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Murach's Android Programming (2nd Edition)

Murach's Android Programming (2nd Edition) Lowest new price: $28.99
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Author: Joel Murach
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Want to learn how to develop Android apps? Then don't miss our new book: Murach's Android Programming (2nd Edition). It teaches you how to develop high-quality apps like the ones you can find in the Google Play store. The only prerequisite is a basic knowledge of Java. Everything else, including software installation, is covered.

To start, this book shows the Android Studio and Java skills you need to develop a Tip Calculator app for a smartphone or tablet. Then, it expands upon this app to show must-have Android skills such as working with layouts, widgets, events, themes, styles, menus, preferences, and fragments. Next, this book presents two more apps that illustrate Android skills programmers use every day, such as working with threads, files, adapters, intents, services, notifications, broadcast receivers, SQLite databases, content providers, and app widgets. Finally, this book presents an app that uses the Google Maps API and shows you how to submit your finished apps to the Google Play store.

The real-world apps let you see how the skills you're learning work together, and they illustrate how and when you'd use each skill. And all the content is presented in Murach's distinctive paired-pages style that developers find so clear and time-saving for both training and reference.

Also, the download for this book now includes a PDF file that shows how to take advantage of the new features of Android Studio that were introduced in 2017, and it shows how to fix some other issues so the apps presented in this book still work correctly with the latest versions of Android.

Features:

  • Murach s Android Programming 2nd Edition

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Learning ASP.NET Core 2.0: Build modern web apps with ASP.NET Core 2.0, MVC, and EF Core 2

Learning ASP.NET Core 2.0: Build modern web apps with ASP.NET Core 2.0, MVC, and EF Core 2 Lowest new price: $21.32
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Author: Jason De Oliveira

Learn how web applications can be built efficiently using ASP.NET Core 2.0 and related frameworks

Key Features

  • Get to grips with the new features and APIs introduced in ASP.NET Core 2.0
  • Leverage the MVC framework and Entity Framework Core 2 to build efficient applications
  • Learn to deploy your web applications in new environments such as the cloud and Docker

Book Description

The ability to develop web applications that are highly efficient but also easy to maintain has become imperative to many businesses. ASP.NET Core 2.0 is an open source framework from Microsoft, which makes it easy to build cross-platform web applications that are modern and dynamic. This book will take you through all of the essential concepts in ASP.NET Core 2.0, so you can learn how to build powerful web applications.

The book starts with a brief introduction to the ASP.NET Core framework and the improvements made in the latest release, ASP.NET Core 2.0. You will then build, test, and debug your first web application very quickly. Once you understand the basic structure of ASP.NET Core 2.0 web applications, you'll dive deeper into more complex concepts and scenarios.

Moving on, we'll explain how to take advantage of widely used frameworks such as Model View Controller and Entity Framework Core 2 and you'll learn how to secure your applications. Finally, we'll show you how to deploy and monitor your applications using Azure, AWS, and Docker.

After reading the book, you'll be able to develop efficient and robust web applications in ASP.NET Core 2.0 that have high levels of customer satisfaction and adoption.

What you will learn

  • Set up your development environment using Visual Studio 2017 and Visual Studio Code
  • Create a fully automated continuous delivery pipeline using Visual Studio Team Services
  • Get to know the basic and advanced concepts of ASP.NET Core 2.0 with detailed examples
  • Build an MVC web application and use Entity Framework Core 2 to access data
  • Add Web APIs to your web applications using RPC, REST, and HATEOAS
  • Authenticate and authorize users with built-in ASP.NET Core 2.0 features
  • Use Azure, Amazon Web Services, and Docker to deploy and monitor your applications

Who This Book Is For

This book is for developers who would like to build modern web applications with ASP.NET Core 2.0. No prior knowledge of ASP.NET or .NET Core is required. However, basic programming knowledge is assumed. Additionally, previous Visual Studio experience will be helpful but is not required, since detailed instructions will guide through the samples of the book.This book can also help people, who work in infrastructure engineering and operations, to monitor and diagnose problems during the runtime of ASP.NET Core 2.0 web applications.

