Tuesday, July 23, 2013

My Review of Git Pocket Guide by Richard E. Silverman

At work, we are getting ready to start using Git for some code tracking and since I've never used Git before, I thought this would be a great reference to have around at work. It's good timing because I have been interested in trying things out at home on some other projects I have been tinkering with.
The first chapter does a good job in getting you acclimated to some of the basic terminology. I used SVN for a short while on a project and only learned the bare minimum to update my repository and check in a few edits I made for a project so this chapter was useful in getting me going.
The 8 or 9 chapters or so really just goes over the basics you need to know for using a Git as a way to track your coding changes and it has been very useful. It's basic enough that it gets you going.
The last few chapters I haven't really delved into as much but I can see them being useful for those that need it. I'm not at that point yet but I can assume it's good.
Then the final chapter is like a FAQ and is nice.
I would recommend this to anyone that is new to Git like I am.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

My Review of The GunBrick Book by Jeff Boen

I have been a fan of LEGO for a long time and this really piqued my interest. I was a little worried because of the look of the finished projects and it's something you really should take into account. The finished models look quite real, especially from a distance and an abundance of caution should be taken on where you keep these.
The book itself does an excellent job explaining how to make each model. I really was impressed by the quality of the pictures and the level of detail for each gun model. It gives a full bill of materials so you know what you need to build one. Then it goes through and gives you great pictures of how to build each gun.
What was really interesting is that they also "work" in the sense that you can pull the top of the gun back or pull the trigger and it will go back into place because of the rubber bands that are used to allow movement.
The final model is a working rubber band gun and is fun, although you need to make sure not to aim at people or animals (according to the book). They do a good job warning people of the potential hazards but come on, it's pretty obvious and they're just covering for themselves.
Overall, it's an excellent book to make realistic looking LEGO models of guns.

I need to disclose that I received this book through the O'Reilly Blogger review program.