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Performance Testing with JMeter 2.9 | Packt Publishing

Performance Testing with JMeter 2.9 | Packt Publishing | Books and e-Books from Packt Publishing - November'14 - December'14 | Scoop.it
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Learn how to test web applications with JMeter 2.9 using Packt’s new eBook

- Sunitha Palanna      Released  July 13

Packt is pleased to announce the release of Performance Testing with JMeter 2.9, a practical, hands-on guide that equips readers with all the essential skills needed to effectively use JMeter to test web applications.

About the Author:
Bayo Erinle is a software engineer with over 9 years of experience in designing, developing, testing, and architecting software. He has worked in various areas of the IT field including government, finance, and healthcare. He has also been involved in the planning, development, implementation, integration, and testing of numerous applications, including multi-tiered, standalone, distributed, and cloud-based applications.

JMeter 2.9 is an Apache project that can be used as a load testing tool for analyzing and measuring the performance of a variety of services with a focus on web applications. It is a Java application that was originally designed solely for testing web applications, but it has since grown and expanded to provide other test functions.

Performance Testing with JMeter 2.9 begins with the fundamentals of performance testing and gets readers acquainted with JMeter. It then guides the reader through recording realistic and maintainable scripts. Readers will also learn how to work with tools such as Vagrant, Puppet, and AWS, allowing them to leverage the cloud to aid in distributed testing.

The eBook will teach readers how to do some BeanShell scripting as well as how to take advantage of regular expressions, JMeter properties, and extension points to build comprehensive and robust test suites. Also, it will teach developers how to test RESTful web services and how to deal with XML, JSON, file downloads/uploads, and much more.

This eBook is primarily for developers, quality assurance engineers, testers, and test managers who are new to Apache JMeter. It is also beneficial for those who simply want to learn how to effectively use and become proficient with Apache JMeter 2.9.

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Packt is one of the most prolific and fastest-growing tech book publishers in the world. Originally focused on open source software, Packt books now focus on practicality, recognizing that readers are ultimately concerned with getting the job done. Packt’s digitally-focused business model allows them to publish up-to-date books in very specific areas.

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Packt is one of the most prolific and fast-growing tech book publishers in the world. Originally focused on open source software, Packt pays a royalty on relevant books directly to open source projects. These projects have received over $400,000 as part of Packt’s Open Source Royalty Scheme to date. Our books focus on practicality, recognising that readers are ultimately concerned with getting the job done. Packt’s digitally-focused business model allows us to publish up-to-date books in very specific areas. With over 1000 books published, Packt now offers a subscription service. This app and a PacktLib subscription now makes finding the information you need easier than ever before. This page focuses on the books published during the particular months. It will be updated with the press releases, review excerpts from the reviewers as and when possible. So, if you're looking for something which could lend you a helping hand, this page will offer you that precise guidance to help you decide on the e-book you require. If you wish to be regularly updated on twiter, my handle is @Dyson_Packt.
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Leverage the power of Lua programming to create game AI that focuses on motion, animation, and tactics

Leverage the power of Lua programming to create game AI that focuses on motion, animation, and tactics | Books and e-Books from Packt Publishing - November'14 - December'14 | Scoop.it
Leverage the power of Lua programming to create game AI that focuses on motion, animation, and tactics
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Focus on programming game AI rather than handling low-level resource management,bind Lua to build a script-based game AI using a C++ backend that provides hooks for graphics, physics, and resource handling, a tutorial-based approach where AI functionalities are layered piece by piece to create fully functional AI. If you are a game developer or a general programmer who wishes to focus on programming systems and techniques to build your game AI without creating low-level interfaces in a game engine, then this book is for you.

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Create small to large web applications with Flask Framework

Create small to large web applications with Flask Framework | Books and e-Books from Packt Publishing - November'14 - December'14 | Scoop.it
Over 80 hands-on recipes to help you create small-to-large web applications using Flask
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Gain all the knowledge required to write web applications with Flask Framework with Packt's new book. Save time by building web apps with Flash using this Cookbook based tutorial. Users new to Flash will be introduced to the basics in the initial chapter while the rest of the chapters will help in further  understanding Flask Framework. Learn how to Integrate Flask with technologies such as Redis, Sentry, and MongoDB, you can also Test your applications as you write them to prevent future complications and many more.

 

Filled with easy-to-understand practical recipes, Flask Framework Cookbook provides you with the requisite knowledge to write Flash applications.

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Integrate Maven with an Eclispe environment

Integrate Maven with an Eclispe environment | Books and e-Books from Packt Publishing - November'14 - December'14 | Scoop.it

A fast-paced guide that helps you create a continuous delivery solution by integrating Maven with an Eclipse environment

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If you want to learn about Maven and use it from within Eclipse to develop Java projects, this is the book for you. Prior experience in developing Java projects and using the Eclipse IDE is presumed. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced developer, this book from Packt Publishing will get you up and running quickly, with a hands-on approach. By the end of this book, you will have a good understanding of m2eclipse and will be able to use it efficiently with ease.

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Learn to develop themes, blocks, and attributes with concrete

Learn to develop themes, blocks, and attributes with concrete | Books and e-Books from Packt Publishing - November'14 - December'14 | Scoop.it
Learn to develop themes, blocks, and attributes with concrete5
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concrete5 for Developers from Packt Publishing is a new book authored by Sufyan bin Uzayr. Whether you have had some previous experience with concrete5 or are entirely new to it, this book will help you understand all that you need to know in order to get started with concrete5 development.This book follows
an easy-to-grasp model with a step-by-step approach. Each topic is explained at length and is followed and supplemented by examples in code, followed in turn by an explanation of the sample code.

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E-learning with Camtasia Studio | Packt

E-learning with Camtasia Studio | Packt | Books and e-Books from Packt Publishing - November'14 - December'14 | Scoop.it
A step-by-step guide to producing high-quality, professional E-learning videos for effective screencasting and training
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Packt is pleased to announce the release of a new e-learning book based on Camtasia, E-learning with Camtasia Studio. Users in the field of e-learning will be able to build an efficient e-learning development framework. This step-by-step guide filled with practical examples will show users how to deploy effective screencasting and podcasting e-learning videos.

