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Unity in Action: Multiplatform Game Development in C# with Unity 5

Unity in Action: Multiplatform Game Development in C# with Unity 5 Lowest new price: $25.15
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Author: Joe Hocking
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Summary

Unity in Action teaches you how to write and deploy games. You'll master the Unity toolset from the ground up, adding the skills you need to go from application coder to game developer. Based on Unity version 5.

Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications.

About the Book

This book helps readers build successful games with the Unity game development platform. You will use the powerful C# language, Unity's intuitive workflow tools, and a state-of-the-art rendering engine to build and deploy mobile, desktop, and console games. Unity's single codebase approach minimizes inefficient switching among development tools and concentrates your attention on making great interactive experiences.

Unity in Action teaches you how to write and deploy games. You'll master the Unity toolset from the ground up, adding the skills you need to go from application coder to game developer. Each sample project illuminates specific Unity features and game development strategies. As you read and practice, you'll build up a well-rounded skill set for creating graphically driven 2D and 3D game applications.

You'll need to know how to program, in C# or a similar OO language. No previous Unity experience or game development knowledge is assumed.

What's Inside

  • Program characters that run, jump, and interact
  • Build code architectures that manage the game's state
  • Connect your games to the internet to download live data
  • Deploy games to platforms including web and mobile
  • Covers Unity 5

About the Author

Joe Hocking is a software engineer specializing in interactive media development. He works for Synapse Games and teaches classes in game development at Columbia College Chicago.

Table of Contents

    PART 1 FIRST STEPS
  1. Getting to know Unity
  2. Building a demo that puts you in 3D space
  3. Adding enemies and projectiles to the 3D game
  4. Developing graphics for your game
  5. PART 2 GETTING COMFORTABLE
  6. Building a Memory game using Unity's new 2D functionality
  7. Putting a 2D GUI in a 3D game
  8. Creating a third-person 3D game: player movement and animation
  9. Adding interactive devices and items within the game
  10. PART 3 STRONG FINISH
  11. Connecting your game to the internet
  12. Playing audio: sound effects and music
  13. Putting the parts together into a complete game
  14. Deploying your game to players' devices

Features:

  • Unity in Action Multiplatform Game Development in C with Unity 5

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Beginning PowerApps: The Non-Developers Guide to Building Business Mobile Applications

Beginning PowerApps: The Non-Developers Guide to Building Business Mobile Applications Lowest new price: $24.38
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Author: Tim Leung

Build mobile apps that specifically target your company’s unique business needs, with the same ease of writing a simple spreadsheet! With this book, you will build business apps designed to work with your company's systems and databases, without having to enlist the expertise of costly, professionally trained software developers.

In Beginning PowerApps, author and business applications expert Tim Leung guides you step-by-step through the process of building your own mobile app. He assumes no technical background, although if you have worked with Excel, you are one step closer. He guides you through scenarios, such as what to do if you have existing databases with complex data structures and how to write screens that can connect to those data. You will come away with an understanding of how to set up screen navigation, manipulate data from within apps, and write solutions to perform specific tasks.

What You'll Learn 

  • Connect with data
  • Write formulas
  • Visualize your data through charts
  • Work with global positioning systems (GPS)
  • Build flows
  • Import and export data
  • Manage offline scenarios
  • Develop custom application programming interfaces (API)

Who This Book Is For

Beginners and non-developers, and assumes no prior knowledge of PowerApps

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Programming iOS 11: Dive Deep into Views, View Controllers, and Frameworks

Programming iOS 11: Dive Deep into Views, View Controllers, and Frameworks Lowest new price: $57.07
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Author: Matt Neuburg

If you’re grounded in the basics of Swift, Xcode, and the Cocoa framework, this book provides a structured explanation of all essential real-world iOS app components. Through deep exploration and copious code examples, you’ll learn how to create views, manipulate view controllers, and add features from iOS frameworks.



  • Create, arrange, draw, layer, and animate views that respond to touch
  • Use view controllers to manage multiple screens of interface
  • Master interface classes for scroll views, table views, text, popovers, split views, web views, and controls
  • Dive into frameworks for sound, video, maps, and sensors
  • Access user libraries: music, photos, contacts, and calendar
  • Explore additional topics, including files, networking, and threads


Stay up-to-date on iOS 11 innovations, such as:

  • Drag and drop
  • Autolayout changes (including the new safe area)
  • Stretchable navigation bars
  • Table cell swipe buttons
  • Dynamic type improvements
  • Offline sound file rendering, image picker controller changes, new map annotation types, and more


All example code (now rewritten in Swift 4) is available on GitHub for you to download, study, and run.

