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Management and Technological Challenges in the Digital Age (Manufacturing Design and Technology)

by Carolina Machado Pedro Novo Melo

Businesses operate amid a digital age, and unsurprisingly, technology has engendered tools that now predominate all corners of the workplace. The ascendancy of new hardware and software poses new challenges for professionals in the field of management and human resources as corporations and companies routinely implement and incorporate digital software for goals such as improving worker productivity and tasks such as screening highly qualified candidates for vacancies. In the face of rapid change, professionals must investigate how the use of digital technology affects the culture of hiring processes, employee morale, company management, and corporate image. This book aims to promote research related to these new trends and open a new field within the areas of management and engineering. Through the course of nine chapters, contributors to Management and Technological Challenges in the Digital Age grapple with the theoretical and practical implications that technological usage carries across the range of small and large organizations in the world of business. <li>Focuses on the latest research findings that are occurring in this field in different countries <li>Shows how companies around the world are facing today's technological challenges <li>Shares knowledge and insights on an international scale <li>Keeps the readers and researchers informed about the latest developments in the field and forthcoming international studies <li>Explains how the use of technology allows management to take a more strategic role in organizations <P><P>This book affords a thorough engagement with the progresses and setbacks made through the enlistment of technological equipment and computerized procedures in the field of human resources and management while interrogating the future challenges of technology’s role.

Management Perspective for Transport Telematics: 18th International Conference on Transport System Telematics, TST 2018, Krakow, Poland, March 20-23, 2018, Selected Papers (Communications in Computer and Information Science #897)

by Jerzy Mikulski

This book constitutes the thoroughly refereed proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Transport Systems Telematics, TST 20187, held in Krakow, Poland in March 2018.The 36 full papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 128 submissions. They present and organize the knowledge from within the field of telematics in road transport, in rail transport, in marine transport, in air transport, in logistics.

Managing Complex Construction Projects: A Systems Approach (Best Practices in Portfolio, Program, and Project Management)

by John K. Briesemeister

To many program, project, or construction managers, a complex project seems to be a labyrinth with many hidden dangers. This book is a guide through that labyrinth. It explains best practices and provides insight so they cannot only identify hidden dangers but also effectively manage the construction process to either mitigate or eliminate these risks. <P><P>The book presents a systems-based approach to construction project management that can facilitate a greater understanding of the complexity inherent in large construction projects and how that complexity can be effectively managed. The systems approach permits the onsite construction project manager to take a complex construction project, break it down into manageable pieces, and ensure that all systems are in alignment with the original goal of the project. This approach combines industrial engineering, project management, and finance into a unified approach for effective management of complex construction projects, ranging from a power plant to a highway project. <P><P>The book explains how to manage construction projects successfully through an approach based on the three following systems: <P><P>Project Management System <P><P>Work Management System <P><P>Quality Management System <P><P>The problem with complex programs and projects is that many managers are only equipped with a knowledge of project management. A system for construction is a collection of many processes effectively working together to produce a specific deliverable, which is usually defined in the program or project’s contract. This system has a series of specific inputs and outputs, which are what the customer expects from the company or companies performing the work. This book develops checklists based on these inputs and outputs, which managers can use when first arriving onsite, and provides a "nuts and bolts" approach for managing a complex construction project onsite. <P><P>The author shares valuable lessons learned during a career of more than thirty years of working on various construction sites around the world. These lessons learned are filled with valuable information to aid readers become more effective as a program, project, or construction manager of complex construction projects.