 

About the author:
David B. Demyan has been using Camtasia Studio since the early days of the product’s release. He authored the help system that accompanies the software, learning and using every feature as the product went through each release. David has hosted training classes for industry, government, and educational organizations on how to use Camtasia Studio to teach and inform others. For the past 10 years, David has specialized in e-learning consultation. As the owner of Spectorial Corporation, he produces and guides others in the creation of software system e-learning solutions using rapid development tools such as Articulate Storyline, Camtasia, and Audacity. David offers hands-on training in using Camtasia Studio for e-learning, using this book as a primary text and other additional resources. He can be reached at http://www.spectorial.com.

E-learning with Camtasia Studio will give users an understanding of how to design, record, edit, enhance, and deliver stunning e-learning videos. Both basic and advanced users will learn how to make their videos work as standalone videos or within a learning management system. Many advanced features are described in step-by-step exercises.

Advanced users of Camtasia will learn how to design e-learning videos with the samples included. There are templates, scripts, and storyboards that are highly beneficial when creating an e-learning project. Working on sample project files will make any basic Camtasia user into an advanced user after learning the advanced features presented in detail in this book. E-learning with Camtasia Studio contains ample examples, exercises, and screenshots, making it easy to learn Camtasia.

Basic and advanced users who want to create effective educational content and professional e-learning videos will find this e-book an excellent resource. For more information please visit: http://goo.gl/i0VPY3

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Reviewers take on PHPUnit Essentials.

Reviewers take on PHPUnit Essentials. | Books and e-Books from Packt Publishing - November'14 - December'14 | Scoop.it
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PHPUnit Essentials from Packt Publishing is a hands-on, step-by-step guide, this book will teach developers how to drastically improve their software testing skills. Filled with real-life examples, developers will also learn about the advanced concepts of testing.

 

Developers with some knowledge of PHP will find this book to be a valuable resource for learning and improving their software testing skills. Experienced PHP developers will learn how to put PHPUnit to use for developing web applications.


See what reviewers have to say about our book on PHPUnit Essentials released by Packt Publishing: Rudolf Olah mentions on his blog http://neverfriday.com/2014/06/19/phpunit-essentials-book-review “Overall the book was a good read and it’s worth getting as both a guide and a reference.” Santiago Lizardo on his blog http://www.santiagolizardo.com/article/review-of-the-book-phpunit-essentials rates the book on a scale of 8/10. He has mentioned a detailed review of the book describing briefly how each and every chapter fared during his course of the review process.

 

Another reviewer Ahmed Abdul-Majeed Opeyemi, who I came across as a “softcoder” ends his review by saying “With his over 13-years experience working with software testing technologies, Zdenek Machek couldn’t have done more justice to the subject matter.” Details about his review can be found at http://ahmedopeyemi.com/main/book-review-phpunit-essentials/ . More reviewers are expected to post how they felt while reading the book and whether the author Zdenek’s efforts were completely worth it. Its suffice to say that the ebook was fulfilling enough to make it an interesting read for this re viewers and will be so for you as well! More reviews are still to come.

 

For details about the ebook, do visit the book-page directly at: http://goo.gl/ZQ0qEb 

 

 

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Direct3D Rendering Cookbook

Direct3D Rendering Cookbook | Books and e-Books from Packt Publishing - November'14 - December'14 | Scoop.it
Learn and implement the advanced rendering techniques in Direct3D 11.2 and bring your 3D graphics project to life Study the source code and digital assets with a small rendering framework and explore the features of Direct3D 11.2 A practical, example-driven, technical cookbook with numerous illustr
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Packt is proud to present its latest publication Direct3D Rendering Cookbook by Justin Stenning. Direct3D Rendering Cookbook provides detailed .NET examples that cover a wide range of advanced 3D rendering techniques available in Direct3D 11.2. With this book, readers will learn how to use the new Visual Studio 2012 graphics content pipeline, perform character animation, implement displacement mapping, perform image post-processing, and use compute shaders for general-purpose computing on GPUs. The book comes in at 402 pages and is priced at $54.99 while eBook is available for $32.99.


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Justin Stenning has been a software tragic since DOS was king, and has been working as a software engineer since he was 20. He has been the technical lead on a range of projects from enterprise content management and software integrations through to mobile apps, mapping, and biosecurity management systems. Justin has been involved in a number of open source projects, including capturing images from full-screen Direct3D games and displaying in-game overlays, and he also enjoys giving a portion of his spare time to the open source community. er� ie��ц advanced 3D rendering techniques available in Direct3D 11.2. With this book, readers will learn how to use the new Visual Studio 2012 graphics content pipeline, perform character animation, implement displacement mapping, perform image post-processing, and use compute shaders for general-purpose computing on GPUs. The book comes in at 402 pages and is priced at $54.99 while eBook is available for $32.99.

 

Direct3D is part of Microsoft's DirectX application programming interface (API). Direct3D is available for Microsoft Windows operating systems (Windows 95 and above), and for other platforms through the open source software Wine. It is the base for the graphics API on the Xbox and Xbox 360 console systems. Direct3D is used to render three dimensional graphics in applications where performance is important, such as games.

 

 

Direct3D Rendering Cookbook provides detailed .NET examples covering a wide range of advanced 3D rendering techniques available in Direct3D 11.2. With this book, the readers will learn how to use the new Visual Studio 2012 graphics content pipeline, how to perform character animation, how to use advanced hardware tessellation techniques, how to implement displacement mapping, perform image post-processing, and how to use compute shaders for general-purpose computing on GPUs.

