"Windows Server 2008 How-To" by J. Peter Bruzzese et al.: Chances are, you're using Windows Server, and if you've recently deployed the newest version or are about to, this is the in-depth guide you'll want at your fingertips. Paperback: $29.99, Kindle: $9.99 | Get more details.
"Translucent Databases, 2nd Edition" by Peter Wayner: Databases are where most organizations keep their most critical information, and they're fundamental to most enterprise apps today. But their design often ignores issues of security, accessibility, and privacy. This book will teach you more than you realized you needed to know about database design. Paperback: $45.00 | Get more details.
"Next Generation Datacenters in Financial Services" by Tony Bishop: Financial services is where many leading-edge technologies get their practical start, and Tony Bishop's exploration of what makes a next-generation datacenter "next generation" provides a roadmap for what other industries can soon expect to need. Paperback: $69.95 | Get more details.
"Beginning iPhone 3 Development" by Dave Mark and Jeff LaMarche: We all know that the iPhone is the standard by which all other smartphones are measured. And figuring out how to develop mobile apps will become increasingly important for programmers to understand. Start here. Paperback: $39.99 | Get more details.
Cloud and architecture books
Despite the "clouds are insecure and destroy jobs" pushback against cloud computing, it's clear that the principles of technology delivered as a service is here to stay. But systems of this scale and complexity more than any other need a strong architectural foundation to succeed. These books will help you start building that foundation in your own work.
"Service Oriented Architecture for Dummies" by Judith Hurwitz et al.: The SOA concept has already been through its hype cycle, and now rests largely ignored by the wider IT community. But its principles remain sound and useful, especially as we move to more federated systems (cloud or otherwise). Rediscover what mattered about the SOA concepts in this book. Paperback: $29.99, Kindle: $16.49 | Get more details.
"Cloud Computing for Dummies" by Judith Hurwitz et al.: Now that you've reacquainted yourself with SOA principles, take the next step and see what's truly useful for technologists from the cloud principles that matter. Paperback: $29.99, Kindle: $16.49 | Get more details.