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Release Date: 
November 2013
Summary: 

Packt is pleased to announce the launch of Developing AR Games for iOS and Android, a well-structured guide that introduces users to the augmented reality world using a step-by-step approach. It will help them to understand how to build powerful AR apps using Unity and how to create immersive experiences for users.

About the authors:

Hassan EL Habbak is a software engineer with a huge interest in mobile technologies, particularly in the areas of AR and gaming. He started off with small-scale mobile applications, but soon found himself creating massive AR experiences for a variety of businesses and individuals. He is also a gaming enthusiast with various games already implemented using free technologies such as Unity.

Release Date: 
November 2013
Summary: 

Packt is pleased to announce the release of CoffeeScript Application Development , a practical, hands-on guide with step-by-step instructions that gives an in-depth look at the CoffeeScript language, all while building a working web application. The print book is 258 pages long and is competitively priced at $44.99, whilst the eBook and Kindle versions are available for $22.94.

About the author:
Ian Young graduated in Computer Science and has been working as a web developer for small tech companies; first in Minneapolis and now in San Diego. He loves web technology, small teams, frequent iteration, testing, beautiful ideas, free speech, free beer, and any tool that reduces cognitive overhead.

CoffeeScript puts the fun back into JavaScript programming with elegant syntax and powerful features. It helps the user learn the features of CoffeeScript to deal with real problems like sprawling codebases, incomplete data, and asynchronous web requests. This book helps readers integrate CoffeeScript into projects seamlessly with Rails, Brunch, and other web frameworks. It teaches readers how to debug with source maps effectively and also utilize CoffeeScript for server-side software with Node.js.

The book covers the following topics:

Chapter 1: Running a CoffeeScript Program
Chapter 2: Writing Your First Lines of CoffeeScript

Release Date: 
November 2013
Summary: 

Packt is pleased to announce the release of Getting Started with OpenCart Module Development by Rupak Nepali. This concise and practical book will guide readers through the processes required to create custom OpenCart modules quickly and efficiently through three example projects. The print book is 112 pages long and is competitively priced at $34.99, while the eBook and Kindle versions are available for $16.79.

About the author:

Rupak Nepali, a PHP programmer from Nepal with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems, has been working on OpenCart since 2010, and has completed many projects and made many modules on OpenCart to meet client requirements. He maintains http://opencartnepal.com personally as well as updates his personal site http://rupaknepali.com.np with his work. Mr. Nepali currently works as a full-time freelancer on oDesk as well as on various freelancer sites.

OpenCart is an online shopping tool that is free to use. It has become widely popular because of its support for custom extensions and module development.

Release Date: 
November 2013
Summary: 

Packt is pleased to announce the release of Instant Raspberry Pi Gaming, a concise and focused guide that delivers immediate results, showing readers how to play classic and modern video games on the Raspberry Pi computer. The simple, how-to format will teach the reader to install, set up, and run various classic consoles, arcade systems, and modern adventure games on the Raspberry Pi device. This 60-page eBook is available in PDF, ePub, and Kindle formats for just $8.49.

About the author:
Shea Silverman has been a computer enthusiast since childhood and is very passionate about technology, video games, education, and the public sector. He is a member of Orlando hackerspace FamiLAB and studied at the University of Central Florida, along with pursuing a Master's degree in non-profit management. He has written an article entitled Hacking, Learning, and the Raspberry Pi which was published in 2600: The Hacker Quarterly. Shea was also a technical reviewer for Raspberry Pi Networking Cookbook, also published by Packt Publishing.

Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sized, single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools. Raspberry Pi is manufactured through licensed manufacturing deals with element14 (Premier Farnell), RS Components, and Egoman. All of these companies sell Raspberry Pi online.

Release Date: 
November 2013
Summary: 

Packt is pleased to announce the release of its latest title Getting started with Spiceworks, a concise and focused guide on configuring Spiceworks to scan the network and provide essential information to the user. This easy-to-follow guide is an ideal starting point for first-time users to understand and implement Spiceworks on their network. This 124-page eBook is available in PDF, e-pub, and Kindle formats for just $12.74.

About the authors:
Darren Schoen is currently is the Director of Technology Infrastructure at the Broward Center for Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. He has educated many users on Spiceworks around the U.S. and also is an official Spice trainer. Darren has also written various blogs and articles for many publications.

