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Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words

By Randall Munroe

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Released: 2015-11-24
Hardcover (64 pages)

Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words
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In Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words, things are explained in the style of Up Goer Five, using only drawings and a vocabulary of the 1,000 (or "ten hundred") most common words. Explore computer buildings (datacenters), the flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates), the things you use to steer a plane (airliner cockpit controls), and the little bags of water you're made of (cells).

The LEGO BOOST Idea Book: 95 Simple Robots and Hints for Making More!

By Yoshihito Isogawa

No Starch Press
Released: 2018-09-25
Paperback (264 pages)

The LEGO BOOST Idea Book: 95 Simple Robots and Hints for Making More!
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The LEGO® BOOST® Idea Book contains dozens of ideas for building simple robots with the LEGO BOOST set.

The LEGO® BOOST® Idea Book explores 95 creative ways to build simple robots with the LEGO BOOST set. Each model includes a parts list, minimal text, screenshots of programs, and colorful photographs from multiple angles so you can re-create it without step-by-step instructions.

You'll learn to build robots that can walk and crawl, shoot and grab objects, and even draw using a pen! Each model demonstrates handy mechanical principles that you can use to come up with your own creations.

Models come with building hints and ideas for putting your own spin on things. Best of all, every part you need to build these models comes in the LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox (set #17101).

CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Ninth Edition (Exams 220-901 & 220-902)

By Mike Meyers

Meyers Mike
Hardcover (1473 pages)

CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Ninth Edition (Exams 220-901 & 220-902)
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This bestselling on-the-job reference and test preparation guide has been fully revised for the new 2015 CompTIA A+ exam objectives for exams 901 & 902

Written by the leading authority on CompTIA A+ certification and training, this self-study book and CD has been thoroughly updated to cover 100% of the exam objectives on the 2015 CompTIA A+ exams. New topics include managing and maintaining cellular devices, including tablets; configuring operating systems, including Windows 8, Android, and iOS; and enhanced, mobile-centered security and troubleshooting procedures. The All-in-One Exam Guide enables you to take the test with complete confidence. It also serves as a practical reference for IT support and technical personnel.

Electronic content includes:

  • Practice exams download for both exam 901 and 902 with hundreds of accurate practice exam questions
  • More than an hour of online video training featuring Mike Meyers
  • Online performance-based simulations that prepare you for the performance-based exam questions
  • A link to Mike's favorite PC tools
  • A PDF copy of the book

Key Features:

  • Written with the “in the trenches” voice and clarity Mike Meyers is known for
  • Features pre-assessment tests, exam tips, and “Try This!” sections to reinforce difficult topics
  • Includes a coupon for 10% off of the exam fee, a $37 value

Programming Arduino: Getting Started with Sketches, Second Edition (Tab)

By Simon Monk

McGraw-Hill Education Tab
Paperback (192 pages)

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Program Arduino with ease!

This thoroughly updated guide shows, step-by-step, how to quickly program all Arduino models. Programming Arduino: Getting Started with Sketches, Second Edition, features easy-to-follow explanations, fun examples, and downloadable sample programs. Discover how to write basic sketches, use Arduino’s modified C language, store data, and interface with the Web. You will also get hands-on coverage of C++, library writing, and programming Arduino for the Internet of Things. No prior programming experience is required! 

• Understand Arduino hardware fundamentals
• Set up the software, power up your Arduino, and start uploading sketches
• Learn C language basics
• Add functions, arrays, and strings to your sketches
• Program Arduino’s digital and analog inputs and outputs
• Use functions from the standard Arduino library
• Write sketches that can store data
• Interface with displays, including OLEDs and LCDs
• Connect to the Internet and configure Arduino as a Web server
• Develop interesting programs for the Internet of Things
• Write your own Arduino libraries and use object-oriented programming methods

The Nerf Blaster Modification Guide: The Unofficial Handbook for Making Your Foam Arsenal Even More Awesome

By Luke Goodman

Young Voyageur
Released: 2018-10-16
Flexibound (120 pages)

The Nerf Blaster Modification Guide: The Unofficial Handbook for Making Your Foam Arsenal Even More Awesome
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The Nerf Blaster Modification Guide has all you need to know to create a cooler-looking Nerf Blaster with increased range, projectile speed, and firing capacity. Luke Goodmanbetter known on YouTube as “Out of Darts”—guides readers through the basics of Nerf's two main propulsion systems and provides simple mods that kids and their parents can make to their foam blasters.

