I used to have a rule (you know, a rule helps you solving a problem in your life that you then never have to worry about anymore) that said: never lend a book, always gift it!
I don’t know why or when I stopped applying this rule but my thinking behind it is:
- You value the book but somebody else values it more at this time
- Lending it will consume your energy remembering who you lent it to end when
- The other person constantly feels bad for not returning the book to you up to a point when it becomes real guilt and shame
- The other person cannot really enjoy the book in fear of marking a page or paragraph or leaving coffee stains
So the solution is: Gift the book! In that way both parties feel good.
Free online book: Dive into HTML5 by Mark Pilgrim.
The paper version is titled HTML5: Up and Running (O'Reilly, via Amazon).
Table of Contents
- Introduction: Five Things You Should Know About HTML5
- A Quite Biased History of HTML5
- Detecting HTML5 Features: It’s Elementary, My Dear Watson
- What Does It All Mean?
- Let’s Call It a Draw(ing Surface)
- Video in a Flash (Without That Other Thing)
- You Are Here (And So Is Everybody Else)
- A Place To Put Your Stuff
- Let’s Take This Offline
- A Form of Madness
- “Distributed,” “Extensibility,” And Other Fancy Words
- Manipulating History for Fun & Profit
- The All-In-One Almost-Alphabetical No-Bullshit Guide to Detecting Everything
- HTML5 Peeks, Pokes and Pointers
Download: Download free e-book
Topics covered in the e-book include:
- What Is Cloud Computing?
- Cloud Service Models
- Cloud Benefits
- Public versus Private Cloud
- Risks in the Cloud
- ArcGIS and the Cloud
I can't believe I own this book... and looking back it's really funny that I actually ever purchased it.
Go figure what made me laugh?
I'm happy to introduce a new book which was co-authored by my colleague Pinde Fu: "Web GIS: Principles and Applications".
I'm really excited about this, not only because good GIS resources are scarce but also because he used screenshots of applications that I have designed over the past years, e.g. geodata.gov, GeoPortal Toolkit, Loma Linda Medical Center Response System, HydroViewer.
How much better can it get when your design ends up in a book?
While the content of the book is targeted at readers at all skill levels I can see it as a great teaching source as well as invaluable resource for managers and aspiring GIS developers to understand the principles of web applications.
Table of Contents
- GIS in the Web Era
- Technical Basics
- Geospatial Web Services
- Geospatial Mashups
- Mobile GIS
- NSDI in the Web 2.0 Era
- Web GIS Applications in E-Business
- Web GIS Applications in E-Government
- Hot Topics and New Frontiers
- How Web Designers Can Adopt a Global Mindset (by Christian Arno) - Cultural differences are shamelessly overlooked, depending on your audience that might be ok but you should know... read the article.
- User Interface Design Framework (by webalys) - a really nice set of flexible GUI elements, free icon library and a graphic style library.
- How to Navigate Design by Committee (by Andrew Follett) - Andrew outlines a feasible approach to steering design discussions into a successful direction.
- Accessiblity Forum 2.0 (by buyaccessible.net) - promising blog to follow if you are into accessibility.
- 10 Free Online Books for Web Designers (by Henry Jones) - add to your never ending supply of good stuff.
I know this might be a little off-topic but nevertheless useful to many of us. The book 'The Principles of Successful Freelancing' of Miles Burke is available for free to download (only valid for the next 10 days starting today), so get it now!
- Considering Freelancing?
- Prepare for the Transition
- Manage Your Money
- Set Yourself Up
- Win the Work
- Give Great Service
- Achieve Work–Life Balance
- Where to from Here?
About the author
Miles Burke has been creating web sites since 1994. In 2002, Miles founded Bam Creative, an award-winning Western Australian web company. Miles serves as Chairperson of the Australian Web Industry Association, and has been awarded for his entrepreneurship in recent years; he’s a recipient of the Contribution to the Web Industry award in 2005, winner of the WA Business News’ 40under40 award in 2007, and appears in the 2008 edition of Who’s Who in Western Australia. Miles can also be found writing at Miles’ Blog.
Links for freelancers
- 85+ Tools & Resources for Freelancers and Web Workers by Sean P. Aune
- 7 Productivity Tips, Plus Tools for Freelancers and Web Workers by Elliott Kosmicki
Have more useful links? Post them in the comments section.