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Learning Laravel's Eloquent

by Francesco Malatesta

This book is perfect for developers with some basic knowledge of PHP development, but are new to the Eloquent ORM. However, developers with previous Laravel and Eloquent experience will also benefit from the in-depth analysis of specific classes and methodologies in the book.

Spark Cookbook

by Rishi Yadav

If you are a data engineer, an application developer, or a data scientist who would like to leverage the power of Apache Spark to get better insights from big data, then this is the book for you.

Cocos2d-x Game Development Blueprints

by Karan Sequeira

If you are a proficient Cocos2d game developer who wants to enhance his or her game development skill set using Cocos2d-x to build different types of games, this book is for you.

Oracle GoldenGate 11g Implementer's guide

by John P Jeffries

More than just a step-by-step guide, this book offers examples, tips, and tricks that are all discussed in detail, providing the reader with the knowledge and confidence to implement them. Supporting diagrams, illustrations, and screenshots promote understanding and enhance the overall reading experience.The author's onsite experience in implementing Oracle GoldenGate in the financial sector is thoroughly reflected in this book.This book is for Solution Architects and Database Architects who wish to learn about the functionality and efforts required in implementing a data replication, migration or integration solution using GoldenGate. It is also designed for System Administrators and Database Administrators who want to implement, or those who have already implemented, Goldengate and who want to explore its advanced features. An intermediate understanding of Oracle database technology is assumed.

Jenkins Essentials

by Mitesh Soni

If you are a Jenkins novice or beginner with a basic understanding of continuous integration, then this is the book for you. Beginners in Jenkins will get quick hands-on experience and gain the confidence to go ahead and explore the use of Jenkins further.

Android 5 Programming by Example

by Kyle Mew

If you have a great idea for a mobile app, and some familiarity with Java, or a similar procedural programming language, then all you need is this book to turn your idea into a reality.

Communicating Quality and Safety in Health Care

by Rick Iedema Donella Piper Marie Manidis Rick Iedema Donella Piper

In response to the growing emphasis on clinicians' capacity to practise effective communication, Communicating Quality and Safety in Healthcare provides real-time communication scenarios and interprofessional case studies. The book engages healthcare trainees from across medicine, nursing and allied health services in a comprehensive and probing discussion of the communication demands that confront today's healthcare teams. This book explains the role of communication in mental health, emergency medicine, intensive care, and a wide range of other health service and community care contexts. It emphasises the ways in which patients and clinicians communicate, and how clinicians communicate with one another. The case studies explain why and how communication is critical to good care and healing. Each chapter analyses real-life practice situations, encourages the learner to ask probing questions about these situations, and sets out the principal components and strategies of good communication.

Bayesian Speech and Language Processing

by Shinji Watanabe Jen-Tzung Chien

With this comprehensive guide you will learn how to apply Bayesian machine learning techniques systematically to solve various problems in speech and language processing. A range of statistical models is detailed, from hidden Markov models to Gaussian mixture models, n-gram models and latent topic models, along with applications including automatic speech recognition, speaker verification, and information retrieval. Approximate Bayesian inferences based on MAP, Evidence, Asymptotic, VB, and MCMC approximations are provided as well as full derivations of calculations, useful notations, formulas, and rules. The authors address the difficulties of straightforward applications and provide detailed examples and case studies to demonstrate how you can successfully use practical Bayesian inference methods to improve the performance of information systems. This is an invaluable resource for students, researchers, and industry practitioners working in machine learning, signal processing, and speech and language processing.

Mining and Energy Law

by Samantha Hepburn

Mining and Energy Law is the only textbook available that encompasses a discussion of both the law and the policy of mining and resource regulation in existing and emergent areas, for the Commonwealth as well as for the states and territories in Australia. The book begins by examining the ownership framework underpinning natural resources within Australia and reviews the proprietary status and scope of mining tenements, and the regulation of offshore petroleum extraction. It goes on to explore the legal regimes that have emerged in response to more recent developments, such as coal seam gas, renewable energy and geo-sequestration. The book concludes with a discussion of the commercial and contractual arrangements commonly used by transacting parties operating in the sector. Mining and Energy Law is the ideal starting point for anyone seeking to understand the regulatory regimes and policy challenges relevant to one of Australia's most important industry sectors.

Paediatric Nursing in Australia

by Jennifer Fraser Jennifer Fraser Donna Waters Elizabeth Forster Nicola Brown Donna Waters Elizabeth Forster

Fundamentals of Australian Paediatric Nursing equips students with the essential skills and knowledge to become paediatric, child and youth health nurses across a variety of clinical and community settings. It prepares students for critical thinking and problem solving within this field by emphasising contemporary issues impacting on the health of children, young people and their families. Written by a team of experienced paediatric nurses, the content is based on themes that align with Australian standards of competence and expectations of paediatric nursing: communication, family involvement and evidence-based practice. Comprehensive yet concise, the text examines the integration of theoretical and clinical components of nursing knowledge. To enhance learning, chapters feature case studies, reflection points and learning activities. An essential resource for nursing students, this text is grounded in current care delivery and professional issues for care of the child to prepare future nurses for evidence-based practice in paediatric settings throughout Australia.