Managing Data From Knowledge Bases: Querying and Extraction

by Quan Z. Sheng Wei Emma Zhang

In this book, the authors first address the research issues by providing a motivating scenario, followed by the exploration of the principles and techniques of the challenging topics. Then they solve the raised research issues by developing a series of methodologies. More specifically, the authors study the query optimization and tackle the query performance prediction for knowledge retrieval. They also handle unstructured data processing, data clustering for knowledge extraction. To optimize the queries issued through interfaces against knowledge bases, the authors propose a cache-based optimization layer between consumers and the querying interface to facilitate the querying and solve the latency issue. The cache depends on a novel learning method that considers the querying patterns from individual’s historical queries without having knowledge of the backing systems of the knowledge base. To predict the query performance for appropriate query scheduling, the authors examine the queries’ structural and syntactical features and apply multiple widely adopted prediction models. Their feature modelling approach eschews the knowledge requirement on both the querying languages and system. To extract knowledge from unstructured Web sources, the authors examine two kinds of Web sources containing unstructured data: the source code from Web repositories and the posts in programming question-answering communities. They use natural language processing techniques to pre-process the source codes and obtain the natural language elements. Then they apply traditional knowledge extraction techniques to extract knowledge. For the data from programming question-answering communities, the authors make the attempt towards building programming knowledge base by starting with paraphrase identification problems and develop novel features to accurately identify duplicate posts. For domain specific knowledge extraction, the authors propose to use clustering technique to separate knowledge into different groups. They focus on developing a new clustering algorithm that uses manifold constraint in the optimization task and achieves fast and accurate performance. For each model and approach presented in this dissertation, the authors have conducted extensive experiments to evaluate it using either public dataset or synthetic data they generated.

Managing Educational Technology: School Partnerships and Technology Integration

by Sandra Schamroth Abrams Xiaojun June Chen Michael P. Downton

Managing Educational Technology: School Partnerships and Technology Integration by Sandra Schamroth Abrams, Xiaojun June Chen, and Michael P. Downton. Sandra Schamroth Abrams is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at St. John’s University, USA. Xiaojun Chen is an associate professor of educational technologies in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at St. John’s University, USA. Michael P. Downton is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at St. John’s University, USA.

Managing Project Competence: The Lemon and the Loop (Best Practices in Portfolio, Program, and Project Management)

by Rolf Medina

For companies to be successful, the management of an organization needs to understand how competence evolves and how it can be utilized and linked to the organization’s goals. When executive managers understand this, there is a higher probability that the people working in the organization will be more satisfied with their working situation. Satisfaction increases because competence will likely be central in the organization, with focus on motivating people to develop new competence, healthy internal mobility, and organizational learning. Positively managing competence in most cases leads to a win–win situation for the company and the individual. <P><P>This book describes how we as individuals, as well as organizations, can be efficient in the development and utilization of competence. It takes two perspectives of competence and connects them in a project-intensive and knowledge-intensive context. The first perspective is the "Lemon," which focuses on individual competence and the role of organizational culture. <P><P>The Lemon framework takes the concept of competence based on knowledge and experience and explains how a person can apply knowledge and experience to different contexts. It changes the concept of competence from being static to being agile and dynamic. The second perspective of competence is the "Loop," which models how organizations can manage not only to the benefit of organizational strategies and goals but also to an individual’s future career. The Lemon and the Loop are the basic tools to make competence and performance management agile and effective. <P><P>This book presents practical ways to acquire new knowledge and skills. One method is REPI (Reflection, Elaboration, Practicing/Participation, and Investigation), which can be used for training, coaching, competence development, agile performance management, and much more. Readers of the book are given new insight into the concept of competence and how both people and organizations can be more competitive, innovative, and open to learning. In addition, the readers get practical tools and advice on how to act in different situations to manage both organizational and individual learning. <P><P>Managing Project Competence: The Lemon and the Loop breaks old views of looking at competence and brings competence into the knowledge-intensive age.

Managing Software Crisis: A Smart Way to Enterprise Agility (Smart Innovation, Systems And Technologies #92)

by Sergey V. Zykov

This book discusses smart, agile software development methods and their applications for enterprise crisis management, presenting a systematic approach that promotes agility and crisis management in software engineering. The key finding is that these crises are caused by both technology-based and human-related factors. Being mission-critical, human-related issues are often neglected. To manage the crises, the book suggests an efficient agile methodology including a set of models, methods, patterns, practices and tools. Together, these make a survival toolkit for large-scale software development in crises. Further, the book analyses lifecycles and methodologies focusing on their impact on the project timeline and budget, and incorporates a set of industry-based patterns, practices and case studies, combining academic concepts and practices of software engineering.