Table of Contents

  1. What is ASP.NET Core 2.0?
  2. Setting Up the Environment
  3. Creating a Continuous Integration Pipeline in VSTS
  4. Basic Concepts of ASP.NET Core 2.0 - Part 1
  5. Basic Concepts of ASP.NET Core 2.0 - Part 2
  6. Creating MVC Applications
  7. Creating Web API Applications
  8. Accessing Data using Entity Framework Core 2
  9. Securing ASP.NET Core 2.0 Applications
  10. Hosting and Deploying ASP.NET Core 2.0 Applications
  11. Managing and Supervising ASP.NET Core 2.0 Applications

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Learning Java by Building Android Games: Explore Java Through Mobile Game Development

Learning Java by Building Android Games: Explore Java Through Mobile Game Development Lowest new price: $41.73
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Author: John Horton
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Key Features

  • Acquaint yourself with Java and object-oriented programming, from zero previous experience
  • Build four cool games for your phone and tablet, from retro arcade-style games to memory and education games, and gain the knowledge to design and create your own games too
  • Walk through the fundamentals of building games and use that experience as a springboard to study advanced game development or just have fun

Book Description

Android is the fastest growing operating system (OS) with one of the largest installed bases of any mobile OS. Android uses one of the most popular programming languages, Java, as the primary language for building apps of all types. So, you should first obtain a solid grasp of the Java language and its foundation APIs to improve the chances of succeeding as an Android app developer.

This book will show you how to get your Android development environment set up and you will soon have your first working game. The difficulty level grows steadily with the introduction of key Java topics such as loops, methods, and OOP. You'll then use them in the development of games. You will learn how to build a math test game, a Simon-like memory game, a retro pong-style game, and for the grand finale, a Snake-style, retro arcade game with real Google Play leaderboards and achievements. The book has a hands-on approach and is packed with screenshots.

What You Will Learn

  • Set up an efficient, professional game development environment in Android Studio
  • Build your very own Android UI using easy to-use tools in Android Studio
  • Add real-time interaction with Java threads and implement locking/handling screen rotation, pixel graphics, clicks, animation, sound FX, and many other features in your games
  • Explore object-oriented programming (OOP) and design scalable, reliable, and well-written Java games or apps on almost any Android device
  • Build and deploy a graphical pong-style game using advanced OOP concepts
  • Explore APIs and implement advanced features such as online leaderboards and achievements using Google game services
  • Make your game compelling to be the next big hit on Google Play market with a content update strategy and in-game marketing

About the Author

John Horton is a technology enthusiast based in UK. When he is not writing apps, books, or blog articles for Game Code School, he can usually be found playing computer games or indulging in a Nerf war.

Table of Contents

  1. Why Java, Android, and Games?
  2. Getting Started with Android
  3. Speaking Java - Your First Game
  4. Discovering Loops and Methods
  5. Gaming and Java Essentials
  6. OOP - Using Other People's Hard Work
  7. Retro Squash Game
  8. The Snake Game
  9. Making Your Game the next Big Thing

Features:

  • Learning Java by Building Android Games

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Elements of Causal Inference: Foundations and Learning Algorithms (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning series)

Elements of Causal Inference: Foundations and Learning Algorithms (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning series) Lowest new price: $45.00
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Author: Jonas Peters

A concise and self-contained introduction to causal inference, increasingly important in data science and machine learning.

The mathematization of causality is a relatively recent development, and has become increasingly important in data science and machine learning. This book offers a self-contained and concise introduction to causal models and how to learn them from data.

After explaining the need for causal models and discussing some of the principles underlying causal inference, the book teaches readers how to use causal models: how to compute intervention distributions, how to infer causal models from observational and interventional data, and how causal ideas could be exploited for classical machine learning problems. All of these topics are discussed first in terms of two variables and then in the more general multivariate case. The bivariate case turns out to be a particularly hard problem for causal learning because there are no conditional independences as used by classical methods for solving multivariate cases. The authors consider analyzing statistical asymmetries between cause and effect to be highly instructive, and they report on their decade of intensive research into this problem.

The book is accessible to readers with a background in machine learning or statistics, and can be used in graduate courses or as a reference for researchers. The text includes code snippets that can be copied and pasted, exercises, and an appendix with a summary of the most important technical concepts.

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Core Data by Tutorials Fourth Edition: iOS 11 and Swift 4

Core Data by Tutorials Fourth Edition: iOS 11 and Swift 4 Lowest new price: $50.01
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Author: raywenderlich.com Team

Learn Core Data with Swift!