 

The following essential topics are covered in the book:

Chapter 1: Getting Started with Direct3D
Chapter 2: Rendering with Direct3D
Chapter 3: Rendering Meshes
Chapter 4: Animating Meshes with Vertex Skinning
Chapter 5: Applying Hardware Tessellation
Chapter 6: Adding Surface Detail with Normal and Displacement Mapping
Chapter 7: Performing Image Processing Techniques
Chapter 8: Incorporating Physics and Simulations
Chapter 9: Rendering on Multiple Threads and Deferred Contexts
Chapter 10: Implementing Deferred Rendering
Chapter 11: Integrating Direct3D with XAML and Windows 8.1

 


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Design, implement, and build server architecture using PostgreSQL 9, with Packt’s new book and eBook

Design, implement, and build server architecture using PostgreSQL 9, with Packt’s new book and eBook | Books and e-Books from Packt Publishing - November'14 - December'14 | Scoop.it
Create a PostgreSQL cluster that stays online even when disaster strikes Avoid costly downtime and data loss that can ruin your business Perform data replication and monitor your data with hands-on industry-driven recipes and detailed step-by-step explanations , Over 100 recipes to design and imple
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Packt is pleased to announce the release of its new book PostgreSQL 9 High Availability Cookbook. Filled with easy-to-follow industry-driven recipes, administrators will learn how to build a versatile PostgreSQL cluster and avoid costly downtime.

 

About the author: Shaun has been working with PostgreSQL since late 2000. He is a frequent contributor to the PostgreSQL Performance and General mailing lists, assisting other DBAs with knowledge he's gained over the years. In 2011 and 2012, he presented at the Postgres Open conference on topics such as handling extreme throughput, High Availability, server redundancy, and failover techniques. Most recently, he has contributed the Shard Manager extension and the walctl WAL management suite. Currently, he is the database architect at OptionsHouse, an online options brokerage with a PostgreSQL cluster that handles almost two billion queries per day. Many of the techniques used in this book were developed specifically for this extreme environment.

 

PostgreSQL 9 High Availability Cookbook starts by showing readers how to choose the right hardware and software they need to build a versatile PostgreSQL cluster. This, in turn, will prevent severs from crashing. Building a versatile data cluster will resist data corruption, and grow smoothly with customer demand.

 

Administrators will also learn how to protect data with PostgreSQL replication and management tools such as Slony, Bucardo, and Londiste. This book will also teach them how to automate checks with Nagios check_mk, and Graphite and they'll also learn how to visualize these checks. Each chapter in this book is designed to simplify highly complex database operations.

PostgreSQL 9 High Availability Cookbook covers the following topics:

Preface
Chapter 1: Hardware Planning
Chapter 2: Handling and Avoiding Downtime
Chapter 3: Pooling Resources
Chapter 4: Troubleshooting
Chapter 5: Monitoring
Chapter 6: Replication
Chapter 7: Replication Management Tools
Chapter 8: Advanced Stack
Chapter 9: Cluster Control
Chapter 10: Data Distribution
Index

This is book is for PostgreSQL DBA working on Linux systems. Administrators wanting to guarantee system stability will find that this book is a valuable resource.

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Create rich interfaces for the Web and mobile platforms using Kendo UI with Packt’s new book and eBook

Create rich interfaces for the Web and mobile platforms using Kendo UI with Packt’s new book and eBook | Books and e-Books from Packt Publishing - November'14 - December'14 | Scoop.it
Create rich interfaces for the Web using the Kendo UI application framework and various sets of widgets that come packaged in the library Build web applications for the mobile platform by providing a native look and feel on iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone, without having to worry about
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----- Dyson D' Souza Packt is pleased to announce the release of Kendo UI Cookbook. Web developers will get to grips with the basics of the Kendo UI application framework. In this easy-to-follow guide, filled with practical and hands-on examples, developers will learn how to apply Kendo’s one stop library to build applications for various platforms.

 

About the Author Sagar Ganatra is a frontend architect from Bangalore, India. His expertise includes HTML5, CSS3, Object-oriented JavaScript, Kendo UI, jQuery, and JavaScript frameworks such as BackboneJS, RequireJS, and AngularJS. He also writes about these technologies on his blog at http://www.sagarganatra.com/. When he is not coding, he enjoys writing short stories, swimming, and reading books.

 

Kendo UI Cookbook is an easy-to-follow guide that contains recipes that will make it easy for web developers to build applications on web and mobile platforms like platforms like iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone. This includes making use of the templating system, applying the Model View – View Model (MVVM) pattern, and using the built-in validator. All of these features are included in the Kendo UI application framework. Developers will be introduced to the Kendo framework in the initial chapters.

 

This book also makes use of various widgets and how to customize the applications based on readers' requirements. Developers will also learn how to build interactive charts and dashboards using data visualization components. Kendo UI Cookbook also explores the use of widgets that can be used in projects with minimal configurations. This hands-on guide will teach developers how to build visually compelling web applications.

 

Kendo UI Cookbook covers the following chapters:

Chapter 1: The Kendo UI Application Framework

Chapter 2: The Kendo UI Grid

Chapter 3: Kendo UI TreeView

Chapter 4: Kendo UI Editor

Chapter 5: Kendo UI PanelBar Chapter

6: Kendo UI File Uploader Chapter

7: Kendo UI Window Chapter

8: Kendo UI Mobile Framework

Chapter 9: Kendo UI Mobile Widgets

Chapter 10: Kendo UI DataViz

Chapter 11: Kendo UI DataViz – Advance Charting

 

Web developers wanting to explore the potential of Kendo and further their skills using Kendo UI library will find this book an excellent resource. For details please visit: http://goo.gl/yXqmJ7

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Build interesting application scenarios with Rails 4 using with Packt’s new book and Ebook

Build interesting application scenarios with Rails 4 using with Packt’s new book and Ebook | Books and e-Books from Packt Publishing - November'14 - December'14 | Scoop.it

Upgrade your knowledge for the latest changes in the Rails framework Follow the project-based approach to building applications from simple to advanced skill levels , Build simple to advanced applications in Rails 4 through 10 exciting projects w

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Packt is proud to present its latest publication, Rails 4 Application Development Hotshot, by Saurabh Bhatia. The book explains how to build the most popular types of applications using Rails 4, and highlights new ways to do things. It also closely follows lots of the best practices, gems, and popular solutions already known to the community. The book is 378 pages long and is priced at $49.99, while the eBook is $25.49.

Rails is an open source web application framework that runs via the Ruby programming language. It allows readers to create pages and applications that gather information from the web server, talk to or query the database, and render templates.

Rails 4 Application Development Hotshot shows readers how to build the most popular types of applications using Rails 4, and highlights new ways to do things. This book explores new ideas to refactor and restructure code to make it perform better in production, and enables the readers to write production-ready code.