Want to brush up on the basics? Pick up iOS 11 Programming Fundamentals with Swift to learn about Swift, Xcode, and Cocoa. Together with Programming iOS 11, you’ll gain a solid, rigorous, and practical understanding of iOS 11 development.

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Android Boot Camp for Developers Using Java: A Guide to Creating Your First Android Apps

Android Boot Camp for Developers Using Java: A Guide to Creating Your First Android Apps Lowest new price: $62.16
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Author: Corinne Hoisington
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Gain a strong foundation in Java programming with the confidence and technical skills to build working mobile applications when you use ANDROID BOOT CAMP FOR DEVELOPERS USING JAVA: A GUIDE TO CREATING YOUR FIRST ANDROID APPS, 3E. Written by an award-winning technology author, this book provides a thorough introduction to Java with an emphasis on creating effective mobile applications. This book is ideal whether you have some programming experience or are brand new to Java and the Android Studio. The book's hands-on tutorial approach offers step-by-step instruction and numerous screen shots to guide you through tasks. Practical callouts, industry tips, and a variety of cases and assignments reinforce your understanding of programming logic and Java tools for Android. Instruction is relevant for today and focused on programming principles for the future. Become a competitive programmer equipped to meet the growing demand for mobile apps with this engaging text.

Features:

  • Course Technology Ptr

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Beginner's Guide to iOS 11 App Development Using Swift 4: Xcode, Swift and App Design Fundamentals

Beginner's Guide to iOS 11 App Development Using Swift 4: Xcode, Swift and App Design Fundamentals Lowest new price: $14.53
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Author: Serhan Yamacli

This book covers iOS 11 app design fundamentals using the latest Swift 4 programming language, Xcode 9 and iOS 11 SDK.

The author assumes you have no experience in app development. The book starts with the installation of the required programming environment and setting up the simulators. Then, the simplest "Hello World" app is developed step by step. In the next chapter, basics of the Swift 4 programming language are given with practical examples. Screenshots and code snippets are clearly given in the book to guide the reader. After the Swift lecture, 7 real world apps are developed again by step by step instructions. Each code line is explained. As the reader follows the development of the example apps, he/she will learn designing user interfaces, connecting interface objects to code, developing efficient Swift code and testing the app in simulators and real devices.

Sample apps developed in this book are as follows:

1. Disco lights app: Learn the basics of app development and use buttons in your code.
2. Body mass index (BMI) calculator app: Using input boxes, performing calculations and displaying the results on the screen.
3. Simple die roller app: Using random number generator functions, including image sets in your project, displaying images on the screen and changing the displayed image using Swift code.
4. Exercise calorie calculator app: Using global variables, creating tabbed apps and utilizing segmented controls.
5. Show my location app: Adding a map object to your app, setting required permissions, accessing GPS device and showing real time location on the map.
6. SOS sender app: Adding SMS functionality, setting required permissions and sending real time location using SMS.
7. Bounce the ball game: Basics of SpriteKit that is used to develop 2D iOS games, adding objects to the game, sensing screen touches, moving game objects according to touches, combining all these and more to develop a complete ball bouncing game.

This book includes 214 figures and 101 code snippets that are used to explain app development concepts clearly. Full resolution colour figures and complete project files can be viewed and downloaded from the the book's website: www.yamaclis.com/ios11.

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Pro MERN Stack: Full Stack Web App Development with Mongo, Express, React, and Node

Pro MERN Stack: Full Stack Web App Development with Mongo, Express, React, and Node Lowest new price: $30.82
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Author: Vasan Subramanian
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Assemble the complete stack required to build a modern web app using React: MongoDB (a NoSQL database) and Express (a framework for web application servers), which runs on Node (JavaScript on the server side), complement React very nicely. This book will also cover many other tools that go into building a complete web application: React Router, React-Bootstrap, Redux, Babel, and webpack.

Though the primary focus of Pro MERN Stack is to equip you with all that is required to build a full-fledged web application, a large portion of the book will be devoted to React.

