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Cross-platform UI Development with Xamarin.Forms

by Paul F. Johnson

Create a fully operating application and deploy it to major mobile platforms using Xamarin.Forms About This Book * Create standard user interfaces on Windows Mobile, Android, and iOS and then make those interfaces look good with ease * Design a full-blown application in very little time with just about the entire code being shared * Learn how to access platform-specific features and still have the same core code with this handy guide Who This Book Is For This book is intended for mobile software developers who are fed up with having three different code sets for the same application. If you want to put your code on all mobile platforms with minimum fuss, and just want to develop but haven't got the time to be digging too far into a particular platform, this is the book for you. Basic knowledge of C# is assumed. What You Will Learn * Create a responsive UI, modified to suit the target platform * Understand the basics of designing an application, and the considerations needed for target platforms * Construct a complete app using a single codebase * Develop attractive user interfaces * Bind information to the code behind to generate a reactive application * Design an effective portable class library (PCL) * Include a Windows Mobile application within your standard Xamarin.Forms application * Extend your applications using the Xamarin.Forms Labs library In Detail Xamarin is an IDE used for the development of native iOS, Android, and Windows, and cross-platform mobile applications in C#. For the mobile developer, that means learning three different languages to create the same application. Even if you use the Xamarin toolchain, you still need to work with three different user interface construction sets. Xamarin is essentially a container in which developers can write any application in C# and use the Xamarin compiler to package and deploy on Android, iOS, or Windows platforms. To top this, Xamarin.Forms plays the role of a single codebase for mobile applications. This book will show you, with fully-coded examples, how to use both the Xamarin toolchain and the Xamarin.Forms library to code once for the three platforms. It goes from the concept and design of a mobile messenger application to its execution. You will be introduced to Messenger--the messaging app--which includes key features such as push notifications, UI, maps, databases, and web services. Next, you will learn to plan the UI using Xamarin.Forms for cross-mobile platform development, and move on to creating custom buttons, extending the UI, and connecting to social sites such as Facebook and Twitter. You will also learn about the limitations of PCL libraries and how they make coding easier. This will be followed by the creation of a SQLite database and a database manager, and the SQLite database's reflection within the database manager. You will then be taken through the use of hardware features with ample coverage of iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile. Finally, the book will conclude by introducing common strategies that allow you to create applications that "just work" without having to reinvent the wheel each time. Style and approach A fun and informal approach to creating a mobile application using the most up-to-date cross-platform approach. Each coding chapter includes fully working code examples available for download from the Packt Publishing website.

Test-Driven Java Development

by Viktor Farcic Alex Garcia

Invoke TDD principles for end-to-end application development with Java About This Book * Explore the most popular TDD tools and frameworks and become more proficient in building applications * Create applications with better code design, fewer bugs, and higher test coverage, enabling you to get them to market quickly * Implement test-driven programming methods into your development workflows Who This Book Is For If you're an experienced Java developer and want to implement more effective methods of programming systems and applications, then this book is for you. What You Will Learn * Explore the tools and frameworks required for effective TDD development * Perform the Red-Green-Refactor process efficiently, the pillar around which all other TDD procedures are based * Master effective unit testing in isolation from the rest of your code * Design simple and easily maintainable codes by implementing different techniques * Use mocking frameworks and techniques to easily write and quickly execute tests * Develop an application to implement behaviour-driven development in conjunction with unit testing * Enable and disable features using Feature Toggles In Detail Test-driven development (TDD) is a development approach that relies on a test-first procedure that emphasises writing a test before writing the necessary code, and then refactoring the code to optimize it. The value of performing TDD with Java, one of the most established programming languages, is to improve the productivity of programmers, the maintainability and performance of code, and develop a deeper understanding of the language and how to employ it effectively. Starting with the basics of TDD and reasons why its adoption is beneficial, this book will take you from the first steps of TDD with Java until you are confident enough to embrace the practice in your day-to-day routine. You'll be guided through setting up tools, frameworks, and the environment you need, and will dive right in to hands-on exercises with the goal of mastering one practice, tool, or framework at a time. You'll learn about the Red-Green-Refactor procedure, how to write unit tests, and how to use them as executable documentation. With this book you'll also discover how to design simple and easily maintainable code, work with mocks, utilise behaviour-driven development, refactor old legacy code, and release a half-finished feature to production with feature toggles. You will finish this book with a deep understanding of the test-driven development methodology and the confidence to apply it to application programming with Java. Style and approach An easy-to-follow, hands-on guide to building applications through effective coding practices. This book covers practical examples by introducing different problems, each one designed as a learning exercise to help you understand each aspect of TDD.

