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Release Date: 
April 2014
Summary: 

Packt is pleased to announce the release of its new book and eBook, Raspberry Pi Projects for Kids. This book will show the readers how to use the Raspberry Pi device to create their own applications, including games, interactive maps, and animations. They will learn to use Scratch and Python languages to create all sorts of cool applications and games. This 96 page book is now available in print for $23.99 and all the popular eBook formats for $11.99.

About the author:

Daniel Bates is a Computer Science researcher at the University of Cambridge. His day job involves inventing designs for future mobile phone processors, and when he goes home, he likes playing games or working on one of his coding projects (or both!). Daniel has been a volunteer for the Raspberry Pi Foundation since 2011, and is enthusiastic about introducing new people to computing. He has previously written Instant Minecraft: Pi Edition Coding How-to for Packt Publishing.

Release Date: 
April 2014
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Packt is pleased to announce the release of its new book Photographic Rendering with V-Ray for SketchUp, a practical, hands-on guide that provides readers with clear, step-by-step instructions on how to use the most important tools needed to create photographic renders in V-Ray. The book has 328 pages and is competitively priced at $49.99, while the eBook and Kindle versions are available for $25.49.

About the author:

Brian Bradley is a self-taught 3D artist and Training Author who started experimenting with creative software and 3D applications back in 1993. By the mid-90s, he was running his own small multimedia business working on projects as diverse as corporate logos, graphic design for clothing and vehicles, as well as developing full product and architectural visualization projects. Recently, Brian and his team have completed a revamp of the vrayelite.com website that they run and they plan to work at slowly but surely expanding both the level and quality of training and content that it houses.

Release Date: 
April 2014
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Packt is pleased to announce the release of its new book, Getting Started with Review Board. This book will guide readers on a journey to mastering Review Board by teaching them how to manage users, review groups, default reviewers, repositories, and much more. The print book is available for $34.99 and is also available in all popular electronic formats for $17.84.

About the author: Sandeep Rawat is a passionate DevOps consultant who has extensive knowledge of build and release automation along with expertise in how to manage a secure and scalable cloud infrastructure. He is an expert at streamlining build and release processes, and he has used them to achieve multiple, smooth build and releases per day at one of India's most popular e-commerce websites, Snapdeal. Currently, he is associated with Mettl, an online assessment solution for testing technical, aptitude, and psychometric skills. He works there as a DevOps consultant.

Release Date: 
April 2014
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Packt is pleased to announce the release of its new book Activiti 5.x Business Process Management Beginner's Guide, a practical guide to designing and developing BPMN-based business processes. The book has 276 pages and is competitively priced at $49.99, while the eBook and Kindle versions are available for $23.99.

About the Authors:

Dr. Zakir Laliwala is an entrepreneur, open source specialist, and a hands-on CTO of Attune Infocom. Attune Infocom provides enterprise open source solutions and services for SOA, BPM, ESB, portal, cloud computing, and ECM. He has a PhD. in Information and Communication Technology from the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology. He has published many research papers in IEEE and ACM International Conferences on web services, SOA, grid computing, and Semantic Web.

Release Date: 
April 2014
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Packt is pleased to announce the release of Creating E-Learning Games with Unity, a step-by-step guide that helps readers incrementally develop the game framework. The print book comes in at 246 pages and is competitively priced at $39.99, while the eBook and Kindle versions are available for $23.99.

About the author:
David Horachek is a video game developer with more than 13 years of experience in programming arcade, home console, and portable games. He has programmed game projects published by various well-known companies such as Midway games, SEGA, EA, and Ubisoft.

Unity is a cross-platform game engine with a built-in IDE developed by Unity Technologies. It is used to develop video games for web plugins, desktop platforms, consoles, and mobile devices.

Release Date: 
April 2014
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Packt is pleased to announce the release of its new eBook on Symfony: Extending Symfony 2 Web Application Framework. Users will be able to extend the main elements of Symfony 2. The book will lead users through Symfony 2 framework with lots of practical, hands-on, step-by-step examples.

About the Author:

Sébastien Armand is a software developer based in Beijing, China. He spent most of the past five years working with Symfony building internal IT systems. He co-founded mashupsports.com, a social website for sports enthusiasts based on Symfony 2. He has contributed to Symfony and the Symfony documentation on many occasions.

Extending Symfony 2 Web Application Framework begins with the core concepts of Services and Listeners. Users will learn about solutions to problems that can be faced in extending Symfony. The book further goes on to explain how to use different types of extensions.

Release Date: 
March 2014
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Packt is pleased to announce the release of Getting Started with Grunt: A JavaScript Task Runner, a step-by-step, practical tutorial that will help readers transform into a Grunt power user. This book will enable readers to create their very own Grunt environments from scratch and fully utilize Grunt's large feature set to effectively solve their custom requirements. It is now available in all the popular formats. The book comes in at 132 pages and is competitively priced at $34.99 for the print version, while the eBook is priced at $17.84.

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Release Date: 
March 2014
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Packt is pleased to announce the launch of its new book on Nagios, Learning Nagios 4. This book is a practical guide packed with tips, tricks, and illustrations to help readers learn about the various configuration and monitoring concepts in Nagios in an efficient and simplified manner.

About the author:

Wojciech Kocjan is a systems administrator and programmer with 10 years of experience. His expertise includes managing Linux, Sun, and IBM servers. He also has several years of experience working on a variety of open source projects.

Learning Nagios 4 has been designed from a beginner’s perspective. A practical guide explained in a simplified manner, the book introduces readers to the basics of Nagios. Besides learning how to install and configure Nagios to administer their network and system, readers will also learn how to configure and work their way around the Nagios web interface.

Release Date: 
March 2014
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Packt is pleased to announce the release of its new book Xamarin Mobile Application Development for Android, a hands-on guide that provides readers with a series of clear, step-by-step examples that will help them to build on the basic technologies and create more advanced and more engaging applications. The book costs $34.99, and is now available in all the popular eBook formats for $17.84.

About the Author:

Mark Reynolds

Mark Reynolds is a software enthusiast who has worked in the industry for nearly 30 years. Mark works as an independent consultant through his own private consulting practice (RSEG) based in Allen, TX, a community located north of Dallas. He has worked with companies ranging in size from start-ups to Fortune 500.

Release Date: 
March 2014
Summary: 

Packt is pleased to announce the release of its new book Talend for Big Data. Readers will learn to write complex processing job codes easily with the help of clear, step-by-step instructions. Readers will also learn how to implement Hive ELT jobs, Pig aggregation and filtering jobs, and simple Sqoop jobs using the Talend big data component palette. The book costs $34.99, and is now available in all the popular electronic formats for $17.84.

About the Author:

Bahaaldine Azarmi

Bahaaldine Azarmi is the co-founder of reach5.co. With his past experience of working at Oracle and Talend, he has specialized in real-time architecture using service-oriented architecture products, big data projects, and web technologies.

Talend, a successful open source data integration solution, accelerates the adoption of new big data technologies and efficiently integrates them into an existing IT infrastructure. It is able to do this because of its intuitive graphical language, its multiple connectors to the Hadoop ecosystem, and its array of tools for data integration, quality, management, and governance.

This is a concise, pragmatic book that will help readers to perform big data analytics jobs using Hadoop technologies such as HDFS, HBase, Hive, Pig, and Sqoop.

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