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Here are some of the books and rough cuts that were recently added to the Safari Books Online library.

Leadership, Teamwork, and Trust: Building a Competitive Software Capability

By: Watts S. Humphrey; James W. Over

Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional

Leadership, Teamwork, and Trust first discusses the critical importance of knowledge work to the success of modern organizations. It then explains concrete and necessary steps for reshaping the way in which software development, specifically, is conducted. A sequel to Humphrey’s influential Winning with Software, this book presents new and copious data to reinforce his widely adopted methods for transforming knowledge work into a significant and sustainable competitive advantage, thereby realizing remarkable returns. Humphrey expands on his work as the driving force behind CMM, PSP, and TSP to address here the broader business community—executives and senior managers who must recognize that today, every business is a software business.

 

   

The Definitive Guide to NetBeans™ Platform

By: Heiko Boeck

Publisher: Apress

The Definitive Guide to NetBeans™ Platform is a thorough and definitive introduction to the NetBeans Platform, covering all its major APIs in detail, with relevant code examples used throughout.

The original German book on which this title is based was well received. The NetBeans Platform Community has put together this English translation, which author Heiko Böck updated to cover the latest NetBeans Platform 6.5 APIs. With an introduction by known NetBeans Platform experts Jaroslav Tulach, Tim Boudreau, and Geertjan Wielenga, this is the most up-to-date book on this topic at the moment.

All NetBeans Platform developers will be interested in reading it, because several topics in the book have not been documented anywhere else.

 

Beginning iPhone 4 Development: Exploring the iOS SDK

By: Dave Mark; Jack Nutting; Jeff LaMarche

Publisher: Apress

 

The authors of the bestselling Beginning iPhone 3 Development are back, with the same excellent material completely updated for iOS 4 and written from the ground up using the latest version of Apple’s Xcode 3. All source code has been updated to use the latest Xcode templates and current APIs, and all-new screenshots show Xcode 3 in action.

Beginning iPhone 4 Development is a complete course in iOS development. You’ll master techniques that work on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. We start with the basics, showing you how to download and install the tools you’ll need, and how to create your first simple application. Next you’ll learn to integrate all the interface elements iOS users have come to know and love, such as buttons, switches, pickers, toolbars, and sliders. You’ll master a variety of design patterns, from the simplest single view to complex hierarchical drill-downs. The confusing art of table building will be demystified, and you’ll learn techniques to save and retrieve your data using SQLite, iPhone’s built-in database management system and Core Data, the standard for persistence that Apple brought to iOS with the release of SDK 3.

And there’s much more! You’ll learn to draw using Quartz 2D and OpenGL ES, add multitouch gestural support (pinches and swipes) to your applications, and work with the camera, photo library, accelerometer, and built-in GPS. You’ll discover the fine points of application preferences and learn how to localize your apps for multiple languages. You’ll also learn how to use the new concurrency APIs included in iOS 4, and make robust multithreaded applications using Grand Central Dispatch.

  • The iPhone 4 update to the best-selling and most recommended book for Cocoa Touch developers
  • Written in an accessible, easy-to-follow style
  • Full of useful tips and techniques to help you become an iOS pro

 

CCNP Security Firewall 642-617 Official Cert Guide

By: David Hucaby; David Garneau

Publisher: Cisco Press

CCNP Security Firewall 642-617 Official Cert Guide is a comprehensive self-study tool for preparing for the Firewall exam. This book teaches you how to implement and maintain Cisco ASA-based perimeter solutions. Successful candidates will be able to reduce risk to the IT infrastructure and applications using Cisco ASA features, and provide detailed operations support for the Cisco ASA. Complete coverage of all exam topics as posted on the exam topic blueprint ensures you will arrive at a thorough understanding of what you need to master to succeed on the exam. The book follows a logical organization of the Firewall exam objectives. Material is presented in a concise manner, focusing on increasing your retention and recall of exam topics.

 

 

Game Development with Unity

By: Michelle Menard

Publisher: Course Technology PTR

 

GAME DEVELOPMENT WITH UNITY shows readers how to use the Unity game engine, a multiplatform engine and editor in one, to build games. Perfect for new developers or those looking to create games with an easy, efficient, and inexpensive game engine, they’ll find a complete overview of the Unity editor along with basic game and level design theory taught alongside so they can build their game development skill set. New concepts and skill are taught using step-by-step tutorials and questions, as well comprehensive projects. GAME DEVELOPMENT WITH UNITY covers everything from building game assets, to adding interactivity, to polishing your finished game and publishing it.

 

 

Microsoft® XNA® Game Studio 4.0: Learn Programming Now!

By: Rob Miles

Publisher: Microsoft Press

Your hands-on introduction to computer programming with Microsoft Visual C#® 2010 and XNA Game Studio 4. Get fun, easy-to-follow instructions for customizing your Xbox 360® games—or creating your own!

 

 

The Photoshop® Elements 9 Book for Digital Photographers

By: Scott Kelby; Matt Kloskowski

Publisher: New Riders

 

This book (for Windows and Mac) breaks new ground by doing something for digital photographers that’s never been done before—it cuts through the bull and shows you exactly “how to do it.” It’s not a bunch of theory; it doesn’t challenge you to come up with your own settings or figure things out on your own. Instead, it does something that virtually no other Elements book has ever done—it tells you flat-out which settings to use, when to use them, and why. If you’re looking for one of those “tell-me-everything-about-the-Unsharp-Maskfilter” books, this isn’t it. You can grab any other Elements book on the shelf, because they all do that. Instead, this book gives you the inside tips and tricks of the trade for organizing, correcting, editing, sharpening, retouching, and presenting your photos like a pro. You’ll be absolutely amazed at how easy and effective these techniques are—once you know the secrets.

You’ll learn:

  • The real secrets of how the pros retouch portraits
  • How to color correct any photo without breaking a sweat (you’ll be amazed at how they do it!)
  • How to use Camera Raw for processing not only RAW photos, but JPEGs and TIFFs, too! (And you’ll learn why so many pros like it best— because it’s faster and easier)
  • The sharpening techniques the pros really use (there’s an entire chapter just on this!)
  • How to deal with common digital camera image problems, including removing noise and avoiding halos
  • The most requested photographic special effects,  and much more!

 

 

Droid 2: The Missing Manual

By: Preston Gralla

Publisher: O’Reilly Media, Inc.

 

Unleash the power of your Droid 2 with this authoritative and entertaining guide. Tech expert Preston Gralla gives you a guided tour of every feature, from setup to troubleshooting, with lots of tips and tricks along the way. Learn how to use the calling and texting features, take and share photos, enjoy streaming music and video, get turn-by-turn directions, and more. Every page is packed with useful information you can put to work right away.

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