New computing books for August

Different themes are coming through our new computer books this month. Raspberry Pi continues to be popular, Linux apparently will always have new books explaining its multiple uses together with books like Macs for dummies. Come with me and let’s explore our brand new collection.

Syndetics book coverGetting started with / Allison Parrish, Ben Fry, and Casey Reas.
“Processing opened up the world of programming to artists, designers, educators, and beginners. The Python implementation of Processing reinterprets it for today’s web. This short book gently introduces the core concepts of computer programming and working with Processing. Written by the co-founders of the Processing project, Reas and Fry, along with co-author Allison Parrish, Getting Started with is your fast track to using Python’s Processing mode.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe joy of UX : user experience and interactive design for developers / David Platt.
“This guide will help you optimize usability and engagement while also coping with difficult technical, schedule, and budget constraints. Platt’s technology-agnostic approach illuminates all the principles, techniques, and best practices you need to build great user experiences for the web, mobile devices, and desktop environments. He covers the entire process, from user personas and stories through wireframes, layouts, and execution.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRaspberry Pi cookbook / Dr. Simon Monk.
“With millions of new users and several new models, the Raspberry Pi ecosystem continues to expand. The second edition of this popular cookbook provides more than 240 hands-on recipes for running this tiny low-cost computer with Linux, programming it with Python, and hooking up sensors, motors, and other hardware–including Arduino and the Internet of Things.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLearning Node : moving to the server side / Shelley Powers.
“Take your web development skills from browser to server with Node-and learn how to write fast, highly scalable network applications on this JavaScript-based platform. Updated for the latest Node Long Term Support (LTS) and Node Current (6.0) releases, this hands-on edition helps you master Node’s core fundamentals and gain experience with several built-in and contributed modules. ” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBig data : does size matter? / Timandra Harkness.
“From the first tally, scratched on a wolf bone over thirty thousand years ago, to the Large Hadron Collider, which produces forty million megabytes of data per second, data is big, and getting bigger.
Nobody needs a degree in computer science to follow Harkness’s exploration of what mega data can do for us–and what it can’t or shouldn’t. BIG DATA asks you to decide: Are you a data point, or a human being?” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverData analytics with Hadoop : an introduction for data scientists / Benjamin Bengfort and Jenny Kim.
“Ready to use statistical and machine-learning techniques across large data sets? This practical guide shows you why the Hadoop ecosystem is perfect for the job. Instead of deployment, operations, or software development usually associated with distributed computing, you’ll focus on particular analyses you can build, the data warehousing techniques that Hadoop provides and higher order data workflows this framework can produce.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLearn & use Linux made easy / Maxwell Cooter and David Cartwright.
This is a highly accessible guide to the complex and highly customisable operating system Linux. Featuring step-by-step guides on a variety of topics, including how to choose and set up your distro, informative guides to many different distros including Ubuntu, Fedora and Red Hat, as well as advice on Linux firewalls and setting up your wireless network.” (adapted from Goodreads summary)

Syndetics book coverMacs for dummies / by Edward C. Baig.
“So, you joined the cool kids club and bought a Mac. Do you dare tell all your new cool Mac-owner friends that you still need some help figuring out how it works? No worries, Macs For Dummies is here to help! This fully updated edition turns you into a Mac pro. With coverage through OS X El Capitan, this edition of the long-running bestseller is sure to provide all your Mac answers.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEmbed with games : a year on the couch with game developers / Cara Ellison.
“In January of 2014 Cara wasn’t quite making rent but her cultural criticism on games for places like The Guardian seemed pretty popular. On a whim she pledged to her Twitter followers that she would do gonzo journalism and travel each month to stay with game creators she found across the world, if they put a bit of money towards it. Cara put a page up on Patreon and said if it got to $1000 that would be enough for her first flight. She thought it would never get there… Within an hour this ‘cyberpunk hair-dyed Attenborough’ had kicked herself out of her home and sent herself hurtling across a year of four continents, living on gamemakers’ couches, writing about their cities and creations. Six hundred readers funded her round-the-world trip, from London to Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne. This is a collected work of all the essays Cara wrote along the way, a map of independent game creation as she found it.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverGetting started with SQL : a hands-on approach for beginners / Thomas Nield.
Businesses are gathering data today at exponential rates and yet few people know how to access it meaningfully. If you’re a business or IT professional, this short hands-on guide teaches you how to pull and transform data with SQL in significant ways. You will quickly master the fundamentals of SQL and learn how to create your own databases.” (adapted from Goodreads summary)