Computer Science

  • CGTD
    Adam Juniper
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    The Complete Guide to Drones shows you everything there is to know about drones, multicopters and UAVs (all terms associated with these increasingly common aerial vehicles!).

    Written in jargon-free English, the book will show you how they work, how you can fly them, how to choose the right one and how to take amazing photos and videos using drones from above. There are also clear illustrations and brand new photography to give even more insight.

    There is even a step-by-step project to help you build your very own modestly priced drone. Great as a first step into the world of drones, this a fun, educational project. The legal issues surrounding drones are also covered in detail.
  • CSES
    Sue Price
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    Presented in an easy-to-follow format with large type, this comprehensive guide is full of compact, understandable tutorials on the most-encountered computer topics and scenarios.

    Covering all kinds of situations you'll find yourself in while using a computer, Computing for Seniors in easy steps will help you learn the basics of PC components, terminology and special features.

    From playing and storing music on your PC to surfing the web, buying and selling from eBay, using a digital camera and installing anti-virus software, this fantastic book really will help you do just about anything you want. With images and screenshots too, following the pointers and steps are made all the easier.
  • ISES
    Michael Price
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    This popular guide, now in its fifth edition, has been updated to cover the latest developments that you'll encounter when using the internet.

    Specially written for older internet users, the plain, jargon-free English, easy-to-follow explanations and fully-illustrated pages make mastering the World Wide Web simple, straightforward and ultimately enjoyable.

    Featuring information on how to get started, browsing, cookies, password and security set-ups, spam and viruses, banking, shopping, detecting fraud and upgrades, the easy steps emphasise tasks that users want to carry out, rather then technology and equipment use. Covering Internet Explorer, Chrome and Windows 8, this up-to-date guide is a must-have for readers who want to get to grips with internet use quickly.
  • WIES
    Nick Vandome
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    Windows 8 was a revolutionary update from Microsoft to the ever popular Windows operating system, giving PC users a new interface, improved navigation and synchronisation with mobile devices. With any update of this magnitude there will always be a learning curve, but Windows 8.1 in Easy Steps allows readers the chance to migrate over to the new operating system with the fear of being left stranded with a system they don't understand.

    Starting with basics such as accessing items, personalising your screen and using additional controls that are available from the sides of the screen; and new features including the new Start button, desktop, apps and SkyDrive; the fully illustrated book is written in plain English, making it easy to follow whilst getting comfortable with this exciting new operating system.
  • IIES
    Drew Provan
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    If apps make you awkward and contacts confuse you, this laymen's guide to the iPhone can help! Fully illustrated and easy to follow, the book will show you how to get to grips with all the iPhone's features.

    The step-by-step instructions will help you set your iPhone up to suit your needs and keep it safe, utilise your iPhone like a computer so that you can email, browse the web and stay organised and show you how to buy and store various apps. An A to Z guide that will help you make the most of your iPhone.
  • IPES
    Drew Provan
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    Especially designed for those with 3rd- and 4th-generation iPads and iPad 2s, this handy how-to guide will help even the biggest technophobe get to grips with the sometimes-tricky device!
    Covering the operating system iOS 6, the book will show you how to optimise settings so that the iPad functions exactly how YOU want it to. With accessible step-by-step instructions, it covers everything you need to know - from emails and browsing the web to photos, music, videos, games and apps!

    With much more besides, the informative guide also reveals the tricks and features not widely publicised by Apple. A must-have for anyone with this popular version of the iPad.
    Faithe Wempen
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    The absolute beginner's guide to learning basic computer skills

    Computing Fundamentals, Introduction to Computers gets you up to speed on basic computing skills, showing you everything you need to know to conquer entry-level computing courses. Written by a Microsoft Office Master Instructor, this useful guide walks you step-by-step through the most important concepts and skills you need to be proficient on the computer, using nontechnical, easy-to-understand language. You'll start at the very beginning, getting acquainted with the actual, physical machine, then progress through the most common software at your own pace. You'll learn how to navigate Windows 8.1, how to access and get around on the Internet, and how to stay connected with email. Clear instruction guides you through Microsoft Office 2013, helping you create documents in Word, spreadsheets in Excel, and presentations in PowerPoint. You'll even learn how to keep your information secure with special guidance on security and privacy.

