Become Tech-savvy with new Computing books

Recently added items to our Computer & Technology section comes with a great selection of both books and eBooks. Learn Photoshop CC, how to create and manage online content and even how to successfully style your photos for Instagram. An introduction to coding and more in-depth knowledge on Windows 10 makes this list a must read!


Photoshop CC in easy steps : for Windows and Mac / Shufflebotham, Robert
“Photoshop CC in easy steps – 2018 edition helps the reader to master the essentials of Photoshop Creative Cloud 2018 edition, and then enjoy the full creative potential of this popular photo editing software. ” (adapted from Catalogue)

Impractical Python projects : playful programming activities to make you smarter / Vaughan, Lee
Impractical Python is a collection of fun and educational projects designed to entertain programmers while enhancing their Python skills. It picks up where the complete beginner books leave off, expanding on existing concepts and introducing new tools that you’ll use every day.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Computer graphics programming in OpenGL with Java / Gordon, V. Scott
“This new edition provides step-by-step instruction on modern 3D graphics shader programming in OpenGL, along with its theoretical foundations. It is appropriate both for computer science undergraduate graphics programming courses in degree programs that emphasize Java, and for professionals interested in mastering 3D graphics skills who prefer Java.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The content advantage (Clout 2.0) : the science of succeeding at digital business through effective content / Jones, Colleen
“In The Content Advantage (Clout 2.0): The Science of Succeeding at Digital Business Through Effective Content, expert Colleen Jones argues that in the age of digital disruption, your company faces an important choice. Every business function – from marketing to sales and from support to recruiting -demands content. The choice is whether to make your approach to content strategic and, consequently, an advantage.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Styling for Instagram / Cyd, Leela
“Capture success on Instagram! Instagram is a digital wonderland of stunning photographs and inspirational images, but how can you make sure that your own photos stand out amidst the rainbow of eye candy? To master Instagram and earn that coveted double tap of approval, you need to have a strong personal brand and an aspirational style that captures the viewer.–provided by Amazon.com.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Overdrive cover Kubernetes, Kelsey Hightower (ebook)
Legend has it that Google deploys over two billion application containers a week. How’s that possible? Google revealed the secret through a project called Kubernetes, an open source cluster orchestrator (based on its internal Borg system) that radically simplifies the task of building, deploying, and maintaining scalable distributed systems in the cloud.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Helping Kids with Coding For Dummies, Camille McCue, Ph.D (ebook)
Getting a jump on learning how coding makes technology work is essential to prepare kids for the future. Unfortunately, many parents, teachers, and mentors didn’t learn the unique logic and language of coding in school. Helping Kids with Coding For Dummies comes to the rescue. It breaks beginning coding into easy-to-understand language so you can help a child with coding homework, supplement an existing coding curriculum, or have fun learning with your favorite kid.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Windows 10 All-In-One For Dummies, Woody Leonhard (ebook)
Are you ready to become the resident Windows 10 expert in your office? Look no further! This book is your one-stop shop for everything related to the latest updates to this popular operating system. With the help of this comprehensive resource, you’ll be able to back up your data and ensure the security of your network, use Universal Apps to make your computer work smarter, and personalize your Windows 10 experience.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

New computing books for November

Our collection grows constantly, our selection of computing books for this month is full of Raspberry Pi material, Windows 10, some coding and programming and even digital photo editing. Enjoy the selection!

Syndetics book coverBegin to code with C♯ / Rob Miles.
This friendly, easy, full-color book puts you in total control of your own learning, empowering you to build unique and useful programs. Begin to Code with C# is packed with innovations, from its “Snaps” prebuilt operations to its “Make Something Happen” projects. Whether you’re a total beginner or you’ve tried before, this guide will put the power in your hands! (adapted from Amazon)

Syndetics book coverWindows 10 all-in-one for dummies / by Woody Leonhard.
If you’re new to Windows 10 and want an accessible guide to the basics of the widely used operating system, Windows 10 All-in-One For Dummies is the book for you. Written by trusted Windows expert Woody Leonhard, this freshly updated guide cuts through the jargon and covers everything you need to know, including navigating the start menu, personalizing your Windows experience, maximizing Windows apps, and managing security. (adapted from Amazon)

