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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  • Swift for Absolute Beginners

    Swift for Absolute Beginners

    Gary Bennett, Brad Lees

    The professional development team that brought you two editions of Objective-C for the Absolute Beginners and have taught thousands of developers around the world to write some of the most popular iPhone apps in their categories on the app store, have now leveraged their instruction for Swift.

    Swift for Absolute Beginners is perfect for those with no programming background, those with some programming experience but no object-oriented experience, or those that have a great idea for an app but haven’t programmed since school.

  • How to Uncover Corporate Fraud

    How to Uncover Corporate Fraud

    Alexis C. Bell

    Whether you are a forensic accountant unsure where to start a fraud investigation, an internal auditor performing due diligence for fraud, an analyst charged with identifying aggressive accounting tactics, or an external consultant interested in adding value for your clients, this brief book, How to Uncover Corporate Fraud will give you an effective tool to deter fraud.
  • Practical Linux Infrastructure

    Practical Linux Infrastructure

    Syed Ali

    Practical Linux Infrastructure teaches you how to use the best open source tools to build a new Linux infrastructure, or alter an existing infrastructure, to ensure it stands up to enterprise-level needs. Tools covered include Git (to manage configuration files), setting up DNS with BIND in a fault-tolerant manner, Postfix for email, Nagios and Cacti for monitoring and graphing, and Puppet for configuration management.

  • The Community Manager's Playbook

    The Community Manager's Playbook

    Lauren Perkins

    In The Community Manager's Playbook, digital evangelist and brand marketer Lauren Perkins provides community managers and business leaders alike with the first guide to building, nourishing, and growing online communities that naturally sync with their company's offline marketing efforts.
  • Online Gamers at Work

    Online Gamers at Work

    Morgan Ramsay

    Learn from the experiences of the founders of successful game companies. From taking risk to devoting their lives to their vision these founders recount their experiences in leading their companies to success in one of the world's most innovative and therefore brutal markets.
  • Beginning PHP and MySQL

    Beginning PHP and MySQL

    Massimo Nardone, W Jason Gilmore

    Beginning PHP and MySQL: From Novice to Professional, Fifth Edition is a major update of W. Jason Gilmore's authoritative book on PHP and MySQL. You'll not only receive extensive introductions to the core features of PHP, MySQL, and related tools, but you'll also learn how to effectively integrate them in order to build robust data-driven applications.

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