Letter Writing and Language Change

by Daniel Schreier Anita Auer Daniel Schreier Richard J. Watts Anita Auer

Letter Writing and Language Change outlines the historical sociolinguistic value of letter analysis, both in theory and practice. The chapters in this volume make use of insights from all three 'Waves of Variation Studies', and many of them, either implicitly or explicitly, look at specific aspects of the language of the letter writers in an effort to discover how those writers position themselves and how they attempt, consciously or unconsciously, to construct social identities. The letters are largely from people in the lower strata of social structure, either to addressees of the same social status or of a higher status. In this sense the question of the use of 'standard' and/or 'nonstandard' varieties of English is in the forefront of the contributors' interest. Ultimately, the studies challenge the assumption that there is only one 'legitimate' and homogenous form of English or of any other language.

Themistius, Julian, and Greek Political Theory under Rome

by Simon Swain

Themistius' close relationship with Christian emperors from Constantius to Theodosius makes him one of the most important political thinkers and politicians of the later fourth century, and his dealings with Julian the Apostate have recently attracted much speculation. This volume presents a new critical edition, translation and analysis of Themistius' letter to Julian about kingship and government, which survives mainly in Arabic, together with texts, translations and analyses of Julian's Letter to Themistius and Sopater's Letter to Himerius. The volume is completed with a text, translation and analysis of the other genuine work of Greek political theory to survive in Arabic, the Letter of Aristotle to Alexander, which dates from an earlier period and throws into relief the particular concerns of Themistius, Julian, and the rulers of the fourth-century Roman world.

Biogenesis

by Tatsuaki Ishiguro

Told in the manner of scientific reports, this collection of science fiction stories explores the allegorical overtones about the precariousness of species. Biogenesis and Other Stories collects five stories by Tatsuaki Ishiguro.In Biogenesis, two professors research the rare winged mouse and how the genetic makeup of the creatures pointed to their eventual extinction. The discover that upon mating, both the male and female of the species died. The professors try to clone the winged mice without success, so they breed the remaining pair in captivity, noting the procedure, which includes a vibration of the creatures' wings, what appeared to be kissing, and the shedding of tears--composed of the same substance as their blood--until their eventual death.

Full Figured 9

by Carl Weber Ms Michel Moore

New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber has tantalized us with his provocative and sexy plus size characters in Something on the Side, Big Girls Do Cry and Torn Between Two Lovers. Now Weber has taken on the role of not just writer but mentor and editor with his highly successful Full Figured series. In this installment, Weber pens his own story, bringing back a familiar and well-liked character, the voluptuous bad girl Coco Brown, who is once again looking for love in all the wrong places.Urban Books author Ms. Michel Moore introduces us to Tami, another plus-size bad girl, in "This Can't Be Life." Often judged by her weight and not the size of her heart, Tami wants the same type of devoted love her younger, but much smaller in size, sister Tori has with her spouse. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem meant to be, until a "mysterious" accident brings her and her brother-in-law closer than ever. While Tori fights to live, Tami fights for the newfound love of her life--her sister's husband.

Seasoned With Grace

by Nigeria Lockley

Sentenced to probation, thirty-year-old supermodel Grace King must put her plans of transitioning into acting on hold. Desperate to keep a close eye on Grace and his job, Grace's ambitious lawyer, Ethan Summerville has her complete community service in the last place Grace wants to be--his church.Instead of God, Grace finds a "chocolate drop" of a man, Brother Horace Green. Unfortunately, Horace isn't looking for a supermodel. He wants his woman saved and sanctified, but Grace has never met a man who has been able to resist her. Will Horace compromise his faith for a taste of fortune, fame, and Grace?While Grace focuses on the pursuit of passion, Ethan finds one director willing to take a risk and cast Grace in his debut film, but this role fits Grace all too well. Will this film revive Grace's relationship with God and her career, or bring her closer to destruction?

