Five New IT books: A To-Do List

I regularly browse through the list of new acquisitions of [url=http://www.slub-dresden.de/]our university’s library[/url]. Turns out there are a few interesting new books to read!


HCI Remixed

HCI Remixed: Reflections on Works That Have Influenced the HCI Community (January 08)

Actually, this one doesn’t count towards my to-do list, because I’m already reading it. It was my suggestion to the library after I’ve read about it at CodingHorror. It contains essays by people of the HCI community who were asked to write about the piece of work in the field that influenced and impressed them the most. If you’re interested in human-computer-interaction, you should read this one!

Configuring User-Designer Relations: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Configuring User-Designer Relations: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (October 2008)

“This book aims to deepen our understanding of the relationships between users and designers both as they emerge in the wild and as a consequence of our attempts to intervene. Through a series of case studies the book juxtaposes in-depth explorations of different perspectives and approaches to thinking about – and doing – user-designer relations, considering important implications for design and computer science more generally. With contributions from leading authors and new voices in the field of user-designer relations, the text will be of interest to students and practitioners in information systems development. It will also be of interest to educators in the fields of information systems, design studies, and computer science.”

Running an Agile Software Development Project

Holcombe: Running an Agile Software Development Project (November 2008)

“The use of agile software development processes continues to grow in both the software development and project management sectors. This book explains how to run an agile software development project, concentrating on the practical, social, business, and management aspects, as well as the technical issues involved. Case studies provide real-world examples that illustrate how to deliver high-quality, high-value solutions to business clients. It is an excellent reference for practicing software developers, engineers, and project managers, and a valuable textbook for undergraduate and graduate students in software engineering and computer science.”

Hromkovic: Sieben Wunder der Informatik

Hromkovic: Sieben Wunder der Informatik (November 2008)

“Allgemeinverständlich und spannend zeigt Juraj Hromkovic seinen Lesern, was Informatik heute leisten kann, was morgen möglich sein könnte und welche Grenzen vermutlich nie überschritten werden. Dabei bleibt der Leser aber nichtauf die Rolle des passiven Rezipienten beschränkt. Er erhält Aufgaben, die mit den im Buch vermittelten Kenntnissen lösbar sind und ihm ermöglichen, die spannenden Wege der grundlegenden Entdeckungen noch einmal für sich durchzugehen und dadurch die Begeisterung ihrer Entdecker zu erleben.”

Friedman: Praxisbuch Web 2.0

Friedman: Praxisbuch Web 2.0 (2nd Ed., November 2008)

“Das “Praxisbuch Web 2.0″ ist eine lobenswerte Ausnahme unter den vielen Möchtegern-Allroundbüchern in Sachen Internet. Der Autor verschafft seinen Lesern einen frischen Überblick über die aktuellen Entwicklungen im Web in Sachen Layout, Schrift- und Farbgestaltung, Usability und Barrierefreiheit, Browserunterstützung, Ajax, Wikis, Weblogs und Co. und bietet darüber hinaus vertiefende Informationen en masse. Keine Selbstbeweihräucherung des Autors, keine 30seitige Anhandlung über die Entstehung des Internet, wie man es aus anderen Büchern kennt.”