Book Watch Archive

Understanding Deep Learning (MIT Press)
Monday, 18 December 2023

This book provides an accessible treatment of deep learning. Simon Prince curates only the ideas he considers most important with the aim of providing a high density of critical information. From machine learning basics to advanced models, each concept is presented in lay terms and then detailed precisely in mathematical form and illustrated visually. Suitable for anyone with a basic background in applied mathematics.

<ASIN: 0262048647>

How AI Works (No Starch Press)
Friday, 15 December 2023

In this book subtitled "From Sorcery to Science", Ronald T. Kneusel explores the explosion of artificial intelligence by explaining — without a single mathematical equation — what happened, when it happened, why it happened, how it happened, and what AI is actually doing "under the hood and  sets out to unravel the mysteries of artificial intelligence, without the complex math and unnecessary jargon.

<ASIN: 1718503725>

Better Python Code (Addison-Wesley)
Wednesday, 13 December 2023

This book is a guide to "Pythonic" programming, a collection of best practices, ways of working, and nuances that are easy to miss, especially when ingrained habits are borrowed from other programming languages. Author David Mertz presents concrete and concise examples of various misunderstandings, pitfalls, and bad habits in action.


Bayesian Optimization in Action (Manning)
Monday, 11 December 2023

Bayesian optimization helps pinpoint the best configuration for your machine learning models with speed and accuracy. In this hands-on guide, Quan Nguyen shows how to put its advanced techniques into practice. The book shows how to optimize hyperparameter tuning, A/B testing, and other aspects of the machine learning process by applying cutting-edge Bayesian techniques.


Broken Code (Doubleday)
Friday, 08 December 2023

Subtitled "Inside Facebook and the Fight to Expose Its Harmful Secrets", this book takes a behind-the-scenes look at the tactics Facebook used to grow its business, and how it altered the way we connect online. Expanding on “The Facebook Files,” his award-winning series for The Wall Street Journal, reporter Jeff Horwitz lays out the architecture of Facebook’s failures, and what the company knew (and often disregarded) about its societal impact.

<ASIN:‎ 0385549180 >

Patterns of Distributed Systems (Addison-Wesley)
Wednesday, 06 December 2023

This book describes a set of patterns that have been observed in mainstream open-source distributed systems. Unmesh Joshi looks at how distributed systems are inherently stateful systems, and what can and will go wrong when data is stored on multiple servers--from process crashes to network delays and unsynchronized clocks.

<ASIN: 0138221987>

Python Playground, 2nd Ed (No Starch Press)
Monday, 04 December 2023

This book shows how to turn code into tangible creations with Python Playground, a collection of 15 inventive projects that will expand your programming horizons, spark your curiosity, and elevate your coding skills. Mahesh Venkitachalam shows how to generate art and music, simulate real-world phenomena, and interact with hardware, all through the use of Python and common libraries such as numpy, matplotlib, and Pillow.

<ASIN:1718503040 >

The Archived Web (MIT Press)
Friday, 01 December 2023

Subtitled "Doing History in the Digital Age", this book offers an original methodological framework for approaching the web of the past, both as a source and as an object of study in its own right. Niels Brügger approaches the archived web as a semiotic, textual system in order to offer the first book-length treatment of its scholarly use.

<ASIN:0262549719 >

Developing Bots with Selenium Python (Mepso Media)
Wednesday, 29 November 2023

In this book, subtitled "For Web Scraping, Test Engineering, Data Mining, and Automation", Michael Schrenk shows how to develop bots with Selenium Python. He argues that there isn't a website that you can't scrape, control, or automate with Selenium Python. The book includes ten bot projects that explore specific aspects of Selenium Python. It also sets out techniques for bot architectures, handling big data, how Webdriver works, and fault tolerance.


gRPC Microservices in Go (Manning)
Monday, 27 November 2023

This book shows how to build fast and secure microservices with the gRPC high-performance messaging protocol and Go language. Hüseyin Babal shows how to utilize these tools to build production-grade microservices. The book also shows how to design backward compatible APIs and apply hexagonal architecture to microservices.


Your Business Will Get Hacked (Prominence Publishing)
Friday, 24 November 2023

This book, subtitled "17 Experts Share How to Self-Assess and Prepare for the Worst" sets out the case that you will get hacked. Through real-life stories of cyberattacks, data breaches, and digital threats, Chris Wiser and a group of IT and security experts expose the dangers and high costs of inadequate cybersecurity to show how businesses just like yours suffered catastrophic losses from ransomware, phishing, wire fraud, and more.


The Android Malware Handbook (No Starch Press)
Wednesday, 22 November 2023

Written by machine-learning researchers and members of the Android Security team, this guide subtitled "Detection and Analysis by Human and Machine" tackles discovering and understanding the malware that targets the Android operating system. Qian Han et al provide a comprehensive introduction to detecting common threats facing the Android ecosystem today.



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