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.

Click on the title (in blue) for more information on any book.



A Day in Code (Sundae Electronics LLC)
Monday, 21 December 2020

This short book for children uses illustrations to tell a story written in the C programming language. From the beach to the bowling alley, Shari Eskenas and Ana Quintero Villafraz cover fundamental programming concepts while describing real life situations in simple C programs. Each C program is presented next to a full-page illustration that depicts the fun event described in the code.


Once Upon Atari (Scott West)
Friday, 18 December 2020

This book, with the subtitle "How I made history by killing an industry" offers an intimate view into the dramatic rise and fall of the early video game industry, and how it shaped the life of one of its key players. Howard Scott Warshaw gives a detailed look behind the scenes of the early days of video games, with particular attention to the causative factors leading up to the video game crash of the early 1980s. It is also the journey of one industry pioneer, and how his experience creating interactive entertainment reverberates throughout his life.


C++ Template Metaprogramming in Practice (Auerbach Publications)
Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Using the implementation of a deep learning framework as an example, in this book author Li Wei explains the application of metaprogramming in a relatively large project and emphasizes ways to optimize systems performance. Developers familiar with mainstream deep learning frameworks can also refer to this book to compare the differences between the deep learning framework implemented with metaprogramming and compile-time computing with deep learning frameworks using object-oriented methods. 


Agile Transformation (Addison-Wesley)
Monday, 14 December 2020

With the subtitle, "Using the Integral Agile Transformation Framework™ to Think and Lead Differently", this book describes the techniques of agile transformation. Michael K. Spayd and Michele Madore show how to use Integral Agile Transformation Framework (IATF) to combine what is known subjectively (“heart”) with what can be measured objectively (“data”). The authors say that even if you’re already using leadership or culture models, scaled frameworks, or other techniques, IATF helps you place them in context, overcome their limitations, and gain more value from them.


Dangers of Automation in Airliners (Air World)
Friday, 11 December 2020

Subtitled "Accidents Waiting to Happen", this book explores the idea that automation in aviation can be a lifesaver, expertly guiding a plane and its passengers through stormy weather to a safe landing. Or it can be a murderer, crashing an aircraft and killing all on board in the mistaken belief that it is doing the right thing. Jack Hersch looks in depth at a number of aviation accidents and explores why they happened.


Mastering Swift 5.3, 6th Ed (Packt)
Wednesday, 09 December 2020

This practical guide to the Swift programming language has been updated with a sixth edition covering the latest features, an overall revision to align with Swift 5.3, and two new chapters on building Swift from source and advanced operators. Jon Hoffman starts from the basics of the language to popular features such as concurrency, generics, and memory


Graph Databases in Action (Manning)
Monday, 07 December 2020

This book introduces you to graph database concepts by comparing them with relational database constructs. Dave Bechberger and Josh Perryman discuss the design and implementation of graph databases in real-world applications. The book looks at how to choose the right database solutions for tasks, and how to build agile, flexible, and high-performing graph-powered applications.


A Digital Signal Processing Primer (Dover Publications)
Friday, 04 December 2020

This is an informal and easy-to-understand introduction to digital signal processing, which as its subtitle indicates, emphasizes digital audio and applications to computer music. Ken Steiglitz provides a working knowledge and understanding of frequency-domain methods. The book also features questions and suggested experiments that help readers understand and apply digital signal processing theory and techniques.


A Tour of Data Science (Chapman & Hall)
Wednesday, 02 December 2020

This book covers the fundamentals of data science, including programming, statistics, optimization, and machine learning in a single short book. Nailong Zhang does not cover everything, but rather, teaches the key concepts and topics in data science. The book also covers two of the most popular programming languages used in Data Science, R and Python.


Modern Fortran (Manning)
Monday, 30 November 2020

In this practical guide, subtitled "Building efficient parallel applications", author Milan Curcic starts from the essentials of  modern Fortran, with a focus on reusable modules, functions, and subroutines before diving into Fortran's unique approach to parallel programming with coarrays. He then systematically explores all the really interesting stuff: how to overload operators and generic functions, work with a variety of different inputs and outputs, and much more. Finally, readers will take on advanced parallelism with teams and events, and interoperability with C.


Python Programming for Beginners: A Kid's Guide to Coding Fundamentals (Rockridge Press)
Friday, 27 November 2020

This book teaches kids about Python and programming fundamentals―and is packed full of fun and creative activities to encourage learning, Patricia Foster starts off with the basics, explaining all about fundamental coding concepts and how kids can put these concepts together in Python to build their own games and programs.


Raspberry Pi IoT In Python Using GPIO Zero (I/O Press)
Wednesday, 25 November 2020

The Raspberry Pi makes an ideal match for the Internet of Things, and in this book Harry Fairhead and Mike James show how to put it to good use in IoT. To achieve this needs two areas of expertise, electronics and programming  and because of the way hardware and software engineering tend to occupy separate niches, this book shows how to combine the two. The GPIO Zero library is the official way to use Python with the GPIO and other devices and this book looks at how to use it to interface to fundamental IoT devices – from LEDs and buzzers to servos and stepper motors and several off-the-shelf Raspberry Pi  add-ons.



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