Android App Dev 101My newest ebook is finally available online. You can get it at It’s currently only available in PDF format. I’m still working on converting it to MOBI and EPUB formats. Once I’m finished converting it, the ebook will be available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for the Kindle, Nook, and other e-readers. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!


Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: Downloading and Installing Java, Eclipse, and the Android SDK
Chapter 2: Configuring Eclipse and Creating Your First Android App
Chapter 3: Creating a Layout and Adding Some Code
Chapter 4: Testing Your App with the Android Emulator
Chapter 5: Monetizing your Android App with Google AdMob
Chapter 6: Running Your Android App on Cellphones and Tablets
Chapter 7: Publishing Your Android App to the Google Play Store
Chapter 8: (Bonus) Google Glass and Windows 7
Chapter 9: (Bonus) Computer Vision with OpenCV and Google Glass

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You Are All Too Kind

On November 26, 2012, in Books, General, by LuCuS

BooksWell, apparently there are plenty of readers out there that find my site useful (or at least entertaining in some way :-) ). Over the last few weeks, I have received all kinds of stuff from readers that have wanted to say thanks by purchasing me items from my wish list and by making donations thru my PayPal. I’m not going to disclose any dollar amounts that have been donated, nor will I disclose the names of anyone that has made donations or purchased me items from my wish list. But, I will however list some of the items that have been purchased for me here as I will be writing reviews about these as time permits. I also want to thank everyone that has donated money, purchased me items, contributed to comments, provided feedback about my articles and  replied to comments & questions from other readers, and to everyone that has shown interest in my site. Everyone of you are the reason I do this.

Text Mining: Predictive Methods for Analyzing Unstructured Information by Sholom M. Weiss, Nitin Indurkhya, Tong Zhang, & Fred J. Damerau

Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture by Martin Fowler

Semi-Supervised and Unsupervised Machine Learning by Amparo Albalate & Wolfgang Minker

Large-Scale Kernel Machines by Leon Bottou, Olivier Chapelle, Dennis DeCoste, & Jason Weston

Python for Data Analysis by Wes Mckinney

Programming Computer Vision with Python by Jan Erik Solem

Natural Language Processing with Python by Steven Bird, Ewan Klein, & Edward Loper

Machine Learning for Hackers by Drew Conway & John Myles White

Practical .NET for Financial Markets by Yogesh Shetty and Samir Jayaswal

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How to create your own freaking awesome programming languageI have something to share with you that you are going to love! Have you ever wondered what it would take to create your own programming language? Most people that have asked that question have usually given up on the idea of creating their own programming language because they believe it’s going to be way too hard or involve way too much programming. But, believe it or not, it’s actually really simple to do thanks to a great programmer named Marc-Andre Cournoyer. Marc-Andre has put together an amazing ebook for anyone that wants to create their own programming language or for anyone that wants to better understand how programming languages work. Unlike most of the stuff on my website, this ebook is not free. However, it is DEFINITELY worth the $17.95.

The ebook walks you through everything you need to know about creating your own programming language. It covers everything from creating parsers to interpreters. Heck, it even shows you how to build your own compiler. All of the example code in the ebook is written in Python, making it extremely easy to follow along. Since this is a digital download, it also includes all of the source code from the ebook including the new programming language you will create through each step of the book which Marc-Andre calls the “Awesome” programming language. Awesome is a mix of Ruby syntax and Python’s indentation.

So, if you’re interested in creating your own programming language, want a better understanding of programming languages, or just want a nice little read, you should seriously buy a copy of this ebook. The download includes the ebook in the following formats: epub, mobi, pdf. By the way, this ebook is what inspired Jeremy Ashkenas to create CoffeeScript. Pickup your copy of “How to Create Your Own Freaking Awesome Programming Language” ebook now!!!

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Book Builder

On December 5, 2011, in Books, by LuCuS

Book BuildingA while back, I mentioned that I was starting work on a new book called “Computer vision with OpenCV & C#”. Since that announcement, I have received a lot of feedback from readers interested in the book. At the same time, I have also received almost as much interest in the tool I’m using to write the book. Almost every person I have answered this question for was surprised to learn that I’m actually using an application I designed myself. That brings me to the purpose of this post. I want to take a minute to share with you my application as some of you might find it useful as well.

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Books Currently Under Review

On July 14, 2011, in Books, Reviews, by LuCuS

I was recently asked by a reader to share the books I am currently reading and / or reviewing. I’m not completely finished with any of these yet. As I finish them, I will come back here and write up my opinion about each of them. Until then, I figured I could at least put the list out there for others to checkout if interested.

Distributed .NET Programming in C# – Tom Barnaby – Apress
Designing Embedded Internet Devices – Dan Eisenreich / Brian DeMuth – Newnes
Designing Embedded Hardware 2nd Edition – John Catsoulis – O’Reilly
Embedded Programming with the .NET Micro Framework – Thompson Miles – Microsoft Press

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