Computing & Internet Books

  • Create Your Own Website the Easy Way - Paperback - 9781781572900 - Alannah Moore
    DWEB
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    Whether you're planning on starting a blog, need an online portfolio to showcase your work or are looking to start selling through a webstore, this book will help ensure it looks professional and works in the right way.

    Covering WordPress, Weebly, Squarespace, Wix, Shopify and more, the book shows how you don't have to spend a lot of money or learn code to create something special. Written by the expert Alannah Moore, the advice will help non-technical people make use of all the powerful tools that are available when it comes to creating websites.

    Breaking down each step, the guide will take you from planning your pages to making the most of social media and search engines. It also covers how to work with images and reveals how best to engage with your audience through personalised newsletters and making sure your site is a must-read!
  • Coding for Beginners in Easy Steps - Paperback - 9781840786422 - Mike McGrath
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    Coding for Beginners in easy steps has an easy-to-follow style that will appeal to anyone, of any age, who wants to begin coding computer programs. You need have no previous knowledge of any computer programming language so it's ideal for the newcomer, including youngsters needing to learn programming basics for the school curriculum. Coding for Beginners in easy steps instructs you how to write code to create your own computer programs. It contains separate chapters demonstrating how to store information in data structures, how to control program flow using control structures, and how to create re-usable blocks of code in program functions. There are complete step-by-step example programs that demonstrate each aspect of coding, together with screenshots that illustrate the actual output when each program has been executed. Coding for Beginners in easy steps begins by explaining how to easily create a programming environment on your own computer, so you can quickly begin to create your own working programs by copying the book's examples. After demonstrating the essential building blocks of computer programming it describes how to code powerful algorithms and demonstrates how to code classes for Object Oriented Programming (OOP). The examples throughout this book feature the popular Python programming language but additionally the final chapter demonstrates a comparison example in the C, C++, and Java programming languages to give you a rounded view of computer coding. The code in the listed steps within the book is colour-coded to precisely match the default colour-coding of the Python IDLE editor, making it easier for beginners to grasp. By the end of this book you will have gained a sound understanding of coding and be able to write your own computer programs that can be run on any compatible computer. The Python 3.x language is under active development so frequent new releases are made available as small improvements are added to the language and Coding for Beginners in easy steps features the very latest versions of Python at the time of publication. Python development is one of evolution, rather than revolution, so the examples provided in this book can be used in subsequent releases. Simply download the latest version of Python then follow the easy steps. Contents: Getting started Saving data Performing operations Making lists Controlling blocks Creating functions Sorting algorithms Importing libraries Managing text Programming objects
  • Internet Security Made Easy - Paperback - 9781783613250 - Richard Williams
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    We rely so heavily on the internet for communication, information, entertainment, business and personal finance that we forget that we take a risk when we enter this digital realm.

    A whole host of dangers lurk beneath the surface, from viruses and malware to hacking and identity theft, not to mention the threat to you and your children's reputation and personal safety, which can be compromised when interacting with others online.

    This book takes the reader through what to look out for and avoid, strong passwords, virus checkers and firewalls, other software solutions, how to let your kids surf safely, recovering lost data and keeping safe on smartphones, tablets and laptops as well as PCs.
  • The Art of World Warcraft - Hardback - 9781405279871
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    World of Warcraft is a computer game that revolutionised both the role-playing and online gaming genre. This book provides a celebration of the world of Azeroth and all its characters, weapons and environments.

    Fully illustrated with the game's iconic artwork, it contains interviews with key developers and tells the complete story of the game's evolution. It even contains previously unseen illustrations from the various expansions to the hame.

    From concept art to the finished pieces, this is the ultimate tribute to the epic gaming franchise.
  • LMRB
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    Have you ever wondered what kind of questions history's greatest figures would type into search engines if they'd existed during their time?

    This lively and hilarious book looks at the kind of things Charles Dickens would research while writing his latest novel ('things urchins say'), how Henry VIII would look up relationship advice ('breaking bad news to women from Cleeves') and Karl Marx would build up his knowledge ('cheating at Monopoly').

