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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  • Visual Studio Condensed

    Visual Studio Condensed

    Patrick Desjardins

    Visual Studio is one of the most sophisticated integrated development environments in the world today. With hundreds of features and several different editions available, it can be hard to learn your way around, and hard to know whether you're using it to its full potential. Visual Studio Condensed gives you a quick and systematic guide to the features that matter most for your productivity, tagged clearly by edition and user level.

  • CSS Quick Syntax Reference

    CSS Quick Syntax Reference

    Mikael Olsson

    The CSS Quick Syntax Reference is a condensed syntax reference to the Cascading Style Sheet specification and style sheet language. It presents the essentials of CSS in a well-organized format that can be used as a handy reference.
  • Mastering 3D Printing

    Mastering 3D Printing

    Joan Horvath

    Mastering 3D Printing shows you how to really get the most out of your printer, including how to design models, choose materials, work with different printers, and even how to integrate 3D printing to make more traditional prototyping techniques like sand casting more efficient.
  • Big Data Bootcamp

    Big Data Bootcamp

    Big Data Bootcamp provides insight into the very latest technologies, companies, and advancements in this exciting area—showing the way for those who want to start new companies, create winning products, attain operational efficiencies, and establish effective marketing programs.
  • Disruption by Design

    Disruption by Design

    Paul Paetz

    Disruption by Design is a handbook for entrepreneurs, product developers and managers, and CEOs that outlines how to create disruptive products, services, and companies with the potential to change the basis for competition and win long-term market domination.
  • Beginning Power BI with Excel 2013

    Beginning Power BI with Excel 2013

    Dan Clark

    Understanding your company’s data has never been easier than with Microsoft’s new Power BI package for Excel 2013. Consisting of four powerful tools—Power Pivot, Power View, Power Query and Power Maps—Power BI helps Excel users, business analysts and IT experts work together for maximum business insight.

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