The following are the chapters in this book:
Project 1: A Social Recipe-sharing Website
Project 2: Conference and Event RSVP Management
Project 3: Creating an Online Social Pinboard
Project 4: Creating a Restaurant Menu Builder
Project 5: Building a Customizable Content Management System
Project 6: Creating an Analytics Dashboard using Rails and Mongoid
Project 7: Creating an API Mashup – Twitter and Google Maps
Project 8: API Only Application – Backend for a Mobile App
Project 9: Video Streaming Website using Rails and HTML5
Project 10: A Rails Engines-based E-Commerce Platform

About Packt:
Packt is one of the most prolific and fast-growing tech book publishers in the world. Originally focused on open source software, Packt books focus on practicality, recognizing that readers are ultimately concerned with getting the job done. Packt’s digitally-focused business model allows them to publish up-to-date books in very specific areas.

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Learn how to use PHPUnit to write and test code using Packt’s new book and eBook

Learn how to install PHPUnit as well as how to write and execute tests Understand the advanced concepts of testing using test doubles and the continuous integration process A hands-on, step-by-step guide full of real-life examples to help you learn quickly and effectively , Get started with PHPUnit
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Packt is pleased to announce the release of its new book on PHP: PHPUnit Essentials. A hands-on, step-by-step guide, this book will teach developers how to drastically improve their software testing skills. Filled with real-life examples, developers will also learn about the advanced concepts of testing.

About the author:
Zdenek Machek is an experienced PHP developer who has been working with PHP since 2000. He has introduced software testing and PHPUnit to various companies and utilized them on various small- and large-scale projects. Zdenek has also written several articles and blog posts focused on Continuous Integration processes during PHP application development. Currently, he leads technology standards and values across his current organization, and also handles the analysis, planning, and technical delivery of large-scale, critical, and high performance systems for the organization’s most complex projects.

PHPUnit Essentials is a practical guide that introduces readers to what PHPUnit has to offer to improve their software testing skills. This book will teach readers how to test their codes and write good test codes, which are essential skills that every PHP developer should master. Filled with simple and easy-to-understand examples, PHPUnit Essentials covers all aspects of writing test codes.

Readers will also learn how to refactor their code, how to run tests from the command line, explore how to test legacy code, use PHPUnit tests in Jenkins and Xinc servers, and much more. This book also delves into making use of the PHP mock object framework called Mockery.

The book consists of the following chapters:

Chapter 1: Installing PHPUnit
Chapter 2: PHPUnit Support in IDEs
Chapter 3: Tests and What They're All About
Chapter 4: Testing Dependencies and Exceptions
Chapter 5: Running Tests from the Command Line
Chapter 6: Test Isolation and Interaction
Chapter 7: Organizing Tests
Chapter 8: Using Test Doubles
Chapter 9: Database Testing
Chapter 10: Testing APIs
Chapter 11: Testing Legacy Code
Chapter 12: Functional Tests in the Web Browser
Chapter 13: Continuous Integration
Chapter 14: PHPUnit Alternatives, Extensions, Relatives, and BDD

Developers with some knowledge of PHP will find this book to be a valuable resource for learning and improving their software testing skills. Experienced PHP developers will learn how to put PHPUnit to use for developing web applications. For more information on this book, please visit: http://goo.gl/ZQ0qEb

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Learn to use the powerful and latest features of Visual Studio 2013 in all areas of development with Packt’s new book and eBook

Learn to use the powerful and latest features of Visual Studio 2013 in all areas of development with Packt’s new book and eBook | Books and e-Books from Packt Publishing - November'14 - December'14 | Scoop.it

Provides you with coverage of all the new Visual Studio 2013 features regardless of your programming language preference Recipes describe how to apply Visual Studio to all areas of development: writing, debugging, and application lifecycle maintenance Straightforward examples of building apps for W

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Packt is pleased to announce the release of its latest book on Visual Studio, Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook. Developers will learn the latest features with straightforward examples. This book also explores developing applications for various platforms like desktop, mobile, and for the Web. The print version is 332 pages long and priced at $44.99, while the eBook is priced at $26.99.

About the authors:
Jeff Martin has been involved with the computer industry for several years, and has covered Microsoft technologies and the .NET platform for InfoQ (http://www.infoq.com) since 2011.

Richard Banks has developed software for the last 20 years for a wide range of industries and development platforms, and over the years has filled many roles including developer, team lead, project manager, and CIO/CTO. He also owns and contributes to a few open source projects and has spoken at Microsoft TechEd and many other events and user groups around Australia. He currently works as a principal consultant for Readify and is a Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP.

Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook introduces readers to the new features the 2013 version has to offer and how it can be used to improve development tasks. Developers will be able to debug parallel and concurrent programs, integrate .NET Framework 4.5.1 effectively, and create apps for Windows 8.1.

The book maintains a practical approach, helping readers familiarize themselves with the changes in the new version. The step-by step approach presented in the book will also help improve the user’s developmental tasks. Developers will also learn how to protect and manage source code with Team Foundation Server.

Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook covers the following important topics:

Chapter 1: Discovering Visual Studio 2013
Chapter 2: Getting Started with Windows Store Applications
Chapter 3: Web Development – ASP.NET, HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript
Chapter 4: .NET Framework 4.5.1 Development
Chapter 5: Debugging Your .NET Application
Chapter 6: Asynchrony in .NET
Chapter 7: Unwrapping C++ Development
Chapter 8: Working with Team Foundation Server 2013
Chapter 9: Languages
Appendix: Visual Studio Medley

Developers wanting to learn the new features of Visual Studio 2013 will find this Cookbook a valuable resource. For more information, please visit: http://goo.gl/A4pj4Q ;

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Manage Rake Tasks efficiently and automate build processes quickly

Manage Rake Tasks efficiently and automate build processes quickly | Books and e-Books from Packt Publishing - November'14 - December'14 | Scoop.it
Solve real-world automation challenges with human readable code Build or deploy an application package quickly Easy-to-follow instructions to speed up tasks and manage them efficiently , Deploy, test, and build software to solve real-world automation challenges using Rake with this book and ebook
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Packt is pleased to announce the release of its first eBook on Rake, Rake Task Management Essentials. This practical guide is updated with the techniques and easy to follow steps to help developers in building, testing, and debugging Rake tasks. Filled with clear and easy-to-follow examples, developers will learn to how to build or deploy an application.