Mapping with ArcGIS Pro: Design accurate and user-friendly maps to share the story of your data

by Amy Rock Ryan Malhoski

ArcGIS Pro is a geographic information system for working with maps and geographic information. This book will help you create visually stunning maps that increase thelegibility of the stories being mapped and introduce visual and design concepts intoa traditionally scientific, data-driven process. <P><P>The book begins by outlining the stepsof gathering data from authoritative sources and lays out the workflow of creating a great map. Once the plan is in place you will learn how to organize the Contents Pane in ArcGIS Pro and identify the steps involved in streamlining the production process. Then you will learn Cartographic Design techniques using ArcGIS Pro's feature set to organize the page structure and create a custom set of color swatches. You will be then exposed to the techniques required to ensure your data is clear and legible no matter the size or scale of your map. The later chapters will help you understand the various projection systems, trade-offs between them, and the proper applications of them to make sure your maps are accurate and visually appealing. Finally, you will be introduced to the ArcGIS Online ecosystem and how ArcGIS Pro can utilize it within the application. <P>You will learn Smart Mapping, a new feature of ArcGIS Online that will help you to make maps that are visually stunning and useful.By the end of this book, you will feel more confident in making appropriate cartographic decisions.What you will learn- Using ArcGIS Pro to create visually stunning maps and make confident cartographic decisions - Leverage precise layout grids that will organize and guide the placement of map elements- Make appropriate decisions about color and symbols- Critically evaluate and choose the perfect projection for your data- Create clear webmaps that focus the reader’s attention using ArcGIS Online’s Smart Mapping capabilities

Market Design

by Martin Bichler

The digital economy led to many new services where supply is matched with demand for various types of goods and services. More and more people and organizations are now in a position to design market rules that are being implemented in software. The design of markets is challenging as it needs to consider strategic behavior of market participants, psychological factors, and computational problems in order to implement the objectives of a designer. Market models in economics have not lost their importance, but the recent years have led to many new insights and principles for the design of markets, which are beyond traditional economic theory. This book introduces the fundamentals of market design, an engineering field concerned with the design of real-world markets.

Market Driven Political Advertising: Social, Digital and Mobile Marketing (Palgrave Studies in Political Marketing and Management)

by Andrew Hughes

Exploring the new era of political advertising beyond television and print, this book focuses on the mediums of the new millennia that are transforming campaigning and communications in political systems around the world. The author illustrates how the use of social, digital and mobile advertising enables political marketers to deliver messages more accurately and strengthen relationships between stakeholders such as voters, supporters and candidates. Examining digital and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, this innovative book analyses the changing political marketing landscape and proposes conceptual models for implementing more successful and effective political communications in the future.

Marketing Analytics: A Practical Guide to Improving Consumer Insights Using Data Techniques (Marketing Science Ser.)

by Mike Grigsby

Who is most likely to buy and what is the best way to target them? How can businesses improve strategy without identifying the key influencing factors? The second edition of Marketing Analytics enables marketers and business analysts to leverage predictive techniques to measure and improve performance. By exploring real-world marketing challenges, it provides clear, jargon-free explanations on how to apply different analytical models for each purpose. From targeted list creation and data segmentation, to testing campaign effectiveness, pricing structures and forecasting demand, this book offers a welcome handbook on how statistics, consumer analytics and modelling can be put to optimal use. The fully revised second edition of Marketing Analytics includes three new chapters on big data analytics, insights and panel regression, including how to collect, separate and analyze big data. All of the advanced tools and techniques for predictive analytics have been updated, translating models such as tobit analysis for customer lifetime value into everyday use. Whether an experienced practitioner or having no prior knowledge, methodologies are simplified to ensure the more complex aspects of data and analytics are fully accessible for any level of application. Complete with downloadable data sets and test bank resources, this book supplies a concrete foundation to optimize marketing analytics for day-to-day business advantage.