Nerf Blasters, first introduced in the 1980s, are experiencing a Renaissance! Nerf Blasters are back to being one of the hottest toys on the market and have spawned a YouTube phenomenon of DIYers showing off the modifications and tweaks they've made to their blasters.

With the modifications detailed in this guide, your Nerf Blaster will not only perform better, but look cooler, too. The guide includes sci-fi, history-, and steampunk-inspired paint jobs.

Every project comes with easy-to-follow instructions, which are completely illustrated with step-by-step studio photography; so you'll never get confused. So what are you waiting for? Transform your off-the-rack Nerf Blaster into something awesome!

The LEGO Power Functions Idea Book, Volume 1: Machines and Mechanisms

By Yoshihito Isogawa

No Starch Press
Released: 2015-10-01
Paperback (324 pages)

The LEGO Power Functions Idea Book, Volume 1: Machines and Mechanisms
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This first volume of The LEGO Power Functions Idea Book, Machines and Mechanisms, showcases small projects to build with LEGO Technic gears, motors, gadgets, and other moving elements. You’ll find hundreds of clever, buildable mechanisms, each one demonstrating a key building technique or mechanical principle.

You’ll learn to build sliding doors, grasping claws, rack-and-pinion mechanisms, and ball-shooting devices of every sort!

Each model includes a list of required parts and colorful photographs that guide you through the build without the need for step-by-step instructions. As you build, you’ll explore the principles of simple machines, gear systems, power translation, and more.

CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Seventh Edition (Exam N10-007)

By Mike Meyers

McGraw-Hill Education
Released: 2018-06-26
Hardcover (960 pages)

CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Seventh Edition (Exam N10-007)
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Thoroughly revised for the new CompTIA Network+ exam, the Seventh Edition of this bestselling All-in-One Exam Guide delivers 100% coverage of the exam objectives and serves as a valuable on-the-job reference

Take the latest version of the CompTIA Network+ exam with complete confidence using the fully updated information contained in this comprehensive self-study system. The book offers clear instruction and real-world examples from training expert and bestselling author Mike Meyers along with hundreds of accurate practice questions.

Fulfilling the promise of the All-in-One series, this complete reference serves both as a study tool and a valuable on-the-job reference that will serve readers beyond the exam. CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Seventh Edition (Exam N10-007) also includes access to free video training and interactive hands-on labs and simulations that prepare you for difficult performance-based questions. A valuable pre-assessment test enables readers to gauge their familiarity with the test’s objectives and tailor an effective course for study.

·         Contains complete coverage of every objective for the CompTIA Network+ Certification exam

·         Written by CompTIA training and certification guru Mike Meyers

·         Electronic content includes the Total Tester exam simulator with over 100 practice questions, over an hour of training videos, and a collection of Mike Meyers’ favorite shareware and freeware networking utilities


 


Clean Architecture: A Craftsman's Guide to Software Structure and Design (Robert C. Martin Series)

By Robert C. Martin

Prentice Hall
Released: 2017-09-20
Paperback (432 pages)

Clean Architecture: A Craftsman s Guide to Software Structure and Design (Robert C. Martin Series)
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Practical Software Architecture Solutions from the Legendary Robert C. Martin (“Uncle Bob”)

 

By applying universal rules of software architecture, you can dramatically improve developer productivity throughout the life of any software system. Now, building upon the success of his best-selling books Clean Code and The Clean Coder, legendary software craftsman Robert C. Martin (“Uncle Bob”) reveals those rules and helps you apply them.

