Book Watch Archive

Logic Pro, 3rd Ed (For Dummies)
Wednesday, 12 July 2023

This guide to the recording software favored by Mac users helps readers bypass the time needed to search for tech answers and spend more time capturing sounds. Graham English explains the full recording power of Logic Pro, starting with launching a project and recording your audio. He helps you explore the built-in digital instruments and beat makers, augment your recording power with plug-ins, and finalize your song by editing, adding effects, mixing, mastering, and sharing.


An Introduction to R and Python for Data Analysis (CRC Press)
Monday, 10 July 2023

This book sets out to teach students to code in both R and Python simultaneously. Taylor R. Brown presumes no prior experience with computing, and the book is intended to be used by students from a variety of backgrounds. The "Side-By-Side Approach" subtitle refers to the use of layout to help readers grasp the basics of R and Python. Exercises are provided to help students to teach themselves the skills they will need.


Making a Metaverse That Matters (Wiley)
Friday, 07 July 2023

In this book, subtitled "From Snow Crash & Second Life to A Virtual World Worth Fighting For", Wagner James Au explores how nascent metaverse platforms have already captured the imagination of millions.  He examines the current state of contemporary Metaverse platforms, including Meta, Roblox, Fortnite, VRChat, and Lamina1, and where they each fit into the overall technological ecosystem. Featuring stories and interviews with insiders including Metaverse creator Neal Stephenson himself, the author uses his unique, grassroots-level perspective as the first reporter embedded in a metaverse platform.

<ASIN:1394155816 >

Fast Python (Manning)
Wednesday, 05 July 2023

This book, subtitled "High performance techniques for large datasets" sets out Python techniques and libraries to reduce run times, efficiently handle huge datasets, and optimize execution for complex machine learning applications.  Tiago Antao looks at ways of optimizing every part of the Python-based data analysis process, from the pure Python code you write to managing the resources of modern hardware and GPUs.

<ASIN: 1617297933>

Go Fundamentals (Addison-Wesley)
Monday, 03 July 2023

This book is designed to help developers get up-to-speed in Go fast, to make use of existing knowledge of other languages, and to help developers avoid common mistakes made by Go newcomers. Based on author Mark Bates's and Cory LaNou's Gopher Guides training curricula, this book will allow readers to quickly understand and use Go syntax, core features, and idioms.

<ASIN:0137918305 >

How I Rob Banks (Wiley)
Friday, 30 June 2023

In this book, ethical hacker and social engineer FC Barker discusses his sometimes amusing work testing the limits of physical bank security by trying to "steal" money, data, and anything else he can get his hands on. The book explores the secretive world of physical assessments and follows FC Barker as he breaks into banks and secure government locations to identify security flaws and loopholes.

<ASIN:‎ 1119911478 >

SQL Server 2022 for Developers (Murach)
Wednesday, 28 June 2023

The latest edition of Murach’s classic SQL Server book teaches the SQL statements that every database developer should know. In each chapter Joel Murach features clear examples, easy-to-understand explanations, best practices, and helpful tips.

<ASIN:1943873062 >

Robotics, Vision and Control, 3rd Ed (Springer)
Monday, 26 June 2023

This textbook, subtitled "Fundamental Algorithms in Python" provides a comprehensive, but tutorial, introduction to robotics, computer vision, and control. Peter Corke's light but informative conversational style weaves text, figures, mathematics, and lines of code into a narrative that covers robotics and computer vision, both separately and together as robotic vision. 

<ASIN: 3031064682>

The Creative Programmer (Manning)
Friday, 23 June 2023

This book looks at the processes and habits of highly creative individuals and discover how to build creativity into your programming practice. Wouter Groeneveld introduces seven domains of creative problem solving and teaches practical techniques that apply those principles to software development. Hand-drawn illustrations, reflective thought experiments, and brain-tickling example problems are used to get the creative juices flowing. and readers can track their progress against a scientifically validated Creative Programming Problem Solving Test.

<ASIN:1633439054 >

Programming the ESP32 in MicroPython (I/O Press)
Wednesday, 21 June 2023

The purpose of the book is to reveal what you can do with the ESP32's GPIO lines together with widely used sensors, servos and motors and ADCs. After covering the GPIO, outputs and inputs, events and interrupts, Harry Fairhead and Mike James give you hands-on experience of PWM (Pulse Width Modulation), the SPI bus, the I2C bus and the 1-Wire bus.


Black Hat GraphQL (No Starch Press)
Monday, 19 June 2023

This book, subtitled "Attacking Next Generation APIs", is aimed at anyone interested in learning how to break and protect GraphQL APIs with the aid of offensive security testing. Dolev Farhi and Nick Aleks say that penetration testers, security analysts, and software engineers will all learn how to attack GraphQL APIs, develop hardening procedures, build automated security testing into development pipeline, and validate controls, all with no prior exposure to GraphQL required.


Creating Video Games Using PyGame (Green Belt Books)
Friday, 16 June 2023

This book is a guide to building 2D games using the pygame library in Python. Mike Gold starts with a step-by-step guide to setting up Python and pygame, followed by an overview of the Python programming concepts necessary to understand the games presented in the book. The book then takes you through the creation of three games, each one designed to teach you new and essential concepts of game development.



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