Marketing Playbook for Social Media: Using Social Media to Drive Sales and Brand Awareness

by Mark W Lamplugh

The information in this book will help you to create and grow a strong social media presence for your business that will allow you to obtain the all the potential that social media has to offer. Social Media is being highly adopted by the wider population therefore it is imperative to deliver the right message to the right platform.

Mass Media in the Post-Soviet World: Market Forces, State Actors, and Political Manipulation in the Informational Environment after Communism (Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society #178)

by Marlene Laruelle Peter Rollberg

This collection covers the major trends of the media environment of the post-Communist world and their recent development, with special focus on Russia and the post-Soviet space. The term "media environment" covers not just traditional print and electronic media, but new media as well, and ranges from the political to entertainment and various artistic spheres. What role do market forces play in the process of media democratization, and how do state structures regulate, suppress, or use capitalism toward their own gain? What degree of informational pluralism has been achieved in the newly independent republics? What are the prospects for transparency and the participation of civil society in Russian and Eurasian media? To what degree do trends in post-Communist media reflect global trends? Is there a worldwide convergence with regard to both media formats and political messaging?Western observers usually pay their keenest attention to the role of media in Russia and Eurasia during national elections. While this is a valid focus, the present volume, with contributions by Luca Anceschi, Jonathan Becker, Lee B. Becker, Michael Cecire, Marta Dyczok, Nicola Ying Fry, Navbahor Imamova, Azamat Junisbai, Barbara Junisbai, Kornely Kakachia, Maria Lipman, Oleg Manaev, Marintha Miles, Olena Nikolayenko, Sarah Oates, Tamara Pataraia, Elisabeth Schimpfossl, Abdulfattoh Shafiev, Jack Snyder, Tudor Vlad, and Ilya Yablokov, aims at understanding the deeper overall media philosophies that characterize post-Soviet media systems and environments, and the type of identity formation that they are promoting.

Master 76 Option Strategies

by Russell Allen Stultz

Master 76 Option Strategies, with its downloadable companion Excel-based options strategy workbook, provides an exceptionally powerful options strategy learning experience. The companion Excel workbook is a “live” option strategy trainer. It contains a Contents page (or worksheet) that lists all 76 option strategy names and descriptions. Clickable links are provided to jump users directly to the corresponding strategy worksheet. Each worksheet is carefully designed to guide users through trade scanning, entry, exit, and the final outcome of the underlying option strategy. Once a trade is entered and working, a return link can be used to return directly to the Contents page. Each trade continues to “work” and can be opened at any time to check either current or final trading outcome. The Excel workbook pulls real-time live market data from the popular thinkorswim® trading platform. Readers can browse the Internet browser to locate thinkorswim® and determine the policies regarding its access and use.

Mastercam 2019 Training Guide Mill 2D

by Matthew Manton Duane Weidinger

Mastercam 2019 Mill Essentials Training TutorialThe Mastercam 2019 Mill Essentials Training Tutorial features concept-filled tutorials, challenging practice exercises and short quizzes following every tutorial providing a comprehensive look at geometry creation and 2D toolpathing for Mastercam Mill.This book begins with the absolute basics by introducing the Mastercam user interface and it will have you creating geometry, drilling and creating contour toolpaths before you know it. Its gradual progression lends way to more advanced concepts such as multiple setup scenarios and 2D High Speed Toolpaths. All of the parts within the book are designed with machinability in mind.A multitude of topics are covered including 2D geometry, solid geometry, tool settings, stock setup, drilling, tapping, contouring, pocketing, circle milling and slot milling. You will learn the 2D High Speed Toolpaths such as Dynamic Mill, Area Mill, Dynamic Contour, Peel Mill & Blend Mill, how to import a solid and machine it and using the WCS in multiple fixture applications.This book Includes: Mastercam 2019 Home Learning Edition/Demo Software Mastercam 2019 Mill Essentials Video Training DVD

