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.

  • 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.
  • Pro Vim

    Pro Vim

    Mark McDonnell

    Pro Vim teaches you the real-world workflows, tips, and tricks of this powerful, terminal-based text editor. This book covers all the essentials, as well as lesser-known but equally powerful features that will ensure you become a top-level performant and professional user of this fast and efficient technology. It's time to bring your programming, editing, and workflow skills up to the professional level.
  • Transitioning to Swift

    Transitioning to Swift

    Scott Gardner

    Transitioning to Swift is a fast-paced guide that helps you get up to speed quickly on Apple's new programming language for building iOS and OS X apps. It examines the similarities and differences between Swift and traditional Objective-C based programming, utilizing your existing Objective-C skills to help you efficiently and successfully transition to using Swift to create the next generation of apps for Apple’s broadening platform of devices.

  • 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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