New books: The Sustainable Network, iPhone SDK Development, VMware Cookbook

What technologies do we need to solve the complex environmental, economic, social, and political challenges facing us today? This book by Sarah Sorenson reveals that one tool for enacting change is already at our fingertips: the global network.

The Sustainable Network issues a call to action—a challenge to governments, markets, organizations, groups, and individuals to put the power of this growing network to work. This vast global network is the one thing with the power to unite us all, but the role it might play is still a mystery to most people.

Sorenson says, “The network is everywhere, changing everything. Yet, in spite of its pervasiveness very few people really know what the network is. The fear is that without an understanding of the network, we will not be able to use it to its full advantage. So, I wrote this book to help create awareness of the role the network plays in our lives, businesses and governments in hopes that with this understanding we can collectively innovate and better leverage this amazing connective tool to really affect change.”

Packed with useful examples, iPhone SDK Development will give you both the big-picture concepts and the everyday “gotcha” details that developers need to make the most of the beauty and power of the iPhone OS platform.

Authors Bill Dudney and Chris Adamson will take you through the XCode IDE, and show you how to build your app and deploy it onto your own device for testing. You’ll learn how to develop your user interface using Interface Builder, and master the iPhone’s unique user interface components, including tables, tab bars, navigation bars, and the multi-touch interface.

Connect your iPhone to the outside world with networking and to other phones with Bonjour and Game Kit, and explore Core Data and first-class support for images, animation, audio, and video. You’ll see how to make use of the iPhone’s unique mobile APIs, like geolocation, Map Kit, the compass, and the motion-sensing accelerometer.

Many resources exist for learning virtualization technology and the foundations of the VMware software package, including installation and simple configuration. This book provides a deeper look into practical usage. Written by experts with experience using VMware in a production environment, VMware Cookbook by Ryan Troy and Matthew Helmke shares tips and tricks learned through trial and error, and supplies the background you need to apply them. You’ll view VMware as part of its environment, with attention to operating systems, storage, and logical and physical network components.

“‘Virtualization is the future’ is a mantra we have heard repeated for some time now. We believe it is not only the future, but also the present,” says Helmke.

He continues, “More and more accounting departments, executive officers and information technology professionals are finding virtualization to be a way to lower costs, maximize the use of resources, and make their infrastructure more secure, stable, and efficient. Of the various, quality implementations we have seen, VMware is the one we feel is best suited for certain tasks and environments because of its inherent capabilities that other platforms sometimes lack or include in less easy-to-use ways. It is our expectation that not only will virtualization continue to be chosen in greater measure by organizations, but that many and perhaps most will find that VMware is the specific platform that best meets their needs.”

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