    Maybe you're preparing for a compulsory computing course, brushing up for a new job, or just curious about how a computer can make your life easier. If you're an absolute beginner, this is your complete guide to learning the essential skills you need: * Understand the basics of how your computer works * Learn your way around Windows 8.1 * Create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations * Send email, surf the Web, and keep your data secure

    With clear explanations and step-by-step instruction, Computing Fundamentals, Introduction to Computers will have you up and running in no time.

    Jon Stokes
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    Computers perform countless tasks ranging from the business critical to the recreational, but regardless of how differently they may look and behave, they're all amazingly similar in basic function. Once you understand how the microprocessor-or central processing unit (CPU)-works, you'll have a firm grasp of the fundamental concepts at the heart of all modern computing. Inside the Machine, from the co-founder of the highly respected Ars Technica website, explains how microprocessors operate-what they do and how they do it. Now in softcover, the book uses analogies, full-color diagrams, and clear language to convey the ideas that form the basis of modern computing. After discussing computers in the abstract, the book examines specific microprocessors from Intel, IBM, and Motorola, from the original models up through today's leading processors. It contains the most comprehensive and up-to-date information available (online or in print) on Intel's latest processors: the Pentium M, Core, and Core 2 Duo. Inside the Machine also explains technology terms and concepts that readers often hear but may not fully understand, such as "pipelining," "L1 cache," "main memory," "superscalar processing," and "out-of-order execution." Includes discussion of: Parts of the computer and microprocessor Programming fundamentals (arithmetic instructions, memory accesses, control flow instructions, and data types) Intermediate and advanced microprocessor concepts (branch prediction and speculative execution) Intermediate and advanced microprocessor concepts (branch prediction and speculative execution) Intermediate and advanced computing concepts (instruction set architectures, RISC and CISC, the memory hierarchy, and encoding and decoding machine language instructions) 64-bit computing vs. 32-bit computing Caching and performance Inside the Machine is perfect for students of science and engineering, IT and business professionals, and the growing community of hardware tinkerers who like to dig into the guts of their machines
    Darrell Young
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    Mastering the Nikon D610 by Darrell Young provides a wealth of experience-based information and insights for owners of the new D610 camera. Darrell is determined to help the user navigate past the confusion that often comes with complex and powerful professional camera equipment. This book explores the features and capabilities of the camera in a way that far surpasses the user's manual. It guides readers through the camera features with step-by-step setting adjustments; color illustrations; and detailed how, when, and why explanations for each option. Every button, dial, switch, and menu configuration setting is explored in a user-friendly manner, with suggestions for setup according to various shooting styles. Darrell's friendly and informative writing style allows readers to easily follow directions while feeling as if a friend dropped in to share his knowledge. The learning experience for new D610 users goes beyond just the camera itself and covers basic photography technique.
    Yevgeniy Brikman
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    At this very moment, somewhere in the world, two programmers are sitting in a garage and creating our future, one line of code at a time. We are in the era of the high tech startup.This book is the "Hello, World" tutorial for building products, technologies, and teams in a startup environment. It's based on the experiences of the author, Yevgeniy Brikman, as well as interviews with programmers from some of the most successful startups of the last decade, including Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, GitHub, Stripe, Instagram, AdMob, Pinterest, and many others.If you're at all interested in startups--whether you're a programmer at the beginning of your career, a seasoned developer bored with the politics of large companies, a manager trying to figure out how to motivate your engineers, or just someone trying to figure out what this startup thing is all about--this book is for you. For more info, see http: //
    Joel Grus
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    This is a first-principles-based, practical introduction to the fundamentals of data science aimed at the mathematically-comfortable reader with some programming skills. The book covers: The important parts of Python to know The important parts of Math / Probability / Statistics to know The basics of data science How commonly-used data science techniques work (learning by implementing them) What is Map-Reduce and how to do it in Python Other applications such as NLP, Network Analysis, and more
    C. J. Date
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    SQL is full of difficulties and traps for the unwary. You can avoid them if you understand relational theory, but only if you know how to put that theory into practice. In this book, Chris Date explains relational theory in depth, and demonstrates through numerous examples and exercises how you can apply it to your use of SQL. This third edition has been revised, extended, and improved throughout. Topics whose treatment has been expanded include data types and domains, table comparisons, image relations, aggregate operators and summarization, view updating, and subqueries. A special feature of this edition is a new appendix on NoSQL and relational theory.
