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 Bash Programming

    Pro Bash Programming

    Pro Bash Programming teaches you how to effectively utilize the Bash shell in your programming. The Bash shell is a complete programming language, not merely a glue to combine external Linux commands. By taking full advantage of Shell internals, Shell programs can perform as snappily as utilities written in C or other compiled languages. And you will see how, without assuming Unix lore, you can write professional Bash 4.3 programs through standard programming techniques.
  • Expert Oracle Exadata

    Expert Oracle Exadata

    Martin Bach, Andy Colvin, Karl Arao, Randy Johnson, Kerry Osborne, Tanel Põder

    Expert Oracle Exadata, 2nd Edition opens up the internals of the Exadata platform so that you can fully benefit from Oracle's most performant and scaleable database hardware appliance.
  • Beginning Blender

    Beginning Blender

    Lance Flavell

    Blender opens the door to the new world of 3D design and animation without the hefty price tag of other commercial tools. Beginning Blender, Second Edition starts out new designers on the path from basic modeling to games physics and covers all the latest new Blender features.

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