 

About the Author
Andrey Koleshko’s first programming language that he used in his employment career was Java. Then he migrated to the Ruby language and has been working with it for four years. Currently, he is working at a local cloud hosting company. This change of company provided him with an opportunity to deal with a lot of challenges concerning application architecture, code testing, debugging, and deployment processes. As a result, he has contributed to some famous Ruby libraries. Mostly, he works with the Rails framework. He also likes to document all his thoughts and his most interesting experiences through his blog: http://railsguides.net.

 

Rake Task Management Essentials begins with the basics and the fundamentals of Rake and its application. It further explains Rake’s language in order to write custom tasks. With the help of clear and concise examples, developers will learn how Rake is used by Ruby using a Jenkins example.

 

Developers who want to test Ruby or Rake applications will be able to learn about debugging and testing. A step-by step guide, Rake Task Management Essentials focuses on interactive approach to solve real-world automation challenges.

 

Developers acquainted with the Ruby language who want to solve repetitive tasks will find this eBook a valuable resource. For more information, please visit: http://goo.gl/a2e3bS 

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Learn how to build engaging GIS web applications using ArcGIS

Learn how to build engaging GIS web applications using ArcGIS | Books and e-Books from Packt Publishing - November'14 - December'14 | Scoop.it
Build an engaging GIS Web application from scratch using ArcGIS
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Learn how to design, build, and run high performance and interactive applications with the help of ArcGIS from Packt's new book. ArcGIS allows users to create rich maps and applications that interact with services hosted on ArcGIS for Server and ArcGIS Online. A step-by-step tutorial that will teach users on how to design and customize a GIS application for the web.

 

Users will learn how to script essential ArcGIS JavaScript code to consume with ArcGIS services, communicate with the services to query, retrieve, and display the results and many more. Users who have basic knowledge of GIS will find this
book useful. Beginners new to this technology will help to develop their skills to start their own project.

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Learn to develop themes, blocks, and attributes with concrete

Learn to develop themes, blocks, and attributes with concrete | Books and e-Books from Packt Publishing - November'14 - December'14 | Scoop.it
Learn to develop themes, blocks, and attributes with concrete5
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concrete5 for Developers from Packt Publishing is a new book authored by Sufyan bin Uzayr. Whether you have had some previous experience with concrete5 or are entirely new to it, this book will help you understand all that you need to know in order to get started with concrete5 development.This book follows an easy-to-grasp model with a step-by-step approach. Each topic is explained at length and is followed and supplemented by examples in code, followed in turn by an explanation of the sample code.

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Learn how to use DynamoDB efficiently to create high performance applications with Packt’s new book and eBoo

Learn how to use DynamoDB efficiently to create high performance applications with Packt’s new book and eBoo | Books and e-Books from Packt Publishing - November'14 - December'14 | Scoop.it

Apply efficient DynamoDB design patterns for high performance of applications

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Packt is pleased to announce the release of DynamoDB Applied Design Patterns, a thorough guide that aims to teach readers how to make best use of DynamoDB quickly and efficiently with the help of design examples and real-life use cases. The eBook is priced at $22.95 while the print version is available for $44.99.

About the author:
Uchit Vyas is an open source specialist and a hands-on Lead DevOps at Clogeny Technologies. He is responsible for the delivery of solutions, services, and product development. He regularly explores new enterprise and open source platforms and enjoys defining architecture, roadmaps, and best practices. He has consulted and provided training on various open source technologies, including cloud computing technologies (AWS Cloud, Rackspace, Azure, CloudStack, Openstack, and Eucalyptus), Mule ESB, Chef, Puppet and Liferay Portal, Alfresco ECM, and JBoss to corporations around the world. He achieved his degree in Computer Science from Gujarat University. He was also previously a member of the Education and Research Team as Senior Associate at Infosys Limited, during which time he worked on SaaS, private clouds, virtualization, and cloud system automation. He has also published a book on Mule ESB and is currently writing various books on open source technologies and AWS.

With this book, readers will be able to familiarize themselves with local and CLI commands in DynamoDB. They will learn how to create, design, and manage databases in DynamoDB, and will be introduced to the concept of data models including tables, items, and attributes.

The book will teach readers how to conduct Query and Scan operations on DynamoDB tables, and covers useful topics such as primary keys, indexes, and design patterns. Readers will also discover what global and local secondary indexes are and how to access DynamoDB in the management console, command line, and Eclipse plugin.

DynamoDB Applied Design Patterns covers the following important topics:

Preface
Chapter 1: Data Modeling with DynamoDB
Chapter 2: DynamoDB Interfaces
Chapter 3: Tools and Libraries of AWS DynamoDB
Chapter 4: Working with Secondary Indexes
Chapter 5: Query and Scan Operations in DynamoDB
Chapter 6: Working with the DynamoDB API
Chapter 7: Distributed Locking with DynamoDB
Chapter 8: DynamoDB with Redshift - The Data Pipeline
Chapter 9: DynamoDB
Appendix

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Packt helps IT professionals Level Up their skills with eBooks and Videos at $10 or less

Packt helps IT professionals Level Up their skills with eBooks and Videos at $10 or less | Books and e-Books from Packt Publishing - November'14 - December'14 | Scoop.it

Packt Publishing provides books, eBooks, video tutorials, and articles for IT developers, administrators, and users.

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Packt Publishing has published over 2000 books and videos as part of its mission to help the world put software to work in new ways – in areas including web development, big data, app development, and games development.

 

On September 25th Packt is launching a special offer to encourage IT professionals to join them in that mission and Level Up their skills – for the next 7 days ALL eBooks and Videos are just $10 each or less. The more EXP customers want to gain, the more they save:

Any 1 or 2 eBooks/Videos – $10 eachAny 3 to 5 eBooks/Videos – $8 eachAny 6 or more eBooks/Videos – $6 each

 

The offer ends October 2nd and covers Packt’s entire range of eBooks and Videos, making this the perfect opportunity to learn something new, keep up to date, and ultimately become the expert. Read more and check out the offer at: http://goo.gl/VJCvWT

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Learn the fundamentals of charting in Python with Packt’s new book and eBook

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Master how to build dynamic HTML5-ready SVG charts using Python and the pygal library

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Packt is pleased to announce the release of its new book Learning Python Data Visualization. This practical and hands-on guide will introduce readers to the world of data visualization using Python. Filled with easy-to-understand tutorials, developers will master how to represent complex datasets.

