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The Computing Universe (Cambridge University Press)
Friday 28 Nov
Tony Hey and Gyuri Pápay lead us on a journey from the early days of computers in the 1930s to the cutting-edge research of the present day that will shape computing in the coming decades. Along the way, they explain the ideas behind hardware, software, algorithms, Moore's Law, the birth of the personal computer, the Internet and the Web, the Turing Test, Jeopardy's Watson, World of Warcraft, spyware, Google, Facebook and quantum computing and introduce the fascinating cast of dreamers and inventors who brought these great technological developments into every corner of the modern world.
The Art of LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Programming (No Starch Press)
Thursday 27 Nov
With its colorful, block-based interface, EV3 programming language is designed to allow anyone to program intelligent robots, but its powerful features can be intimidating at first. Terry Griffin has written a beginner-friendly guide (in full-color) designed to bridge that gap. You'll discover how to combine core EV3 elements like blocks, data wires, files, and variables to create sophisticated programs. You'll also learn good programming practices, memory management, and helpful debugging strategies, general skills that will be relevant to programming in any language.
NoSQL With MongoDB in 24 Hours (Sams)
Wednesday 26 Nov
In the Teach Yourself series, Brad Dayley helps you build fast, efficient big-data and real-time database solutions, even if you have no experience with NoSQL. His step-by-step approach, rolled out in 24 lessons of one hour or less, shows you how to design, implement, and optimize NoSQL databases, store and manage data, and handle advanced tasks such as sharding and replication. Every lesson builds on what you’ve already learned, giving you a solid foundation for leveraging MongoDB’s power.
More Agile Testing (Addison-Wesley)
Tuesday 25 Nov
Janet Gregory and Lisa Crispin pioneered the agile testing discipline with Agile Testing. Now they reflect on all they’ve learned since, addressing crucial emerging issues and sharing evolved agile practices. Packed with new examples from real teams, this insightful guide offers detailed information about adapting agile testing for your environment; learning from experience and continually improving your test processes; scaling agile testing across teams; and overcoming the pitfalls of automated testing.
OpenStack Swift (O'Reilly)
Monday 24 Nov
Object storage is essential today with the growth of web, mobile, and software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications. Joe Arnold, co-founder and CEO of SwiftStack, brings you up-to-speed on the basic concepts of object storage and walks you through what you need to know to plan, build, operate, and measure the performance of your own Swift storage system using OpenStack Swift, the free, open source solution for deploying high-performance object storage clusters at scale
Bitcoin for the Befuddled (No Starch Press)
Friday 21 Nov
Unless you've been living under a rock for the last couple of years, you've probably heard of Bitcoin, the game-changing digital currency used by millions worldwide. But Bitcoin isn't just another way to buy stuff. It's an anonymous, revolutionary, cryptographically secure currency that functions without the oversight of a central authority or government. Conrad Barski and Chris Wilmer cover what Bitcoin is; how it works; and how to acquire, store, and spend bitcoins safely and securely.
Learning AV Foundation (Addison Wesley)
Thursday 20 Nov
If you develop media-rich iOS or OS X apps, you can do amazing things with Apple’s AV Foundation. However, the framework is extremely large, reliant on cutting-edge language features, and poorly documented. Bob McCune’s live presentations and GitHub projects have already helped thousands of Apple developers get started with AV Foundation. Building on this experience, this book helps you gain true mastery by creating real-world apps, hands-on.
Learn to Program with Minecraft Plugins 2nd Ed (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Wednesday 19 Nov
This book's original edition relied on the Bukkit modding server and library which was taken down due to a copyright dispute in September. Andy Hunt has now produced a completely revised edition that replaces Bukkit with the CanaryMod library - but otherwise it has the same content. In his review of the first edtion, Mike James gave it a rating of 4.5, recommending it as " a really well written book," Concluding "I can't imagine a better introductory book on the same topic. If you want to learn how to create Minecraft plugins and learn Java on the way this is the place to start."
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