Book Watch Archive
Book Watch Archive
Head First Python, 2nd Ed (O'Reilly)
Wednesday, 08 February 2017

This book introduces you to Python's fundamentals, working with the built-in data structures and functions. Author Paul Barry then moves on to show you building your very own webapp, exploring database management, exception handling, and data wrangling. If you're intrigued by what you can do with context managers, decorators, comprehensions, and generators, it's all here. Although this is billed as a second edition, not only does is it greatly expanded, it is also extensively re-written.


Software Design Decoded (MIT Press)
Monday, 06 February 2017

This book is subtitled 66 Ways Experts Think and offers sixty-six insights, distilled from years of studying experts at work, that capture what successful software designers actually do to create great software. The authors, Marian Petre and André Van Der Hoek, present these insights in a series of two-page illustrated spreads, with the principle and a short explanatory text on one page, and a drawing on the facing page. For example, "Experts generate alternatives" is illustrated by the same few balloons turned into a set of very different balloon animals.


Beautiful Minecraft (No Starch Press)
Thursday, 02 February 2017

In this book, James Delaney shows some of the wonderful worlds Minecraft has been used to create, with stunning artwork of fantasy worlds, alien landscapes, historical events, and real-world architecture, spanning millions of blocks and hundreds of hours. It showcases a range of impressive Minecraft masterpieces, from large-scale builds like floating steampunk cities, space ships, and underwater palaces, to simple sculptures of the human form.


Professional Hadoop (Wrox)
Wednesday, 01 February 2017

This is a book designed to offer experienced developers the means to use Apache Hadoop in real–world settings. Benoy Antony and his co-authors are a team of certified Hadoop developers, committers, and Summit speakers, and they cover key aspects of Hadoop technology and the processing of large data sets. The book is designed for the professional developer, skipping over the basics of database development to get you acquainted with the framework′s processes and capabilities right away.


Introduction to Machine Learning with Python (O'Reilly)
Monday, 30 January 2017

If you use Python, even as a beginner, this book, subtitled A Guide for Data Scientists will teach you practical ways to build your own machine learning solutions. Authors Andreas Müller and Sarah Guido say that with all the data available today, machine learning applications are limited only by your imagination, and set out to show what is possible. You’ll learn the steps necessary to create a successful machine-learning application with Python and the scikit-learn library.


Expert Android Studio (Wrox)
Thursday, 26 January 2017

Sets out to bridge the gap between your Android programing skills with the provided tools including Android Studio, NDK, Gradle and Plugins for IntelliJ Idea Platform. Packed with best practices and advanced tips and techniques on Android tools, development cycle, continuous integration, release management, testing, and performance, Google Developer Expert on Android Murat Yener and co-author Onur Dundar offer professional guidance to experienced developers who want to push the boundaries of the Android platform with the developer tools. 


Python: An Introduction to Programming (Mercury)
Wednesday, 25 January 2017

This book, assumes no programming experience, is an introduction to programming concepts using Python 3 as the target language. Intended as a Year One textbook for introduction to programming classes, many of its examples are based on games. It is also designed for people who want to learn the fundamentals of programming as a hobby. Author J R Parker follows a practical just-in-time presentation in which material is delivered when it is needed.


The Kerbal Players Guide (O'Reilly)
Monday, 23 January 2017

Kerbal Space Program (KSP) is a critically acclaimed, bestselling space flight simulator game that has a bit of a learning curve. In this book, five KSP nerds—including an astrophysicist—teach you everything you need to know to get a nation of tiny green people into space


IOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide 6th Ed (Big Nerd Ranch Guides)
Thursday, 19 January 2017

This sixth edition of the Big Nerd Ranch guide to iOS programming has been updated for Xcode 8, Swift 3, and iOS 10. Aaron Hillegass takes you through the concepts, tools, and techniques for developing iOS applications, to give you the know-how and confidence you need to tackle iOS projects of your own.


Network Security Assessment, 3rd Ed (O'Reilly)
Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Subtitled "Know Your Network", the idea behind this book, now in its third edition, is to show you how to assess network security by attacking it yourself. Author Chris McNab shows you the tools and techniques that professional security analysts use to identify and assess risks in government, military, and commercial networks.



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