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Switching to Angular 2
Jumpstart Tableau
Design for the Mind
Usability Matters
Soft Skills


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Free Switching to Angular 2

Switching to Angular 2 Free Packt eBook by Minko Gechev with foreword by Misko Hevery (valid through 11/08 at 19:00 EST). This book covers Angular 2 RC4.

Publisher’s Description

Build SEO-friendly, high-performance single-page applications with Angular 2

AngularJS is a JavaScript framework that makes building web applications easier. It is used today in large-scale, high-traffic websites that struggle with under-performance, portability issues, as well as SEO unfriendliness, and complexity at scale.

Angular 2 changes that.

It is the modern framework you need to build performant and robust web applications. “Switching to Angular 2” is the quickest way to get to grips with Angular 2 and will help you transition in to the brave new world of Angular 2.

We’ll start with an overview which sets the changes of the framework in context with version 1.x. After that, you will be taken on a TypeScript crash-course so we can take advantage of Angular 2 in its native, statically-typed environment. We’ll look at the new change-detection method in detail, how Directives and Components change how you create websites with Angular, the new Angular 2 router, and much more.

By the end of the book, you’ll be ready to start building quick and efficient Angular 2 applications that take advantage of all the new features on offer.

What You Will Learn

  • Understand the changes made from Angular 1.x with side-by-side code samples to help demystify the Angular 2 learning curve
  • Start working with Angular 2’s new method of implementing directives
  • Use TypeScript to write modern, powerful Angular 2 applications
  • Dig in to the change-detection method, and other architectural changes to make sure you know what’s going on under the hood of Angular 2.
  • Get to work with the new router in Angular 2
  • Use the new features of Angular 2 including pipes, or the updated features such as forms, services, and the DI module
  • Master server-side rendering in Angular 2 to keep your new applications SEO friendly

About the Author

Minko Gechev is a Google Developer Expert for the Angular team and a presenter at over 40 worldwide conferences, including ng-conf, AngularConnect, AngularUP, and many others. Minko is co-author of the official Angular style guide, and has developed codelyzer – a tool for static analysis of Angular applications and best practices, which is part of the Angular CLI, and currently has over a million downloads each month.

Minko is a former member of the Angular Mobile Team where his role involved him with tools for facilitating the process of developing Progressive web applications with Angular easier. Other projects by the author include the AngularJS style guide, which is translated to 13 different languages, aspect.js, Angular Seed, and many others.

Minko Gechev is co-founder and CTO at Rhyme and strongly believes in open source software.

$9.99 Jumpstart Tableau A Step-By-Step Guide to Better Data Visualization

Jumpstart Tableau $9.99 Apress eBook by Arshad Khan. This book covers Tableau, Data Visualization.

Publisher’s Description

  • Unique in that walks readers through every step of a function—from start to finish
  • The exercises are based on a comprehensive sample database that Tableau Software has provided, which makes it very easy to duplicate the exercises on the real software
  • Each exercise in Jumpstart Tableau provides screenshots that cover every step from beginning to end

Learn how to create powerful data visualizations easily and quickly. You will develop reports and queries, and perform data analysis.

Jumpstart Tableau covers the basic reporting and analysis functions that most BI users perform in their day-to-day work. These include connecting to a data source, working with dimensions and measures, developing reports and charts, saving workbooks, filtering, swapping, sorting, formatting, grouping, creating hierarchies, forecasting, exporting, distributing, as well developing various chart types.

Each exercise in Jumpstart Tableau provides screenshots that cover every step from start to finish. The exercises are based on a comprehensive sample Excel-based data source that Tableau Software (version 9) has provided, which makes it very easy to duplicate the exercises on the real software.

This book teaches you to:

  • Execute each function in a step-by-step manner
  • Work up to more advanced and complex Tableau functionality
  • Integrate individual development of content, such as tables/charts and visualizations., onto a dashboard for an effective presentation

What You’ll Learn

  • Connect to data sources
  • Develop reports
  • Create visualizations
  • Perform analysis functions (e.g., filtering, drilldown, sorting, grouping, forecasting, etc.)
  • Save visualizations in different formats and distribute them
  • Develop dashboards and their content

Who This Book Is For

Novice Tableau users, BI end users, as well as developers and business analysts. Also, students in university courses on dashboards and data visualization as well as BI and data analysis can quickly get up to speed with Tableau tools and use them for implementing the hands-on projects associated with these courses.

About the Author

Arshad Khan is a versatile IT business intelligence and SAP software professional with over 30 years of experience. He has extensive consulting experience in business intelligence/analytics and SAP. He has consulted for such leading companies as Accenture, PWC, Deloitte Consulting, Pacific Gas & Electric, Bose Corporation, Daimler Chrysler, Home Depot, Genentech, Chevron, Textron, PepsiCo, Polycom, Unisys, and Hitachi-America. Since June 2014, Mr. Khan has been consulting for the US Navy as the Business Intelligence Architect. At Juniper Networks (a $4 billion dollar company), he led the Tableau-based analytics development team.

Mr. Khan, who has 15 books to his credit, on diverse subjects, previously authored five books on BI/data warehousing. He has also taught at seven universities, including the University of California (Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and San Diego), where he developed the first data warehouse course in 1995. Mr. Khan has a graduate degree in engineering as well as an MBA.