Mastering 3D Printing in the Classroom, Library, and Lab

by Joan Horvath Rich Cameron

Learn how to manage and integrate the technology of 3D printers in the classroom, library, and lab. With this book, the authors give practical, lessons-learned advice about the nuts and bolts of what happens when you mix 3D printers, teachers, students, and the general public in environments ranging from K-12 and university classrooms to libraries, museums, and after-school community programs.Take your existing programs to the next level with Mastering 3D Printing in the Classroom, Library, and Lab. Organized in a way that is readable and easy to understand, this book is your guide to the many technology options available now in both software and hardware, as well as a compendium of practical use cases and a discussion of how to create experiences that will align with curriculum standards. You'll examine the whole range of working with a 3D printer, from purchase decision to curriculum design. Finally this book points you forward to the digital-fabrication future current students will face, discussing how key skills can be taught as cost-effectively as possible.What You’ll LearnDiscover what is really involved with using a 3D printer in a classroom, library, lab, or public spaceReview use cases of 3D printers designed to enhance student learning and to make practical parts, from elementary school through university research labLook at career-planning directions in the emerging digital fabrication arenaWork with updated tools, hardware, and software for 3D printingWho This Book Is ForEducators of all levels, both formal (classroom) and informal (after-school programs, libraries, museums).

Mastering Angular Components: Build component-based user interfaces using Angular, 2nd Edition

by Gion Kunz

Mastering Angular Components is for you if you are an Angular developer who already has a good understanding of basic frontend web technologies such as JavaScript, HTML, and CSS.

Mastering Apache Cassandra 3.x: An expert guide to improving database scalability and availability without compromising performance, 3rd Edition

by Nishant Neeraj Aaron Ploetz Tejaswi Malepati

Build, manage, and configure high-performing, reliable NoSQL database for your applications with CassandraKey FeaturesWrite programs more efficiently using Cassandra's features with the help of examplesConfigure Cassandra and fine-tune its parameters depending on your needsIntegrate Cassandra database with Apache Spark and build strong data analytics pipelineBook DescriptionWith ever-increasing rates of data creation, the demand for storing data fast and reliably becomes a need. Apache Cassandra is the perfect choice for building fault-tolerant and scalable databases. Mastering Apache Cassandra 3.x teaches you how to build and architect your clusters, configure and work with your nodes, and program in a high-throughput environment, helping you understand the power of Cassandra as per the new features.Once you’ve covered a brief recap of the basics, you’ll move on to deploying and monitoring a production setup and optimizing and integrating it with other software. You’ll work with the advanced features of CQL and the new storage engine in order to understand how they function on the server-side. You’ll explore the integration and interaction of Cassandra components, followed by discovering features such as token allocation algorithm, CQL3, vnodes, lightweight transactions, and data modelling in detail. Last but not least you will get to grips with Apache Spark.By the end of this book, you’ll be able to analyse big data, and build and manage high-performance databases for your application.What you will learnWrite programs more efficiently using Cassandra's features more efficientlyExploit the given infrastructure, improve performance, and tweak the Java Virtual Machine (JVM)Use CQL3 in your application in order to simplify working with CassandraConfigure Cassandra and fine-tune its parameters depending on your needsSet up a cluster and learn how to scale itMonitor a Cassandra cluster in different waysUse Apache Spark and other big data processing toolsWho this book is forMastering Apache Cassandra 3.x is for you if you are a big data administrator, database administrator, architect, or developer who wants to build a high-performing, scalable, and fault-tolerant database. Prior knowledge of core concepts of databases is required.

