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September 17 2016

Android Game Programming by Example

Android gaming is a hot topic these days, but one of the few areas of technology that does not have an abundance of clear and useful documentation online. However, there is an ever-increasing demand for Android games. This book will help you get up to speed with the essentials of game development with Android. 

What You Will Learn
  • Build simple to advanced game engines for different types of game, with cool features such as sprite sheet character animation and scrolling parallax backgrounds
  • Design and implement genuinely challenging and playable levels
  • Implement the critical main game loop
  • Implement basic and advanced collision detection mechanics
  • Bring to life a challenging enemy AI
  • Make the math behind 2D rotation, velocity, and collisions simple
  • Run your game designs at 60 frames per second or better
  • Process multitouch screen input effectively and efficiently
  • Implement a multitude of other game features such as pickups, firing weapons, HUDs, generating and playing sound FX, scenery, level transition, high scores, and more
  • Implement a flexible and advanced game engine that uses OpenGL ES 2 for fast, smooth frame rates
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September 18 2016

Android Studio Essentials

Get to know your way around the Android Studio IDE. We think it will simplify your life and take some of the stress out of developing your next Android app - which means you can focus on more important problems. Pick it up for free today.

What You Will Learn
  • Install Android Studio on your system and configure the Android Software Development Kit
  • Create your first project and explore its structure
  • Improve your productivity while programming by getting the best of the code editor
  • Design the user interface using layouts and learn how to handle the various user events
  • Integrate Google Play services into your project efficiently
  • Monitor your app while it's running and constantly improve its performance
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September 19 2016

Programming ArcGIS 10.1 with Python Cookbook

This book provides the recipes you need to use Python with AcrGIS for more effective geoprocessing. Shortcuts, scripts, tools, and customizations put you in the driving seat and can dramatically speed up your workflow.

What You Will Learn
  • Fundamental Python programming skills
  • Update layer properties and symbology
  • Automate map production, printing, and the creation of PDF map books
  • Find and fix broken data links in your map document files
  • Create custom geoprocessing tools that can be shared with others
  • Schedule your geoprocessing scripts to run after hours
  • Create new feature classes or tables and add records, as well as edit feature classes and tables
  • Customize the ArcGIS Desktop interface with Python add-ons
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September 20 2016

Learning SciPy for Numerical and Scientific Computing

For solving complex problems in mathematics, science, or engineering, SciPy is the solution. Building on your basic knowledge of Python, and using a wealth of examples from many scientific fields, this book is your expert tutor.

What You Will Learn
  • Learn to store and manipulate large arrays of data in any dimension
  • Accurately evaluate any mathematical function in any given dimension, as well as its integration, and solve systems of ordinary differential equations with ease
  • Learn to deal with sparse data to perform any known interpolation, extrapolation, or regression scheme on it
  • Perform statistical analysis, hypothesis test design and resolution, or data mining at high level, including clustering (hierarchical or through vector quantization), and learn to apply them to real-life problems
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September 21 2016

Getting Started with Ghost

Reach out to the world and publish great content with the power of Ghost

What You Will Learn
  • Get to grips with the fundamentals of Ghost
  • Explore the various hosting options available
  • Install and configure Ghost on a VPS
  • Gain a greater understanding of how Ghost differs from older CMS systems
  • Interact with Ghost's theme API, including using Grunt and Stylus to manipulate Handlebars.js
  • Prepare a Ghost theme template you can use for any kind of theme
  • Develop your own fast and responsive theme that attracts more readers to your blog
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