 

Martin’s Clean Architecture doesn’t merely present options. Drawing on over a half-century of experience in software environments of every imaginable type, Martin tells you what choices to make and why they are critical to your success. As you’ve come to expect from Uncle Bob, this book is packed with direct, no-nonsense solutions for the real challenges you’ll face—the ones that will make or break your projects.

  • Learn what software architects need to achieve—and core disciplines and practices for achieving it
  • Master essential software design principles for addressing function, component separation, and data management
  • See how programming paradigms impose discipline by restricting what developers can do
  • Understand what’s critically important and what’s merely a “detail”
  • Implement optimal, high-level structures for web, database, thick-client, console, and embedded applications
  • Define appropriate boundaries and layers, and organize components and services
  • See why designs and architectures go wrong, and how to prevent (or fix) these failures

Clean Architecture is essential reading for every current or aspiring software architect, systems analyst, system designer, and software manager—and for every programmer who must execute someone else’s designs.


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Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything

By Kelly Weinersmith

Penguin Press
Released: 2017-10-17
Hardcover (368 pages)

Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything
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The instant New York Times bestseller!

A Wall Street Journal Best Science Book of the Year!

A Popular Science Best Science Book of the Year! 

From a top scientist and the creator of the hugely popular web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, a hilariously illustrated investigation into future technologies -- from how to fling a ship into deep space on the cheap to 3D organ printing

 
What will the world of tomorrow be like? How does progress happen? And why do we not have a lunar colony already? What is the hold-up?

In this smart and funny book, celebrated cartoonist Zach Weinersmith and noted researcher Dr. Kelly Weinersmith give us a snapshot of what's coming next -- from robot swarms to nuclear fusion powered-toasters. By weaving their own research, interviews with the scientists who are making these advances happen, and Zach's trademark comics, the Weinersmiths investigate why these technologies are needed, how they would work, and what is standing in their way.

New technologies are almost never the work of isolated geniuses with a neat idea. A given future technology may need any number of intermediate technologies to develop first, and many of these critical advances may appear to be irrelevant when they are first discovered. The journey to progress is full of strange detours and blind alleys that tell us so much about the human mind and the march of civilization.

To this end, Soonish investigates ten different emerging fields, from programmable matter to augmented reality, from space elevators to robotic construction, to show us the amazing world we will have, you know, soonish.

Soonish is the perfect gift for science lovers for the holidays!

The LEGO BOOST Activity Book

By Daniele Benedettelli

No Starch Press
Released: 2018-11-27
Paperback (272 pages)

The LEGO BOOST Activity Book
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At last, fans of the LEGO BOOST robot building kit have the learning resource they've been missing! Enter The LEGO BOOST Activity Book: a full-color guide that will help readers learn how to build and code LEGO creations that move, explore their environment, grab and lift objects, and more.

The LEGO BOOST kit lets younger builders create fun, multifunctional robots by combining bricks with code, but it doesn't come with a manual. With the help of this complete guide to the LEGO BOOST set, you'll be on your way to building and programming BOOST robots in no time.

You'll begin your exploration by building a basic rover robot called MARIO to help you learn the fundamentals of the BOOST programming environment. Next, you'll add features to your rover to control its movement and make it repeat actions and react to colors and sounds. Once you've learned some programming basics, you'll learn how to program your robot to do things like follow lines on the ground, scan its environment to decide where to go, and even play darts. As final projects, you'll create two complete robots: BrickPecker to help you organize your bricks and CYBOT, a robot that talks, shoots objects, and executes voice commands.

As you advance through the book, optional lessons aim to deepen your understanding of basic robotics concepts. Brain BOOSter sections let you dig into the math and engineering behind your builds while a host of experiments seek to test your skills and encourage you to do more with your robots. With countless illustrations, extensive explanations, and a wealth of coding examples to guide you, The LEGO BOOST Activity Book is sure to take you from beginning builder to robotics whiz and give your robot-building brain that needed boost!



 
 



   

 
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