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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.

<ASIN:1593275730>



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.

<ASIN:0321961803>



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."

<ASIN:1941222943>



Responsive Mobile Design (Addison-Wesley)
Tuesday 18 Nov

Billions of people access the web via smartphones, tablets, and devices of all types, using every imaginable interface and display. But they all want the same thing: the right information, right now, delivered in the most aesthetically pleasing way possible. Whether you’re a developer, designer, or manager, Phil Dutson teaches you principles, techniques, and best practices for delivering a successful experience to all users on all devices.

<ASIN:0133888215>



Automating Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services (O'Reilly)
Monday 17 Nov

Get valuable tips and techniques for automating your cloud deployments with Azure PowerShell cmdlets, and learn how to provision Azure services on the fly as Michael Washam shows you how to automate various management tasks and deploy solutions that are both complex and at scale. By combining the native automation capabilities of PowerShell with Azure Infrastructure Services, these powerful cmdlets enable you to create and configure virtual machines with ease.

<ASIN:1491944897>



Getting Started with Raspberry Pi 2nd Ed (Maker Media)
Friday 14 Nov

If you're learning how to program, or looking to build new electronic projects, this hands-on guide shows just how valuable this flexible little platform can be. Matt Richardson and Shawn Wallace take you step-by-step through fun and educational possibilities. Write programs in Scratch and Python. Use the Raspberry Pi with Arduino. Create Internet-connected projects. 

<ASIN:1457186128>



The Book of CSS3, 2nd ed (No Starch Press)
Thursday 13 Nov

In this second edition of his informative guide to CSS3 for the experienced developer, Peter Gasston has fully revised coverage of the updated syntax of gradients, grids, and flexible box layout, as well as providing all-new chapters on values and sizing, and graphical effects like filter effects and blend modes. The result, subtitled A Developer's Guide to the Future of Web Design shows readers what CSS3 can do now, in all major browsers.

<ASIN:1593275803>



From Mathematics to Generic Programming (Addison-Wesley)
Wednesday 12 Nov

Alexander Stepanov and Daniel Rose illuminate the principles of generic programming and the mathematical concept of abstraction on which it is based, helping you write code that is both simpler and more powerful. They explain the problems mathematicians first needed to solve, and then show how these mathematical solutions translate to generic programming and the creation of more effective and elegant code and show how to use these results and generalized algorithms to implement a real-world public-key cryptosystem.

<ASIN:0321942043>



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