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SVG Pocket Primer (Mercury Learning)
Thursday 27 Oct

This Pocket Primer is primarily for self-directed learners who want to learn SVG and it serves as a starting point for deeper exploration of its programming. In it Oswald Campesato provides an overview of of the major aspects of SVG and a solid introduction to SVG via complete code samples and images which are included on its companion DVD.


Robot Programming (Que)
Tuesday 25 Oct

In this guide to controlling autonomous robots, Cameron and Tracey Hughes take the reader on an adventure through the eyes of Midamba, a lad who has been stranded on a desert island and must find a way to program robots to help him escape. In this guide, you are presented with practical approaches and techniques to program robot sensors, motors, and translate your ideas into tasks a robot can execute autonomously.


Android Concurrency (Pearson)
Monday 24 Oct

Android developer and consultant Blake Meike has created a complete cookbook of best-practice solutions for fully making use of the multi-core processors and heavily cached architectures now widespread on Android devices, and for taking advantage of significant improvements in the Android 5 (Lollipop) release. The book has practical solutions for everything from inter-thread communication to network communication to debugging complex concurrency issues.


Designing UX: Forms (O'Reilly)
Thursday 20 Oct

This book will walk you through every part of designing forms that provide a positive user experience. Jessica Enders covers all aspects from the words on the form, to how it looks, and on to interactivity.  The book shows how to design a web form that works beautifully on mobiles, laptops and desktops.


The CS Detective (No Starch Press)
Wednesday 19 Oct

Jeremy Kubica is a Google principal engineer working on machine learning and algorithms. To make computer science accessible and fun for Computer Science students and others he has written a detective story, subtitled "An Algorithmic Tale of Crime, Conspiracy, and Computation". In it readers meet Frank Runtime, disgraced ex-detective; hard-boiled private eye and search expert who uses algorithmic tools to solve a robbery.  


Grokking Algorithms (Manning)
Monday 17 Oct

Aditya Bhargava makes it easy to learn how to use algorithms effectively in a fully- illustrated guide for "programmers and other curious people" which is a disarming take on a core computer science topic and shows readers how to apply common algorithms to practical problems faced in the day-to-day life of a programmer.


High-Performance Mobile Web (O'Reilly)
Thursday 13 Oct

Over high-latency and unreliable cellular networks, performance on mobile is the key to success and conversion. With the subtitle "Best Practices for Optimizing Mobile Web Apps," Maximiliano Firtman shares the knowledge and tools to measure your mobile website or webapp performance,demonstrates which aspects of your site or app slow down the user’s experience, and suggests what you can do to improve performance.


Developer Testing (Addison Wesley)
Wednesday 12 Oct

With the subtitle "Building Quality Into Software" Alexander Tarlinder offers insights that help you accelerate through the typical software assurance learning curve so you can write testable code leading to build high-quality software, focusing on technology-agnostic approaches you can keep using with any new language, platform, or toolset. Along the way, he answers many questions development teams often ask about testing.


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