The popular MEAN (MongoDB, Express, AngularJS, Node) stack introduced Single Page Apps (SPAs) and front-end Model-View-Controller (MVC) as new and efficient paradigms. But it has its shortcomings such as lack of support for SEO friendly server-side rendering and being too prescriptive by being a framework.

Facebook's React is a technology that competes indirectly with AngularJS. It is not a full-fledged MVC framework. It is a JavaScript library for building user interfaces (in some sense the View part). Yet, it is possible to build a web app by replacing AngularJS with React – hence the term MERN stack.


What You Will Learn

  • Discover the details of React, the React Way, and how to get the maximum out of this library
  • See the basics of MongoDB, Express, and Node, enough to build a web app
  • Work with other tools complementary to React, including React-Bootstrap and React Router
  • Use the tools required to build JavaScript based SPAs 
  • Tie all the components together to build a complete web app.

Who This Book Is For

Developers and architects who have prior experience in any web app stack other than the MERN stack will find the book useful to learn about this modern stack. Prior knowledge of JavaScript, HTML, and CSS is required.

Features:

  • Pro Mern Stack Full Stack Web App Development with Mongo Express React and Node

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Learn System Center Configuration Manager in a Month of Lunches

Learn System Center Configuration Manager in a Month of Lunches Lowest new price: $26.90
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Author: James Bannan
Brand: Bannan James

Summary

Learn System Center Configuration Manager in a Month of Lunches is a super-practical guide to Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. In this book, you'll cut to the chase and learn the administrative procedures and techniques that will keep your systems humming smoothly.

Purchase of the print book comes with an offer of a free PDF, ePub, and Kindle eBook from Manning. Also available is all code from the book.

About the Technology

Businesses rely on a complex patchwork of client computers, physical and virtual servers, middleware, mobile devices, and cloud services. Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) sits in the middle of this mix, providing a single administrative control center to deploy and manage Windows servers and applications across your entire infrastructure, including cross-platform management of Mac OS X, Linux, and UNIX. To get up to speed with the day-to-day tasks of managing a system with ConfigMgr, all you need is this book—and a quiet place to eat your lunch.

About the Book

Learn System Center Configuration Manager in a Month of Lunches is a super-practical guide to Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. In this book, you’ll cut to the chase and learn the administrative procedures and techniques that will keep your systems humming smoothly. Whether you’re a new sysadmin or you already understand the inner workings of Active Directory and Windows Server, you’ll be productive immediately as you work through the 22 self-contained lessons in this handy tutorial.

What's Inside

  • Covers the latest build of Configuration Manager
  • How to simplify updates, operating system deployment, and reporting
  • Cross-platform and mobile management including Linux, OS X, and Windows
  • Smart application delivery

About the Reader

No prior experience with System Center Configuration Manager needed.

About the Author

James Bannan is a Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP based in Australia.

Table of Contents

  1. Before you begin
  2. Setting up your lab environment
  3. Making ConfigMgr aware of your environment
  4. Managing ConfigMgr devices and users
  5. Organizing devices and users
  6. Configuring ConfigMgr clients
  7. Creating and configuring applications with the AppModel
  8. Deploying applications and packages to ConfigMgr clients
  9. Ensuring that ConfigMgr clients can access content
  10. Keeping ConfigMgr clients patched
  11. Preparing to deploy Windows
  12. Deploying Windows
  13. Advanced deployment of Windows with ConfigMgr and MDT
  14. Managing Linux clients
  15. Deploying to Linux and Mac clients
  16. Managing anti-malware with ConfigMgr
  17. Making sure clients are healthy
  18. Reporting in ConfigMgr
  19. Keeping an eye on your clients
  20. What to do when things go wrong
  21. Securing ConfigMgr
  22. All engines full steam ahead

Features:

  • Learn System Center Configuration Manager in a Month of Lunches

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CSS: The Missing Manual

CSS: The Missing Manual Lowest new price: $21.99
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Author: David Sawyer McFarland
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CSS lets you create professional-looking websites, but learning its finer points can be tricky—even for seasoned web developers. This fully updated edition provides the most modern and effective tips, tricks, and tutorial-based instruction on CSS available today. Learn how to use new tools such as Flexbox and Sass to build web pages that look great and run fast on any desktop or mobile device. Ideal for casual and experienced designers alike.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Start with the basics. Write CSS-friendly HTML, including the HTML5 tags recognized by today’s browsers.
  • Design for mobile devices. Create web pages that look great when visitors use them on the go.
  • Make your pages work for you. Add animations that capture the imagination, and forms that get the job done.
  • Take control of page layouts. Use professional design techniques such as floats and positioning.
  • Make your layouts more flexible. Design websites with Flexbox that adjust to different devices and screen sizes.
  • Work more efficiently. Write less CSS code and work with smaller files, using Syntactically Awesome Stylesheets (Sass).

