adobe Holiday

Our user group has many very talented members, one of whom designed a beautiful holiday card for our group. Meet David Mejia! Tell us about a little bit your background: I've been in NC about 10 years now, having moved from Southern California. … [Continue reading]

Photoshop Masking and Compositing


David Mejia: Illustrator, designer, long-time Photoshop geek and Raleigh InDesign User Group member. Check out his portfolio at Overview You're probably wondering "Another Photoshop book?" Well if you're like … [Continue reading]

Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs By Roberto Valenzuela


Photography isn't reality. Taking a photo that truly captures the moment unfolding in front of you is different than simply seeing it. Oftentimes the results you get are disappointing. Roberto Valenzuela's Picture Perfect Practice provides a … [Continue reading]

Book Review: Adobe Illustrator CS5 – One-on-One by Deke McClelland


Okay, I’ll admit it, I never buy these kind of tutorial books to read them cover to cover and I don’t know anyone who does. If you’re like me you just flip to the section that covers what it is you need to get done at the time, usually late at night … [Continue reading]

Fitness for Geeks


This book aims to get us out from behind a computer screen, and get moving in the way we were originally designed to do so. The author addresses  the all too common modern geek lifestyle of living on coffee, junk food from the office snack bar, and … [Continue reading]

Learning PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, and CSS: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites


Summary This book is a very useful introduction to three of the core aspects necessary for web programming. It is also handy as a textbook as it has questions at the end of each chapter. It is easy to understand and well-written. I noticed that the … [Continue reading]

High Performance MySQL: Optimization, Backups & Replication


Overview This book appears to be the result of the accumulative experiences of three premiere experts in the field of database administration – MySQL style. It is written is such a way that a MySQL application developer can self-teach himself … [Continue reading]

Twitter API: Up and Running


Reviewed by Joy King, veteran Air Force Mainframe Computer Operator & Database Administrator “back in the day” (I remember punch cards for Pete’s sake!) and current Computer Programming student at a Durham Tech Community College as well as … [Continue reading]

Vector Basic Training


I had the good fortune of attending Von Glitschka’s Drawsigner Lecture over a year ago. In person, Von is warm, witty and informative. In addition to being an incredibly creative designer, his mastery of drawing in Adobe Illustrator is second to … [Continue reading]