Learning Phalcon PHP

by Calin Rada

Learn Phalcon interactively and build high performance web applications About This Book * Learn how to install and configure Phalcon PHP on your server * Develop a fully functional multi-module application with Phalcon PHP * A step-by-step guide with in-depth coverage of Phalcon and best practices Who This Book Is For If you are a web developer and want to build effective web applications with Phalcon PHP, then this book is ideal for you. The book does not assume detailed knowledge of PHP frameworks. What You Will Learn * Compile and install Phalcon from source code * Set up an MVC project and learn how to use the Dependency Injection (DI), configuration, and routing * Get to grips with Phalcon's ORM, ODM, validation and caching, and generate models using Phalcon Developer Tools * Create a command-line application from scratch * Write a fully functional REST module with Phalcon PHP * Use Volt as template engine to create your first views * Understand how session works and learn how to implement an authentication system In Detail Phalcon is a full-stack PHP framework implemented as a C extension. Building applications with Phalcon will offer you lower resource consumption and high performance whether your application runs on a Linux machine or a Windows one. Phalcon is loosely coupled, allowing you to use its objects as glue components based on the needs of your application. Phalcon PHP's mission is to give you an advanced tool to develop faster websites and applications. This book covers the most common and useful parts of PhalconPHP, which will guide you to make the right decisions while developing a Phalcon-driven application. You will begin the journey by installing and setting up Phalcon for your environment followed by the development of each module. You will be introduced to Phalcon's ORM and ODM. Furthermore, you will also be able to create the first models and database architecture for your project. You will then cover command-line applications, API module, volt syntax, and hierarchical views. Installing and working with Node and Bower for assets management will also be covered. Finally, you will gain insights into creating the backoffice and frontend module along with best practices and resources for development with Phalcon PHP. By the end of this book, you will be able to confidently develop any kind of application using the Phalcon PHP framework in a short time. Style and approach This step-by-step guide will walk you through the fundamentals of Phalcon PHP. It will then help you to create a simple but fully functional news website and gain advanced knowledge of how Phalcon PHP works.

React.js Essentials

by Artemij Fedosejev

A fast-paced guide to design, build, and deploy scalable and maintainable web apps with React.js About This Book * Build maintainable and performant user interfaces for your web applications using React.js * Create reusable React.js components to save time and effort in maintaining your user interfaces * Learn how to build a ready-to-deploy React.js web application, following our step-by-step tutorial Who This Book Is For If you're a front-end developer with knowledge of jQuery and its libraries, along with frameworks, such as Angular.JS and Backbone.JS, or native JavaScript development, and you wish to use the fastest web user interface library there is, then this book is ideal for you. What You Will Learn * Install powerful React.js tools to make development much more efficient * Create React elements with properties and children * Get started with stateless and stateful React components * Use JSX to speed up your React.js development process * Add reactivity to your React components with lifecycle methods * Integrate your React components with other JavaScript libraries * Utilize the Flux application architecture with your React components * Test your React components with Jest test framework In Detail Building web applications with maintainable and performant user interfaces is a challenge that many have faced for more than a decade, but no one has risen to this challenge quite like React.js. Today React.js is used by Facebook, Instagram, Khan Academy, and Imperial College London, to name a few. Many new users recognize the benefits of React.js and adopt it in their own projects, forming a fast-growing community. The speed at which React.js has evolved promises a bright future for those who invest in learning it today. React.js Essentials will take you on a fast-paced journey through building your own maintainable React.js application. Begin by exploring how you can create single and multiple user interface elements. Create stateless and stateful components and make them reactive, learn to interact between your components and lifecycle methods and gauge how to effectively integrate your user interface components with other JavaScript libraries. Delve deep into the core elements of the Flux architecture and learn how to manage your application using stores. Finish by going that extra mile with the Jest test framework, running multiple tests on your application and find solutions to scale it further without complexity. Style and approach The book adopts a step-by-step, hands-on approach with ample codes to ensure you learn React.js at a fast pace.

