Book Watch Archive
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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Cracking Codes with Python (No Starch Press)
Thursday, 08 February 2018

This book combines lessons on how to program in Python with making and breaking ciphers.  After a crash course in Python programming basics, author Al Sweigart shows how to make, test, and hack programs that encrypt text with classical ciphers like the transposition cipher and Vigenère cipher. The examples begin with simple programs for the reverse and Caesar ciphers and works up to public key cryptography. 


Metal Programming Guide (Addison Wesley)
Wednesday, 07 February 2018

This book shows how to use the combination of Metal and Swift to maximise performance for Apple iOS and macOS apps. Janie Clayton covers techniques from simple draw calls to advanced parallel computing, teaching through hands-on projects and industry-realistic code samples.She covers a wide array of applications, from 2D and 3D graphics to neural networking using high-performance data-parallel programming with Metal. The book also covers Metal performance and debugging.


Systems, Cybernetics, Control, and Automation (River Publishers)
Monday, 05 February 2018

This book provides a consolidated and concise overview of SCCA (Systems, Cybernetics, Control, and Automation), in a single volume for the first time, focusing on ontological, epistemological, social impact, ethical, and general philosophical issues. It is appropriate for use in engineering courses as a convenient tutorial source providing fundamental conceptual and educational material on these issues, or for independent reading by students and scientists.


Programming Rust (O'Reilly)
Thursday, 01 February 2018

This practical book introduces systems programmers to Rust. Author Jim Blandy, maintainer of GNU Emacs and GNU Guile, demonstrates how Rust has the potential to be the first usable programming language that brings the benefits of an expressive modern type system to systems programming. He presents Rust’s rules clearly and economically; elaborates on their consequences; and shows you how to express the programs you want to write in terms that Rust can prove are free of a broad class of common errors.


SciPy Recipes (Packt)
Tuesday, 30 January 2018

The SciPy Stack can be used to process, manipulate, and visualize data using Python, but using the stack correctly can be a tricky proposition. In this book, authors L. Felipe Martins, Ruben Oliva Ramos and V Kishore Ayyadevara provide the right techniques so you can use SciPy to perform different data science tasks with ease with hands-on recipes for using the different components of the SciPy Stack such as NumPy, SciPy, matplotlib, and pandas.


C# 7.0 in a Nutshell (O'Reilly)
Monday, 29 January 2018

This book covers C# 7.0, the .NET CLR and its core Framework assemblies. Authors Joe Albahari and Ben Albahari have organized the book around concepts and use cases, and this updated edition provides intermediate and advanced programmers with a concise map of C# and .NET knowledge. This focus was chosen to allow space for difficult topics such as concurrency, security, and application domains without compromising depth or readability.


Common Sense, the Turing Test, and the Quest for Real AI (MIT Press)
Thursday, 25 January 2018

This book seeks to illustrate what artificial intelligence can teach us about the mind. If thinking is a computational process, then how can computation illuminate thinking? Author Hector J.Levesque is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, and in this book he examines the research challenges facing AI, in particular how common sense reasoning remains an open problem.


Kubernetes In Action (Manning)
Wednesday, 24 January 2018

A comprehensive guide to developing and running applications in a Kubernetes environment. Before diving into Kubernetes, author Marko Luksa gives an overview of container technologies like Docker, including how to build containers, so that even readers who haven't used these technologies before can get up and running. It goers on to show how to build your first Kubernetes cluster. The examples show how to gradually expand your initial application, adding features and deepening your knowledge of Kubernetes architecture and operation.


Python: Advanced Predictive Analytics (Packt)
Monday, 22 January 2018

How to get started with predictive analytics using Python together with its array of packages for predictive modeling and suites of IDEs to choose from. Ashish Kumar and Joseph Babcock show how analysts can combine Python with sophisticated methods to build scalable analytic applications. The book covers Python libraries such as pandas, scikit-learn, and NumPy, and covers a wide range of algorithms for classification, regression, clustering, as well as techniques such as deep learning.


Head First Learn to Code (O'Reilly)
Thursday, 18 January 2018

This book is designed to teach you how to think computationally and how to write code to make your computer, mobile device, or anything with a CPU do things for you. Using Python and a step by step approach, author Eric Freeman shows the core concepts of programming alongside topics such as data structures, storage, abstraction, recursion, and modularity.


Mastering Machine Learning With Scikit-learn 2nd Ed (Packt)
Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Now in its second edition of this book shows how the algorithms and techniques offered by machine learning can be used to automate any analytical model. Author Gavin Hackeling examines a variety of machine learning models including popular machine learning algorithms including k-nearest neighbors, logistic regression, naive Bayes, k-means, decision trees, and artificial neural networks. It discusses data preprocessing, hyperparameter optimization, and ensemble methods.


Cryptography (River Publishers)
Monday, 15 January 2018

This book aims to develop a deep understanding of cryptography and provide understanding of how privacy, identity provision, and integrity can be enhanced with the usage of encryption.  Author William J Buchanan covers core cryptography alongside emerging areas such as Blockchain, Light-weight Cryptography, and Zero-knowledge Proofs. The book provides web-based material on almost every topic covered, alongside additional on-line material such as videos, source code, and labs.



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