    With some naughty humour and strong language, this is a great gift book for any history buff and will inspire you to ponder what other questions historical figures would ask... You can't fail to laugh out loud.
  • StarCraft: Field Manual - Hardback - 9781405281829
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    The StarCraft saga has been one of the most successful computer games of all time and this combat handbook (presented in the style of a field manual) celebrates the impact and legacy of the iconic military, strategy and sci-fi adventure.

    The game follows Sarah Kerrigan and Jim Raynor as they find themselves in the midst of a terrifying battle between the scrappy Terrans, mystifying Protoss and terrifying Zerg swarm. This book draws on over a decade's worth of lore to create an all-encompassing collector's book that fills in every detail of the game's technology, races and units.

    A definitive field guide, it features original illustrations and an engaging narrative that provides an in-depth overview of the franchise. Presented in keepsake hardback, it's a thrilling gift for any fan.
  • HLMY
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    Ever since Halo: Combat Evolved was released on the XBox in 2001, the shoot-em up has gone from strength to strength and is surely one of the most iconic and influential computer games of all time.

    Fully endorsed by 343 Studios and full of eye-catching artwork, this stunning gift book is the comprehensive and authoritative guide to the Halo universe and it covers the entire canon, including games, books, comics, film and television.

    It contains the timeline of the Halo universe and charts humanity's battles against the alien forces of the Covenant, Forerunners and the Flood.
  • IPEN
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    Covering iOS8 and presented in a larger type for easier reading, this latest edition of iPad for Seniors will become a much-appreciated resource!

    Giving a comprehensive introduction to the iPad, the book shows how the tablet device differs from more traditional computers and will help anyone get to grips with it! From the virtual keyboard to using apps and navigating around with Multi-Touch Gestures, the handy book will help you stay organised and make the most of all your music, photos, videos and books.

    The guide book also helps you make the most of the iPad's functions that will make your life easier - from dealing with finances to viewing artwork. It's a wonderfully useful companion to an iPad!
  • Raspberry Pi in Easy Steps - Paperback - 9781840785814 - Mike McGrath
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    The Raspberry Pi is a cheap, basic, programmable credit-card sized computer that plugs into a TV and a keyboard.

