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.

Click on the title (in blue) for more information on any book.



A Biography of the Pixel (The MIT Press)
Friday, 17 September 2021

In this book, Pixar cofounder Alvy Ray Smith argues that the pixel is the organizing principle of most modern media, and he presents a few simple but profound ideas that unify the many varieties of digital image making. Smith's story of the pixel's development begins with Fourier waves, proceeds through Turing machines, and ends with the first digital movies from Pixar, DreamWorks, and Blue Sky.

<ASIN:‎ 0262542455>

Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems (Mercury Learning)
Wednesday, 15 September 2021

This book is designed to identify some of the current applications and techniques of artificial intelligence as an aid to solving problems and accomplishing tasks. I. Gupta and G. Nagpal provide a general introduction to the various branches of AI which include formal logic, reasoning, knowledge engineering, expert systems, neural networks, and fuzzy logic.


Concurrent Data Processing in Elixir (Pragmatic)
Monday, 13 September 2021

This book covers different ways of writing concurrent code in Elixir and increase application performance, without sacrificing scalability or fault-tolerance. Svilen Gospodinov covers topics such as which Supervisor and what strategy to use? What about GenServer? Maybe you need back-pressure, but is GenStage, Flow, or Broadway a better choice? The book covers tasks, supervision trees, and the different types of supervisors available to developers, along with why processes and process linking are the building blocks of concurrency in Elixir, the OTP and how to use the GenServer behaviour to maintain process state for long-running jobs.


The Art of Statistics (Basic Books)
Friday, 10 September 2021

In this book, subtitled "How to Learn from Data", David Spiegelhalter shows how to apply statistical reasoning to real-world problems. Whether he's analyzing preventative medical screening or the terrible crime sprees of serial killers, Spiegelhalter shows how to clarify questions, assumptions, and expectations and, most importantly, how to interpret the answers we receive. The book combines expert insights with the enthusiasm of an aficionado, in what sets out to be the definitive guide to the power of data.


Reactive Programming with Kotlin, 2nd Ed (‎Razeware)
Wednesday, 08 September 2021

Subtitled "Learn RX with RxJava, RxKotlin and RxAndroid", this book is for Android developers who already feel comfortable with the Android SDK and Kotlin, and want to dive deep into development with RxJava, RxKotlin, and RxAndroid. The Raywenderlich Tutorial Team and Alex Sullivan cover how to use RxJava to create complex reactive applications on Android.


Python for Data Analysis (Murach)
Monday, 06 September 2021

This book shows how to do data analysis using techniques and tools including descriptive analysis, the use of Pandas to analyze the data and Seaborn to create visualizations that present your findings effectively. Scott McCoy shows how to get started with predictive analysis, using Scikit-learn with linear regression models. McCoy illustrates the concepts using four real-world case studies in political, environmental, social, and sports analytics.

<ASIN:‎ 1943872767>

HTML, CSS & JavaScript (In Easy Steps)
Friday, 03 September 2021

This book instructs the reader on each of the three components required to create modern web pages: HTML, CSS and JavaScript functions for web page interactivity. Mike McGrath shows how to create web pages to display text, images, lists, tables, hyperlinks, forms, audio, and video. The book is designed to appeal to programmers who want to quickly add web page coding to their skills set, and to the student who is studying website design at school or college.


Classic Computer Science Problems in Python (Manning)
Wednesday, 01 September 2021

This book aims to sharpen your coding skills by exploring established computer science problems. David Kopec challenges you with time-tested scenarios and algorithms. You’ll work through a series of exercises based in computer science fundamentals that are designed to improve your software development abilities and improve your understanding of artificial intelligence.


Angular Cookbook (Packt)
Monday, 30 August 2021

This recipe-based guide explains Angular concepts in depth using a step-by-step approach. Muhammad Ahsan Ayaz explores a wide range of recipes across key tasks in web development to provide techniques for building high-performance apps.


Androids (Chet Haase)
Friday, 27 August 2021

In 2004, Android was two people who wanted to build camera software. But they couldn't get investors interested. Today, Android is a large team at Google, shipping an operating system (including camera software) to over three billion devices worldwide. Subtitled "The Team That Built the Android Operating System", this book by Chet Haase, Android graphics engineer tells the inside story, told by the people who made it happen. All profits from the book will be donated to charity.


A Philosophy of Software Design, 2nd Ed (Yaknyam Press )
Wednesday, 25 August 2021

This book addresses the topic of software design: how to decompose complex software systems into modules (such as classes and methods) that can be implemented relatively independently. John Ousterhout first introduces the fundamental problem in software design, which is managing complexity. It then discusses philosophical issues about how to approach the software design process and it presents a collection of design principles to apply during software design.


Web Development with Clojure 3rd Ed (Pragmatic)
Monday, 23 August 2021

This book looks at what makes Clojure so desirable, as it shows how to create a series of web apps of growing complexity, exploring the full process of web development using a modern functional language. In this fully updated third edition, Dmitri Sotnikov and Scot Brown revealsthe changes in the rapidly evolving Clojure ecosystem and provide a practical, complete walkthrough of the Clojure web-stack.

<ASIN:‎ 168050682X>


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