Cool Things for Smart People
Go beyond coding to take care of your body and expand your mind.
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by Dave Thomas
You want to explore functional programming, but are put off by the academic feel (tell me about monads just one more time). You know you need concurrent applications, but also know these are almost impossible to get right. Meet Elixir, a functional, concurrent language built on the rock-solid Erlang VM. Elixir’s pragmatic syntax and built-in support for metaprogramming will make you productive and keep you interested for the long haul. This book is the introduction to Elixir for experienced programmers.
Maybe you need something that’s closer to Ruby, but with a battle-proven environment that’s unrivaled for massive scalability, concurrency, distribution, and fault tolerance. Maybe the time is right for the Next Big Thing. Maybe it’s Elixir.
And don’t forget to download this handy cheat sheet for Elixir syntax.
Print books will be available after Elixir 1.0 has been finalized.
by Tony Hillerson
Sound gives your native, web, or mobile apps that extra dimension, and it’s essential for games. Rather than using canned samples from a sample library, learn how to build sounds from the ground up and produce them for web projects using the Pure Data programming language. Even better, you’ll be able to integrate dynamic sound environments into your native apps or games—sound that reacts to the app, instead of sounding the same every time. Start your journey as a sound designer, and get the power to craft the sound you put into your digital experiences.
by Eric Redmond
Google Glass is the new wearable computer everyone’s talking about. It offers a head-mounted optical display and touch interface, and it’s programmable. Kick-start your Glassware development by exploring how users can interface with Glass, developing a Glass application fast by using the Mirror API to manipulate Timeline cards and menus, tracking a Glass’s geolocation, creating rich interactions by responding to user inputs, and capturing or serving user images and videos. This is the book to read for a shortcut to this brave new world.
by Jesse Anderson
MapReduce is a programming paradigm that uses multiple machines to process large data sets. Apache Hadoop is the most popular MapReduce framework and this series takes you from zero MapReduce knowledge all the way to writing and running Hadoop programs.
In these screencasts, Jesse teaches MapReduce with his own novel method that makes it easy to understand. After you learn the basics, Jesse teaches you Hadoop using Java, Ruby, Python, and Perl code. No matter which technology stack you choose, you’ll have the understanding and tools you need to use to use Hadoop on your next project.
Together we’ll write code in Java, Ruby, Python and Perl.
Source code for the first and third episodes is available at github.com
Source code for the second episode is available at github.com
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by Mark C. Chu-Carroll
Mathematics is beautiful—and it can be fun and exciting as well as practical. Good Math is your guide to some of the most intriguing topics from two thousand years of mathematics: from Egyptian fractions to Turing machines; from the real meaning of numbers to proof trees, group symmetry, and mechanical computation. If you’ve ever wondered what lay beyond the proofs you struggled to complete in high school geometry, or what limits the capabilities of the computer on your desk, this is the book for you.
by Joe Kutner
To keep doing what you love, you need to maintain your own systems, not just the ones you write code for. Regular exercise and proper nutrition help you learn, remember, concentrate, and be creative—skills critical to doing your job well. Learn how to change your work habits, master exercises that make working at a computer more comfortable, and develop a plan to keep fit, healthy, and sharp for years to come.
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This book is intended only as an informative guide for those wishing to know more about health issues. In no way is this book intended to replace, countermand, or conflict with the advice given to you by your own healthcare provider including Physician, Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, Registered Dietician, and other licensed professionals.
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