Free books on technology subjects

Mastering Enterprise JavaBeans 3.0
Published in July 2006, Mastering EJB is now in its 4th edition including chapters on session beans and message-driven beans, EJB-Java EE integration and advanced persistence concepts. Java Persistence API and using POJO entities with EJB is also covered extensively. This book aims you give you a deep understanding of EJB 3.0.

Path: Ways of working in photography
Most photography books concentrate on the optical, mechanical, electronic, and chemical tools of photography. This book is about the most important factor in your photography: you.

Advanced Programming Language Design
This book stems in part from courses taught at the University of Kentucky and at the University of Wisconsin–Madison on programming language design. There are many good books that deal with the subject at an undergraduate level, but there are few that are suitable for a one-semester graduate level course. This book is my attempt to fill that gap. The goal of this course, and hence of this book, is to expose first-year graduate students to a wide range of programming language paradigms and issues, so that they can understand the literature on programming languages.

How to Build a Successful Website
Due to the many news stories in recent years about big corporate websites going bankrupt it is a common misconception today that all or most websites are unprofitable and will not make their owners money. This assumption is based on the idea that if big corporations like Disney fail at making a website then your average guy on the street must fail horribly, of course that assumption is wrong. In the case of content driven websites the smaller independent operation often has the advantage over large corporate entities. While an individual or a small group does not have the resources of the large corporation, they also do not have the overhead. If you run a website out of your basement or your bedroom your overhead is already significantly smaller than that of a major corporation because you’re not running your website out of a brand new state-of-the-art office building. Additionally if you only have one employee, yourself, you’re also reducing your overhead compared to corporations who have to pay for workers who do the same things you do, but also management, building management, building security, maintenance, marketing consultants, development consultants, secretaries, and a myriad of other positions that by keeping your operation small you don’t need. The only advantage a corporation has over an individual is that they can afford to pay for gross amounts of advertising both online and off, whereas the typical individual cannot.

PNG: The Definitive Guide
Targeted at graphic designers and programmers, PNG: The Definitive Guide is the first book devoted exclusively to teaching and documenting this important new and free image format. It is an indispensable compendium for Web content developers and programmers and is chock full of examples, sample code, and practical hands-on advice.

Machine Learning, Neural and Statistical Classification
This book is based on the EC (ESPRIT) project StatLog which compare and evaluated a range of classification techniques, with an assessment of their merits, disadvantages and range of application. This integrated volume provides a concise introduction to each method, and reviews comparative trials in large-scale commercial and industrial problems. It makes accessible to a wide range of workers the complex issue of classification as approached through machine learning, statistics and neural networks, encouraging a cross-fertilization between these discplines.

Essential Skills for Agile Development
Agile Development, in particular, eXtreme Programming (XP), has been gaining a lot of momentum because it can effectively address the problems plaguing software development such as mis-understanding customers’ requirements, missing deadlines, over-budget, conflicts between customers and developers and poor maintainability of legacy systems.

FreeBSD Handbook
The FreeBSD newcomer will find that the first section of this book guides the user through the FreeBSD installation process and gently introduces the concepts and conventions that underpin UNIX. Working through this section requires little more than the desire to explore, and the ability to take on board new concepts as they are introduced. Once you have traveled this far, the second, far larger, section of the Handbook is a comprehensive reference to all manner of topics of interest to FreeBSD system administrators. Some of these chapters may recommend that you do some prior reading, and this is noted in the synopsis at the beginning of each chapter.

Object-oriented system development
This book is intended to help the reader better understand the role of analysis and design in the object-oriented software development process. Experiments to use structured analysis and design as precursors to an object-oriented implementation have failed. The descriptions produced by the structured methods partition reality along the wrong dimensions. Classes are not recognized and inheritance as an abstraction mechanism is not exploited. However, we are fortunate that a multitude of object-oriented analysis and design methods have emerged and are still under development. Core OO notions have found their home place in the analysis phase. Abstraction and specialization via inheritance, originally advertised as key ingredients of OO programming, have been abstracted into key ingredients of OO analysis (OOA). Analysis-level property inheritance maps smoothly on the behavior inheritance of the programming realm.

Programmer’s Introduction to PHP 4.0
This book from APress is available for sale, but the author and the publisher decided to post the contents online as well. Look for the sidebar on the right for freely available chapters in PDF format.

Version control with Subversion
This is the online home of Version Control with Subversion, a free book about Subversion, a new version control system designed to supplant CVS. As you may have guessed from the layout of this page. this book is published by O’Reilly Media. This is a place to read HTML and PDF versions of the book (although you can certainly buy a copy if you’d like to). We’ll do our best to keep the site up-to-date. As Subversion development continues, the product will continue to grow new features, and we plan to continue documenting those changes.
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