Take control of your data in iOS apps using Core Data, through a series of high quality hands-on tutorials.

Start with with the basics like setting up your own Core Data Stack all the way to advanced topics like syncing with iCloud, migration, performance, multithreading, and more! By the end of this book, you’ll have hands-on experience with Core Data and will be ready to use it in your own apps.

Who This Book Is For:This book is for intermediate iOS developers who already know the basics of iOS and Swift development but want to learn how to use Core Data to save data in their apps.

Topics Covered in Core Data by Tutorials:

  • Your First Core Data App: You’ll click File\New Project and write a Core Data app from scratch!
  • NSManagedObject Subclasses: Learn how to create your own subclasses of NSManagedObject - the base data storage class in Core Data.
  • The Core Data Stack: Learn how the main objects in Core Data work together, so you can move from the starter Xcode template to your own system.
  • Intermediate Fetching: This chapter covers how to fetch data with Core Data - fetch requests, predicates, sorting and asynchronous fetching.
  • NSFetchedResultsController: Learn how to make Core Data play nicely with table views using NSFetchedResultsController!
  • Versioning and Migration: In this chapter, you’ll learn how to migrate your user’s data as they upgrade through different versions of your data model.
  • Unit Tests: In this chapter, you’ll learn how to set up a test environment for Core Data and see examples of how to test your models.
  • Measuring and Boosting Performance: Learn how to measure your app’s performance with various Xcode tools and deal with slow spots in your code.
  • Multiple Managed Object Contexts: Learn how multiple managed object contexts can improve performance and make for cleaner code.

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Effective Testing with RSpec 3: Build Ruby Apps with Confidence

Effective Testing with RSpec 3: Build Ruby Apps with Confidence Lowest new price: $15.40
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Author: Myron Marston
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"Our tests are broken again!" "Why does the suite take so long to run?" "What value are we getting from these tests anyway?" Solve your testing problems by building and maintaining quality software with RSpec - the popular BDD-flavored Ruby testing framework. This definitive guide from RSpec's lead developer shows you how to use RSpec to drive more maintainable designs, specify and document expected behavior, and prevent regressions during refactoring. Build a project using RSpec to design, describe, and test the behavior of your code. Whether you're new to automated tests or have been using them for years, this book will help you write more effective tests.

RSpec has been downloaded more than 100 million times and has inspired countless test frameworks in other languages. Use this influential Ruby testing framework to iteratively develop a project with the confidence that comes from well-tested code. This book guides you through creating a Ruby project with RSpec, and explores the individual components in detail.

Start by learning the basics of installing and using RSpec. Then build a real-world JSON API, using RSpec throughout the process to drive a BDD-style outside-in workflow. Apply an effective test strategy to write fast, robust tests that support evolutionary design through refactoring. The rest of the book provides the definitive guide to RSpec's components. Use rspec-core's metadata to slice and dice your spec suite. Dig into rspec-expectations' matchers: compose them in flexible ways, specify expected outcomes with precision, and diagnose problems quickly with the help of good failure messages. Write fast, isolated tests with rspec-mocks' test doubles while pushing your code toward simpler interfaces.

The authors, with a combined 20 years of automated testing experience, share testing wisdom that will lead to a fun, productive testing experience.

What You Need:

To follow along with the book, you'll need Ruby 2.2+. The book will guide you through installing RSpec 3 and setting up a new project to use it.

Features:

  • Effective Testing with Rspec 3 Build Ruby Apps with Confidence

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Mastering Visual Studio 2017: Build windows apps using WPF and UWP, accelerate cloud development with Azure, explore NuGet, and more

Mastering Visual Studio 2017: Build windows apps using WPF and UWP, accelerate cloud development with Azure, explore NuGet, and more Lowest new price: $35.03
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Author: Kunal Chowdhury

Key Features

  • Focus on coding with the new, improved, and powerful tools of VS 2017
  • Master improved debugging and unit testing support capabilities
  • Accelerate cloud development with the built-in Azure tools

Book Description

Visual Studio 2017 is the all-new IDE released by Microsoft for developers, targeting Microsoft and other platforms to build stunning Windows and web apps. Learning how to effectively use this technology can enhance your productivity while simplifying your most common tasks, allowing you more time to focus on your project. With this book, you will learn not only what VS2017 offers, but also what it takes to put it to work for your projects.

