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:
Windows 8 Data Development Recipes
Gill Cleeren, Pieter Nijs, Dennis Miscoria
Content, function, fluid performance: these are all key to a great Windows 8 app experience, and behind them all is the ability to work effectively with data, whether its local, from the web or hosted in the cloud. Windows 8 Recipes with Data shows you how to tackle any scenario you meet in Windows 8 to build apps that really deliver.
Windows Phone 8 Recipes
Lori Lalonde, David R. Totzke
From setting up a development environment to publishing your application in the store, Windows Phone 8 Recipes has you covered. The recipe format helps you quickly turn your idea into a working app, while a range of external services help you extend its functionality with exciting features like cloud integration, Windows Live services and chat.
Windows Store App Essentials
Give your app the Windows Store difference. Windows Store App Essentials provides you with all of the practical information that you need to make sure that your app takes advantage of all of the unique features of the Windows Store environment.
Android Best Practices
The aim of Android Best Practices by Godfrey Nolan is to help those who have already created some Android apps to move to the next level to learn and apply best practices to their Android apps to make them less buggy, better performing and easier to use. This leads to better reviews and increased visibility, which should mean more sales of your apps.