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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  • Healthy SQL

    Healthy SQL

    Robert Pearl

    Healthy SQL helps you put in place a rigorous routine to monitor and manage the ongoing performance health of your SQL Server database
  • Beginning Swift Games Development for iOS

    Beginning Swift Games Development for iOS

    James Goodwill, Wesley Matlock

    Game apps are one of the most popular categories in the Apple iTunes App Store. Well, the introduction of the new Swift programming language will make game development even more appealing and easier to existing and future iOS app developers. In response, James Goodwill and Apress introduce you to this book, Beginning Swift Games Development for iOS. In this book, you'll learn the fundamental elements of the new Swift language as applied to game development for iOS.

  • Stripes by Example

    Stripes by Example

    Brent Watson

    In this 100-page book, you will find that Stripes provides a very simple learning path, where you do not need to understand the entire framework in order to use it. The concept of this book is exactly that – to get you using the framework and writing code immediately. You will be off and running in no time, and adding to your skill set as we progress.
  • Advanced Metaprogramming in Classic C++

    Advanced  Metaprogramming in Classic C++

    Davide Di Gennaro

    Advanced Metaprogramming in Classic C++ aims to be both an introduction and a reference to C++ template metaprogramming (TMP); TMP is presented in the book as a set of techniques that will bring a new style in C++ and make code exceptionally clear and efficient. The book deals with language aspects, design patterns, examples and applications (seen as case studies).
  • Custom SharePoint Solutions with HTML and JavaScript

    Custom SharePoint Solutions with HTML and JavaScript

    Brandon Atkinson

    Custom SharePoint Solutions with HTML and JavaScript shows you how to build and customize SharePoint solutions to suit a wide range of business needs. You don't need a background in Microsoft technologies; you’ll learn how to build and customize sites entirely on the front end, starting with out-of-the-box features and extending them with HTML and JavaScript code.
  • Learn JavaFX 8

    Learn JavaFX 8

    Kishori Sharan

    Learn JavaFX 8 shows you how to start developing rich-client desktop applications using your Java skills and provides comprehensive coverage JavaFX 8's features. Each chapter starts with an introduction to the topic at hand, followed by a step-by-step discussion of the topic with small snippets of code. The book contains numerous figures aiding readers in visualizing the GUI that is built at every step in the discussion.
  • Mass Customization

    Mass Customization

    Hans Kull

    Mass Customization examines the business opportunities and operational challenges manufacturers face in going to mass customization and describes the latest methods and technologies for making mass customization produce profit.

  • 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 Amazon Web Services with Node.js

    Beginning Amazon Web Services with Node.js

    Adam Shackelford

    Beginning Amazon Web Services with Node.js teaches any novice Node.js developer to configure, deploy, and maintain scalable small to large scale Node.js applications in Amazon Web Services. Hosting a Node.js application in a production environment usually means turning to PaaS hosting such as Heroku or AppFog, but this approach brings problems. Deploying Node.js directly to AWS solves the problems you encounter in these situations, enabling you to cut out the middle man.
  • Windows Registry Troubleshooting

    Windows Registry Troubleshooting

    Mike Halsey, Andrew Bettany

    A book for IT Pros to help them diagnose and repair problems with any Windows version in the workplace, including hardware and software incompatibilities, corrupt registries and how to implement common tweaks and hacks.

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