    This step-by-step book shows people of all ages how they can use it to learn how to program.
  • AMDBC
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    Microsoft Word is an incredible application, feature-rich and easy to use if you know how. It can help with the simplest of jobs, from letters and essays to more complex documents using calculations or images, such as expenses claims and posters. You can even create a web page and make PDFs. Everyone, at home or in almost any job, needs to know how to use this fundamental modern tool, and this handy little book provides information on all the basic capabilities. Covering key versions of the software, it features step-by-step guides and clear, accessible text, accompanied by helpful screenshots.
  • ALVVG
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    From Guy Kawasaki, the bestselling author of The Art of the Start and Enchantment, The Art of Social Media is a no-nonsense guide to becoming a social media superstar. By now it's clear that whether you're promoting a business, a product, or yourself, social media is near the top of what will determine your success or failure. And there are countless pundits, authors, and consultants eager to advise you. But there's no one quite like Guy Kawasaki, the legendary former chief evangelist for Apple and one of the pioneers of business blogging, tweeting, facebooking, tumbling, and much, much more. Now Guy has teamed up with his Canva colleague Peg Fitzpatrick to offer The Art of Social Media - the one essential guide you need to get the most bang for your time, effort, and money. With more than 100 practical tips, tricks, and insights, Guy and Peg present a ground-up strategy to produce a focused, thorough, and compelling presence on the most popular social-media platforms. They guide you through the steps of building your foundation, amassing your digital assets, going to market, optimizing your profile, attracting more followers, and effectively integrating social media and blogging. For beginners overwhelmed by too many choices, as well as seasoned professionals eager to improve their game, The Art of Social Media is full of tactics that have been proven to work in the real world. Or as Guy puts it, "Great Stuff, No Fluff." Guy Kawasaki, who helped make Macintosh a household name, now runs Garage Technology Ventures, a venture-capital firm. He has held his workshop, "Boot Camp for Start-ups," around the world. Kawasaki is the author of seven previous books, including Art of the Start, Enchantment and Rules for Revolutionaries.
  • BEDNW
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    Consider Facebook- it's human contact, only easier to engage with and easier to avoid. Developing technology promises closeness. Sometimes it delivers, but much of our modern life leaves us less connected with people and more connected to simulations of them. In Alone Together , MIT technology and society professor Sherry Turkle explores the power of our new tools and toys to dramatically alter our social lives. It's a nuanced exploration of what we are looking for- and sacrificing- in a world of electronic companions and social networking tools, and an argument that, despite the hand-waving of today's self-described prophets of the future, it will be the next generation who will chart the path between isolation and connectivity.
  • AGDUB
    Andrew Blum
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    "Tubes: Behind the Scenes at the Internet" by Andrew Blum is..."Utterly engrossing. The year's most original and stimulating 'travel' book. Even the most geek-wary of readers will enjoy". ("Independent"). "Entertaining and illuminating. Excels at rooting the Internet in real-world locations. Full of memorable images that make its complex architecture easier to comprehend". ("Observer"). The Internet. Home to the most important and intimate aspects of our lives. Our careers, our relationships, our selves, all of them are out there - online. So...where is that exactly? And who's in charge again? And what if it breaks? In "Tubes", Andrew Blum takes us on a gripping backstage tour of the real but hidden world of the Internet, introducing us to the remarkable clan of insiders and eccentrics who own, design and run it everyday. He uncovers the secret data warehouses where our online selves are stored, peels back the wires that transport us across the globe, reveals its mammoth hubs and surprising alley-ways, explaining what the Internet actually is, where it is, how it got there - and, yes, what happens when it breaks. "An engaging reminder that, cyber-Utopianism aside, the Internet is as much a thing of flesh and steel as any industrial-age lumber mill or factory. An excellent introduction to the nuts and bolts of how exactly it all works and a timely antidote to oft-repeated abstractions about "cyberspace" or "cloud computing"". ("Economist"). "Makes hard-to-grasp concepts easy to understand, even obvious. The history, in particular, is one of the best and most memorable I have ever read". ("New Scientist"). "A Quixotic and winning book with a knack for bundling packets of data into memorable observations. This valuable book leaves you with its share of unsettling visions, but there are comic ones too". ("The New York Times"). "For a full understanding of the Internet on every level, this book is a must-read". (Techzone). "A great, playful, wondrous read". (ArsTechnica). "Blum is perhaps the millennial generation's John McPhee, chronicling an arcane journey of deep relevance to everyday life. For non-techies, the book is a very accessible revelation". ("Forbes"). "All too awesome to behold. Andrew Blum's fascinating book demystifies the earthly geography of this most ethereal terra incognita". (Joshua Foer, author of "Moonwalking with Einstein"). "Compelling and profound. You will never open an e-mail in quite the same way again". (Tom Vanderbilt, author of "Traffic"). "One of our best writers. A compelling story of an altogether new realm where the virtual world meets the physical". (Paul Goldberger, "New Yorker"). "The Internet really IS a series of tubes! Who knew?" (David Pogue, The "New York Times"). Andrew Blum writes about architecture, infrastructure and technology for many publications, including the "New Yorker", "The New York Times", "Bloomberg Businessweek", "Slate" and "Popular Science". He is a correspondent for Wired, a contributing editor to "Metropolis" and lives in his hometown of New York City.
