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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  • The Manager's Guide to Web Application Security

    The Manager's Guide to Web Application Security

    Ron Lepofsky

    The Manager's Guide to Web Application Security empowers quick decision making on security vulnerabilities by providing a clear understanding of risks and practical advice on how to deal with them. The book is built around a comprehensive set of tables of vulnerabilities, remediations, risk, and vulnerability categories, which are translated to a dynamic spreadsheet on the publisher's companion site.
  • Success in Programming

    Success in Programming

    Frederic Harper

    Success in Programming: How to Gain Recognition, Power, and Influence Through Personal Branding shows software developers how to develop their personal "brand" to get better—and better paid—work, become leaders, grow their networks, and stand out.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Profitable Supply Chain

    The Profitable Supply Chain

    Ramnath Ganesan

    The Profitable Supply Chain describes strategies, concepts, methods, metrics, and process steps for improving supply chain performance in manufacturing and distribution companies.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Beginning SQL Server for Developers

    Beginning SQL Server for Developers

    Robin Dewson

    Beginning SQL Server for Developers introduces Microsoft’s market-leading database product and covers the entire database application development life cycle, including the use of the in-memory feature set.

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