    David Pogue
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    With Windows 8, Microsoft completely reimagined the graphical user interface for its operating system, which now runs on both desktop PCs and tablets, but the overhaul was not without hitches and its dueling UIs (one designed for touch, the other for keyboards and mice) created significant confusion for users. Windows 10 (a free update to users of Windows 8 or Windows 7) fixes a number of the problems introduced by the revolution in Windows 8 and offers plenty of new features along, such as the new Spartan web browser, Cortana voice-activated personal assistant, new universal apps (that run on tablet, phone, and computer), and more. But to really get the most out of the new operating system, you re going to need a guide.Thankfully, Windows 10: The Missing Manual will be there to help. Like its predecessors, this book from the founder of Yahoo Tech, previous New York Times columnist, bestselling author, and Missing Manuals creator David Pogue illuminates its subject with technical insight, plenty of wit, and hardnosed objectivity for beginners, veteran standalone PC users, new tablet owners, and those who know their way around a network."
    Eun Jung Park
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    The essential guide to building and programming LEGO EV3 interactive robots Exploring LEGO Mindstorms: Tools and Techniques for Building and Programming Robots is the complete guide to getting the most out of your LEGO Mindstorms EV3. Written for hobbyists, young builders, and master builders alike, the book walks you through fundamentals of robot design, construction, and programming using the Mindstorms apparatus and LEGO TECHNIC parts. Tap into your creativity with brainstorming techniques, or follow the plans and blueprints provided on the companion website to complete projects ranging from beginner to advanced. The book begins with the basics of the software and EV3 features then lets you get to work quickly by using projects of increasing complexity to illustrate the topics at hand. Plenty of examples are provided throughout every step of the process, and the companion website features a blog where you can gain the insight and advice of other users. Exploring LEGO Mindstorms contains building and programming challenges written by a recognized authority in LEGO robotics curriculum, and is designed to teach you the fundamentals rather than have you follow a "recipe." Topics include: Building the starter vehicle, Auto-Driver Using programming blocks like Action Blocks, Flow Block and Data Blocks Building Spy Rabbit and programming the EV3 sensors with it Modifying the design of the robots from the book Designing your own robots, and expanding the functions of EV3 The book also provides extensive programming guidance, from the very basics of block programming through data wiring. You'll learn robotics skills to help with your own creations, and can likely ignite a lasting passion for innovation. Exploring LEGO Mindstorms is the key to unlocking your EV3 potential.
    Richard Wentk
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    Full-color, step-by-step guidance for learning to use Raspberry Pi! Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive, single-board computer that serves as an introductory board for students and developing computer professionals. This image-driven, visual guide shows you how the Raspberry Pi can be easily used as a stand-alone computer, a media center, a web server, and much more. Vivid, full-color images bring Raspberry Pi projects to life, while well-illustrated circuit diagrams and step-by-step practical advice cover everything from working with the included software to branching out into typical but more complex endeavors. Covers interesting topics for students and aspiring computer professionals Demonstrates how to create custom projects, work with the Raspberry OS, install other operating systems, get the most out of the Raspberry Pi, and much more Encourages users to study and tinker with the Raspberry Pi Teach Yourself VISUALLY Raspberry Pi is an ideal resource for anyone who learns better with visual instruction and puts them well on their way to making the most of this low-cost computer.
    Russel Glass
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    Get the expert perspective and practical advice on big data The Big Data-Driven Business: How to Use Big Data to Win Customers, Beat Competitors, and Boost Profits makes the case that big data is for real, and more than just big hype. The book uses real-life examples-from Nate Silver to Copernicus, and Apple to Blackberry-to demonstrate how the winners of the future will use big data to seek the truth. Written by a marketing journalist and the CEO of a multi-million-dollar B2B marketing platform that reaches more than 90% of the U.S. business population, this book is a comprehensive and accessible guide on how to win customers, beat competitors, and boost the bottom line with big data. The marketplace has entered an era where the customer holds all the cards. With unprecedented choice in both the consumer world and the B2B world, it's imperative that businesses gain a greater understanding of their customers and prospects. Big data is the key to this insight, because it provides a comprehensive view of a company's customers-who they are, and who