About the author: Chad Adams has been working in software development for over 10 years and has worked with various languages and platforms during his career, including HTML5, JavaScript, C#, WPF, Python, IronPython, Android, iOS, and Windows Phone development. He works as a Frontend Architect in Kansas City, building developer tools for his team as well as interactive and exciting applications for clients. 

Learning Python Data Visualization begins with how to build simple graphics and charts in Python. The easy-to-understand tutorials will teach Python developers how to generate graphics and charts. Readers will learn about the installation of common charting, graphics, and utility libraries for the Python programming language, with the help of sample code and tutorials.

Learning Python Data Visualization also features the Pygal library, which will allow developers to create dynamic and modern HTML5-ready charts. This book also covers parsing data from online and offline sources. 

Learning Python Data Visualization covers the following topics: 

Preface
Chapter 1: Setting Up Your Development Environment
Chapter 2: Python Refresher
Chapter 3: Getting Started with pygal
Chapter 4: Advanced Charts
Chapter 5: Tweaking pygal
Chapter 6: Importing Dynamic Data
Chapter 7: Putting It All Together
Chapter 8: Further Resources
Appendix A: References and Resources
Appendix B: Index

Developers new to the world of Python’s powerful programming language will find this tutorial very helpful. For more information, please visit: http://goo.gl/0RPR2L

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Learn to build responsive web applications using AJAX and JQuery with Packt’s new book and eBook

Learn to build responsive web applications using AJAX and JQuery with Packt’s new book and eBook | Books and e-Books from Packt Publishing - November'14 - December'14 | Scoop.it

A practical guide to empower you to develop responsive web applications by combining the strengths of AJAX and jQuery Learn how to build a series of web applications on top of a website quickly and efficiently By the end of this book, you will have mastered ways with which you can leverage AJAX an

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Packt is pleased to announce a new book on how to develop responsive web applications. Developing Responsive Web Applications with AJAX and jQuery will teach developers how to build websites quickly and efficiently. Through this practical guide, presented in a comprehensive and step-by-step manner, developers will be equipped with the knowledge required to understand the nuances of responsive web applications. The ebook is priced at $20.39 while the print book is priced at $39.99.

 

About the author:
Sandeep Kumar Patel is a senior web developer and founder of http://www.tutorialsavvy.com, a widely-read programming blog since 2012. He has more than 4 years of experience in object-oriented JavaScript and JSON-based web application development. He is GATE-2005 Information Technology (IT) qualified and has a Master’s degree from VIT University, Vellore, India. At present, he holds the position of Web Developer at SAP Labs, India. He has received the Dzone Most Valuable Blogger (MVB) award for technical publications related to web technologies. He has also received the Java Code Geek (JCG) badge for a technical article published in JCG.

Developing Responsive Web Applications with AJAX and jQuery begins with the basics, explaining what Responsive Web Applications has to offer and its benefits, by adding dynamic visuals to web applications. Developers will learn how to create responsive web layouts using JSON and then develop fluid layouts using Boostrap3.

Developers will further learn how to integrate various types of social media such Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus extensions, and the Google currency converter into web pages. The book ends with how to debug and test applications in real time. This book is a tutorial packed with ample code and examples, with explanations that will empower developers and give them the skills necessary to build responsive web applications.

The essential topics covered in this book are:
Chapter 1: Introduction to a Responsive Web Application
Chapter 2: Creating a Responsive Layout for a Web Application
Chapter 3: Adding Dynamic Visuals to a Web Application
Chapter 4: Twitter Integration
Chapter 5: Facebook Integration
Chapter 6: Google+ Integration
Chapter 7: Linking Dynamic Content from External Websites
Chapter 8: Integrating E-Commerce or Shopping Applications with Your Website
Chapter 9: Integrating the Google Currency Converter with Your Web Application
Chapter 10: Debugging and Testing

Developing Responsive Web Applications with AJAX and jQuery is intended for Java developers. 

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Design real-world applications using Cassandra with Packt’s new book and eBook

Design real-world applications using Cassandra with Packt’s new book and eBook | Books and e-Books from Packt Publishing - November'14 - December'14 | Scoop.it
Learn how to identify real world use cases that Cassandra solves easily, in order to use it effectively Identify and apply usage and design patterns to solve specific business and technical problems including technologies that work in tandem with Cassandra A hands-on guide that will show you the s
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Packt is pleased to announce the release of its new book and eBook Cassandra Design Patterns. This practical guide helps readers understand the strengths and weaknesses of Cassandra, and how to identify the business and technical use cases that Cassandra solves. Readers also learn to solve real-world business problems that are difficult or impossible to solve in the traditional RDBMS world. This 88-page book is now available in print for $24.99 and all the popular eBook formats for $12.74.


About the author:
Sanjay Sharma has been an architect of enterprise-grade solutions in the software industry for around 15 years, and has used Big Data and Cloud technologies over the past four to five years to solve complex business problems. He has extensive experience with cardinal technologies, including Cassandra, Hadoop, Hive, MongoDB, MPP DW, and Java/J2EE/SOA, which allowed him to pioneer the LinkedIn group, Hadoop India. Over the years, he has also played a pivotal role in many industries, including healthcare, finance, CRM, manufacturing, and banking/insurance. Sanjay is highly venerated for his technological insight and is invited to speak regularly at Big Data, Cloud, and Agile events. He is also an active contributor to open source.


Cassandra uses a peer-to-peer architecture, instead of master-slave architectures that are prone to single point of failure (SPOF) problems. Cassandra is deployed on multiple machines with each machine acting as a node in a cluster. Cassandra packs the best features of two technologies, Google BigTable and Amazon Dynamo. Today, Cassandra has evolved beyond these origins with new unique and enterprise-ready features such as Cassandra Query Language (CQL), support for collection columns, lightweight transactions, and triggers.


