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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Competitive Programming in Python (Cambridge University Press)
Friday, 22 January 2021

Subtitled "128 Algorithms to Develop your Coding Skills" this is a collection of algorithmic techniques and programming skills chosen to be useful for job interviews in the tech industry and competing in coding competitions. Christoph Dürr and Jill-Jênn Vie are experienced coaches, problem setters, and jurors for coding competitions. They highlight the versatility of each algorithm by considering a variety of problems and show how to implement algorithms in simple and efficient code.


C++ All-in-One, 4th Ed (For Dummies)
Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Updated for C++20, in this book John Paul Mueller takes you from the fundamentals of working with objects and classes to writing applications that use paradigms not normally associated with C++, such as those used for functional programming strategies. The book also includes online resources such as source code, as well as showing how to use a C++ GNU compiler to build applications and how to use a mobile device for coding.


ASP.NET Core 5 and React, 2nd Ed (Packt)
Monday, 18 January 2021

With the subtitle, "Full-stack web development using .NET 5, React 17, and TypeScript 4, this updated second edition addresses the changes in the .NET framework and the latest release of React. Carl Rippon starts by taking you through React and TypeScript components for building an intuitive single-page application and then shows you how to design scalable REST APIs that can integrate with a React-based frontend. He then covers the latest features, popular patterns, and tools available in the React ecosystem, including function-based components, React Router, and Redux.


Math for Programmers (Manning)
Friday, 15 January 2021

With the subtitle, "3D graphics, machine learning, and simulations with Python", this book aims to provide the strong math skills you need to qualify for jobs in data science, machine learning, computer graphics, or cryptography. With lots of helpful graphics and more than 300 exercises and mini-projects, Paul Orland teaches the math you need for these hot careers, concentrating on what you need to know as a developer. 


C++ High Performance, 2nd Ed (Packt)
Wednesday, 13 January 2021

This book, sibtitled "Master the art of optimizing the functioning of your C++ code" shows how to tweak the performance of C++ apps, so they can run faster and consume fewer resources on the device they're running on without compromising the readability of the codebase. Björn Andrist and Viktor Sehr begin by introducing the C++ language and some of its modern concepts in brief. They then move on to using algorithms, ranges, and containers from the standard library to achieve faster execution, write readable code, and use customized iterators.


GIS for Science, Volume 2 (Esri Press)
Monday, 11 January 2021

This book, subtitled Applying Mapping and Spatial Analytics, is a collection of current, real-world examples of scientists using geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial data science. Co-edited by Esri Chief Scientist Dawn Wright and Esri Technology Writer and Information Designer Christian Harder and with a foreword by Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond, these case studies are part of a global effort to find ways to sustain a livable environment for all life on this planet.


The Computer's Voice: From Star Trek to Siri (University of Minnesota Press)
Friday, 08 January 2021

Why is Star Trek’s computer coded as female, while HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey is heard as male? Liz W. Faber focuses on voice-interactive computers, and breaks new ground in questions surrounding media, technology, and gender. The book is a decade-by-decade investigation of computer voices, tracing the evolution from the masculine voices of the ’70s and ’80s to the feminine ones of the ’90s and ’00s. Faber ends her account in the present, with looks at the film Her and Siri herself.


JUnit in Action, 3rd Ed (Manning)
Wednesday, 06 January 2021

This completely rewritten edition with new code and new chapters, is an up-to-date guide to smooth software testing. Catalin Tudose provides examples that demonstrate JUnit's modern features, including its new architecture; nested, tagged, and dynamic tests; and dependency injection. Examples illustrate JUnit 5's innovations for dependency injection, nested testing, parameterized tests, and more.


Murach's C#, 7th Ed (Murach)
Monday, 04 January 2021

This updated 7th edition covers the C# essentials along with how to take advantage of the most recent releases of C#, .NET, and Visual Studio. Joel Murach shows how to develop Windows Forms applications and how to use business classes, inheritance, and interfaces the way they're used in the real world. It's a database programming book that shows how to create professional database applications using Entity Framework and LINQ or ADO.NET, and how to develop 3-tiered, object-oriented, Windows Forms applications.


Beyond the Basic Stuff with Python (No Starch Press)
Wednesday, 30 December 2020

This book takes the next step beyond the basics covering the skills for becoming a capable, confident software developer. More than a mere collection of advanced syntax and masterful tips for writing clean code, Al Sweigart shows how to advance your Python programming skills by using the command line and other professional tools like code formatters, type checkers, linters, and version control. The book covers best practices for setting up a development environment, naming variables, and improving readability, then tackles documentation, organization and performance measurement, as well as object-oriented design and the Big-O algorithm analysis commonly used in coding interviews.


How Pac-Man Eats (The MIT Press)
Tuesday, 29 December 2020

This book looks at how the tools and concepts for making games are connected to what games can and do mean; with examples ranging from Papers, Please to Dys4ia. Noah Wardrip-Fruin considers two questions: What are the fundamental ways that games work? And how can games be about something? 


Python from the Very Beginning (Coherent Press)
Monday, 28 December 2020

John Whitington takes a no-prerequisites approach to teaching a modern general-purpose programming language. Each small, self-contained chapter introduces a new topic, building until the reader can write quite substantial programs. There are plenty of questions  with worked answers and hints. The book will appeal both to new programmers, and to experienced programmers eager to explore a new language. It is suitable both for formal use within an undergraduate or graduate curriculum, and for the interested amateur.



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