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.



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.


Grokking Deep Reinforcement Learning (Manning)
Monday, 23 November 2020

This book uses engaging exercises to teach you how to build deep learning systems. Miguel Morales combines annotated Python code with intuitive explanations to explore Deep Reinforcement Learning (DRL) techniques. You’ll see how algorithms function and learn to develop your own DRL agents using evaluative feedback.


High-Tech LEGO Projects: 16 Rule-Breaking Inventions (No Starch)
Friday, 20 November 2020

This is a collection of 16 scientific and technical projects to build with parts from the Lego Mindstorms EV3 robotics set and other components. Author Grady Koch shows how to build creative technical inventions with practical applications. You'll learn to build a dynamic array of working devices for outdoor research, home security, spycraft, and more.


The Art of Multiprocessor Programming, 2nd Ed (Morgan Kaufmann)
Wednesday, 18 November 2020

This book is a guide to multicore programming, and this updated edition introduces higher level software development skills relative to those needed for efficient single-core programming. It is aimed at both students and professionals, who will benefit from its thorough coverage of key multiprocessor programming issuesAuthors Maurice Herlihy, Nir Shavit, Victor Luchangco and Michael Spear include comprehensive coverage of the new principles, algorithms, and tools necessary for effective multiprocessor programming.


C# 9 and .NET 5 5th Ed (Packt)
Monday, 16 November 2020

This book shows how to start programming C# applications and has been updated and expanded with a new chapter on the Microsoft Blazor framework. Mark J Price begins with the fundamentals of C#, including object-oriented programming and new C# 9 features such as top-level programs, target-typed new object instantiation, and immutable types using the record keyword. 


Alice and Bob Learn Application Security (Wiley)
Friday, 13 November 2020

This book is intended as an accessible and thorough resource for anyone seeking to incorporate best security practices in software development. Author Tanya Janca uses stories of the characters Alice and Bob, real-life examples, technical explanations and diagrams to ensure maximum clarity of the many abstract and complicated subjects. The book covers all the basic subjects such as threat modeling and security testing, but also dives deep into more complex and advanced topics for securing modern software systems and architectures.


Modern JavaScript for the Impatient (Addison-Wesley)
Wednesday, 11 November 2020

This book is a guide to JavaScript E6 and beyond that concentrates on the most recent versions so developers can rapidly move from languages such as Java, C#, C, or C++.  Author Cay S. Horstmann's practical insights and sample code illustrate what's that’s new, and look at how to avoid common pitfalls and obsolete features. The book also looks at how to make the most of modern JavaScript’s robust toolchains and frameworks.


Data Engineering with Python (Packt)
Monday, 09 November 2020

This book looks at how to tackle challenges commonly faced in different aspects of data engineering. Paul Crickard starts with an introduction to the basics of data engineering, along with the technologies and frameworks required to build data pipelines to work with large datasets. He then looks at how to transform and clean data and perform analytics to get the most out of data.The book also covers how to work with big data of varying complexity and production databases, and build data pipelines.


GameTek (HarperCollins)
Friday, 06 November 2020

This is a book that tackles the big questions of life through the little questions of games. With short chapters on everything from memory games to the Prisoner's Dilemma, to Goedel's theorems, Geoff Engelstein explores the world from a new perspective. If you shuffle a deck of cards what are the odds that the sequence is unique? What is the connection between dice, platonic solids and Newton's theory of gravity? What is more random: a dice tower or a number generator? Can you actually employ a strategy for a game as basic as Rock-Paper-Scissors?


Micro Frontends in Action (Manning)
Wednesday, 04 November 2020

This book shows how to simplify developing frontends by composing them from small, well-defined units. Michael Geers describes the micro frontends approach to designing your web apps as systems of features to benefit from faster feature development, easier upgrades, and the ability to pick and choose the technology you use in your stack. He starts with the core micro frontend design ideas and works through building an e-commerce application, working through practical issues like server-side and client-side composition, routing, and maintaining a consistent look and feel.


Hacking Multifactor Authentication (Wiley)
Monday, 02 November 2020

This book covers over two dozen ways that various mutifactor authentication (MFA) solutions can be hacked, including the methods (and defenses) common to all MFA solutions. Roger A Grimes discusses the various types of MFA solutions, their strengthens and weaknesses, and how to pick the best, most defensible MFA solution for your (or your customers') needs.


Cultural Analytics (MIT Press)
Friday, 30 October 2020

What analytical methods can we bring to bear on the astonishing scale of digital culture--the billions of photographs shared on social media  every day, the hundreds of millions of songs created by twenty million musicians on Soundcloud, the content of four billion Pinterest boards? In this book, Lev Manovich presents concepts and methods for computational analysis of cultural data.



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