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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Pearson Education (InformIT)



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>

 
Julia 1.0 Programming 2nd Ed (Packt)
Monday, 12 November 2018

This book shows how to use Julia to tackle numerical and data problems. Author Ivo Balbaert starts from how to set up a running Julia platform, before exploring its various built-in types. With the help of practical examples, this book walks you through two important collection types: arrays and matrices. In addition to this, you will be taken through how type conversions and promotions work, be introduced to the concepts of homoiconicity (ability to manipulate a program written in Julia as data) and metaprogramming in Julia.

<ASIN:1788999096>

 
Designing Across Senses (O'Reilly)
Thursday, 08 November 2018

With a subtitle of 'A Multimodal Approach to Product Design', this book looks at how to use different interaction modes to connect speech, touch, haptic, and gestural interfaces into products that engage several human senses at once. Authors Christine Park and John Alderman explain the basic principles behind multimodal interaction and introduce the tools you need to root your design in the ways our senses shape experience. The book explores examples from current designers and devices to describe how these products blend multiple interface modes together into a cohesive user experience.

<ASIN:1491954248>

 
Tableau Unlimited: Basics to Advanced (Books Distinct)
Wednesday, 07 November 2018

This book is aimed at readers who want to learn to use Tableau, including those new to Information Technology or Data Analytics. Author Chandraish Sinha covers Tableau from basics to advanced, including advanced visualizations and maps. The book contains over 50 exercises based on ten datasets that are provided for readers to practice and become proficient in Tableau.

<ASIN:0999244914>

 
Software Design X-Rays (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Monday, 05 November 2018

This book has the subtitle "Fix Technical Debt with Behavioral Code Analysis", and author Adam Tornhill aims to demonstrate novel ways to identify and prioritize technical debt, based on behavioral data from how developers work with code. He shows how to use statistics and data science to uncover both problematic code and the behavioral patterns of the developers who build your software, then how to use these insights to prioritize refactoring needs, measure their effect, find implicit dependencies between different modules, and automatically create knowledge maps of your system based on actual code contributions.

<ASIN:1680502727>

 
The Game Designer's Playlist (Addison Wesley)
Thursday, 01 November 2018

In this book subtitled 'Innovative Games Every Game Designer Needs to Play', author and game design instructor Zack Hiwiller introduces 70 remarkable games, revealing how they work, why they’re great, and how to apply their breakthrough techniques in your own games. Ranging from Go to Texas Hold’em and Magic; the Gathering to Dishonored 2, Hiwiller uses the games to illustrate lessons about game decision-making, playability, narrative, mechanics, chance, winning, originality, cheats, and a whole lot more.

<ASIN:0134873262>

 
Mission Python (No Starch Press)
Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Aimed at "teens and young adults", this book is a space-themed guide to building a complete computer game in Python. Author Sean McManus explains programming fundamentals like loops, strings, and lists in the process of building a game with a map to explore, items to collect, and tricky logic puzzles to solve. The book also contains exercises and mini-projects, like making a spacewalk simulator and creating an astronaut's safety checklist to illustrate Python skills.

<ASIN:1593278578>

 
Hands-On Go Programming (Packt)
Monday, 29 October 2018

This book teaches Go programming by solving commonly faced problems with the help of recipes, startarting from the basics of installing Go, manipulating and using strings, and performing arithmetic operations. Author Tarik Guney then moves on to more advanced topics such as concurrency in Go, web programming, implementing system programming, and reading and writing files. The recipes also cover many fundamental Go programming skills such as proper error handling and logging.

<ASIN:1789531756>

 
Simplifying JavaScript (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Thursday, 25 October 2018

This book looks at how to write modern JavaScript using practical examples of how syntax changes can make code more expressive. Author Joe Morgan starts from variable declarations that communicate intention clearly, and shows how modern principles can improve all parts of code. He covers how to incorporate ideas with curried functions, array methods, classes, and more to create code that does more with less while yielding fewer bugs.

<ASIN:1680502883>

 
Building Django 2.0 Web Applications (Packt)
Wednesday, 24 October 2018

This project-based guide aims to give you a sound understanding of Django 2.0 through three full-featured applications. Author Tom Aratyn starts off by building a basic IMDB clone and adding users who can register, vote on their favorite movies, and upload associated pictures. He also takes you through deploying your app into a production environment using Docker containers hosted on the server in Amazon's Electric Computing Cloud (EC2). Other projects include building a Stack Overflow clone with search functionality using ElasticSearch, and a clone of MailChimp so users can send and create emails, and deploy it using AWS.

<ASIN:1787286215>

 
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