Cassandra Design Patterns delves into how Cassandra solves the traditional big data’s volume, variety, and velocity problems and looks at technologies that work in tandem with Cassandra. Readers will discover use cases and design patterns that every architect and developer faces when designing new solutions. This book allows readers to journey through various real-world use cases, how to use Cassandra for these use cases, and how to apply the right design patterns.


Cassandra Design Patterns covers the following essential topics:
Chapter 1: An Overview of Architecture and Data Modeling in Cassandra
Chapter 2: An Overview of Case and Design Patterns
Chapter 3: 3V Patterns
Chapter 4: Core Cassandra Patterns
Chapter 5: Search and Analytics Applied Use Case Patterns
Chapter 6: Patterns and Anti-patterns


This book is ideal for anyone from architect to developer who wants to design real-world applications using Cassandra. It would be helpful to have a background in Cassandra or programming concepts, but the book is readable for general users who have experience in any programming language or are aware of RDBMS solutions.

 

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Learn about cloud computing with Heroku using Packt’s new book and eBook

Learn about cloud computing with Heroku using Packt’s new book and eBook | Books and e-Books from Packt Publishing - November'14 - December'14 | Scoop.it
Understand the concepts of the Heroku platform: how it works, the application development stack, and security features Learn how to build, deploy, and troubleshoot a cloud application in the most popular programming languages easily and quickly using Heroku Leverage the book's practical exampl
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Packt is pleased to announce the release of Heroku Cloud Application Development by Anubhav Hanjura. This book will show how Heroku is language-independent and does not lock the user to a particular operating environment. The print book is 336 pages long and is competitively priced at $54.99, while the eBook and Kindle versions are available for $28.04. About the author: Anubhav Hanjura is a cloud technology enthusiast and a software architect. He specializes in server-side development (C++, C, and Java) for distributed software platforms, and is an avid blog reader. When he is not designing software systems, you can find him collecting books, pondering over puzzles, or bookmarking general trivia. He is a passionate mentor, has authored several white papers, and has also served as a project guide for students on many occasions. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from NIT, Surat. Heroku is one of the leading cloud platforms supported by several programming languages. It lets the user develop applications without worrying about the infrastructure. They can instantly build, deploy, and troubleshoot the most advanced and robust cloud applications using a rich set of available tools. Heroku assists in building the most feature-rich web applications using add-ons and multiple data sources that can be easily configured. Heroku Cloud Application Development explores the ease with which a developer with limited availability or knowledge of deployment infrastructure can run and manage a cloud app 24/7/365. This book is a hands-on guide that explains the various components of the Heroku platform and provides step-by-step guidance, along with helpful examples on how to build and troubleshoot robust and scalable production-ready web applications on the Heroku platform. The book will cover the following chapters: Chapter 1: Hello Heroku Chapter 2: Inside Heroku Chapter 3: Building Heroku Applications Chapter 4: Deploying Heroku Applications Chapter 5: Running Heroku Applications Chapter 6: Putting It All Together Chapter 7: Heroku Best Practices Chapter 8: Heroku Security Chapter 9: Troubleshooting Heroku Applications Chapter 10: Advanced Heroku Usage This book is aimed at those who are new to Heroku or inexperienced in the technology. The reader should have knowledge or familiarity with cloud computing and basic knowledge of database and network deployment.
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Harness the power of Django to develop advanced web applications with Packt’s new book and eBook

Harness the power of Django to develop advanced web applications with Packt’s new book and eBook | Books and e-Books from Packt Publishing - November'14 - December'14 | Scoop.it
Get to know MVC pattern and the structure of Django Create your first webpage with Django mechanisms Enable user interaction with forms Program extremely rapid forms with Django features. Explore the best practices to develop applications of a superior quality , Develop simple web applications wit
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Packt is pleased to announce the release of Django Essentials. This practical guide follows a step-by-step approach that will help readers utilize the powerful Python web framework to develop web applications. Readers will also learn about the various features of Django to improve the quality of their web applications.

 


About the author:
Samuel Dauzon has been passionate about programming and computer science for the past ten years. He is currently a web developer in a company that publishes software for municipalities and is training to become an IT architect. He also freelances and works on PHP and Django sites.

 


Getting Started with Django begins with the basics of Django, explaining the MVC pattern and how to create templates and models. Readers will also learn about utilizing the MVC pattern to create web applications.

 


The book then explains how to deploy the step task manager on Apache with a PostgreSQL database, how to use AJAX securely with Django, how to create a website on Linux-based systems, and much more. With the help of AJAX, readers will also learn how to make their web applications more dynamic. The book also teaches readers how they can improve the quality of their web applications with the help of Python - a powerful programming language.

 


Developers well versed with Python and web development will find this book to be a valuable resource. The book acts as a thorough introduction to Django’s powerful features that aid rapid web application development. It is also an excellent tutorial for developers who want to improve the quality and maintenance of their web applications. For more information, please visit: http://goo.gl/SvkStC

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Master how to utilize Backbone Marionette using Packt's new book and eBook

Master how to utilize Backbone Marionette using Packt's new book and eBook | Books and e-Books from Packt Publishing - November'14 - December'14 | Scoop.it

Create scalable and highly interactive web applications using one of the best frameworks for Backbone.js Learn about controllers, views, modules, events, commands, and regions Make the most out of Backbone Marionette by understanding its philosophy and applying it to real-life development tasks , B

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Packt is pleased to announce the release of Getting Started with Backbone Marionette, a practical guide written in an easy-to-understand manner with the intention of giving readers small but concrete examples that will help them to quickly understand each component of Marionette as they progressively build their very own application. This book is available now in print, eBook, Kindle, and selected library formats. The print book is 94 pages long and is competitively priced at $29. 99, while the eBook and Kindle versions are available for $15.29.

About the authors:
Raymundo Armendariz is a web developer with over nine years of experience in developing applications for the government and different industries such as automotive and manufacturing. Over the past two years, he has spent most of his time focusing on frontend development with Backbone Marionette and building single-page applications.