Features:

  • O Reilly Media

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Learning React

Learning React Lowest new price: $23.99
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Author: Kirupa Chinnathambi
Brand: Addison-Wesley Professional

Learning React
A hands-on guide to building maintainable, high-performing web application user interfaces using the React JavaScript library

As far as new web frameworks and libraries go, React is quite the runaway success. It not only deals with the most common problems developers face when building complex apps, it throws in a few additional tricks that make building the visuals for such apps much, much easier.

What React isn’t, though, is beginner-friendly and approachable. Until now. In Learning React, author Kirupa Chinnathambi brings his fresh, clear, and very personable writing style to help you understand the fundamentals of React and how to use it to build really performant (and awesome) apps.
  • Build your first React app
  • Create components to define parts of your UI
  • Combine components into other components to build more complex UIs
  • Use JSX to specify visuals without writing full-fledged JavaScript
  • Deal with maintaining state
  • Work with React’s way of styling content
  • Make sense of the mysterious component lifecycle
  • Build multi-page apps using routing and views
  • Optimize your React workflow using tools such as Node, Babel, webpack, and others
Contents at a Glance

Chapter 1  Introducing React 
Chapter 2  Building Your First React App 
Chapter 3  Components in React
Chapter 4  Styling in React
Chapter 5  Creating Complex Components
Chapter 6  Transferring Properties (Props) 
Chapter 7  Meet JSX–Again!
Chapter 8  Dealing with State
Chapter 9  Going from Data to UI
Chapter 10  Working with Events
Chapter 11  The Component Lifecycle
Chapter 12  Accessing DOM Elements 
Chapter 13  Creating a Single-Page App Using React Router
Chapter 14  Building a Todo List App 
Chapter 15  Setting Up Your React Development Environment
Chapter 16  The End
Chapter 17 (Web Edition) Working With External Data
Chapter 18 (Web Edition) Creating a Sliding Menu Using React Motion

Register your book at informit.com/register for free access to the Web Edition and two exclusive bonus chapters.


Features:

  • Addison-Wesley Professional

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Functional Web Development with Elixir, OTP, and Phoenix: Rethink the Modern Web App

Functional Web Development with Elixir, OTP, and Phoenix: Rethink the Modern Web App Lowest new price: $37.20
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Author: Lance Halvorsen

Elixir and Phoenix are generating tremendous excitement as an unbeatable platform for building modern web applications. Make the most of them as you build a stateful web app with Elixir and OTP. Model domain entities without an ORM or a database. Manage server state and keep your code clean with OTP Behaviours. Layer on a Phoenix web interface without coupling it to the business logic. Open doors to powerful new techniques that will get you thinking about web development in fundamentally new ways.

Elixir and OTP give us exceptional tools to build stateful back-end applications that really scale, with rock-solid reliability. In this book, you'll build a web application in ways that are radically different from the norm. The back end will be stateful, not stateless. Use persistent connections with Phoenix Channels instead of HTTP's request-response, and create the full application in distinct, decoupled layers.

In Part 1, start by building the business logic as a separate application, without Phoenix. Model the application domain with Elixir Agents and simple data structures. By keeping state in memory instead of a database, you can reduce latency and simplify your code. Then add OTP Behaviours such as gen_server and gen_fsm that make managing in-memory state a breeze. Create a supervision tree to boost fault tolerance while separating error handling from business logic.

Phoenix is a modern web framework you can layer on top of business logic while keeping the two completely decoupled. In Part 2, you'll do exactly that as you build a web interface with Phoenix. Bring in the application from Part 1 as a dependency to a new Phoenix project. Then use ultra-scalable Phoenix Channels to establish persistent connections between the stateful server and a stateful front-end client.

You're going to love this way of building web apps!

What You Need:

You'll need a computer that can run Elixir version 1.3 or higher and Phoenix 1.2 or higher. Some familiarity with Elixir and Phoenix is recommended.

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