Mastering Apache Solr 7.x: An expert guide to advancing, optimizing, and scaling your enterprise search

by Sandeep Nair Chintan Mehta Dharmesh Vasoya

Accelerate your enterprise search engine and bring relevancy in your search analytics Key Features A practical guide in building expertise with Indexing, Faceting, Clustering and Pagination Master the management and administration of Enterprise Search Applications and services seamlessly Handle multiple data inputs such as JSON, xml, pdf, doc, xls,ppt, csv and much more. Book Description Apache Solr is the only standalone enterprise search server with a REST-like application interface. providing highly scalable, distributed search and index replication for many of the world's largest internet sites. To begin with, you would be introduced to how you perform full text search, multiple filter search, perform dynamic clustering and so on helping you to brush up the basics of Apache Solr. You will also explore the new features and advanced options released in Apache Solr 7.x which will get you numerous performance aspects and making data investigation simpler, easier and powerful. You will learn to build complex queries, extensive filters and how are they compiled in your system to bring relevance in your search tools. You will learn to carry out Solr scoring, elements affecting the document score and how you can optimize or tune the score for the application at hand. You will learn to extract features of documents, writing complex queries in re-ranking the documents. You will also learn advanced options helping you to know what content is indexed and how the extracted content is indexed. Throughout the book, you would go through complex problems with solutions along with varied approaches to tackle your business needs. By the end of this book, you will gain advanced proficiency to build out-of-box smart search solutions for your enterprise demands. What you will learn Design schema using schema API to access data in the database Advance querying and fine-tuning techniques for better performance Get to grips with indexing using Client API Set up a fault tolerant and highly available server with newer distributed capabilities, SolrCloud Explore Apache Tika to upload data with Solr Cell Understand different data operations that can be done while indexing Master advanced querying through Velocity Search UI, faceting and Query Re-ranking, pagination and spatial search Learn to use JavaScript, Python, SolrJ and Ruby for interacting with Solr Who this book is for The book would rightly appeal to developers, software engineers, data engineers and database architects who are building or seeking to build enterprise-wide effective search engines for business intelligence. Prior experience of Apache Solr or Java programming is must to take the best of this book.

Mastering Arduino: A project-based approach to electronics, circuits, and programming

by Jon Hoffman

Mastering Arduino is a practical, no-nonsense guide that will teach you the electronics and programming skills that you need to create advanced Arduino projects.Key FeaturesCovers enough electronics and code for users at any levelIncludes complete circuit diagrams for all projectsFinal robot project combines knowledge from all the chaptersBook DescriptionMastering Arduino is an all-in-one guide to getting the most out of your Arduino. This practical, no-nonsense guide teaches you all of the electronics and programming skills that you need to create advanced Arduino projects. This book is packed full of real-world projects for you to practice on, bringing all of the knowledge in the book together and giving you the skills to build your own robot from the examples in this book. The final two chapters discuss wireless technologies and how they can be used in your projects. The book begins with the basics of electronics, making sure that you understand components, circuits, and prototyping before moving on. It then performs the same function for code, getting you into the Arduino IDE and showing you how to connect the Arduino to a computer and run simple projects on your Arduino.Once the basics are out of the way, the next 10 chapters of the book focus on small projects centered around particular components, such as LCD displays, stepper motors, or voice synthesizers. Each of these chapters will get you familiar with the technology involved, how to build with it, how to program it, and how it can be used in your own projects. What you will learnExplains the basics of electronics and circuits along with the Arduino IDE and basic C operationsUse sensors to build a mini weather stationControl LEDs using codePower a robot arm using stepper motorsRemotely control your Arduino using RF, Bluetooth LE, and Bluetooth ClassicMake a sound tone generator with buttonsWho this book is forMastering Arduino is for anybody who wants to experiment with an Arduino board and build simple projects. No prior knowledge is required, as the fundamentals of electronics and coding are covered in this book as well as advance projects.

