Computational Thinking: A Beginner’s Guide to Problem-Solving and Programming by Karl Beecher Requirements: .ePUB reader, 35mb Overview: Computational thinking is a timeless, transferable skill that enables you to think more clearly and logically, as well as a way to solve specific problems. Beginning with the core ideas of computational thinking, with this book you’ll build up an understanding of the practical problem-solving approach and explore how computational thinking aids good practice in programming, complete with a full guided example. Genre: Non-Fiction > Tech & Devices
Designing Digital Musical Instruments Using Probatio A Physical Prototyping Toolkit (Computational Synthesis and Creative Systems) by Filipe Calegario Requirements: .ePUB reader, 25.6 MB Overview: The author presents Probatio, a toolkit for building functional DMI (digital musical instruments) prototypes, artifacts in which gestural control and sound production are physically decoupled but digitally mapped. He uses the concept of instrumental inheritance, the application of gestural and/or structural components of existing instruments to generate ideas for new instruments. To support analysis and combination, he then leverages a traditional design method, the morphological chart, in which existing artifacts are split into parts, presented in a visual form and then recombined to produce new ideas. And finally he integrates the concept and the method in a concrete object, a physical prototyping toolkit for building functional DMI prototypes: Probatio. The author’s evaluation of this modular system shows it reduces the time required to develop functional prototypes.
The book is useful for researchers, practitioners, and graduate students in the areas of musical creativity and human-computer interaction, in particular those engaged in generating, communicating, and testing ideas in complex design spaces. Genre: Non-Fiction > General Music
Interpretable Machine Learning: A Guide for Making Black Box Models Explainable by Christoph Molnar Requirements: .PDF reader, 8 MB Overview: This book teaches you how to make machine learning models more interpretable.
If you are looking for a good introduction to interpretable/explainable machine learning, this book is great. It covers lots of ground quickly and is well written, and is very up-to-date.
Machine learning has great potential for improving products, processes and research. But computers usually do not explain their predictions which is a barrier to the adoption of machine learning. This book is about making machine learning models and their decisions interpretable.
After exploring the concepts of interpretability, you will learn about simple, interpretable models such as decision trees, decision rules and linear regression. Later chapters focus on general model-agnostic methods for interpreting black box models like feature importance and accumulated local effects and explaining individual predictions with Shapley values and LIME. Genre: Non-Fiction > Tech & Devices
Forging Python: Best practices and life lessons developing Python by Miki Tebeka Requirements: .PDF reader, 3.8 MB Overview: Best practices and life lessons developing Python. Genre: Non-Fiction > Tech & Devices
Foundations for Architecting Data Solutions: Managing Successful Data Projects 1st Edition by Ted Malaska, Jonathan Seidman Requirements: .PDF reader, 5.8 MB Overview: While many companies ponder implementation details such as distributed processing engines and algorithms for data analysis, this practical book takes a much wider view of big data development, starting with initial planning and moving diligently toward execution. Authors Ted Malaska and Jonathan Seidman guide you through the major components necessary to start, architect, and develop successful big data projects. Genre: Non-Fiction > Tech & Devices
Everyone from CIOs and COOs to lead architects and developers will explore a variety of big data architectures and applications, from massive data pipelines to web-scale applications. Each chapter addresses a piece of the software development life cycle and identifies patterns to maximize long-term success throughout the life of your project.
Start the planning process by considering the key data project types Use guidelines to evaluate and select data management solutions Reduce risk related to technology, your team, and vague requirements Explore system interface design using APIs, REST, and pub/sub systems Choose the right distributed storage system for your big data system Plan and implement metadata collections for your data architecture Use data pipelines to ensure data integrity from source to final storage Evaluate the attributes of various engines for processing the data you collect
The VueScan Bible: Everything You Need to Know for Perfect Scanning by Sascha Steinhoff Requirements: .ePUB reader, 4.4 Mb Overview: VueScan is the world’s most widely used software interface for digitizing film and prints on flatbed and film scanners. This powerful yet affordable program supports over 1500 scanners and 321 digital camera RAW file types, and is available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.
Much more than a simple scanner program, VueScan allows you to perform functions such as color restoration, adding sharpening filters, adjusting white balance, rotating images, and batch scanning multiple images. It also provides output to a variety of formats including TIFF, JPEG, and searchable PDF files (even all three simultaneously). The Pro version outputs to the RAW format and provides options for color adjustments, and more.
