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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The Age of Data: Embracing Algorithms in Art & Design (Niggli Verlag)
Friday, 11 February 2022

This book focuses on the esthetics and creativity of a new generation of designers who are using algorithm-supported tools along the vertical.  Christoph Grünberger asked the biggest names in the world of data-driven design to present their most important work on the basis of facts, aspects, and stories and to provide insights into their creative processes. These range from the vision via the underlying code and challenges in the implementation concept, to the finished work.


Hands-On Data Preprocessing in Python (Packt)
Wednesday, 09 February 2022

This book teaches data preprocessing techniques from multiple perspectives. Roy Jafari looks at different technical and analytical aspects of data preprocessing – data collection, data cleaning, data integration, data reduction, and data transformation – and describes how to get to grips with implementing them using the open source Python programming environment.


Murach's Java Programming 6th Ed (Murach)
Monday, 07 February 2022

This book starts with a 9-chapter course that gets anyone off to a great start building object-oriented applications in Java. Joel Murach then builds on that base by presenting more on object-oriented programming, the essentials for developing GUIs, and additional skills that every professional Java programmer should have, including how to work with a database. By the end of the book, Murach has covered Java skills including developing object-oriented applications that use a graphical user interface (GUI) and a database.


The C# Player's Guide 5th Ed (Starbound Software)
Friday, 04 February 2022

This book aims to shake off the dusty, dull, dryness of the typical programming book, replacing it with something more exciting and flavorful. R B Whitaker combines a bit of humor, a casual tone, and examples involving dragons and asteroids instead of bank accounts and employees. And since you learn to program by doing instead of just reading, this book contains over 100 hands-on programming challenges.


Practical SQL, 2nd Edition (No Starch Press)
Wednesday, 02 February 2022

This book is an approachable and fast-paced guide to SQL (Structured Query Language), the standard programming language for defining, organizing, and exploring data in relational databases. Anthony DeBarros, a journalist and data analyst, focuses on using SQL to find the story within your data. The examples and code use the open-source database PostgreSQL and its companion pgAdmin interface, and the concepts you learn will apply to most database management systems, including MySQL, Oracle, SQLite, and others.


Seriously Good Software (Manning)
Monday, 31 January 2022

In this book, Marco Faella teaches techniques for writing better code. You’ll start with a simple application and follow it through seven careful refactorings, each designed to explore another dimension of quality. The book explores fundamental dimensions of code quality by enhancing a simple implementation into a robust, professional-quality application. Questions, exercises, and Java-based examples ensure you’ll get a firm grasp of the concepts as you go.


Learn Quantum Computing with Python and Q# (Manning)
Friday, 28 January 2022

This book sets out to demystify quantum computing. Using Python and the new quantum programming language Q#, Dr. Sarah Kaiser and Dr. Chris Granade show how to build a quantum simulator and apply quantum programming techniques to real-world examples including cryptography and chemical analysis. The book shows how to take advantage of Microsoft’s open source tools to fine-tune quantum algorithms. The authors explain complex math and theory through stories, visuals, and games.


Reliable Source: Lessons from a Life in Software Engineering
Wednesday, 26 January 2022

This book provides a retrospective, not of a single project or subproject, but on an entire career in the software industry. James Bonang conveys solutions to the eclectic problems you'll encounter as a software professional. The book provides encounters with interesting software engineering personalities, homicidal computers, ancient gods and an extra-solar interloper. You'll match wits with the world's greatest (fictional) detective and discover how top engineers determine the root cause of the most catastrophic software failures. You'll absorb a lifetime of experience without all the fuss.


Powerful Command-Line Applications in Go (Pragmatic Programmer)
Monday, 24 January 2022

This book looks at writing Go command-line tools to automate tasks, analyze data, parse logs, talk to network services, or address other systems requirements. Ricardo Gerardi shows how to create command-line tools that work with files, connect to services, and even manage external processes, all while using tests and benchmarks to ensure your programs are fast and correct.


Cryptocurrency All-in-One For Dummies (Wiley)
Friday, 21 January 2022

This book offers a collection of simple and straightforward resources that will get you up to speed on cryptocurrency investing and mining, blockchain, Bitcoin, and Ethereum. Kiana Danial presents up-to-date and reliable info on what's been called the "21st century gold rush." This book provides the foundation needed to become a savvy cryptocurrency consumer, investor, or miner.


Core Java, Vol I: Fundamentals, 12e (Addison-Wesley)
Wednesday, 19 January 2022

This book shows how to write robust, maintainable code in Java up to and including version 17. With hundreds of realistic examples, Cay S. Horstmann reveals the most powerful and effective ways to get the job done. This book is written for readers with prior programming experience who are looking for in-depth coverage of the Java language and platform.

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Grokking Machine Learning (Manning)
Monday, 17 January 2022

This book shows how to apply Machine Learning to projects using only standard Python code and high school-level math. Luis G. Serrano's hands-on exercises use Python and readily available ML tools, and no specialist knowledge is required to tackle them. Packed with easy-to-follow Python-based exercises and mini-projects, this book sets you on the path to becoming a machine learning expert.



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