New books on computing: Raspberry Pi!

New books on Windows 8, Excel 2013 and iOS 6 application development are among our choices this month.

Syndetics book coverRaspberry Pi user guide / Eben Upton and Gareth Halfacree.
“Make the most out of the world’s first truly compact computer It′s the size of a credit card, it can be charged like a smartphone, it runs on open-source Linux, and it holds the promise of bringing programming and playing to millions at low cost. And now you can learn how to use this amazing computer from its co-creator, Eben Upton, in Raspberry Pi User Guide. Cowritten with Gareth Halfacree, this guide gets you up and running on Raspberry Pi, whether you′re an educator, hacker, hobbyist, or kid. Learn how to connect your Pi to other hardware, install software, write basic programs, and set it up to run robots, multimedia centers, and more. …” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVisual Basic 2012 unleashed / Alessandro Del Sole.
“Fully updated for Windows 8 support, .NET 4.5, and Windows Phone development, this is the most comprehensive, practical reference to modern programming with Visual Basic 2012. Written by Visual Basic MVP Alessandro Del Sole, a long-time leader of the global VB community, this book illuminates the core of the VB language and demonstrates its effective use in many current programming scenarios. Del Sole covers both Visual Basic 2012 Professional Edition for professional developers and the Express Edition for hobbyists, novices, and students.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBig data : a revolution that will transform how we live, work and think / Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier.
“Since Aristotle, we have fought to understand the causes behind everything. But this is starting to changer. In the age of big data, we can crunch an incomprehensible amount of information, providing us with invaluable insights about the what rather than the why. …In this groundbreaking and fascinating book, two of the world’s most respected big data experts reveal the reality of a new world and outline clear and actionable steps that will equip the reader with the tools needed for this next phase of human evolution.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverWindows 8 for dummies / by Andy Rathbone.
“The bestselling tech book of all time is now updated for Windows 8 Microsoft Windows, the operating system that runs nearly 90 percent of the world’s computers. Windows 8 will offer new interface updates, cloud-based services, and much more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTeach yourself visually Excel 2013 / Paul McFedries.
“Are you a visual learner? do you prefer instructions that show you how to do something – and skip the long-winded instructions? If so, then this book is for you. Open it up and you’ll find clear, step-by-step screen shots that show you how to tackle more than 160 Excel 2013 tasks. Each task-based spread covers a single technique, sure to help you get up and running on Microsoft Excel 2013 in no time.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coveriOS 6 application development for dummies / by Neal Goldstein and Dave Wilson.
“You could be the one who creates the next super app – one that is universal, works for both the iPhone and iPad, and is a top seller. It’s a great goal, and the road starts here, with this energizing guide. Whether you’re a budding programming hobbyist or a serious developer looking to hit it big, the information in this book is what you need. Learn how to join Apple’s developer program, understand key differences between iPad and iPhone apps, download the latest SDK, create great user experiences, and build your very own app from the ground up. You’ll gain the valuable hands-on experience you need to take your development skills to the next level by walking through the development process step-by-step and creating two applications.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe official Joomla! book / Jennifer Marriott, Elin Waring.
“If you’re new to Joomla!, you’ll learn how to quickly create usable, effective sites. If you’re an experienced Joomla! user, you’ll learn how to make your sites more flexible, feature-rich, visually attractive, and useful, taking full advantage of the features in Joomla! 3 and Joomla! 2.5.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coveriPhone 5 / Lynn Beighley.
“Concise steps and explanations let you get up and running in no time. Essential reference guide keeps you coming back again and again. Whether you’re new to the iPhone or just want to get up to speed on the latest features of the iPhone 5 and iOS 6, this book will teach you all you need to know, including how to make the most of Siri, Twitter and Facebook integration, iCloud content sharing, FaceTime, Passbook, and much more!” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMicrosoft Word 2013 : step by step / Joan Lambert, Joyce Cox.
“This guide will teach you how to create impressive documents with Word 2013. Topics include using styles and themes; sharing, printing, and publishing documents; editing images from within Word; using SmartArt® diagrams and charts; creating references, footnotes, indexes, and tables of contents; collaborating with multiple people at the same time on the same document; and turning your ideas into blogs, Web pages, and more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRaspberry Pi : a practical guide to the revolutionary small computer : owner’s workshop manual / Gray Girling ; foreword by Eben and Liz Upton.
“The Haynes Raspberry Pi Manual is the perfect introduction to the affordable small computer. Printed in full color throughout, this manual is aimed at those switching on their Pi for the first time, guiding them through the full process of setup and configuration. The book then 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. With authorship from an expert close to the project and the trademark Haynes ‘how to’ approach, this is the manual everyone needs to get started with their Raspberry Pi, whether at home or in the classroom.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)