The Alpha Book Program

Want to get an early look at our titles? Try an Alpha Book! An Alpha Book is a pre-release, still-in-development version of an Apress title. When you purchase an Alpha Book, you get the opportunity to review its content as it advances through the production process. Alpha Book files are updated on a regular basis in your account as new material is completed, all the way through final publication. Following is our current roster of Alpha Books:

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  • Big Data Made Easy

    Big Data Made Easy

    Michael Frampton

    Big Data Made Easy: A Working Guide to the Complete Hadoop Toolset is an introduction for developers and architects anyone else interested in big data to using the Apache Hadoop toolset. It includes a description of all tool capabilities as well as in-depth instructions to build and test a working system.
  • Pro Python System Administration

    Pro Python System Administration

    Rytis Sileika

    Pro Python System Administration, Second Edition explains and shows how to apply Python scripting in practice. Unlike the majority of the Python books, it will show you how to approach and resolve real-world issues that most system administrators will come across in their careers. This book has been updated using Python 2.7 and Python 3 where appropriate. It also uses various new and now relevant open source projects and tools that are or should now be used in practice.

  • Predictive Analytics with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning

    Predictive Analytics with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning

    Valentine Fontama, Roger Barga, Wee Hyong Tok

    Data Science and Machine Learning are in very high demand, as customers increasingly seek new ways to glean insights from all their data. This book introduces the new Microsoft Azure Machine Learning service, and provides both educational content and practical guidance on how readers can use it to solve real business problems.
  • Beginning Swift Games Development for iOS

    Beginning Swift Games Development for iOS

    James Goodwill

    Game apps are one of the most popular categories in the Apple iTunes App Store. Well, the introduction of the new Swift programming language will make game development even more appealing and easier to existing and future iOS app developers. In response, James Goodwill and Apress introduce you to this book, Beginning Swift Games Development for iOS. In this book, you'll learn the fundamental elements of the new Swift language as applied to game development for iOS.

  • Pro Exchange 2013 SP1 PowerShell Administration

    Pro Exchange 2013 SP1 PowerShell Administration

    Jaap Wesselius, Michel de Rooij

    Pro Exchange 2013 SP1 PowerShell Administration is your one-stop resource for both basic and advanced administration of Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and Exchange Online, Microsoft's best-selling hosted Exchange service.
  • R Recipes

    R Recipes

    Larry Pace

    R Recipes is your handy problem-solution based reference for learning and using the popular R programming language for doing primarily statistics but also other uses in numerical analysis. Packed with hundreds of code and visual recipes, this book helps you to quickly learn the fundamentals and explore the frontiers of programming, analyzing and using R.
  • Transitioning to Swift

    Transitioning to Swift

    Scott Gardner

    Transitioning to Swift is a fast-paced 150-page guide that helps you get up to speed quickly on Apple's new programming language for building iOS and Mac OS X apps. It shows the differences between Swift and traditional Objective-C based programming and optimizes your investment in time and effort in focusing on what you want you need to know to start creating Swift applications.

  • Thinking in LINQ

    Thinking in LINQ

    Sudipta Mukherjee

    The power of LINQ is its use of functional programming techniques to allow data queries across a wide variety of data sources including SQL databases, XML documents, and a variety of Web services. Thinking in LINQ is the first book that goes beyond the surface of LINQ to teach .Net developers the underlying principles of functional programming, providing the insight to bridge between the object-oriented and relational environments embodied in the .Net framework.

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