New books about Computers

This time we include books on apps and no apps, books on programming,on effective data communication and on Internet security, and a book about ‘The unprecedented rise of the instant tech billionaires’.

Syndetics book coverData fluency : empowering your organization with effective data communication / Zach Gemignani, Chris Gemignani, Dr. Richard Galentino, Dr. Patrick Schuermann.
“There is colossal disconnect between the volumes of data collected by organizations and the people who might make use of it. This gap can be bridged by creating focused and thoughtful data presentation tools, including reports, dashboards, visualizations, or key metrics. Together, these tools and capabilities lead to data fluency, the ability to use the language of data to exchange and explore ideas within your organization.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverYou only have to be right once : the unprecedented rise of the instant tech billionaires / Randall Lane, and the staff of Forbes.
“The ultimate insider’s look at the newest titans of tech, from the editorial team at Forbes. Silicon Valley’s new billionaires are an unconventional breed, turning ideas into money at a rate never before seen in human history. Their ascension proves a turning point in how great fortunes are made and how technology disseminates. Among these golden boys are: Elon Musk, billionaire bachelor and founder of Paypal, electric carmaker Tesla, and private space company SpaceX; Evan Spiegel, 23-year old founder of Snapchat, who recently turned down a $3 billion offer from Facebook; and Alex Karp, the eccentric philosopher with almost no tech background who turned Palantir into a data-mining champion.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBecoming a better programmer / Pete Goodliffe.
Code Craft author Pete Goodliffe presents a collection of useful techniques and approaches to the art and craft of programming that will help boost your career and your well-being. Goodliffe presents sound advice that he’s learned in 15 years of professional programming. The book’s standalone chapters span the range of a software developer’s life – dealing with code, learning the trade, and improving performance – with no language or industry bias. Whether you’re a seasoned developer, a neophyte professional or a hobbyist, you’ll find tips in five independent categories…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to build a billion dollar app : discover the secrets of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time / George Berkowski.
“Apps are not only changing the way we communicate, shop, interact and travel, but they are becoming the dominant platform by which we manage many parts of our lives. Despite this, there are only a handful of mobile businesses that have cracked the code to making it billion-dollar big. George Berkowski is one of the masterminds behind one app on its way to breaking into this elite group – Hailo – the smartphone app which allows users to hail taxis from their mobile phones. In this book, Berkowski draws on his experience to show readers how to translate an idea for an app into a real world service, product and business.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverInternet security you can afford : using Untangle as your internet gateway / Christopher Dawson.
“Discover one of the most efficient, effective, and inexpensive ways to stop Internet threats and protect your organization or home from malware and objectionable content with Internet Security You Can Afford: The Untangle Internet Gateway. This book by educator and well-known ZDnet technology expert Chris Dawson demonstrates how you can establish Internet security for free, or for very little money, using Untangle and buying only value-added components that you really need. This book serves as the perfect reference tool for readers who understand end-user IT, hardware, and operating systems, but who have limited experience in network administration.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMicrosoft Office for iPad : an essential guide to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneDrive / Tom Negrino.
“The long-awaited version of Microsoft Office for the iPad gives Office users the opportunity to use Excel, PowerPoint, and Word on their Apple tablet. In this practical, no fluff guide, author Tom Negrino gets straight to point, showing users how to get the most out of the Office apps on an iPad. Assuming you have some existing knowledge of the desktop Office apps this book focuses on maximizing your productivity on the new iPad version.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBeginning programming with Python for dummies / by John Paul Mueller.
“Learn Python-the fun and easy way-and get in the programming game today! Python is one of the fastest growing programming languages, and no wonder. It requires three to five times less time than developing in Java, is a great building block for learning both procedural and object-oriented programming concepts, and is an ideal language for data analysis. Beginning Programming with Python For Dummies is the perfect guide to this dynamic and powerful programming language-even if you’ve never coded before!” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThere’s not an app for that : mobile user experience design for life / Simon Robinson, Gary Marsden, Matt Jones.
There’s Not an App for That will make your work stand out from the crowd. It walks you through mobile experiences, and teaches you to evaluate current UX approaches, enabling you to think outside of the screen and beyond the conventional. You’ll review diverse aspects of mobile UX: the screens, the experience, how apps are used, and why they’re used. You’ll find special sections on “challenging your approach”, as well as a series of questions you can use to critique and evaluate your own designs…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)