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)



Beyond Spreadsheets with R (Manning)
Friday, 28 December 2018

This book shows how to take raw data and transform it for use in computations, tables, graphs, and more. Author Dr Jonathan Carroll shows how to build on simple programming techniques like loops and conditionals to create custom functions. Readers will come away with a toolkit of strategies for analyzing and visualizing data of all sorts using R and RStudio. If you're comfortable writing formulas in Excel, you're ready for this book

<ASIN:1617294594>

 
JavaScript in 24 Hours, 7th Ed, (Sams Teach Yourself)
Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Designed for beginners with no previous programming experience, this book’s straightforward, step-by-step approach shows you how to use JavaScript to add a wide array of interactive features and effects to your web pages. Author Phil Ballard provides step-by-step instructions to walk you through the most common JavaScript programming tasks.The book has practical, hands-on examples to show you how to apply what you learn, and quizzes and exercises help you test your knowledge and stretch your skills.

<ASIN:0672338092>

 
Advanced Deep Learning with Keras (Packt)
Monday, 24 December 2018

This is a comprehensive guide to the advanced deep learning techniques available today, so you can create your own cutting-edge AI. Using Keras as an open-source deep learning library, author Rowel Atienza shows hands-on projects demonstrating how to create more effective AI with the latest techniques. The book includes descriptions of GANs, Variational Autoencoders, and Deep Reinforcement Learning.

<ASIN:1788629418>

 
Easy micro:bit Projects (Maker Media)
Thursday, 20 December 2018

This book teaches the basics of using the micro:bit, an open source hardware ARM-based embedded system used to teach computer programming, to build a series of 10 different gadgets from scratch. Author Eric Hagan shows how simple electrical devices like speakers, motors, buzzers and fans work, and explains electronic components like resistors, force resistors, photoresistors, LEDs, and Op Amps, as well as Infrared distance sensors and soil moisture sensors. The book also takes a beginner's look at micropython, one of the fastest-growing computer languages. Projects in this book combine multiple disciplines -- electronics, programming, and engineering -- to build a series of successful gadgets.

<ASIN:1680455540>

 
Component-Based Rails Applications (Addison-Wesley)
Wednesday, 19 December 2018

The premise of this book is that component-based applications make it easier to navigate code bases, implement new features, and keep tests fast. Writing for programmers and software team leads who are comfortable with Ruby and Rails, author Stephan Hagemann introduces a practical, start-to-finish methodology for modernizing and restructuring existing Rails applications. One step at a time, he demonstrates how to revamp Rails applications to exhibit visible, provably independent, and explicitly connected parts – thereby simplifying them and making them far easier for teams to manage, change, and test. Throughout, he introduces design concepts and techniques you can use to improve applications of many kinds, even if they weren’t built with Rails or Ruby.

<ASIN:0134774582>

 
Designing Distributed Systems (O'Reilly)
Monday, 17 December 2018

This practical guide presents a collection of repeatable, generic patterns to help make the development of reliable distributed systems far more approachable and efficient and aims to show systems engineers and application developers how these long-established patterns provide a common language and framework for dramatically increasing the quality of systems. Author Brendan Burns - Director of Engineering at Microsoft Azure - demonstrates how you can adapt existing software design patterns for designing and building reliable distributed applications.

<ASIN:1491983647>

 
Hands-On Markov Models with Python (Packt)
Thursday, 13 December 2018

This book shows how to get to grips with Hidden Markov Models and different inference algorithms by working on real-world problems. It covers Markov processes, models, and types, the different algorithms used in inferences and how to apply them in state and parameter inference. Use of HMMs in time series analysis and natural language processing (NLP) using Python is also covered, as well as the use of HMM for reinforcement learning with the help of Q-Learning. Ankur Ankan and Abinash Panda use hands-on examples to simplify the process flow in machine learning by using Markov model concepts.

<ASIN:1788625447>

 
Microsoft SQL Server 2017 on Linux (McGraw-Hill)
Wednesday, 12 December 2018

This guide shows, step-by-step, how to set up, configure, and administer SQL Server 2017 on Linux for high performance and high availability.  Written by SQL Server expert Benjamin Nevarez, the book teaches Linux skills to Windows-based SQL Server professionals. You will get clear coverage of both Linux and SQL Server and complete explanations of the latest features, tools, and techniques, including topics such as on adaptive query processing, automatic tuning, disaster recovery, and security.

<ASIN:1260121135>

 
Electron in Action (Manning)
Monday, 10 December 2018

This book guides the reader step-by-step to building cross-platform desktop applications that run on Windows, OSX, and Linux using  JavaScript, Node, and the Electron framework. Author Steven Kinney shows how to add OS-specific features like the file system, menus, and clipboards, and how to use Chromium's tools to distribute the finished product. The book requires intermediate JavaScript and Node skills. Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications

<ASIN:1617294144>

 
Access 2019 Bible (Wiley)
Thursday, 06 December 2018

This comprehensive reference to Access has now been updated to cover Access 2019. Authors Michael Alexander and Dick Kusleika start from the basics through to the advanced, from database fundamentals and terminology to XML and Web services. The companion website features all examples and databases used in the book, plus trial software and a special offer from Database Creations.

<ASIN:1119514754>

 
Model Checking, 2nd Ed (MIT Press)
Wednesday, 05 December 2018

Part of the Cyber Physical Systems Series, this is the second edition of a comprehensive presentation of the theory and practice of model checking, covering the foundations of the key algorithms in depth. Author Edmund M. Clark, Jr was one of the developers of the technique, in which algorithms are used to work out whether an abstract model―representing, for example, a hardware or software design―satisfies a formal specification expressed as a temporal logic formula.  

<ASIN:0262038838>

 
Impractical Python Projects (No Starch Press)
Monday, 03 December 2018

This book is a collection of fun and educational projects designed to entertain programmers while enhancing their Python skills. Author Lee Vaughan picks up where the complete beginner books leave off, expanding on existing concepts and introducing useful new tools. To keep things interesting, each project includes a zany twist featuring historical incidents, pop culture references, and literary allusions. 

<ASIN:159327890X>

 
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