Getting Started with Metro Style Apps: A Guide to the Windows Runtime

eBook Details:

  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: WOW! eBook (August 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449320554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449320553

eBook Description:

Getting Started with Metro Style Apps

  • Get a high-level overview of Windows 8 features from the Start Screen to in-app features such as the Application Bar
  • Begin by building a simple app to retrieve Bing image search results from a web service
  • Learn about the components needed to complete the app, including UI design, the MVVM architectural pattern, and “tombstoning”
  • Take advantage of native OS features such as tiles, file pickers, and sharing requests
  • Examine the steps necessary to publish an app to the Windows Store

Getting Started with Metro Style Apps: A Guide to the Windows Runtime

Get a head start on building Metro Style apps for Windows 8. With a series of examples, this hands-on guide takes you through the process of creating complete touch-enabled apps that respond to native sensors. Through the course of the book, you’ll learn how to work with the Windows Runtime application model while building a Bing Image Search app.

If you’re an experienced .NET developer who wants to get up to speed with Windows 8, this book provides the expertise and C# code samples you need. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

Drupal for Designers

eBook Details:

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: WOW! eBook (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449325041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449325046

eBook Description:

Drupal for Designers

  • Learn how to work user-centered design practices into Drupal projects
  • Choose the right modules for your project, and discover several go-to modules
  • Use strategies for sketching, wireframing, and designing effective layouts
  • Manage Drupal’s markup, including code generated by the powerful Views module
  • Learn how to work with Drupal on the command line
  • Set up your development environment and collaborate with other designers and developers
  • Learn the basics of Git, the free open source version control system

Are you a solo web designer or part of a small team itching to build interesting projects with Drupal? This hands-on book provides the tools and techniques to get you going. Award-winning designer Dani Nordin guides you through site planning, teaches you how to create solid, user-centered design for the Drupal framework, and shows you tricks for using real, honest-to-goodness, developer Ninja Magick.

This book is a compilation of three short guides Planning Drupal Projects, Design and Prototyping for Drupal, and Drupal Development Tricks for Designers plus exclusive director’s material. If you’re familiar with HTML and CSS, but struggling with Drupal’s learning curve, this is the book you’ve been looking for. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

Windows PowerShell for Developers

eBook Details:

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: WOW! eBook (July 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449322700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449322700

eBook Description:

Windows PowerShell for Developers

  • Slice and dice text, XML, CSV, and JSON with ease
  • Embed PowerShell to provide scripting capabilities for your C# apps
  • Create GUI applications five to ten times faster with less code
  • Leverage PowerShell’s capabilities to work with the Internet
  • Interact with DLLs and create objects, automatically display properties, and call methods in live interactive sessions
  • Build domain-specific languages (DSLs) and vocabularies to express solutions more clearly
  • Work with Microsoft Office via the Component Object Model (COM)
  • Discover PowerShell v3 features included with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

Want to perform programming tasks better, faster, simpler, and make them repeatable? Take a deep dive into Windows PowerShell and discover what this distributed automation platform can do. Whether you’re a .NET developer or IT pro, this concise guide will show you how PowerShell’s scripting language can help you be more productive on everyday tasks.

Quickly learn how to create PowerShell scripts and embed them into your existing applications, write “little languages” to solve specific problems, and take charge of your code. This book includes example scripts that you can easily pull apart, tweak, and then use in your own PowerShell and .NET solutions. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

HLSL and Pixel Shaders for XAML Developers

eBook Details:

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: WOW! eBook (July 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144931984X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449319847

eBook Description:

HLSL and Pixel Shaders for XAML Developers

  • Learn how shaders help you extend the GPU’s rendering capabilities
  • Explore prevailing shader types, such as color modification, blurring, and spatial transformation
  • Get a quick tour of the shader features, and use pre-built effects on image elements in your application
  • Examine the XAML ShaderEffect class to understand how WPF and Silverlight use shaders
  • Learn about the shader-specific tools available in Visual Studio and Expression Blend
  • Get up to speed on HLSL basics and learn how to create a variety of graphics effects

Pixel shaders are some of the more powerful graphic tools available for XAML programmers, but shader development bears little resemblance to traditional .NET programming. With this hands-on book, you’ll not only discover how to use existing shaders in your Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Silverlight applications, you’ll also learn how create your own effects with XAML and Microsoft’s HLSL shading language.

In the process, you’ll write, compile, and test custom XAML shaders with the Shazzam Shader Editor, a free utility developed by author Walt Ritscher. The book includes XAML and C# sample code, and Shazzam contains all of the sample shaders discussed. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

PostgreSQL: Up and Running

eBook Details:

  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: WOW! eBook (July 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449326331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449326333

eBook Description:

PostgreSQL: Up and Running

  • Learn basic administration tasks, such as role management, database creation, backup, and restore
  • Apply the psql command-line utility and the pgAdmin graphical administration tool
  • Explore PostgreSQL tables, constraints, and indexes
  • Learn powerful SQL constructs not generally found in other databases
  • Use several different languages to write database functions
  • Tune your queries to run as fast as your hardware will allow
  • Query external and variegated data sources with Foreign Data Wrappers
  • Learn how to replicate data, using built-in replication features

If you’re thinking about migrating to the PostgreSQL open source database system, this guide provides a concise overview to help you quickly understand and use PostgreSQL’s unique features. Not only will you learn about the enterprise class features in the 9.2 release, you’ll also discover that PostgeSQL is more than just a database system it’s also an impressive application platform.

With numerous examples throughout this book, you’ll learn how to achieve tasks that are difficult or impossible in other databases. If you’re an existing PostgreSQL user, you’ll pick up gems you may have missed along the way. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD