New Arrivals · Computers & Software

October 1, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Master the art of speed painting : digital painting techniques

September 30, 2016
Worcester, United Kingdom : 3dtotal Publishing, 2016.
254 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 x 26 cm
Includes index.

CISSP official (ISC)² practice tests

September 26, 2016
Seidl, David, CISSP, author.
Indianapolis, IN : Sybex, [2016]
xiv, 441 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.

The algorithm design manual

September 16, 2016
Skiena, Steven S.
London : Springer, ©2010.
xvi, 730 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Practical algorithm design: Introduction to algorithm design ; Algorithm analysis ; Data structures ; Sorting and searching ; Graph traversal ; Weighted graph algorithms ; Combinatorial search and heuristic methods ; Dynamic programming ; Intractable problems and approximation algorithms ; How to design algorithms -- The hitchhiker's guide to algorithms ; A catalog of algorithmic problems ; Data structures ; Numerical problems ; Combinatorial problems ; Graph problems : polynomial-time ; Graph problems : hard problems ; Computational geometry ; Set and string problems ; Algorithmic resources.

The Tetris effect : the game that hypnotized the world

September 13, 2016
Ackerman, Dan, author.
New York : PublicAffairs, [2016]
vi, 264 pages ; 24 cm
The great race -- Alexey Leonidovich Pajitnov -- Coming to America -- The first blocks -- The black onyx -- Going viral -- Bonus level 1: This is your brain on Tetris -- From behind the Iron Curtain -- Into the mirror -- The Russians are coming -- "A diabolical plot" -- Welcome to ELORG -- Tetris takes Las Vegas -- Bonus level 2: Tetris into infinity -- A bulletproof deal -- A secret plan -- The gathering storm -- The big bet -- Enemies at the gate -- "Meet at the chicken" -- A tale of two Tetrises -- Bonus level 3: the cognitive vaccine -- Epilogue: The final bricks.
"Tetris is perhaps the most instantly recognizable, popular video game ever made. Sales of authorized copies total near $1 billion to date, and that is just a fraction of the money made from knockoffs and pirated versions. Based on an obscure board game, it was designed for early computers, became a hit on TV consoles, and soared in popularity with handheld devices like the Game Boy. Today it lives on in smartphones, tablets, and laptops. All this despite the fact--or perhaps because of it--that it has no superhero to merchandise and no story to dramatize. Tetris is abstraction translated to bytes, a puzzle game in its purest form. Yet its origin story is so improbable that it's amazing that any of us ever played the game. In this surprising and entertaining book, tech reporter Dan Ackerman explains how a Soviet programmer named Alexey Pajitnov was struck with inspiration as a teenager, then meticulously worked for years to bring the game he had envisioned to life. Despite the archaic machines (outdated even for their era) that Pajitnov worked with and the fact that he had to develop the game after-hours on his own time, Tetris worked its way first through his office, and then out of it, entrancing player after player with its hypnotic shapes. It became almost a metaphor for the late Soviet era, with the kinetic energy of commerce pushing ever harder against the walls put up by the government. British, American, and Japanese moguls saw the game's potential and worked, often unscrupulously, to beat each other in the race to sell the game. Ackerman tells the story of these men and their maneuvers, and how the game made it to consumers' hands in the United States on a Game Boy screen in 1989"-- Provided by publisher.

Mastering AutoCAD 2017 and AutoCAD LT 2017

September 8, 2016
Omura, George, author.
Indianapolis, Indiana : Autodesk Official Press/Sybex, [2016]
xxxiii, 1046 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.

ITIL Foundation exam guide

September 7, 2016
Davies, Jim, 1964- author.
New York : McGraw-Hill Education, 2016.
xvii, 268 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
Includes index.
Chapter 1: ITIL fundamentals -- Chapter 2: The service lifecycle -- Chapter 3: Service strategy -- Chapter 4: Service design -- Chapter 5: Service transition -- Chapter 6: Service operation -- Chapter 7: Continual service improvement -- Chapter 8: ITSM in the real world -- Appendix A: Implementation -- Appendix B: ITSM qualifications structure -- Appendix C: Instant ITIL expertise -- -- Appendix D: About the CD-ROM.

Groovy in action

September 2, 2016
König, Dierk, author.
xxxii, 880 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Previous edition: 2007.
"Covers Groovy 2.4"--Cover.

Becoming a media mentor : a guide for working with children and families

August 23, 2016
Haines, Claudia, author.
xx, 154 pages ; 23 cm
Part I. Becoming a media mentor -- What is a media mentor? -- Voice from the field: Carisa Kluver -- Media mentorship : research and implications for libraries -- Voice from the field: Michael Robb -- Media mentorship and the three C's : content, context, and the child -- Voice from the field: Lisa Guernsey -- Media mentorship and diversity -- Voice from the field: Susan B. Neuman and Donna Celano -- Media mentors : working with parents, families, and community needs -- Voice from the field: Jason Boog -- Media mentors and professional development -- Voice from the field: Sarah Houghton -- Three ways to be a media mentor -- Voice from the field: Michael Levine -- Part II. Media mentors in action -- Media advisory -- New media in programs -- Access to curated media -- Appendix A. ALSC white paper: Media mentorship in libraries serving youth -- Appendix B. ALSC white paper: The importance of diversity in library programs and material collections for children -- Appendix C. Evaluating apps and new media for young children : a rubric.

JavaScript : absolute beginner's guide

August 5, 2016
Chinnathambi, Kirupa, author.
Indianapolis, Indiana : Que, Pearson Education, [2017]
xvi, 392 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
The Basic Stuff -- It's an Object-Oriented World -- Working with the DOM -- Dealing with Events.
"Make the most of the newest versions of JavaScript in modern web and mobile development, even if you've never used it before! This book is the freshest, fastest way to take control of JavaScript, and use it together with CSS3 and HTML5 to create powerful web and mobile experiences. You'll learn how to do what you want, the way you want, one incredibly clear and easy step at a time. Covering the latest best practices, technologies, and applications, this is the most accessible entry-level JavaScript tutorial for readers without a programming background, "

CISSP for dummies

August 1, 2016
Miller, Lawrence, author.
xiii, 481 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.

The photographer's iPad

July 25, 2016
Gallaugher, Frank, 1985- author.
London : ilex, 2015.
143 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Getting started. Setting up a new iPad ; Upgrading your iPad ; What you can do with your iPad ; What you can't do with your iPad ; Creating an iPad workflow -- Importing photos. The Camera app ; Importing from a card ; Importing wirelessly ; iCloud ; AirDrop ; Dropbox -- Organizing photos. The Photos app ; Photosmith ; Syncing with Lightroom -- Editing photos. Editing in the Photos app ; Snapseed ; PiRAWnh -- Lightroom Mobile. Lightroom workflow ; Collections ; Presets ; Making adjustments ; Custom presets -- Working in iMovie. Getting started ; The editing workspace ; The timeline ; Sharing from iMovie -- In the studio. Shuttersnitch ; WiFi tethering ; TriggerTrap ; Duet ; Useful studio apps -- Sharing photos. The Share function ; Creating online galleries ; Portfolio with Foliobook.
With its amazing screen and apps ranging from free photo filters to professional programs like Lightroom, it just begs to be used by photographers at all levels, and it's become a fixture in their workflow and kit bags alike. This guide walks you through the essential apps and shows not only how they will benefit your photographs, but also make your work more visible and widely shared.

Cyberspies : the secret history of surveillance, hacking, and digital espionage

July 25, 2016
Corera, Gordon, author.
xi, 431 pages ; 24 cm
Birth -- Marriage -- Into the cold -- Coming of age -- Spy-hunting -- Crypto wars -- Attack -- Enter the KGB -- Out of the cold and into cyberspace -- Titan rain -- In the wires -- Britain and the cyber spies -- Dissent -- Sabotage -- The lights go off -- Rebirth: cables -- Britain -- Exposure -- Epilogue: To infinity and beyond.
The intertwining forces of computers and espionage are reshaping the entire world: what was once the preserve of a few intelligence agencies now affects us all. BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera's narrative takes us through the Cold War and the birth of the Internet to the present era of hackers and surveillance. The book is rich with historical detail and characters, as well as astonishing revelations about espionage carried out in recent times by the UK, US, and China. Using unique access to the National Security Agency, GCHQ, Chinese officials, and senior executives from some of the most powerful global technology companies, Corera has gathered compelling stories from heads of state, hackers, and spies of all stripes into a groundbreaking exploration of the new space in which the worlds of espionage, diplomacy, international business, science, and technology collide.--Adapted from dust jacket.

Superintelligence : paths, dangers, strategies

July 21, 2016
Bostrom, Nick, 1973- author.
Oxford, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2016.
xvi, 415 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"New afterword"--Cover.
1. Past developments and present capabilities -- 2. Paths to superintelligence -- 3. Forms of superintelligence -- 4. The kinetics of an intelligence explosion -- 5. Decisive strategic advantage -- 6. Cognitive superpowers -- 7. The superintelligent will -- 8. Is the default outcome doom? -- 9. The control problem -- 10. Oracles, genies, sovereigns, tools -- 11. Multipolar scenarios -- 12. Acquiring values -- 13. Choosing the criteria for choosing -- 14. The strategic picture -- 15. Crunch time.
The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position. Other animals have stronger muscles or sharper claws, but we have cleverer brains. If machine brains one day come to surpass human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could become very powerful. As the fate of the gorillas now depends more on us humans than on the gorillas themselves, so the fate of our species then would come to depend on the actions of the machine superintelligence. But we have one advantage: we get to make the first move. Will it be possible to construct a seed AI or otherwise to engineer initial conditions so as to make an intelligence explosion survivable? How could one achieve a controlled detonation? To get closer to an answer to this question, we must make our way through a fascinating landscape of topics and considerations. Read the book and learn about oracles, genies, singletons; about boxing methods, tripwires, and mind crime; about humanity's cosmic endowment and differential technological development; indirect normativity, instrumental convergence, whole brain emulation and technology couplings; Malthusian economics and dystopian evolution; artificial intelligence, and biological cognitive enhancement, and collective intelligence.

Overcomplicated : technology at the limits of comprehension

July 20, 2016
Arbesman, Samuel, author.
New York, New York : Current, [2016]
x, 244 pages ; 22 cm
Welcome To The Entanglement -- The Origins Of The Kluge -- Losing The Bubble -- Our Bug-Ridden World -- The Need For Biological Thinking -- Walking Humbly With Technology.
"You don't understand the software running your car or your iPhone. But here's a secret: neither do the geniuses at Apple or the Ph.D.'s at Toyota--not perfectly, anyway. No one, not lawyers, doctors, accountants, or policy makers, fully grasps the rules governing your tax return, your retirement account, or your hospital's medical machinery. The same technological advances that have simplified our lives have made the systems governing our lives incomprehensible, unpredictable, and overcomplicated. In Overcomplicated, complexity scientist Samuel Arbesman offers a fresh, insightful field guide to living with complex technologies that defy human comprehension. As technology grows more complex, Arbesman argues, its behavior mimics the vagaries of the natural world more than it conforms to a mathematical model. If we are to survive and thrive in this new age, we must abandon our need for governing principles and rules and accept the chaos. By embracing and observing the freak accidents and flukes that disrupt our lives, we can gain valuable clues about how our algorithms really work. What's more, we will become better thinkers, scientists, and innovators as a result."--Page [4] of cover.

Hacked : the inside story of America's struggle to secure cyberspace

July 20, 2016
Mitchell, Charlie, 1962- author.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
xvi, 301 pages ; 24 cm
"Carry out our demand if you want to escape us" -- The first cyber president -- Sirens on Capitol Hill -- To build a framework -- The department of insecurity -- The telecom challenge -- The FTC, "protecting America's consumers" -- Fear and failure, again, on Capitol Hill -- The information-sharing matrix -- A new congress brings a new energy to cyber debate -- The promise and peril of "strong encryption" -- Cyber tensions define the U.S.-China relationship -- Help wanted, desperately, for cybersecurity -- Senate debate takes shape, then "surprise!" stalls -- At long last, the political system arrives at an answer -- The unfinished journey.

How to code : a step-by-step guide to computer coding. Book 1

July 11, 2016
Wainewright, Max, author.
Lake Forest, CA : Quarto Library, 2015.
32 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
Giving instructions -- Step by step -- Coded messages -- Spinning around -- Learning Logo -- Logo shapes -- Starting Scratch -- Pen down -- Press a key -- Inputs and directions -- Sketching with inputs -- Debugging.
Introduces basic coding concepts, discussing how to give instructions, how to write coded messages, and how to write basic graphic programs using Logo and Scratch.

The official ScratchJr book : help your kids learn to code!

July 8, 2016
Bers, Marina Umaschi, author.
San Francisco : No Starch Press, [2016]
xvi, 143 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction to ScratchJr -- Getting started -- Animations -- Stories -- Games -- Appendix A: Transitioning from ScratchJr to Scratch -- Appendix B: Reference guides.
"An introduction to coding for parents and kids. Includes 18 hands-on activities using ScratchJr, a programming language designed for young children (ages 5-7). Teaches computational thinking, literacy, and math skills through animated collages, interactive stories, and playable games"-- Provided by publisher.

Computational fairy tales

July 8, 2016
Kubica, Jeremy.
[North Charleston, S.C.] : [CreateSpace], ©2012.
202 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Introduces principles of computational thinking, illustrating high-level computer science concepts, the motivation behind them, and their application in a non-computer fairy tale domain."

Best practices of spell design : a computational fairy tale

July 8, 2016
Kubica, Jeremy.
viii, 130 pages ; 22 cm
"The Best Practices of Spell Design introduces practical aspects of software development that are often learned through painful experience. Through Marcus and Shelly's quest, the story encourages readers to think about how to write readable, well-tested and maintainable programs."--P. [4] of cover.

Python crash course : a hands-on, project-based introduction to programming

July 1, 2016
Matthes, Eric, 1972-
San Francisco : No Starch Press, [2016]
xxxii, 525 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Basics. Getting started ; Variables and simple data types ; Introducing lists ; Working with lists ; If statements ; Dictionaries ; User input and while loops ; Functions ; Classes ; Files and exceptions ; Testing your code -- Projects. Project 1, Alien invasion. A ship that fires bullets ; Aliens! ; Scoring -- Project 2, Data visualization. Generating data ; Downloading data ; Working with APIs -- Project 3, Web applications. Getting started with Django ; User accounts ; Styling and deploying an app -- Afterword. Appendix A. Installing Python -- Appendix B. Text editors -- Appendix C. Getting help -- Appendix D. Using Git for version control.
"A project-based introduction to programming in Python, with exercises. Covers general programming concepts, Python fundamentals, and problem solving. Includes three projects - how to create a simple video game, use data visualization techniques to make graphs and charts, and build an interactive web application"-- Provided by publisher.

Macs for dummies

June 13, 2016
Baig, Edward C.
Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., [2016]
xiv, 400 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.
Originally written by David Pogue.
"A Wiley brand."

MongoDB in action

May 13, 2016
Banker, Kyle, author.
© 2016.
xxiv, 456 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Teach yourself visually MacBook ®

May 13, 2016
Hart-Davis, Guy, author.
370 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
"Visual, a Wiley brand."
Getting started with your MacBook -- Configuring your MacBook -- Sharing your MacBook with others -- Running apps -- Managing your files and folders -- Surfing the web -- Sending and receiving e-mail -- Chatting and calling -- Organizing your life -- Enjoying music, video, and books -- Making the most of your photos -- Networking and protecting your MacBook -- Troubleshooting your MacBook.

LinkedIn for dummies

May 13, 2016
Elad, Joel, author.
Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., [2016]
xii, 368 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"A Wiley brand."

Use social media to find your dream job! : how to use LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, Twitter and other social media in your job search

May 12, 2016
Quillen, W. Daniel, author.
127 pages ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Your situation -- Goals and objectives -- Aim at their pain -- LinkedIn : the job market -- LinkedIn : the search engine -- Facebook -- Stay positive! -- Twitter and G+ -- Showcase your expertise -- E-mail -- Getting company information -- Homework -- Resumes -- Common resume errors.
In today's economy job hunters need to use every tool available to them, and that includes social networking. Building on the author's "Get a Job!" and "The Perfect Resume," and his 20+ years of being a hiring manager himself, this book helps readers new to social media as well as old hands familiar with it. Readers will learn how to use each of the main websites -- LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, and Twitter -- plus key personal and business blogs many may not have considered to successfully navigate the ins and outs of job searching on the Internet. Readers not familiar with using social media networking in their job hunt will learn what they need to know and consider. Those who know how to use this new tool will learn some new tricks! All will benefit from the author's personal experience of recently looking for work himself, and will read many useful personal anecdotes. Learn how to maximize Facebook Friends, LinkedIn Connections, Twitter Tweeple and so much more. No matter your age, job-seekers today cannot afford to ignore these social media avenues that will result in many more opportunities to find work.

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