Testing with JUnit

by Frank Appel

Master high quality software development driven by unit tests About This Book * Design and implement robust system components by means of the de facto unit testing standard in Java * Reduce defect rate and maintenance effort, plus simultaneously increase code quality and development pace * Follow a step-by-step tutorial imparting the essential techniques based on real-world scenarios and code walkthroughs Who This Book Is For No matter what your specific background as a Java developer, whether you're simply interested in building up a safety net to reduce regressions of your desktop application or in improving your server-side reliability based on robust and reusable components, unit testing is the way to go. This book provides you with a comprehensive but concise entrance advancing your knowledge step-wise to a professional level. What You Will Learn * Organize your test infrastructure and resources reasonably * Understand and write well structured tests * Decompose your requirements into small and independently testable units * Increase your testing efficiency with on-the-fly generated stand-in components and deal with the particularities of exceptional flow * Employ runners to adjust to specific test demands * Use rules to increase testing safety and reduce boilerplate * Use third party supplements to improve the expressiveness of your verification statements In Detail JUnit has matured to become the most important tool when it comes to automated developer tests in Java. Supported by all IDEs and build systems, it empowers programmers to deliver software features reliably and efficiently. However, writing good unit tests is a skill that needs to be learned; otherwise it's all too easy to end up in gridlocked development due to messed up production and testing code. Acquiring the best practices for unit testing will help you to prevent such problems and lead your projects to success with respect to quality and costs. This book explains JUnit concepts and best practices applied to the test first approach, a foundation for high quality Java components delivered in time and budget. From the beginning you'll be guided continuously through a practically relevant example and pick up background knowledge and development techniques step by step. Starting with the basics of tests organization you'll soon comprehend the necessity of well structured tests and delve into the relationship of requirement decomposition and the many-faceted world of test double usage. In conjunction with third-party tools you'll be trained in writing your tests efficiently, adapt your test case environment to particular demands and increase the expressiveness of your verification statements. Finally, you'll experience continuous integration as the perfect complement to support short feedback cycles and quality related reports for your whole team. The tutorial gives a profound entry point in the essentials of unit testing with JUnit and prepares you for test-related daily work challenges. Style and approach This is an intelligible tutorial based on an ongoing and non-trivial development example. Profound introductions of concepts and techniques are provided stepwise as the programming challenges evolve. This allows you to reproduce and practice the individual skills thoroughly.

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

by Haruki Murakami

A narrative particle accelerator that zooms between Wild Turkey Whiskey and Bob Dylan, unicorn skulls and voracious librarians, John Coltrane and Lord Jim. Science fiction, detective story and post-modern manifesto all rolled into one rip-roaring novel, Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is the tour de force that expanded Haruki Murakami's international following. Tracking one man's descent into the Kafkaesque underworld of contemporary Tokyo, Murakami unites East and West, tragedy and farce, compassion and detachment, slang and philosophy. The result is a wildly inventive fantasy and a meditation on the many uses of the mind.

The Moral Animal

by Robert Wright

Are men literally born to cheat? Does monogamy actually serve women's interests? These are among the questions that have made The Moral Animal one of the most provocative science books in recent years. Wright unveils the genetic strategies behind everything from our sexual preferences to our office politics--as well as their implications for our moral codes and public policies. Illustrations.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Ruth, A Portrait: The Story of Ruth Bell Graham

by Patricia Daniels Cornwell

Ruth Bell Graham is known as the wife of evangelist Billy Graham. It was Ruth who influenced Billy, as his most trusted life-partner. InRuth, a Portrait,we meet this fascinating and remarkable woman. Brimming with anecdotes, this is a breathtaking journey, with stops at many of this century's epoch-making events. The childhood years of the future Mrs. Billy Graham were spent light-years away--in the China of the 1920s and 1930s. The daughter of medical missionaries, she and her family were caught in a crucible of unspeakable hardship; in addition to pestilence and plague, there was the unstable political and military turmoil surrounding the Nationalist government, the Communists, and the Japanese invaders. These hazardous realities shaped Ruth Bell and her family, a family inured to difficulties, but buoyed up by their deep belief in God's abiding will. Virtually raised by the Grahams, the author is a repository of Ruth Bell Graham's stories and has seen firsthand the spirit of this courageous woman. Patricia Cornwell not only gives readers a full, rounded, and intimate portrait of Ruth Bell Graham, but also insight into the life of the Graham family and particularly Billy Graham.

Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake (Junie B. Jones #5)

by Barbara Park Denise Brunkus

"I'm the bestest winner in the world!"It's Carnival Night, and Lucille has already won a box of fluffy cupcakes with sprinkles on them. But when Junie B. wins the Cake Walk, she chooses the bestest cake of all -- the one wrapped in sparkly aluminum foil. How was she to know it was a lethal weapon? From the Trade Paperback edition.

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus (Junie B. Jones #1)

by Barbara Park Denise Brunkus

Introducing Junie B. Jones, that lovable, mischievous kindergartner, in her hilarious first book, as she tells all about how she gets locked in school on her very first day!From the Trade Paperback edition.

Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky Peeky Spying (Junie B. Jones #4)

by Barbara Park Denise Brunkus

Junie B. is the bestest spier in the whole world. That's 'cause she has sneaky feet. And her nose doesn't whistle when she breathes. But guess what? Junie B. might be real sneaky. And real peeky. But when she spies on Mrs., she could get into real trouble! From the Trade Paperback edition.

Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy (Junie B. Jones #12)

by Barbara Park Denise Brunkus

Junie B. Jones has a pet day problem! There's going to be a pet day at school, only guess what? No dogs allowed! And that's the only kind of pet Junie B. has! If Mother and Daddy won't buy her a new pet, Junie B. will just have to find one on her own. Like maybe a jar of ants. Or a wiggly worm. Or--could it be--something even better?From the Trade Paperback edition.

Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in Her Pocket (Junie B. Jones #15)

by Barbara Park Denise Brunkus

Introducing Junie B. Jones, that lovable, mischievous kindergartner, in her hilarious first book, as she tells all about how she gets locked in school on her very first day!From the Trade Paperback edition.

Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime (Junie B. Jones #14)

by Barbara Park Denise Brunkus

It's a mushy gushy mystery!Hurray! February 14--Valentime's Day, as June B. calls it--is just around the corner. Junie B. can't wait to see all the valentimes she'll get. But she never expected a big, mushy card from a secret admirer! Who is this secret mystery guy, anyway? Junie B. is determined to find out!From the Trade Paperback edition.

Junie B. Jones and that Meanie Jim's Birthday (Junie B. Jones #6)

by Barbara Park Denise Brunkus

Guess who's not invited?That meanie Jim has invited everyone in Room Nine to his birthday party on Saturday -- except Junie B.! Should she have her own birthday party six months early and not invite Jim? Or should she move to It's a Small World After All in Disneyland?From the Trade Paperback edition.

Lessons Learned

by Nora Roberts

Coordinating the publicity tour for Italy's most famous--and most adorable--chef was just the kind of assignment Juliet relished. Carlo Franconi could gather a crowd just by smiling, and watching him prepare a meal was like witnessing a lesson in passionate lovemaking. By the time the tour was over, Juliet planned to have Carlo packaged as the world's sexiest chef. Women everywhere would fantasize about him preparing an intimate meal for two. But Juliet hadn't counted on being part of the dinner plans. Candlelight, pasta and romance. . . Carlo distracted her with his charms, setting his romantic recipes simmering in her heart. Nora Roberts is a publishing phenomenon; this New York Times bestselling author of over 200 novels has more than 450 million of her books in print worldwide. Praise for Nora Roberts 'The most successful novelist on Planet Earth' - Washington Post 'A storyteller of immeasurable diversity and talent' - Publisher's Weekly

Wisconsin Wedding

by Carla Neggers

GUARDIAN ANGEL INVESTIGATIONS-ALWAYS READY TO PROTECT UNBREAKABLE BOND For eight years Nina Nash has been told to move past the night that changed her life forever. But she believes that her little girl is still alive. And there's one man who'll help her find the truth. Investigator Slade Blackburn takes Nina's case, hoping to give her closure. Yet what she really needs is someone to trust, to protect her. . . and to erase the sadness from her sweet blue eyes. THE MISSING TWIN Detective Caleb Walker is skeptical of Madelyn Andrews's claims that her five-year-old daughter is "communicating" with her twin sister, who never made it home from the hospital. But one glimpse of the beautiful single mother, and he can't walk away. As he uncovers suspicious details, Madelyn clings to him. And the deeper he digs, the more invested Caleb becomes in the tiny family. . .