Syndetics book coverRaspberry Pi 2 : a practical guide to the revolutionary small computer / Gray Girling ; foreword by Eben and Liz Upton.
The Raspberry Pi Manual is the perfect introduction to the affordable small computer. This new edition covers the Rasberry Pi 2 and is printed in full colour throughout. The manual introduces various aspects of computing and programming and provides a variety of recipes to demonstrate the acclaimed versatility of the Raspberry Pi’s hardware and software. (adapted from Amazon)

Syndetics book coverLightroom transformations : realizing your vision with lightroom, plus Photoshop / Martin Evening.
Photographer and digital imaging expert Martin Evening’s guiding philosophy when editing images is to ask, “What is the point? Does what I am doing enhance the picture, or is it just artifice for artifice’s sake?” In Lightroom Transformations, Martin applies this approach to a broad collection of images, showing you how to turn ordinary-looking photos into hero shots—without using fancy montage techniques or wacky effects. By giving each image his own interpretation and explaining the rationale behind the choices he makes, he shows how you can do the same when processing your photos.
(adapted from Amazon)

Syndetics book coverThe language of SQL / Larry Rockoff.
The intent of this book is to provide examples of SQL usage that can be understood simply by reading. The topics are organized in an intuitive and logical sequence. SQL keywords are introduced one at a time, allowing you to grow your understanding as you encounter new terms and concepts. This book covers the syntax of three databases: Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, and Oracle. Special “Database Differences” sidebars clearly show you any differences in syntax among these three databases, and instructions are included on how to obtain and install free versions of the databases. (adapted from Amazon)

Syndetics book coverArtificial intelligence : what everyone needs to know / Jerry Kaplan.
Over the coming decades, Artificial Intelligence will profoundly impact the way we live. It is likely to greatly increase our aggregate wealth, but it will also upend our labor markets, reshuffle our social order, and strain our private and public institutions. Eventually it may alter how we see our place in the universe, as machines pursue goals independent of their creators and outperform us in domains previously believed to be the sole dominion of humans. Whether we regard them as conscious or unwitting, revere them as a new form of life or dismiss them as mere clever appliances, is beside the point. They are likely to play an increasingly critical and intimate role in many aspects of our lives. (adapted from Amazon)

Syndetics book coverRaspberry Pi IoT projects : prototyping experiments for makers / John C. Shovic, PhD.
This book is designed for entry-through-intermediate-level device designers who want to build their own Internet of Things (IoT) projects for prototyping and proof-of-concept purposes. Expert makers may also find interesting new approaches. Raspberry Pi IoT Projects contains the tools needed to build a prototype of your design, sense the environment, communicate with the Internet (over the Internet and Machine to Machine communications) and display the results. (adapted from Amazon)

Syndetics book coverUnderstanding ECMAScript 6 : the definitive guide for JavaScript developers / by Nicholas Zakas.
ECMAScript 6 represents the biggest update to the core of JavaScript in the history of the language. In Understanding ECMAScript 6, expert developer Nicholas C. Zakas provides a complete guide to the object types, syntax, and other exciting changes that ECMAScript 6 brings to JavaScript. Every chapter is packed with example code that works in any JavaScript environment so you’ll be able to see new features in action. (adapted from Amazon)

Syndetics book coverMicrosoft Access 2016 programming by example : with VBA, XML, and ASP / Julitta Korol.
Updated for Access 2016 and based on the bestselling editions from previous versions, Microsoft Access 2016 Programming by Example with VBA, XML and ASP is a practical how-to book on Access programming, suitable for readers already proficient with the Access user interface (UI). If you are looking to automate Access routine tasks, this book will progressively introduce you to programming concepts via numerous illustrated hands-on exercises. (adapted from Amazon)

Syndetics book coverRaspberry Pi user guide / Eben Upton and Gareth Halfacree.
Raspberry Pi User Guide, 4th Edition is the “unofficial official” guide to everything Raspberry Pi 3. Written by the Pi’s creator and a leading Pi guru, this book goes straight to the source to bring you the ultimate Raspberry Pi 3 manual. This new fourth edition has been updated to cover the Raspberry Pi 3 board and software, with detailed discussion on its wide array of configurations, languages, and applications. You’ll learn how to take full advantage of the mighty Pi’s full capabilities, and then expand those capabilities even more with add-on technologies. (adapted from Amazon)