Don't Make Me Wait

by Shana Burton

Amari Christopher stopped searching for her one true love after her heart was broken five years ago. Her chronically single status is no problem, though, since her job as an entertainment reporter affords her the opportunity to meet plenty of truly great lovers in the music industry.When her ex-boyfriend is tragically killed in an accident, Amari starts to rethink her party-girl lifestyle. Facing forty and determined not to be the old chick in the club, she trades in her little black book for a leather-bound Bible and starts attending church. That's where she meets Mandrel Ingram, a stable, God-fearing man who shows her that real love trumps meaningless romps.Mandrel Ingram retired his player card when he found the Lord. After two years of celibacy and praying for God to send him his mate, he thinks he may have found her when he meets fiery, beautiful, smart Amari. While he's attracted to her free-spirited nature and charm, he wonders if this wild-child can ever be turned into a suitable housewife. He might have cause to wonder, as Amari becomes bored with their G-rated dates and starts to miss the thrill of romance in her life.When Amari interviews up-and-coming singer Apollo Rison for an article, his no-strings, live-for-moment attitude intrigues her. Already sexually frustrated and desperate for a new adventure, Amari propositions him for a one night stand. What starts as a casual fling morphs into a complicated situation, as Amari's rendezvous with Apollo become more frequent and her feelings for him intensify. Before long, she is burdened with guilt and torn between Mandrel, who nurtures her spiritual side and makes her a better woman, and Apollo, who feeds her creative side and provides the passion she craves. Caught between the man she wants and the man she needs, will Amari turn to God for guidance?

Corrupt City Saga

by Tra Verdejo

Meet Donald "Lucky" Gibson. He's considered one of the best detectives around, until he joins his new unit, a team of corrupt cops who are just as bad as the criminals they are supposed to be catching. Lucky soon falls into the trap and becomes one more thug with a badge.Years of abusing his position have led to an out of control cocaine habit, the loss of his family, and a love affair with a young runaway prostitute, but Lucky has had enough. After an innocent black man is killed by his white partners, Lucky testifies against them. He uses the media to expose his dirty team, including his captain and the commissioner. Now Lucky is a marked man, and even the mayor wants him dead. Corruption does not begin to describe what the law enforcement and government officials represent.With trickery in each chapter, this must-read novel will have you cheering for the bad guys, while wondering who can be trusted, who is behind the foul events that unfold, and where the corruption will end. You won't be able to put this book down until you discover all the answers.Welcome to Corrupt City Saga, where you can't tell the good guys from the bad guys, and every character is a suspect. Tra Verdejo is entering the street lit scene with a raw style that will quickly put him on top.

Nympho

by Andrea Blackstone

Readers will be drawn to this sexy, steamy story of one adventurous woman's sexual, if dangerous, odyssey.

30 Days

by Christine D'Abo

For years, Alyssa has been going to bed with a memory. Is she ready to wake up with a fantasy? Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mate, but not Alyssa Barrow. She met Rob at nineteen, and they were set to live happily ever after--until he became ill. In his final days, Rob urged his beautiful, young wife not to abandon happiness--or pleasure. He even left her a special gift, a sexy game plan to help her move on: Thirty cards with instructions for thirty days of passion. You'll know when the time is right, he'd said. Now it's two years later, and when Alyssa meets her hot new neighbor, Harrison Kemp, she begins to think the right time is right now... From his sculpted thighs to his devilish grin, Harrison is the kind of man women want. Before she can lose her nerve, Alyssa tells Harrison about her long-ignored cards...and asks him to help her fulfill them. It's a favor he's more than happy to, um, perform. With his skillful touch, and the hot press of his lips against her skin, Alyssa finds herself re-awakening to life--and a host of other sensations. But what began as not-so-innocent fun soon grows into true intimacy, and Alyssa realizes she's opening herself up not just to sex...but to love. When it comes to a future with Harrison, what's really in the cards? Saucy, heartwarming, and insightful, 30 Days explores the agony--and the ecstasy--of starting over, and how a little encouragement, and a little courage, can go a long way...

Drape Expectations

by Karen Rose Smith

These days, home stager Caprice De Luca's calendar is a full house. Her grandmother's health is failing, her wayward uncle is stirring the pot, and she's torn between two equally eligible suitors. With so much drama in her personal life, Caprice is grateful to have Ace Richland, a former 80s rock star, ask her to stage his girlfriend's house. But Alanna Goodwin is a tough customer who balks at Caprice's ideas and all but commandeers the staging. Caprice almost isn't surprised when the snappish Southern belle is strangled to death with a tieback from her tacky velvet drapes. But just as she draws back the curtains on the truth, Caprice realizes she may be next on a murderer's set list...

Secret Indiscretions

by Trice Hickman

"I can't wait to see what Trice Hickman does next!" --Mary Monroe, New York Times bestselling authorTwo couples, two unhappy spouses--one shocking solution. . .Five years into her happy marriage, Geneva Mayfield is devastated to find that things have taken a turn for the worse. Her husband, Johnny, is suddenly hard to reach, distant, and works late too often for Geneva not to be suspicious. Is it because she's been pressuring him about having a baby? Feeling lonely and neglected, Geneva bonds with Robert Owens, a colleague who is having marital trouble of his own. Soon, their relationship blossoms into an uncontrollable affair. Bored with her husband, Robert, and dead set against having a child with him, Vivana Owens is biding her time until she's ready to leave--and she's spending it with Johnny Mayfield. It's just a fling--until Vivana becomes obsessed with Johnny, especially once he tries to win back his wife. But affairs don't end easy--and soon one of the unfaithfuls will end up dead, one will end up in jail, and one just might get away with murder. . .