Mastering AutoCAD 2019 and AutoCAD LT 2019

by George Omura Brian C. Benton

The world’s favorite guide to everything AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT—updated for 2019! Mastering AutoCAD 2019 and AutoCAD LT 2019 is the world’s all-time best-selling guide to the world’s most popular drafting software. Packed with tips, tricks, techniques, and tutorials, this guide covers every inch of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT—including certification. This new edition has been fully updated to align with the software’s 2019 update, featuring the same expert instruction augmented by videos of crucial techniques. Step-by-step walk-throughs, concise explanations, specific examples and plenty of hands-on projects help you learn essential AutoCAD skills by working directly with the necessary tools—giving you a skill set that translates directly to on-the-job use. AutoCAD is the dominant design and drafting software for 2D and 3D technical drawings, while AutoCAD LT is the more affordable version often used by students and hobbyists. Professional designers need complete command of the software’s tools and functions, but a deeper exploration of more complex capabilities can help even hobbyists produce work at a higher level of technical proficiency. This book is your ultimate guide to AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT, whether you’re seeking certification or just looking to draw. Get acquainted with the workspace and basic drafting tools Gain greater control of your drawings with hatches, fields, fills, dynamic blocks, and curves Explore the 3D modeling and imaging tools that bring your drawing to life Customize AutoCAD to the way you work, integrate it with other software, and more As certification preparation material, this book is Autodesk-endorsed; as a self-study guide to AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT mastery, this book is the gold-standard, having led over a half million people on the journey to better design. If you’re ready to learn quickly so you can get down to work, Mastering AutoCAD 2019 and AutoCAD LT 2019 is your ideal resource.

Mastering Blockchain: Distributed ledger technology, decentralization, and smart contracts explained, 2nd Edition

by Imran Bashir

Learn about cryptography and cryptocurrencies, so you can build highly secure, decentralized applications and conduct trusted in-app transactions.Key FeaturesGet to grips with the underlying technical principles and implementations of blockchainBuild powerful applications using Ethereum to secure transactions and create smart contractsExplore cryptography, mine cryptocurrencies, and solve scalability issues with this comprehensive guideBook DescriptionA blockchain is a distributed ledger that is replicated across multiple nodes and enables immutable, transparent and cryptographically secure record-keeping of transactions. The blockchain technology is the backbone of cryptocurrencies, and it has applications in finance, government, media and almost all other industries. Mastering Blockchain, Second Edition has been thoroughly updated and revised to provide a detailed description of this leading technology and its implementation in the real world. This book begins with the technical foundations of blockchain technology, teaching you the fundamentals of distributed systems, cryptography and how it keeps data secure. You will learn about the mechanisms behind cryptocurrencies and how to develop applications using Ethereum, a decentralized virtual machine. You will also explore different other blockchain solutions and get an introduction to business blockchain frameworks under Hyperledger, a collaborative effort for the advancement of blockchain technologies hosted by the Linux Foundation. You will also be shown how to implement blockchain solutions beyond currencies, Internet of Things with blockchain, blockchain scalability, and the future scope of this fascinating and powerful technology.What you will learnMaster the theoretical and technical foundations of the blockchain technologyUnderstand the concept of decentralization, its impact, and its relationship with blockchain technologyMaster how cryptography is used to secure data - with practical examplesGrasp the inner workings of blockchain and the mechanisms behind bitcoin and alternative cryptocurrenciesUnderstand the theoretical foundations of smart contractsLearn how Ethereum blockchain works and how to develop decentralized applications using Solidity and relevant development frameworksIdentify and examine applications of the blockchain technology - beyond currenciesInvestigate alternative blockchain solutions including Hyperledger, Corda, and many moreExplore research topics and the future scope of blockchain technologyWho this book is forThis book will appeal to those who wish to build fast, highly secure, transactional applications. It targets people who are familiar with the concept of blockchain and are comfortable with a programming language.

Mastering Blockchain, Second Edition: Distributed Ledger Technology, Decentralization, And Smart Contracts Explained, 2nd Edition

by Imran Bashir

Blockchain is a distributed database that enables permanent, transparent, and secure storage of data. The blockchain technology is the backbone of cryptocurrency and it is gaining popularity with people who work in the finance, government, and arts sectors. This book is an up-to-date, one-stop guide to this leading technology and its implementation in the real world.