they may be tomorrow. The Big Data-Driven Business is a complete guide to the future of business as seen through the lens of big data, with expert advice on real-world applications. Learn what big data is, and how it will transform the enterprise Explore why major corporations are betting their companies on marketing technology Read case studies of big data winners and losers Discover how to change privacy and security, and remodel marketing Better information allows for better decisions, better targeting, and better reach. Big data has become an indispensable tool for the most effective marketers in the business, and it's becoming less of a competitive advantage and more like an industry standard. Remaining relevant as the marketplace evolves requires a full understanding and application of big data, and The Big Data-Driven Business provides the practical guidance businesses need.
    Jay Kreps
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    Why a book about logs? That's easy: the humble log is an abstraction that lies at the heart of many systems, from NoSQL databases to cryptocurrencies. Even though most engineers don't think much about them, this short book shows you why logs are worthy of your attention. Based on his popular blog posts, LinkedIn principal engineer Jay Kreps shows you how logs work in distributed systems, and then delivers practical applications of these concepts in a variety of common uses - data integration, enterprise architecture, real-time stream processing, data system design, and abstract computing models. Go ahead and take the plunge with logs; you're going love them. Learn how logs are used for programmatic access in databases and distributed systems Discover solutions to the huge data integration problem when more data of more varieties meet more systems Understand why logs are at the heart of real-time stream processing Learn the role of a log in the internals of online data systems Explore how Jay Kreps applies these ideas to his own work on data infrastructure systems at LinkedIn
    Syed Fazle Rahman
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    Get a Jump Start on building applications with Bootstrap today! Originally developed by Twitter, Bootstrap is a framework that making the once-arduous process of crafting fully responsive web designs a breeze! Discover why Bootstrap is fast becoming a favorite tool of top web designers. In just one weekend with this hands-on tutorial, you'll learn how to: Integrate Bootstrap into your projects Understand the basic Bootstrap template Work with Bootstrap's grid Customize Bootstrap to work with any project
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    The first edition of this book used the Bukkit modding server and library, which was taken down due to a legal dispute in September 2014. This new edition has been completely revised to replace Bukkit with the CanaryMod library. Write your own Minecraft plugins with CanaryMod and watch your code come to life with flaming cows, flying creepers, teleportation, and interactivity. Follow along with the book and add your own features to the Minecraft game by developing Java code that "plugs in" to the server. You'll manipulate and control elements in the 3D graphical game environment without having to write tons of code or learn huge frameworks. No previous programming experience necessary. Expand your Minecraft experience! You'll learn how to write Java code and build plugins for your own Minecraft servers using the popular Java programming language. This new edition has been completely revised to use the freely-available CanaryMod library. You'll create plugins that can change blocks from air to stone, or spawn cows and creepers. You'll write plugins that react to game events, and even schedule tasks that will run later in the game. Readers from age 9 to 99 will learn how to use variables and functions to build plugins that fling players into the sky, create flying creepers, and of course, shoot flaming cows. Along the way you'll learn real programming using Java, from classes, objects, and data structures (including arrays and hashes) to exception handling and threads. You'll even learn how to back up your code (and go back in time!) using Git, and run your own server at home or in the cloud. A progress bar shows you how far you've come in each chapter, and by the end of the book you'll be able to design and code your own plugins. Put your gaming to good use, and learn real programming skills today. What You Need: A modern PC running the Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux operating systems. The book explains how to download Java, the CanaryMod server and API, and all the tools you'll need.
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    Master essential computer mathematics with Schaum's - the high-performance study guide. It will help you cut study time, hone problem-solving skills, and achieve your personal best on exams! Students love Schaum's Outlines because they produce results. Each year, hundreds of thousands of students improve their test scores and final grades with these indispensable study guides. Get the edge on your classmates. Use Schaum's! If you don't have a lot of time but want to excel in class, this book helps you to: brush up before tests; find answers fast; study quickly and more effectively; and get the big picture without spending hours poring over lengthy textbooks.Schaum's Outlines give you the information teachers expect you to know in a handy and succinct format - without overwhelming you with unnecessary details. You get a complete overview of the subject. Plus, you get plenty of practice exercises to test your skill. Compatible with any classroom text, Schaum's