50% off Design for the Mind Seven Psychological Principles of Persuasive Design

Design for the Mind 50% off Manning’s eBook by Victor S. Yocco. This book covers UI Design, Usability.

Publisher’s Description

Design for the Mind: Seven Psychological Principles of Persuasive Design teaches web designers and developers how to create sites and applications that appeal to our innate natural responses as humans. Author Victor Yocco, a researcher on psychology and communication, introduces the most immediately relevant and applicable psychological concepts, breaks down each theory into easily-digested principles, then shows how they can be used to inform better design.

About the technology

Designers and design team members need to think about more than just aesthetics. How do you handle short attention spans. How does your design encourage users to engage, browse, or buy? Fortunately, there are psychological principles that you can use in your design to anticipate and benefit from how humans think, behave, and react.

About the book

Design for the Mind: Seven Psychological Principles of Persuasive Design teaches you to recognize how websites and applications can benefit from an awareness of our innate, natural responses as humans, and to apply the same principles to your own designs. This approachable book introduces the psychological principles, deconstructs each into easily digestible concepts, and then shows how you can apply them. The idea is to deepen your understanding of why people react in the ways they do. After reading the book, you’ll be ready to make your work more psychologically friendly, engaging, and persuasive.

What’s inside

  • Making design persuasive
  • Encouraging visitors to take action
  • Creating enduring messages
  • Meeting the needs of both engaged and disengaged visitors
  • Becoming a strategic influencer
  • Applying theory, with case studies and real-world examples

About the reader

This book is for web and UX designers and developers as well as anyone involved in customer-facing digital products.

About the author

Victor Yocco, PhD, is a research director at a Philadelphia-based digital design firm. He received his PhD from The Ohio State University, where his research focused on psychology and communication in informal learning settings. Victor regularly writes and speaks on topics related to the application of psychology to design and addressing the culture of alcohol use in design and technology. He can be found at www.victoryocco.com or @victoryocco on Twitter.

50% off Usability Matters Mobile-first UX for developers and other accidental designers

Usability Matters 50% off Manning’s eBook by Matt Lacey. This book covers User Experience Design, User Interface Design, Usability, Mobile Development.

Publisher’s Description

For large groups of users, mobile devices have replaced the desktop as their primary computing platform. As an application developer, you have to think mobile-first to make your customers happy. Mobile apps require a different approach to UI design, and usability matters if you want your apps stand out from the competition! An amazing mobile UX can be the difference between users flocking to your app or causing them to delete it entirely. Fortunately, building great user interfaces is a skill you can learn, even if you’re a heads-down desktop or web coder.

Usability Matters: Mobile-first UX for developers and other accidental designers gives you practical advice and guidance creating attractive, elegant, and useful user interfaces for native and web-based mobile apps. You’ll start by learning six dimensions of a great app experience. Then you’ll be guided through practical concepts for creating those great experiences for your users. Following expertly-presented patterns, examples, and checklists, you’ll learn how to recognize good (and not-so-good) UX in your own designs and master the techniques that separate the best apps from the rest of the pack.

What’s inside

  • Understanding your users
  • Optimizing user input and output
  • Creating fast and responsive experiences
  • Coping with poor network conditions
  • Managing power and resources

About the reader

This book is for mobile developers working on native or web-based apps.

About the author

Matt Lacey has been creating apps for mobile devices since 2001. He is currently working as an independent mobile development consultant, helping companies of all sizes with strategy, planning and implementation of mobile development solutions. Matt is a community leader and Microsoft MVP who organizes user group meetings to help people learn to create better apps.

50% off Soft Skills The software developer’s life manual

Soft Skills 50% off Manning’s eBook by John Z. Sonmez with foreword by Scott Hanselman, Robert C. Martin. This book covers Soft Skills.

Publisher’s Description

Soft Skills: The software developer’s life manual is a unique guide, offering techniques and practices for a more satisfying life as a professional software developer. In it, developer and life coach John Sonmez addresses a wide range of important “soft” topics, from career and productivity to personal finance and investing, and even fitness and relationships, all from a developer-centric viewpoint.

About the book

For most software developers, coding is the fun part. The hard bits are dealing with clients, peers, and managers, staying productive, achieving financial security, keeping yourself in shape, and finding true love. This book is here to help.

Soft Skills: The software developer’s life manual is a guide to a well-rounded, satisfying life as a technology professional. In it, developer and life coach John Sonmez offers advice to developers on important “soft” subjects like career and productivity, personal finance and investing, and even fitness and relationships. Arranged as a collection of 71 short chapters, this fun-to-read book invites you to dip in wherever you like. A Taking Action section at the end of each chapter shows you how to get quick results. Soft Skills will help make you a better programmer, a more valuable employee, and a happier, healthier person.

What’s inside

  • Boost your career by building a personal brand
  • John’s secret ten-step process for learning quickly
  • Fitness advice to turn your geekiness to your advantage
  • Unique strategies for investment and early retirement

About the author

John Sonmez is a developer, teacher, and life coach who helps technical professionals boost their careers and live a more fulfilled life.

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