New books on Computing in April

In this month’s new computing books, there are a range of topics covered. Starting with the fundamentals of how computers work, this month’s picks also highlight how to make the most of storage using the Microsoft Private Cloud; HTML5, the interestingly named BeagleBone and how to create your own android apps. With the variety on offer, there should be something technological to sink your teeth into!

Syndetics book coverHow computers work : the evolution of technology / Ron White ; illustrated by Timothy Edward Downs.
“This full-color, fully illustrated guide to the world of technology assumes nothing and explains everything. In addition to all the content you’ve come to expect from prior editions, this newly revised edition includes all new coverage of topics such as: how smartphones and tablet PCs put the power of a desktop computer in your hands– literally; how advances such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, eBay, and smartphones are expanding our universe of friends, knowledge, and opportunity; how increased miniaturization leads to new products, such as smartphone, smartwatches, and Google Glass; and, how computing technology takes advantages of quantum physics and innovations no one even imagined a few years ago.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTest drive the Microsoft Private Cloud / Ron Carswell.
“As a network administrator, you may be tasked with implementing and maintaining your company’s interaction with Microsoft® private clouds. With a focus on quality, usability, and hands-on experience, Test drive the Microsoft Private Cloud features top-notch instructional content and includes clearly stated learning objectives, chapter summaries, key terms and definitions, and case projects. It will teach you how to effectively work with the Microsoft cloud and give you both the conceptual knowledge and hands-on skills necessary to work with network operating systems in a network administration environment…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHTML5 : 20 lessons to successful web development / Robin Nixon.
“…Fully tested and working examples are used throughout, so you can clearly see how the technologies work, and either type them in or download them for free from, so you can try them out for yourself, and play with them too. …I also produced an instruction video for every lesson, taking you through all the topics in the lesson, and describing the examples and how they work from start to finish – instructions on how to view them are given in each chapter…” (adapted from “Editorial Reviews From the Author”

Syndetics book coverBuilding Android apps in easy steps / Mike McGrath.
“…begins by explaining how to create a development environment on a computer in which to develop and test Android Apps. It then takes the reader through installing Java and the App Inventor 2, alongside each required key function of creating the app itself. Covering areas such as designing the interface, controlling progress, calling functions and deploying the app, this book shows how together technical knowledge and creativity can produce Android Apps to be proud of…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverExploring BeagleBone : tools and techniques for building with embedded Linux / Derek Molloy.
“Whatever applications you can dream up, the BeagleBone can help you build them. This hands-on guide teaches you the essential BeagleBone skills and underlying engineering principles. It then takes you into interfacing, communication, and control so that you can create your own projects. Finally, you’ll explore using the BeagleBone for advanced applications such as building Internet-of-Things systems and real-time interfacing. With hands-on examples and outstanding guidance, this book will give you the in-depth knowledge to do great things with BeagleBone.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverWordPress : absolute beginner’s guide / Tris Hussey.
“…Whether you’re new to WordPress or not, this practical, approachable book will show you how to do exactly what you want, one incredibly clear and easy step at a time – all explained with full-color illustrations. Leading WordPress instructor Tris Hussey provides step-by-step instructions for every task requiring more than one step. Screenshots and illustrations guide you through complex processes, so you’ll never get lost or confused…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coveriPad all-in-one for dummies / by Nancy Muir.
“For iPad users who want more information than the basics of the iPad, iPad All-in-One For Dummies provides the goods! Based on Apple’s new iOS software, which includes Siri for iPad, new and improved maps with turn by turn directions, shared photo streams, Facebook integration, Passbook, FaceTime video calls over cellular, new calling features such as instant text reply and callback reminders, improved email with a VIP inbox, iCloud browsing tabs, and much more…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Photoshop elements 13 book for digital photographers / Scott Kelby & Matt Kloskowski.
“This book breaks new ground by doing something for digital photographers that’s never been done before-it cuts through the bull and shows you exactly “how to do it.” It’s not a bunch of theory; it doesn’t challenge you to come up with your own settings or figure things out on your own. Instead, it does something that virtually no other Elements bookhas ever done-it tells you flat-out which settings to use, when to use them, and why…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWeb development and design foundations with HTML5 / Terry Ann Felke-Morris.
“The approach of the book reflects my personal philosophy of teaching web development and emphasizes hands-on practice exercises. Case studies are included throughout the book to provide students an opportunity to apply their new skills. The textbook companion website at has a page for each chapter with hyperlinks for websites listed in the book, information on emerging trends, additional examples, corrections, and review games. Instructor materials are available from the publisher’s website.” (adapted from “Editorial Reviews From the Author”,