Book Watch Archive

Book Watch is I Programmer's listing of new books and is compiled using publishers' publicity material. It is not to be read as a review where we provide an independent assessment. Some, but by no means all, of the books in Book Watch are eventually reviewed.

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Electron in Action (Manning)
Monday, 10 December 2018

This book guides the reader step-by-step to building cross-platform desktop applications that run on Windows, OSX, and Linux using  JavaScript, Node, and the Electron framework. Author Steven Kinney shows how to add OS-specific features like the file system, menus, and clipboards, and how to use Chromium's tools to distribute the finished product. The book requires intermediate JavaScript and Node skills. Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications

<ASIN:1617294144>

 
Access 2019 Bible (Wiley)
Thursday, 06 December 2018

This comprehensive reference to Access has now been updated to cover Access 2019. Authors Michael Alexander and Dick Kusleika start from the basics through to the advanced, from database fundamentals and terminology to XML and Web services. The companion website features all examples and databases used in the book, plus trial software and a special offer from Database Creations.

<ASIN:1119514754>

 
Model Checking, 2nd Ed (MIT Press)
Wednesday, 05 December 2018

Part of the Cyber Physical Systems Series, this is the second edition of a comprehensive presentation of the theory and practice of model checking, covering the foundations of the key algorithms in depth. Author Edmund M. Clark, Jr was one of the developers of the technique, in which algorithms are used to work out whether an abstract model―representing, for example, a hardware or software design―satisfies a formal specification expressed as a temporal logic formula.  

<ASIN:0262038838>

 
Impractical Python Projects (No Starch Press)
Monday, 03 December 2018

This book is a collection of fun and educational projects designed to entertain programmers while enhancing their Python skills. Author Lee Vaughan picks up where the complete beginner books leave off, expanding on existing concepts and introducing useful new tools. To keep things interesting, each project includes a zany twist featuring historical incidents, pop culture references, and literary allusions. 

<ASIN:159327890X>

 
Learning Robotics Using Python 2nd Ed (Packt)
Thursday, 29 November 2018

This book starts by showing you the fundamentals of the Robot Operating System (ROS) robotics software framework to illustrate the basics of differential robots. Author Lentin Joseph then covers robot modeling and how to design and simulate it using ROS. He then looks at how to design robot hardware and interfacing actuators, and how to configure and program depth sensors and LIDARs using ROS. Finally, instructions are given on creating a GUI for a robot using the Qt framework.

<ASIN:1788623312>

 
Data Professionals At Work (Apress)
Wednesday, 28 November 2018

This is a collection of interviews with more than two dozen data professionals aimed at giving a picture of what it’s like to work in the industry managing and analyzing data. Author Malathi Mahadevanhas interviewed database administrators, database programmers, data architects, business intelligence professionals, and analytics professionals. The interviewees work across industry sectors ranging from healthcareto banking, finance,  transportation and beyond, and they have shared what helped them get to the top, and what skills and attitudes combine to make them successful in their respective fields.

<ASIN:1484239660>

 
Computer Graphics Programming in OpenGL with Java 2nd Ed (Mercury)
Monday, 26 November 2018

In this new edition, author V. Scott Gordon provides step-by-step instruction on modern 3D graphics shader programming in OpenGL, along with its theoretical foundations. It has been designed in a four-color, “teach-yourself” format with numerous examples that the reader can run just as presented.New sections have been added covering soft shadows, performance optimization, Nsight debugging, as well as updated industry-standard libraries and steps for running the examples on a Macintosh.

<ASIN:1683922190>

 
Redux in Action (Manning)
Thursday, 22 November 2018

This book shows how to integrate Redux into your React application and development environment. Authors Marc Garreau and Will Faurot show how to effectively managing state in web applications. Built around common use cases, this practical book starts with a simple task-management application built in React. It book then moves on showing how to use the app to learn the Redux workflow, handle asynchronous actions, and get your hands on the Redux developer tools. Each step illustrates more about Redux and the benefits of centralized state management.

<ASIN: 1617294977>

 
Reinforcement Learning: An Introduction 2nd Ed (Bradford Book)
Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Reinforcement learning, one of the most active research areas in artificial intelligence, is a computational approach to learning whereby an agent tries to maximize the total amount of reward it receives while interacting with a complex, uncertain environment. In the new edition of this classic book, authors Richard Sutton and Andrew Barto provide a clear and simple account of the field's key ideas and algorithms. This second edition has been significantly expanded and updated, presenting new topics and updating coverage of other topics. It focuses on core online learning algorithms, with the more mathematical material set off in shaded boxes

<ASIN: 0262039249>

 
Neural Networks and Deep Learning (Springer)
Monday, 19 November 2018

This book covers both classical and modern models in deep learning. The primary focus is on the theory and algorithms of deep learning. Author Charu C. Aggarwal looks at why neural networks work, and when they work better than off-the-shelf machine-learning models. He also considers when depth is useful, why training neural networks is so hard, and what the pitfalls are. The book also looks at different applications to give a flavor of how neural architectures are designed for different types of problems such as recommender systems, machine translation, image captioning, image classification, reinforcement-learning based gaming, and text analytics.

<ASIN:3319944622>

 
Pro SQL Server on Linux (Apress)
Thursday, 15 November 2018

This book walks you through installing and configuring SQL Server on the Linux platform. Author Bob Ward is one of the principal architects of SQL Server for Linux, and brings a corresponding depth of knowledge. Throughout this book are internals of how SQL Server on Linux works including an in depth look at the architecture. It covers day-to-day management and troubleshooting, including diagnostics and monitoring, the use of containers to manage deployments, and the use of self-tuning and the in-memory capabilities.It also covers performance capabilities, high availability, and disaster recovery along with security and encryption.

<ASIN:1484241274>

 
R for Data Analysis (In Easy Steps)
Wednesday, 14 November 2018

This book is aimed at anyone who wants to produce graphic visualizations to gain insights from gathered data. Author Mike McGrath begins by explaining core programming principles of the R programming language including the storing of data in vectors from which simple graphs can be plotted. Next he describes how to create matrices to store and manipulate data from which graphs can be plotted to provide better insights and then demonstrates how to create data frames from imported data sets, and how to produce advanced visualizations.

<ASIN:1840787953>

 
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