Maritime Logistics

by Photis Panayides Dong-Wook Song

Globalisation and the rapid increase in world trade in the past decade have contributed to greater demand for international transport and logistics and, consequently, the expansion of the maritime industry. The dramatic changes in the mode of world trade and cargo transportation make it more important than ever to have a clear understanding of the way in which freight is transported by sea and the role of ports in this exchange. At the cutting edge in its assessment of the industry, Maritime Logistics covers the whole scope of maritime logistics and examines latest logistical developments within the port and shipping industry. With a range of new international contributors, this new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated. There are new chapters on port centric logistics, hinterland logistics and global supply chains, maritime transport and logistics as a trade facilitator, and future trends and developments. Written by a team of international experts with over fifty years' experience in the field, Maritime Logistics provides a truly global perspective. The book covers everything that students of logistics, as well as those working within the industry, need to know about maritime logistics, including shipping lines, containers, tankers, dry bulk, port-centric logistics, and much more. The book includes contributions from leading practitioners and academics in the field. The new edition includes a variety of new contributors, including: A. Michael Knemeyer, Associate Professor of Logistics, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University; John P. Saldanha, Assistant Professor of Logistics, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University; Prof. Dr. Michele Acciaro, Assistant Professor of Maritime Logistics, THE KLU, Hamburg; Prof. Dr. Joern Meissner, Professor of Supply Chain Management & Pricing Strategy, THE KLU, Hamburg.

African American Studies Kennedy-King College

by Editors at the Pearson

This book on African American studies covers topics like : Black People in Colonial North America,The Meaning of Freedom: The Promise of Reconstruction,The Failure of Reconstruction,White Supremacy Triumphant,Black Nationalism, Black Power, Black Arts etc.

Leadership Education 100: Traditions, Wellness, and Foundations of Citizenship

by The Editors at the Pearson

This book is the first component of Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) leadership education. It is intended for students who are entering the JROTC program and beginning their high school studies.

National Geographic Reading Expeditions World Cultures: West Asia People and Cultures

by Eden Force Eskin

Discusses West Asia's ancient civilizations today. Examines what it is like to live or travel in these lands of arid desert and monsoon rains.

Peony Pavilion: Mudan Ting

by Cyril Birch Tang Xianzu

The Peony Pavilion is one of literature's most memorable love stories and a masterpiece of Ming drama.

Research for the Psychotherapist: From Science to Practice

by Jay Lebow

Jay Lebow is an accomplished practitioner and researcher in the fields of marriage and family therapy and integrative psychotherapy. In this book, he offers a focused volume that covers a range of topics. This volume should appeal to psychotherapists and students looking for an accessible, jargon-free guide to utilizing research in practical settings.

Cultural Anthro 2

by Richard H. Robbins Rachel Dowty

Created through a review process with more than 60 students and faculty members, CULTURAL ANTHRO is an engaging and accessible solution to accommodate the diverse lifestyles of today's learners. Using a variety of questions on important issues anthropologists study in a unique problem-based format, CULTURAL ANTHRO actively engages readers through discussion of key problems that people and cultures face and case studies in every chapter that illustrate how anthropologists work.

Principles of Marketing

by Gary Armstrong Philip Kotler

Today's marketing challenge is creating vibrant, interactive communities of consumers who make products and brands a part of their daily lives. Learn how to create value and gain loyal customers. Kotler/Armstrong is a comprehensive, classic principles text organized around an innovative customer-value framework. Students learn how to create customer value, target the correct market, and build customer relationships. The changing nature of consumer expectations means that marketers must learn how to build communities in addition to brand loyalty.

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