A Deceptive Homecoming

by Anna Loan-Wilsey

Traveling secretary Hattie Davish is returning to her once-quiet hometown, where a deluge of deadly secrets leaves her feeling anything but welcome...When her good friend Virginia Hayward's father passes away, Hattie Davish rushes to her hometown of St. Joseph, Missouri. She's looking forward to visiting the place where she grew up, even if the circumstances bringing her there are bleak. But upon her arrival, she learns that all is not well in St. Joe. Virginia is cold and distant, Frank Hayward's death is shrouded in mystery, and a string of troubling incidents have descended on Hattie's alma mater, Mrs. Chaplin's School for Women. Frank was the school's bookkeeper, and as Hattie begins investigating the bizarre goings-on, she becomes convinced that someone other than Frank was in the casket--but who? Her search for the truth takes her from the town cemetery, to the home of an infamous outlaw, to the dungeon-like tunnels beneath the State Lunatic Asylum--and brings her face-to-face with a killer bent on the deadliest lesson of all...

London From My Windows

by Mary Carter

Ava Wilder's home in small-town Iowa is her sanctuary. A talented sketch artist with severe agoraphobia, Ava spends her days drawing a far more adventurous life than her invisible disability allows. Until she receives a package from London, explaining that she has inherited her Aunt Beverly's entire estate--on condition that she lives in Bev's West End flat for a year.Once overseas, Ava wonders if she's simply swapped one prison for another. The streets and shops are intimidating, and Bev's home appears to be a drop-in center for local eccentrics. Worst of all, Bev left a list of impossible provisos to be overseen by her quirky, attractive solicitor. Ava is expected to go out--to experience clubs, pubs, and culture; to visit Big Ben, Hyde Park, and the London Eye. After years of viewing the world through a pane of glass, she's at the messy, complicated center of it. As exhilarated as she is terrified, will she be able to step up, step out, and claim the life she was meant for?In an insightful, poignant novel, Mary Carter delves deep into self-discovery and the meaning of courage, exploring the fears that serve to protect us--until life calls us to connect at last.

Hard As Ice

by Raven Scott

When money is no object, discretion is essential, and time is of the essence, the police are not an option. That's when the wealthy and powerful call on the men of Fortis--a trio of former government agents with elite military training--not to mention charm and good looks... Now that Evan DaCosta has recovered from an injury sustained in his work with the CIA, he's ready to continue his life of adventure, intrigue, and service. That means joining Fortis--and taking on the recovery of precious jewels stolen from a prestigious auction house. The list of suspects is long, but Evan is focused on the possibility of an inside job. Now he'll have to go undercover and stay close to the gorgeous business manager, Nia James. That won't be a problem....But if she's the thief, she just may steal his heart in the process... A gifted salesperson, Nia worked hard to get where she is today. Now, with her career at stake, she can't afford to be distracted by a man. Yet when Evan walks into the auction house, all six foot three of solid muscle poured into a tailored suit, Nia can't help feeling safe, protected--and turned on. The feeling is mutual, and soon, despite their private misgivings, Nia and Evan become intensely entangled. But can their relationship survive their secrets?...

Dirty Rotten Liar

by Noire

Noire's versatile storytelling keeps the urban erotic genre hot! --Kiki Swinson, bestselling author of the Wifey seriesWhat can go wrong when con-mami Mink LaRue joins forces with her slick-tongued look-alike Dy-Nasty Jenkins to run a three-hundred-grand hustle on the super-rich Dominion oil family? With the conniving Philadelphia stripper Dy-Nasty seeking to dip her fingers into the same pot of gold, Mink knows she has to play her hand right and hustle at the very top of her grind. But when Mink is suddenly called back home to be at the bedside of her sick mother, she is forced to leave Dy-Nasty alone at the mansion to work a solo scam on the Dominions and possibly claim the entire jackpot for herself. Will Dy-Nasty lie her way into the hearts of the Dominions and be declared a rightful heir to the vast family fortune? Or, will fate throw a cruel twist in the game and get both ghetto princesses kicked out of the mansion and left on the curb, dead broke? "Noire knows all about street slang, scams, strip clubs, and fierce sex bouts. . .This is top-of-the-line street lit." --Library Journal on Natural Born Liar (starred review) "Sizzling, action-packed, electric and gut-wrenching." --RT Book Reviews on Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless

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