Beginning Android Games

eBook Details:

  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: WOW! eBook (April 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430230428
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430230427

eBook Description:

Beginning Android Games

Beginning Android Games offers everything you need to join the ranks of successful Android game developers. You’ll start with game design fundamentals and programming basics, and then progress towards creating your own basic game engine and playable games. This will give you everything you need to branch out and write your own Android games.

The potential user base and the wide array of available high-performance devices makes Android an attractive target for aspiring game developers. Do you have an awesome idea for the next break-through mobile gaming title? Beginning Android Games will help you kick-start your project.

The book will guide you through the process of making several example games for the Android platform, and involves a wide range of topics:

  • The fundamentals of game development
  • The Android platform basics to apply those fundamentals in the context of making a game
  • The design of 2D and 3D games and their successful implementation on the Android platform

Beginning Android Games offers everything you need to join the ranks of successful Android game developers. You’ll start with game design fundamentals and programming basics, and then progress towards creating your own basic game engine and playable games. This will give you everything you need to branch out and write your own Android games.

The potential user base and the wide array of available high-performance devices makes Android an attractive target for aspiring game developers. Do you have an awesome idea for the next break-through mobile gaming title? Beginning Android Games will help you kick-start your project.

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Smashing jQuery

eBook Details:

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: WOW! eBook; 1st edition (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780470977231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470977231

eBook Description:

From the world’s most popular resource for web designers and developer’s comes the ultimate guide to jQuery

  • Begins with an exploration of fundamental jQuery concepts such as Document Object Model (DOM) scripting
  • Explores writing “Don’t Repeat Yoursefl” (DRY) to gain a comprehensive understanding of these imperative modern techniques and best practices
  • Shows how jQuery enables the user to adhere to these modern best practices with ease
  • The succeeding chapters discuss a specific part of jQuery development such as manipulating the DOM, working with Ajax, and adding slick animation effects through tutorial style learning approach that utilizes working examples to explore the concept
  • The books caps off by discussing popular ways of extending the core jQuery library with pugins and building web interfaces using jQuery UI

From the Back Cover

Smashing jQuery: Enhance User Experience by Creating Richer and More Interactive Web Interfaces

Smashing jQuery demonstrates how you can create rich Web interfaces by easily integrating the jQuery framework into your Web site with minimal JavaScript knowledge. jQuery allows Web designers to build interactivity that is compatible across all major browsers into their Web sites. Jake Rutter, an experienced Web designer and developer, shows you how to add interactivity through a series of tutorials, providing you with the ability to create great Web applications.

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Code in the Cloud: Programming Google AppEngine

eBook Details:

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: WOW! eBook; 1st edition (April 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934356638
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934356630

eBook Description:

Code in the Cloud: Programming Google AppEngine

Join the next wave of Web 2.0 software development in the cloud! Cloud applications are the next big shift in application development: instead of building single-user applications to run on a personal computer, new applications are being built as multi-user services that run in data centers around the world. One of the most exciting new environments for building services in the cloud is Google’s AppEngine. AppEngine is a powerful, easy-to-use framework for developing cloud-based services. This book will teach you what you need to make the shift to cloud development using AppEngine.

One of the most exciting recent changes in the computing world is cloud computing. Cloud computing is a dramatic shift in how applications are developed and used and even in what applications are. With cloud computing, developers are no longer building applications that run on a user’s desktop computer. Instead, they’re building services on the network that can be used by thousands of users at the same time.

Cloud services are an exciting opportunity for developers: the cloud is a platform for creating services, a new kind of application that can reach more users, and provide those users with more capabilities than a desktop application ever could. Building applications as cloud services also makes them scalable: cloud applications can easily and smoothly adapt from running on a single computer for a single user to running on thousands of computers for millions of users. Code in the Cloud: Programming Google AppEngine will teach you what a cloud service is, and how it differs from traditional applications. It will show you how to build a cloud service, taking advantage of the services that AppEngine makes available to you, using iterative development of a simple application to guide you through the different aspects of AppEngine development, using either Python or Java.

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Murach’s Java Servlets and JSP, 2nd Edition

eBook Details:

  • Paperback: 758 pages
  • Publisher: WOW! eBook & Associates; 2nd edition (January 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781890774448
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890774448

eBook Description:

Murach’s Java Servlets and JSP, 2nd Edition

This new edition of Murach’s Java Servlets and JSP makes it easier than ever for Java developers to master web programming. It starts by showing how to install and use Tomcat as a web server and NetBeans as an IDE. Then, it teaches how and when to use JavaServer Pages and Java servlets to build well-structured web applications that implement the MVC pattern. Next, it shows how to use sessions, cookies, JavaBeans, Expression Language (EL), the JSP Standard Tag Library (JSTL), and custom tags. Then, it shows how to use JDBC and connection pooling to work with a MySQL database. Finally, it shows how to use JavaMail, SSL/TLS, authentication, listeners, and filters. These are the skills that you need to build professional Java web applications. A great read for any Java developer.

Ever since we published the first edition of this book back in 2003, we’ve been getting feedback like this from developers:

“This book is excellent, excellent, excellent! The authors have a gift for developing the topic of JSP, Servlets, and building a Java-based ecommerce site in a methodical, easy-to-understand approach.”

Now, I’m delighted to tell you that you’ll feel the same way about this new, 2nd edition. The content has been redone from start to finish, so you’ll learn the best features, tools, and techniques for developing today’s web applications (see what’s NEW below).

But our popular approach hasn’t changed: This 2nd edition still presents Java web programming in a way that’s methodical, easy to understand, and easy to apply to your own web development projects (see what’s the same below).

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Murach’s C# 2010

eBook Details:

  • Paperback: 812 pages
  • Publisher: WOW! eBook & Associates; 4th edition (October 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781890774592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890774592

eBook Description:

Murach’s C# 2010, 4th Edition

This is the latest edition of our best-selling C# book. The content continues to evolve with the language, of course, but one thing has stayed the same over the years: We still call this “the C# book you’ll wish you’d bought first” because it gets you developing professional Windows Forms applications without any wasted time or effort.

What makes this book so effective? Here are several things it does that other C# books don’t do:

#1: The OOP section deals with business objects, not cats and dogs

Object-oriented programming is the basis for C# 2010. But while other books try to explain it using whimsical examples (like mammals or cars), this book explains it in terms of true business objects, like customers, invoices, and products. So right from the start, you ll see how OOP is applied in the real world.

#2: There s a 4-chapter section on database programming

Business applications require database processing. So instead of glossing over this crucial function in a chapter or two, this book gives you 4 full chapters that show you how to use RAD tools like data sources as well as ADO.NET code to do fairly sophisticated database processing. There’s certainly more to learn. But you’ll have a solid set of skills that will let you easily prototype typical database applications in business.

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