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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  • Pro iOS Persistence

    Pro iOS Persistence

    Michael Privat , Robert Warner

    Pro iOS Persistence explains how to build apps in Objective-C and Swift that persist and use data most effectively including the popular Core Data framework. Covering common and advanced persistence patterns, this book prepares any iOS developer to store and retrieve data accurately and efficiently.
  • Pro ASP.NET SignalR

    Pro ASP.NET SignalR

    Keyvan Nayyeri, Darren White

    ASP.NET SignalR is the new solution to real-time communication between servers and clients in .NET. Use it to push new data to a web page or mobile device as soon as it becomes available, whether it’s a notification, live chat, up-to-the-minute financial data, or a range of other exciting applications.
  • 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 200-page guide that will help you get up to speed quickly on Apple's new programming language for building the next generation of apps for Apple devices. It examines the similarities and differences between Swift and traditional Objective-C based programming, and builds upon your existing Objective-C skills to help you efficiently and successfully transition to writing powerful, expressive, and flexible code in Swift.

  • 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.

  • Using Galaxy Tab

    Using Galaxy Tab

    Marziah Karch

    Learn to use your Galaxy Tab with ease, no jargon. Clear, concise, short and to the point... Using Galaxy Tab is the essential guide to getting around Samsung's flagship and best selling Android-based tablet and e-book reader.

  • Scripting in Java

    Scripting in Java

    Kishori Sharan

    Scripting in Java teaches you how to use the Java Scripting API and JavaScript to execute scripts and take advantage of the features of a scripting language while developing Java applications. The book also covers topics that enable scripting languages to take advantage of Java features and the Java class library, including the new Java Collections and JavaFX 8 APIs.

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