Visual Studio 2017 is packed with improvements that increase productivity, and this book will get you started with the new features introduced in Visual Studio 2017 IDE and C# 7.0. Next, you will learn to use XAML tools to build classic WPF apps, and UWP tools to build apps targeting Windows 10. Later, you will learn about .NET Core and then explore NuGet, the package manager for the Microsoft development platform. Then, you will familiarize yourself with the debugging and live unit testing techniques that comes with the IDE. Finally, you'll adapt Microsoft's implementation of cloud computing with Azure, and the Visual Studio integration with Source Control repositories.

What you will learn


Objective-C Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (2nd Edition) (Big Nerd Ranch Guides)

Objective-C Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (2nd Edition) (Big Nerd Ranch Guides) Lowest new price: $11.96
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Author: Aaron Hillegass
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Want to write iOS apps or desktop Mac applications? This introduction to programming and the Objective-C language is your first step on the journey from someone who uses apps to someone who writes them.

Based on Big Nerd Ranch's popular Objective-C Bootcamp, Objective-C Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide covers C, Objective-C, and the common programming idioms that enable developers to make the most of Apple technologies. Compatible with Xcode 5, iOS 7, and OS X Mavericks (10.9), this guide features short chapters and an engaging style to keep you motivated and moving forward. At the same time, it encourages you to think critically as a programmer.

Here are some of the topics covered:

  • Using Xcode, Apple’s documentation, and other tools
  • Programming basics: variables, loops, functions, etc.
  • Objects, classes, methods, and messages
  • Pointers, addresses, and memory management with ARC
  • Properties and Key-Value Coding (KVC)
  • Class extensions
  • Categories
  • Classes from the Foundation framework
  • Blocks
  • Delegation, target-action, and notification design patterns
  • Key-Value Observing (KVO)
  • Runtime basics

Features:

  • Used Book in Good Condition

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Java Cookbook: Solutions and Examples for Java Developers

Java Cookbook: Solutions and Examples for Java Developers Lowest new price: $22.09
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Author: Ian F. Darwin
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From lambda expressions and JavaFX 8 to new support for network programming and mobile development, Java 8 brings a wealth of changes. This cookbook helps you get up to speed right away with hundreds of hands-on recipes across a broad range of Java topics. You’ll learn useful techniques for everything from debugging and data structures to GUI development and functional programming.

Each recipe includes self-contained code solutions that you can freely use, along with a discussion of how and why they work. If you are familiar with Java basics, this cookbook will bolster your knowledge of the language in general and Java 8’s main APIs in particular.

Recipes include:

  • Methods for compiling, running, and debugging
  • Manipulating, comparing, and rearranging text
  • Regular expressions for string- and pattern-matching
  • Handling numbers, dates, and times
  • Structuring data with collections, arrays, and other types
  • Object-oriented and functional programming techniques
  • Directory and filesystem operations
  • Working with graphics, audio, and video
  • GUI development, including JavaFX and handlers
  • Network programming on both client and server
  • Database access, using JPA, Hibernate, and JDBC
  • Processing JSON and XML for data storage
  • Multithreading and concurrency

Features:

  • Java Cookbook Solutions and Examples for Java Developers

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App Inventor 2: Create Your Own Android Apps

App Inventor 2: Create Your Own Android Apps Lowest new price: $15.00
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Author: David Wolber
Brand: Liz Looney Hal Abelson Ellen Spertus David Wolber

Yes, you can create your own apps for Android devices—and it’s easy to do. This extraordinary book introduces you to App Inventor 2, a powerful visual tool that lets anyone build apps. Learn App Inventor basics hands-on with step-by-step instructions for building more than a dozen fun projects, including a text answering machine app, a quiz app, and an app for finding your parked car!

The second half of the book features an Inventor’s Manual to help you understand the fundamentals of app building and computer science. App Inventor 2 makes an excellent textbook for beginners and experienced developers alike.

  • Use programming blocks to build apps—like working on a puzzle
  • Create custom multi-media quizzes and study guides
  • Design games and other apps with 2D graphics and animation
  • Make a custom tour of your city, school, or workplace
  • Control a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT robot with your phone
  • Build location-aware apps by working with your phone’s sensors
  • Explore apps that incorporate information from the Web

Features:

  • App Inventor 2 Create Your Own Android Apps

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