lets you study at your own pace and reminds you of all the important facts you need to remember - fast! And Schaum's are so complete, they're perfect for preparing for graduate or professional exams.Inside, you will find: detailed problems with step-by-step solutions; clear, concise explanations of the binary system, computer codes, computer arithmetic, algorithms, and much more; help with truth tables, logic gates, vectors, and matrices; a solved-problem approach that teaches you with hands-on help; and exercises for improving your problem-solving skills. If you want top grades and thorough understanding of essential computer mathematics, this powerful study tool is the best tutor you can have! Chapters include: Binary Number System; Computer Codes; Computer Arithmetic Logic, Truth Tables; Algorithms, Flowcharts, Pseudocode Programs; Sets and Relations; Boolean Algebra, Logic Gates, Simplification of Logic Circuits; Vectors, Matrices, Subscripted Variables; Linear Equations; Combinatorial Analysis; Probability; Statistics; Random Variables; and Graphs, Directed Graphs, Machines.
    William F. Hughes
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    Tough Test Questions? Missed Lectures? Not Enough Time? Fortunately for you, there's "Schaum's Outlines". More than 40 million students have trusted "Schaum's" to help them succeed in the classroom and on exams. "Schaum's" is the key to faster learning and higher grades in every subject. Each Outline presents all the essential course information in an easy-to-follow, topic-by-topic format. You also get hundreds of examples, solved problems, and practice exercises to test your skills. This "Schaum's Outline" gives you: practice problems with full explanations that reinforce knowledge; coverage of the most up-to-date developments in your course field; and, in-depth review of practices and applications. Fully compatible with your classroom text, "Schaum's" highlights all the important facts you need to know. Use "Schaum's" to shorten your study time - and get your best test scores! "Schaum's Outlines" means your problem solved.
    Mike Cook
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    Join the Raspberry revolution with these fun and easy Pi projects The Raspberry Pi has opened up a whole new world of innovation for everyone from hardware hackers and programmers to students, hobbyists, engineers, and beyond. Featuring a variety of hands-on projects, this easy-to-understand guide walks you through every step of the design process and will have you creating like a Raspberry Pi pro in no time. You ll learn how to prepare your workspace, assemble the necessary tools, work with test equipment, and find your way around the Raspberry Pi before moving on to a series of fun, lively projects that brings some power to your plain ol Pi. * Introduces Raspberry Pi basics and gives you a solid understanding of all the essentials you ll need to take on your first project * Includes an array of fun and useful projects that show you how to do everything from creating a magic light wand to enhancing your designs with Lego sensors, installing and writing games for the RISC OS, building a transistor tester, and more * Provides an easy, hands-on approach to learning more about electronics, programming, and interaction design for Makers and innovators of all ages Bring the power of Pi to your next cool creation with Raspberry Pi Projects For Dummies!
    Philip Smith
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    Between 1887 and 1895, the British art student Miles Vandercroft travelled around the world, sketching and painting the soldiers of the countries through which he passed. In this age of dramatic technological advancement, Vandercroft was fascinated by how the rise of steam technology at the start of the American Civil War had transformed warfare and the role of the fighting man. This volume collects all of Vandercroft's surviving paintings, along with his associated commentary on the specific military units he encountered. It is a unique pictorial guide to the last great era of bright and colourful uniforms, as well as an important historical study of the variety of steam-powered weaponry and equipment that abounded in the days before the Great War of the Worlds.
    Ted Dunning
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    If you're a business team leader, CIO, business analyst, or developer interested in how Apache Hadoop and Apache HBase-related technologies can address problems involving large-scale data in cost-effective ways, this book is for you. Using real-world stories and situations, authors Ted Dunning and Ellen Friedman show Hadoop newcomers and seasoned users alike how NoSQL databases and Hadoop can solve a variety of business and research issues. You'll learn about early decisions and pre-planning that can make the process easier and more productive. If you're already using these technologies, you'll discover ways to gain the full range of benefits possible with Hadoop. While you don't need a deep technical background to get started, this book does provide expert guidance to help managers, architects, and practitioners succeed with their Hadoop projects. Examine a day in the life of big data: India's ambitious Aadhaar project; review tools in the Hadoop ecosystem such as Apache's Spark, Storm, and Drill to learn how they can help you; pick up a collection of technical and strategic tips that have helped others succeed with Hadoop; learn from several prototypical Hadoop use cases, based on how organizations have actually applied the technology. You can explore real-world stories that reveal how MapR customers combine use cases when putting Hadoop and NoSQL to work, including in production.