Nitish Kumar holds an MS degree in Software from the JK Institute of Applied Physics and Technology. Currently, he works for HT Media Ltd as Wintel Head, and is also an active blogger on various technologies and gadgets. In the past eight years, Nitish has worked with several Microsoft technologies and open source solutions, including but not limited to Spiceworks.

Release Date: 
November 2013
Summary: 

Packt is pleased to announce the release of its new book Practical Data Analysis , a step-by-step guide to manage and analyze data for small businesses. The book is now available in all the popular eBook formats. The book has 360 pages and is competitively priced at $49.99, while the eBook and Kindle versions are available for $25.49.

About the Author:
Hector Cuesta has a B.A. in Informatics and an M.Sc. in Computer Science. He provides consulting services for software engineering and data analysis with experience in a variety of industries including the financial services, social networking, e-learning, and human resources. He is a lecturer at the department of Computer Science at the Autonomous University of Mexico State (UAEM). His main research interests lie in computational epidemiology, machine learning, computer vision, high-performance computing, big data, simulation, and data visualization. He is the technical reviewer of Packt's Raspberry Pi Networking Cookbook by Rick Golden, and Hadoop Operations and Cluster Management Cookbook by Shumin Guo. He is also a columnist at Software Guru Magazine and has published several scientific papers about international journals and conferences.

Release Date: 
November 2013
Summary: 

Packt is pleased to announce the release of 3D Printing Blueprints, a book that will teach readers the tools and techniques of using Blender, a free 3D modeling program, to build 3D models for printing with simple and fun hands-on projects. Available in print, and various electronic formats, the book retails at $49.99 for the print copy and $25.49 for the electronic version.

About the author:

Joe Larson is one part artist, one part mathematician, one part teacher, and one part technologist. He now works as an application programmer. In 2012, he won a Makerbot Replicator 3D printer in the Tinkercad/Makerbot Chess challenge with a chess set that assembles into a robot. Since then his designs have been featured on Thingiverse, Gizmodo, Shapeways, Makezine, and others.

Release Date: 
November 2013
Summary: 

Packt is pleased to announce the release of Mastering openFrameworks: Creative Coding Demystified, a practical guide that gives clear and effective instructions for building impressive and highly-interactive openFrameworks applications. The print book is 364 pages long and is competitively priced at $44.99, whilst the eBook and Kindle versions are available for $10.80.

About the author: Denis Perevalov is a computer vision research scientist. He works at the Institute of Mathematics and Mechanics of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He has been teaching openFrameworks in the Ural Federal University since 2010. Since 2011 he has been developing software for art and commercial interactive installations at kuflex.com

openFrameworks is an open source toolkit designed for creative coding. OpenFrameworks is written in C++ and runs on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS, and Android. With the help of C++ and shader support, openFrameworks allows for processing of all kinds of media information with custom-developed algorithms at the lowest possible level, with the fastest speed.

Release Date: 
November 2013
Summary: 

Packt is pleased to announce the release of its new book, Learning Devise for Rails. This book offers an explanation of this agnostic framework that aims to make web application development more fun. The book shares insights and technical knowledge that readers will find invaluable. The print book is 104 pages long and is competitively priced at $29.99, while the eBook is available in Kindle and PDF versions for $14.39.

About the authors:

Giovanni Sakti

Giovanni Sakti has been a developer for 10 years with an emphasis on developing web applications in Java and Ruby. His latest projects and areas of research are currently focused on API-based web applications with AngularJS as the client-side framework.
He is an active member of the Indonesian Ruby (id-ruby) community and sometimes gives talks on Ruby-related topics in Indonesia. He writes regularly on his blog—http://mightygio.com—primarily about Ruby, Rails, AngularJS, and other programming topics. He is also the founder of PT. Starqle Indonesia, a Jakarta-based company providing products, IT consulting, and development services with a focus on the healthcare industry.

Hafiz Barie Lubis

Release Date: 
October 2013
Summary: 

Packt is pleased to announce the release of its new book Getting Started with SBT for Scala, an essential guide to understanding SBT. This book has 86 pages and is competitively priced at $32.99, while the eBook is available for $16.99 on Kindle and other eBook formats.

About the author:

Shiti Saxena is a software engineer with around three years of experience in this industry. She is currently working with Imaginea. Previously, she worked with Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, and Genpact. A true polyglot, she has extensive experience with various languages including Scala, JavaScript, Java, Python, Perl, and C.

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