Mastering Bootstrap 4 - Second Edition: Master the latest version of Bootstrap 4 to build highly customized responsive web apps, 2nd Edition

by Benjamin Jakobus

Build responsive, dynamic, and mobile-first applications on the web with Bootstrap 4 Key Features Master the art of creating highly intuitive and responsive web interfaces with Bootstrap 4 Combine the power of Bootstrap and popular front-end JavaScript frameworks such as Angular and React to build cutting-edge web apps Infuse your web pages with life and movement using Bootstrap jQuery plugins Book Description Bootstrap 4 is a free CSS and JavaScript framework that allows developers to rapidly build responsive web interfaces. This book will help you use and adapt Bootstrap to produce enticing websites that fit your needs. You will build a customized Bootstrap website from scratch, using various approaches to customize the framework with increasing levels of skill. You will get to grips with Bootstrap's key features and quickly discover various ways in which Bootstrap can help you develop web interfaces. Then take a walk through the fundamental features, such as its grid system, global styles, helper classes, and responsive utilities. When you have mastered these, you will discover how to structure page layouts, utilize Bootstrap's various navigation components, use forms, and style different types of content. Among other things, you will also tour the anatomy of a Bootstrap plugin, create your own custom components, and extend Bootstrap using jQuery. You will also understand what utility classes Bootstrap 4 has to offer, and how you can use them effectively to speed up the development of your website. Finally, you will discover how to optimize your website and integrate it with third-party frameworks. By the end of this book, you will have a thorough knowledge of the framework's ins and outs, and will be able to build highly customizable and optimized web interfaces. What you will learn Create a professional Bootstrap-based website from scratch without using third-party templates Leverage Bootstrap's powerful grid system Style various types of content and learn how to build a page's layout from scratch by applying the power of Bootstrap 4 Take advantage of Bootstrap's form helper and contextual classes Improve your website's overall user experience with headers and footers Infuse your web pages using Bootstrap jQuery plugins and create your own Bootstrap plugins Learn what utility classes Bootstrap 4 has to offer, how they are implemented, and the best way to use them. Create more advanced web interfaces by leveraging the power of accordions, dropdowns, and list groups. Incorporate Bootstrap into an AngularJS or React application and use Bootstrap components as AngularJS directivesWho this book is for This book targets readers who wish to leverage Bootstrap 4 to create responsive web applications. Basic knowledge of web development concepts and web technologies such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript is required.

Mastering C++ Game Development: Create professional and realistic 3D games using C++ 17

by Mickey Macdonald

High-end game development with advanced C++ 17 programming techniques Key Features Make the best use of object-oriented capabilities of C++ 17 to develop high-end games Create reusable C++ 17 libraries and editor tools for your game Series of example projects demonstrating advanced techniques to build games of any genre Book Description Although many languages are now being used to develop games, C++ remains the standard for professional development. The majority of professional libraries and toolchains are still built using C++. The primary goal of this book is to teach you how to harness the power of the language and provide you with the ability to build high-quality games. To begin, you will be presented with, an overview of popular development methodologies, and a short guide to updated features of the C++ 17 standard. You will learn how to leverage existing libraries such as OpenGL and the STL (standard library) to build complex systems. Throughout the journey, you will also build a set of C++ 17 compatible libraries that can be reused in your own development projects. In the last half of the book, you will work with demos designed to introduce you to advanced rendering techniques, interactive physics, advanced AI techniques, and even multiplayer game concerns with modern networks. What you will learn Work and communicate effectively in the modern games industry Develop simple and advanced gameplay systems How to leverage the standard core C++ libraries Use modern real-time rendering techniques to achieve immersive 3D visuals Achieve a narrative-driven game experience using a variety of data management techniques Implement scripting using LUA Learn AI algorithms and concepts for handling motion, behavior, and decision making Implementation of the OpenGL, Bullet Physics, GLM, SteamVR and other common libraries Who this book is for This book is intended for aspiring game developers who are proficient in C++ 17 programming and are interested in developing professional games with C++.17

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