Despite its popularity, the documentation for VueScan does not provide enough information to use the full power of the system and makes it difficult to get started. The VueScan Bible is the missing manual for new, experienced, and prospective users of VueScan. Genre: Non-Fiction > Tech & Devices
Take Control: Android Rooting Guide by Alexander Cordova Requirements: .PDF reader, 5.5 MB Overview: Have you ever thought about rooting your phone? Would you have any idea where to start? Here’s a guide for Android users that explains in detail everything you need to know about rooting your phone or tablet.
Rooting your device essentially allows you to tap into your phone’s full potential by giving you complete, unrestricted access to all its settings: the kind of things manufactures don’t want you messing around with in case you end up causing permanent harm to it. You’ll be able to block annoying ads within your apps, boost your phone’s flimsy sound, enable free Wi-Fi tethering despite your carrier’s limitations, and keep your OS up to date regardless of whether the latest versions of Android have been officially released for your phone.
In this guide, Alexander Cordova takes us through all the vital steps to rooting. You’ll find out all the best reasons to root your phone, and whether you should give it a try or not. Terminology and risks are explained in great detail along with backup procedures, and the instructions for rooting the device are clear and concise. In short, it’s the perfect Android Rooting Guide. Genre: Non-Fiction > Tech & Devices
Teach Yourself Visually Macbook (4th edition) by Guy Hart-Davis Requirements: .PDF reader, 182.1 mb Overview: Teach Yourself VISUALLY MacBook is your ultimate guide to getting up and running quickly with your new MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air! Whether you’re new to computers or transitioning from a PC, this graphics-heavy guide will show you everything you need to know to get the most out of your new laptop. Clear, step-by-step instructions walk you through each task, with screenshots that help you follow along with confidence. You’ll learn how to manage files, work with macOS software, organize photos and media, set up email, access the internet, and adjust settings and preferences to make your MacBook work the way you work. You’ll also explore the features that bring computing to a whole new level, including iCloud, FaceTime, the App Store, and so much more!
The Mac has long inspired a legion of loyal fans, and you’re about to find out why. From sleek design to intuitive interface, to an OS that just works, Apple has cornered the market on the high-end computing experience. The MacBook makes sublime computing portable, and this book shows you how to take advantage of all that your MacBook has to offer.
Get acquainted with the latest macOS version and its new features Perform everyday tasks quickly and easily Customize preferences and settings to suit your needs Download new apps, video chat, save to the cloud, and much more! No confusing tech-speak, no vague instructions, and no complex tangents into obscure tasks. This friendly guide is packed with screenshots, easy-to-follow instructions, and a practical sensibility; you’re not launching the space shuttle, you just want to open your email. If you’re ready to explore all that your MacBook can do, Teach Yourself VISUALLY MacBook is your ideal companion. Genre: Non-Fiction > Tech & Devices
The Joy of PHP: A Beginner’s Guide to Programming Interactive Web Applications with PHP and MySQL by Alan Forbes Requirements: .ePUB reader, 4.6 Mb Overview: A Beginner’s Guide to Programming Interactive Web Applications with PHP and mySQL Have you ever wanted to design your own website or browser application but thought it would be too difficult or just didn’t know where to start? Have you found the amount of information on the Internet either too daunting or not geared for your skill set or worse– just plain boring? Are you interested in learning to program PHP and have some fun along the way? If so, then The Joy of PHP by Alan Forbes is the book for you!! Alan starts with some basic HTML so the absolute beginner can catch up quickly and then goes step by step on how PHP works. You start with the easy stuff–like how to create and run simple PHP scripts that modify web pages– and then build on what you’ve learned through a series of cohesive (and fun) exercises that carry over from lesson to lesson. As the chapters progress you begin to build a web site for a growing used car dealership business. Genre: Non-Fiction > Tech & Devices
Communicating Science and Technology Through Online Video: Researching a New Media Phenomenon (Routledge Focus on Communication Studies) by Bienvenido León, Michael Bourk Requirements: .ePUB reader, 2.3 MB Overview: Online video’s unique capacity to reach large audiences makes it a powerful tool to communicate science and technology to the general public. The outcome of the international research project "Videonline," this book provides a unique insight into the key elements of online science videos, such as narrative trends, production characteristics, and issues of scientific rigor. If offers various methodological approaches: a literature review, content analysis, and interviews and surveys of expert practitioners to provide information on how to maintain standards of rigour and technical quality in video production. Genre: Non-Fiction > Tech & Devices