  • BAPXH
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    In this sharp and witty book, long-time Silicon Valley observer and author Andrew Keen argues that, on balance, the Internet has had a disastrous impact on all our lives. By tracing the history of the Internet, from its founding in the 1960s to the creation of the World Wide Web in 1989, through the waves of start-ups and the rise of the big data companies to the increasing attempts to monetize almost every human activity, Keen shows how the Web has had a deeply negative effect on our culture, economy and society. Informed by Keen's own research and interviews, as well as the work of other writers, reporters and academics, The Internet is Not the Answer is an urgent investigation into the tech world - from the threat to privacy posed by social media and online surveillance by government agencies, to the impact of the Internet on unemployment and economic inequality. Keen concludes by outlining the changes that he believes must be made, before it's too late. If we do nothing, he warns, this new technology and the companies that control it will continue to impoverish us all.
  • AYRIJ
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    Need help to generate traffic for your website or blog? This new guide is easy enough to get you started, but comprehensive enough to give you a deeper understanding of Search Engine Optimisation. It covers creative, marketing and technical considerations to help you improve rankings, drive traffic, and increase visibility in search engines. There are a great many elements to SEO, from the words on your page, the meta-data that sits behind it, and the way other sites link to each other on the web. This new book will help you structure your site in a way that both search engines, and your online readers will understand, quickly and easily.
  • ARJKQ 8 years +
    8 years +
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    This book looks at the basics of computer safety. It emphasises that once a computer is online, the user is open to dangers of various kinds, so there is a need to keep information private and use secure passwords. It defines digital footprints and online identity, and explains how to tell if a website is safe to visit. It also explains about computer etiquette and cyber bullying. The concepts are illustrated with case studies and examples of searches, and there are do's and don'ts and fact boxes to illustrate the topics covered.
  • BCXXD
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    This training guide has been written specifically for the BCS ITQ level 1 unit Improving Productivity using IT, which requires you to create IT solutions to simple problems and be able to identify the most suitable computer software to complete a task. Each exercise in this guide has been designed to gradually build up your knowledge using a simple, user friendly, step-by-step approach.
  • AYNQU
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    The easy way to start animating today! Creating Digital Animations is your ticket to learning animation! Learn how to animate your very own characters using Scratch the free multimedia tool that lets you create interactive stories, games, and animations. Designed specifically for kids aged seven and up, this easy-to-follow, full-color guide introduces you to important game design concepts through three simple projects. Step-by-step instructions walk you through the four major phases of animation design, showing you how to turn your idea into a real animation with sound effects and more! You'll work just like the pros as you sketch out your main idea, add your own details, and develop a complete, workable character from scratch. If you're curious about coding, animation is the perfect place to start exploring. The Scratch platform doesn't require an actual programming language, but it gets you used to thinking like a programmer while you develop your very own animation. Short on rules but big on fun, this book is your friendly animation coach to get you started on the right foot. * Use stick figures to design your characters' 'bones' * Flesh out your design and animate movements * Create scenes and background locations * Add sound to take your animation to the next level Animation is fun! Building your own characters is exciting! And putting the finishing touches on your animation project shows you just how much you can learn while you play. Coding is a valuable skill that will serve you throughout school and beyond, and this book teaches you the basics in a way that leaves you hungry for more. Where will you take your new animation skills next? Creating Digital Animations takes you on the first steps of your journey to wherever you want to go!
  • ALPSH
