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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  • C++ 2013 for C# Developers

    C++ 2013 for C# Developers

    Dean C. Wills

    C++ 2013 for C# Developers provides proficient C# developers with the detailed knowledge of syntax, grammar and process execution that they need to work with C++ effectively across desktop and console environments.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Java 8 Recipes

    Java 8 Recipes

    Josh Juneau

    Java 8 Recipes offers solutions to common programming problems in Java. Special emphasis is given to features such as Lambdas and Nashorn that are new in Java 8. 
  • Beginning Python Visualization

    Beginning Python Visualization

    Shai Vaingast

    Beginning Python Visualization: Crafting Visual Transformation Scripts, Second Edition discusses turning many types of data sources, big and small, into useful visual data. And, you will learn Python as part of the bargain. This edition includes new or expanded coverage of the following: Spyder, IPython, Matplotlib 3D graphs and basemap, Python media, NumPy and more.  

  • Success in Programming

    Success in Programming

    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.

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