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)

Python Machine Learning By Example 2nd Ed (Packt)
Monday, 25 March 2019

This book introduces ML concepts and implementations of algorithms in Python both from scratch and with libraries. Each chapter of the book is a walkthrough of an industry adopted application. Author Yuxi (Hayden) Liu uses examples to show the mechanics of ML techniques in areas such as exploratory data analysis, feature engineering, classification, regression, clustering, and NLP. This extended and updated edition now includes implementation with libraries including TensorFlow, gensim and Keras. The scikit-learn codes are also fully modernized.


The Ray Tracer Challenge (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
Friday, 22 March 2019

Subtitled "A Test-Driven Guide to Your First 3D Renderer", this book sets you the challenge of building a photorealistic 3D renderer from scratch. Author Jamis Buck says it's easier than you think. In just a couple of weeks, build a ray-tracer that renders scenes with shadows, reflections, refraction effects, and subjects composed of various graphics primitives: spheres, cubes, cylinders and triangles. With each chapter, the reader is shown how to implement another piece of the puzzle and move the renderer that much further forward. The information is given in a language independent way in plain English, which you translate into tests and code.


The Well-Grounded Rubyist 3rd Ed (Manning)
Wednesday, 20 March 2019

This book uses a tutorial approach that begins with your first Ruby program and takes you all the way to sophisticated topics like reflection, threading, and recursion. Authors David A. Black and Joe Leo concentrate on the language and its uses so you can use Ruby in any way you choose. This edition has been updated for Ruby 2.5. By the end of the book the authors have reached topics on Ruby Dynamics, including object individuation, callable and runnable objects, callbacks, hooks, and runtime introspection, and functional programming with Ruby.


Algorithms for Optimization (MIT Press)
Monday, 18 March 2019

This book offers a comprehensive introduction to optimization with a focus on practical algorithms. Authors Mykel J. Kochenderfer and Tim A. Wheeler approach optimization from an engineering perspective, where the objective is to design a system that optimizes a set of metrics subject to constraints. Readers will learn about computational approaches for a range of challenges, including searching high-dimensional spaces, handling problems where there are multiple competing objectives, and accommodating uncertainty in the metrics. The text provides concrete implementations in the Julia programming language.


Building Xamarin.Forms Mobile Apps Using XAML (Apress)
Friday, 15 March 2019

This book shows how to use Xamarin.Forms to build iOS and Android apps using a single, cross-platform approach. Authors Dan Hermes and Dr. Nima Mazloumi show how to bind UI to data models using data binding and using the MVVM pattern, and how to customize UI elements for each platform using industry-standard menus, effects, custom renderers, and native view declaration. 


Fundamental C: Getting Closer To The Machine (I/O Press)
Wednesday, 13 March 2019

This book takes an approach that is close to the hardware, introducing addresses, pointers, and how things are represented using binary. An important idea is that everything is a bit pattern and what it means can change. As a C developer, you need to think about the way data is represented, and Harry Fairhead encourages this. He emphasizes the idea of modifying how a bit pattern is treated using type punning and unions. This power brings with it the scourge of the C world – undefined behavior - which is ignored in many books on C. Here, not only is it acknowledged, it is explained, together with ways to avoid it. 


Data Structures and Algorithms with Scala (Springer)
Monday, 11 March 2019

This practically-focused textbook presents a concise tutorial on data structures and algorithms using the object-functional language Scala. The material builds upon the foundation established in the title Programming with Scala: Language Exploration by the same author, Bhim P. Upadhyaya. Highlighting the techniques and skills necessary to quickly derive solutions to applied problems, this text is aimed at time-pressured students and professional software engineers.


Programming Bitcoin (O'Reilly)
Friday, 08 March 2019

Dive into Bitcoin technology with this hands-on guide. Author Jimmy Song shows Python programmers and developers how to program a Bitcoin library from scratch. You’ll learn how to work with the basics, including the math, blocks, network, and transactions behind this popular cryptocurrency and its blockchain payment system. By the end of the book, the author has illustrated how this cryptocurrency works under the hood by coding all the components necessary for a Bitcoin library. Examples show how to create transactions, get the data needed from peers, and send transactions over the network.


Kernelization: Theory of Parameterized Preprocessing (Cambridge University Press)
Wednesday, 06 March 2019

Written by a team of experts in the field, this book introduces a rapidly developing area of preprocessing analysis known as kernelization. The authors, Fedor V. Fomin, Daniel Lokshtanov, Saket Saurabh, and Meirav Zehavi, provide an overview of basic methods and important results, with accessible explanations of the most recent advances in the area, such as meta-kernelization, representative sets, polynomial lower bounds, and lossy kernelization.


Swift In Depth (Manning)
Monday, 04 March 2019

This book aims to show Swift's tools and how to effectively use them to create iOS apps with clean, crystal-clear code. Author Tjeerd in 't Veen reveals the high-value, difficult-to-discover Swift techniques he's learned through his own hard-won experience and explores the tools and quirks for developing next-gen apps and web services.


Docker for Rails Developers (Pragmatic)
Friday, 01 March 2019

This book shows how Docker lets you run applications at scale, adding new resources as needed. It gives you a solid foundation on using Docker and fitting it into your development workflow and deployment process. Author Rob Isenberg shows how to use Docker to help build, ship, and run your Ruby and Rails applications, solving major problems you face every day.


Kotlin for Android App Development (Addison-Wesley)
Wednesday, 27 February 2019

In this book, author Peter Sommerhoff aims to help you rapidly understand Kotlin’s principles and techniques, apply Kotlin in production app development, integrate Kotlin with existing Java code, and plan a migration to Kotlin, if you choose. If you have at least basic programming experience in another language, the overview and examples are designed to get the reader quickly up-to-speed with the Kotlin language, its constructs, and its advanced functional and object-oriented capabilities.



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