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    An accessible guide that makes Minecraft construction easy There isn't anything that can't be built in Minecraft, but it can be overwhelming to figure out where to start. That's why there's Minecraft Construction For Dummies, Portable Edition . More than just a game, Minecraft consists of players using an avatar to create or destroy various types of blocks, form fantastic structures, create artwork, and do much more, all in a three-dimensional environment and across various multiplayer servers in multiple game modes. With this fun and friendly beginner's guide, you will quickly discover how to fine-tune your skills in order to construct almost anything you want in this amazing environment. Provides step-by-step instructions to help you build houses, boats, islands, and more Addresses how to mine the right materials for basic building Reveals how to build statues, beacons, and pillars as landmarks Explores how to develop your farm for renewable resources Minecraft Construction For Dummies, Portable Edition goes where you go as you create a world you won't want to leave!
  • BCHBM
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    Google apps are an amazing set of online tools for word processing, spreadsheets, email, storage and more, accessible online, on mobile and across multiple locations. Learn how to make the best of this cloud-based offer, with its deep integrations with the world's most popular search engine, Google (!), Youtube and Google Plus. Most of us are used to using our desktop or laptop applications so the idea of working online, on any computer, or device, without being tied to a particular machine seems rather mind-bending. In fact, once you understand the structure and the logic of it you'll see that Google Apps release your thinking and allow you to focus on your work, or project more effectively than ever. The Everyday Guides, Made Easy series are plain speaking books covering a wide ranging of application and device technologies, designed to ease the challenges of the world around us.
  • BAIKU
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    The fast and easy way for kids to shoot, edit, and share videos on YouTube Does your child long to create and post videos on YouTube in hopes of becoming the next YouTube celebrity? Whether looking to go viral or simply wanting to make videos for their friends, Making YouTube Videos is the place your kid should start. Written by a filmmaking expert who runs camps for wanna-be filmmakers as young as seven, this fun and friendly guide takes your child step by step through the process: from idea creation to production to sharing on YouTube. Written in a language they ll understand and filled with eye-popping graphics that make the information come to life, Making YouTube Videos takes the intimidation out of working with video technology and offers your child a friendly, trusted source for expressing their creativity. Kids will work through small projects with end-goals that help promote confidence. With content that is accessible and easy to understand, this book is ideal for youngsters who want to go solo or work with you or another adult instructor. * Introduces ideas on framing, lighting, and sound * Shows kids how to load a video, add transitions, and add effects * Provides easy-to-follow instruction on uploading a video to YouTube and setting who can see or not see their video * Explains how to grab free software and make simple edits, like cutting out scenes, adding to a timeline, and implementing transitions If you want to encourage your child s enthusiasm but don t want to endure a meltdown, Making YouTube Videos makes it easy for your aspiring filmmaker to fulfill his or her dream.
  • AZFWV
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    Coding HTML CSS JAVA is a great practical guide to the basics of HTML, CSS and JavaScript coding. It will help with starting small and medium HTML and CSS projects, such as customising your blog or making your own website, and give practical examples of techniques that will aid you. Additionally you will be taken through the steps of adding images and video to your website, along with a troubleshooting guide for any problems that crop up. This book also covers JavaScript, which is vital if you want your website to do more than simply display information, such as membership login or feedback forms. JavaScript will enable you to generally provide more dynamic interaction with the user. Of course, you can use web editors and pre-written programs to do the job for you, but by learning some key coding skills, you will find you can create websites that truly have the edge on your competitors. Coding HTML CSS JAVA covers all the fundamental elements of the languages and how and where to use them. With easy-to-follow information, screenshots and helpful step-by-steps, this guide will take your web design to a new level!
  • AVBPV
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    Does it sometimes seem that everyone else is doing 'smarter' things on their smartphones than you? Do you feel you're not taking full advantage of some of the amazing technology available today, or perhaps just don't know that it even exists? Martin Bailey's latest book aims to solve life's little problems, one gadget at a time. Including hardware tech, PC/Mac software and mobile apps, it's laid out in an easy-to-read, concise format with each item covering two pages. It's written in plain English too, with illustrations and links to where you can find out more information. Covering over 100 gadgets, whether you're looking to improve your golf game, fix your PC and fill it with free software, measure a room using your phone or even alter your state of mind without drink or drugs, The Useful Book of Gadgets, Gizmos & Apps has something for everyone.
  • ANCXP
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    Using Your iPad Basics is the essential guide to the iPad for those who want to get to grips with how to make the most of the tablet. Written in a clear and accessible way, it covers everything from the basics of downloading an app to getting the most out of the great features. With tips and tricks from experts you will learn all the inside information that will help you on your way to getting the very most out of your iPad.