Arturo Soto is a technical architect and developer. His work focuses on developing enterprise-level applications, especially web applications. His professional interests include software design patterns, agile practices, and various technologies such as WCF, ASP.NET MVC, OData, Web API, HTML5, and JavaScript.

Backbone Marionette is a composite application library for Backbone.js that aims to simplify the construction of large-scale JavaScript applications. It is a collection of common design and implementation patterns found in the applications that we build with Backbone, and it includes pieces inspired by composite application architectures, event-driven architectures, and messaging architectures.

Getting Started with Backbone Marionette will help readers learn the key concepts that will allow them to build large-scale applications with ease. This book is a practical guide to developing scalable applications using an incremental and modular approach with Marionette.js. Readers will learn how to add new features quickly and easily using a solid and composite Backbone Marionette framework.

This book begins by showing readers the key benefits of Marionette.js and how to set up a development environment so that they can begin writing code using this framework. It then walks the reader through the main components of the library such as the router, controller, and application. After that, it introduces readers to topics like view types and the view life cycle before moving on to more advanced topics such as modularization, enterprise messaging patterns, incremental use, and memory management.

The book covers the following essential topics:

Chapter 1: Getting Started with Backbone Marionette
Chapter 2: Our First Application
Chapter 3: Marionette View Types and Their Use
Chapter 4: Managing Views
Chapter 5: Divide and Conquer – Modularizing Everything
Chapter 6: Messaging
Chapter 7: Changing and Growing

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Packt is one of the most prolific and fastest-growing tech book publishers in the world. Originally focused on open source software, Packt books now focus on practicality, recognizing that readers are ultimately concerned with getting the job done. Packt’s digitally-focused business model allows them to publish up-to-date books in very specific areas.

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Learn how to detect and monitor an entire IT infrastructure using Nagios with Packt’s new book and eBook

Learn how to detect and monitor an entire IT infrastructure using Nagios with Packt’s new book and eBook | Books and e-Books from Packt Publishing - November'14 - December'14 | Scoop.it
Set up, configure, and manage Nagios 4 to secure and monitor your system Learn how to use libnagios and NERD to process and handle queries Packed with lots of tips, tricks and illustrations to explain the Nagios configuration and monitoring concepts in a simplified manner , Learn how to set up Nagi
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Packt is pleased to announce the launch of its new book on Nagios, Learning Nagios 4. This book is a practical guide packed with tips, tricks, and illustrations to help readers learn about the various configuration and monitoring concepts in Nagios in an efficient and simplified manner.

About the author:
Wojciech Kocjan is a systems administrator and programmer with 10 years of experience. His expertise includes managing Linux, Sun, and IBM servers. He also has several years of experience working on a variety of open source projects.

Learning Nagios 4 has been designed from a beginner’s perspective. A practical guide explained in a simplified manner, the book introduces readers to the basics of Nagios. Besides learning how to install and configure Nagios to administer their network and system, readers will also learn how to configure and work their way around the Nagios web interface.

The book then dives into SNMP and shows readers how to monitor various network-enabled devices. They will also learn how to use NSClient++ to monitor Microsoft Windows systems. Administrators wanting to create their own plugins will also learn how to use programming languages like C and scripting languages like PHP, Perl, Shell, and Python.

This book covers the following important topics:

Chapter 1: Introducing Nagios
Chapter 2: Installing Nagios 4
Chapter 3: Using the Nagios Web Interface
Chapter 4: Using the Nagios Plugins
Chapter 5: Advanced Configuration
Chapter 6: Notifications and Events
Chapter 7: Passive Checks and NSCA
Chapter 8: Monitoring Remote Hosts
Chapter 9: Monitoring using SNMP
Chapter 10: Advanced Monitoring
Chapter 11: Programming Nagios
Chapter 12: Using the Query Handler Index

System administrators interested in using Nagios to monitor their IT infrastructures will find this book extremely useful. IT professionals who are aware of previous versions of Nagios and who want to update their knowledge with Nagios 4 will also find this book to be a valuable resource. For more information, please visit: http://goo.gl/2i9gba

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Master machine learning techniques using Clojure with Packt’s new book and eBook

Master machine learning techniques using Clojure with Packt’s new book and eBook | Books and e-Books from Packt Publishing - November'14 - December'14 | Scoop.it

Covers a lot of machine learning techniques with Clojure programming. Encompasses precise patterns in data to predict future outcomes using various machine learning techniques Packed with several machine learning libraries available in the Clojure ecosystem , Successfully leverage advanced machine

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Packt is pleased to announce the release of its new ebook, Clojure for Machine Learning. Developers will learn how to make use of Clojure’s machine learning techniques in order to handle vast amounts of data, and they will also learn how to build machine learning systems using Clojure libraries.

About the author:
Akhil Wali has been working as a software developer for around four years. He is knowledgeable in areas such as programming languages, functional programming, and the analysis and design of algorithms. He currently works at Computer Generated Solutions, Inc. on ERP and BI projects. He has also worked in areas such as text search, real-time collaboration, and parallel data processing.

Clojure for Machine Learning begins with introducing developers to simple machine learning problems such as regression and classification, and explores several machine learning techniques. Readers will also learn how several of these techniques can be used to solve real-world problems. The eBook delves further into making use of Clojure libraries. It also helps readers understand machine learning problems such as regression, classification, and clustering.

Advanced models of machine learning such as clustering, artificial neural networks, and support vector machines are covered in detail. Filled with plenty of examples, each chapter describes the strength of Clojure programming in detail.

Clojure for Machine Learning focuses on the following topics:

Chapter 1: Working with Matrices
Chapter 2: Understanding Linear Regression
Chapter 3: Categorizing Data
Chapter 4: Building Neural Networks
Chapter 5: Selecting and Evaluating Data
Chapter 6: Building Support Vector Machines
Chapter 7: Clustering Data
Chapter 8: Anomaly Detection and Recommendation
Chapter 9: Large-scale Machine Learning
Appendix: References
Index

 

Clojure developers who want to explore the potential of Clojure programming in machine learning will find this book is a valuable resource. Developers with some knowledge of theoretical concepts and notation of mathematics and statistics will have an added advantage. For more details, please visit: http://goo.gl/6xXP75 ;

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