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Release Date: 
October 2013
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Packt is pleased to announce the release of its new book Instant Brainshark. Instant Brainshark offers a comprehensive set of solutions for delivering high-impact business presentations and e-learning for its readers, in the form of a short, fast, focused guide that will deliver immediate results. The book is available now all the popular eBook formats including Kindle, e-pub, and PDF. The e-book is 52 pages long and costs $12.74.

About the Author: Daniel Li is an independent consultant for small and medium-sized businesses, currently residing in Waterloo, Ontario. Having gained experience at over a dozen institutions since 2009, he leverages his marketing and sales experience as a startup advisor in writing this book. Winning first place in the International NEO Coding Competition, while spending three years contributing to the open source community, Daniel earned a place as “Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 2013” finalist. He also occasionally answers questions on the collaborative Q&A website, stackoverflow.com, as a top 4% user.

Brainshark provides cloud-based software for creating, sharing, and tracking online and mobile video presentations. This book will help to reduce the cost of company sales, marketing, training, and HR communications.

Release Date: 
October 2013
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Packt is pleased to announce the release of OpenNI Cookbook, a practical guide packed with fully-explained code examples and plenty of screenshots to help ease your learning curve. The book is out now and is available from Packt in print and all popular eBook formats. The print book is 324 pages long and is competitively priced at $44.99, whilst the eBook and Kindle versions are available for $22.94.

About the Author:
Soroush Falahati is a Web and Windows application developer. He started programming with VB5 at the early age of 13 before moving on to work with technologies such as VB.Net, C#, C++ and C for microcontrollers, and various scripting languages such as PHP and JavaScript. He is currently the owner of an e-commerce company, for which he has helped develop various web applications and smart phone apps. He also trains and supports the robotic teams in the company on how to program microcontrollers.

OpenNI is an industry-leading NGO focused on certifying and improving NUI’s for Natural Interaction devices and applications which use those devices as well as for API’s that facilitate the access and use of NUI devices. OpenNI enables the natural interface in various programs and devices and is the primary framework used by Kinect hackers and programmers.

Release Date: 
October 2013
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Packt is pleased to announce the release of Getting Started with WebRTC, a practical guide that aims to teach readers how to create brilliant WebRTC applications. The print book is 114 pages long and is competitively priced at $32.99, whilst the eBook and Kindle versions are available for $16.94.

About the Author:

Rob Manson is the CEO and co-founder of buildAR.com, the world's leading Augmented Reality Content Management System. He is also the Chairman of the W3C Augmented Web Community Group as well as one of the co-founders of ARStandards.org. Rob is an active evangelist within the global AR and standards communities.

WebRTC is an API that delivers web-based, real-time communication, and it aims to revolutionize our view of what the Web really is. It also introduces real-time data channels that allow interaction with dynamic data feeds from sensors and other devices.

Release Date: 
October 2013
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Packt is pleased to announce the release of Instant Sikuli Test Automation, a short and concise book that provides automated application testing techniques for anything that is visible on the computer screen. The book is 54 pages long and available in eBook and Kindle versions for $11.99.

About the author:

Ben Lau has worked as a software and build engineer since the mid 90s. He began his career as an intern for a major university in Southern California, working on virtual reality training systems, and continued there for almost 10 years, working on a variety of projects. After leaving the university to join a spin-off developing language training applications for the military, he began to specialize in build and release engineering and also branched out into automated testing. He is currently employed at a mid-sized startup in the Los Angeles area, working as their build and release manager.

Release Date: 
October 2013
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Packt is pleased to announce the release of DirectX 11.1 Game Programming, a step-by-step guide to create 3D applications and interactive games in Windows 8.The print book is 146 pages long and is competitively priced at $39.99, while the eBook and Kindle versions are available for $20.39.

About the author:

Pooya Eimandar has been programming mainly in DirectX and OpenGL since 2002. His main research interests are GPU programming, image processing, parallel computing, and game developing. Since 2010, he has been leading a game engine team for the company Bazipardaz, working on their latest titles for Xbox 360 and PC.

Microsoft DirectX is the graphics technology powering all of today's hottest games. The latest version—DirectX 11.1—features tessellation for film-like geometric detail, compute shaders for custom graphics effects, and improved multithreading for better hardware utilization.

Release Date: 
October 2013
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Packt is pleased to announce the launch of Learning NserviceBus, a practical tutorial, packed with hands-on examples to teach readers how to create horizontal and vertical scalable software. The print book comes in at 136 pages and is competitively priced at $39.39, while the eBook and Kindle versions are available for $20.39.

About the author:

David Boike is a principal consultant at ILM Professional Services with more than a decade of development experience in ASP.NET and related technologies. He has been an avid proponent of NServiceBus since Version 2.0 in 2010. He is also one of the alumni of Udi Dahan's Advanced Distributed Systems Design course.

NServiceBus is a powerful yet lightweight messaging framework for designing distributed .NET enterprise systems. Entirely pluggable yet simple to use; this software gives programmers a head-start on developing robust, scalable, and maintainable service-layers and long-running business processes.

Release Date: 
October 2013
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Packt is pleased to announce the release of Zend Framework 2.0 by Example: Beginner's Guide, a step-by-step guide to build full scale web applications using Zend Framework 2.0.The print book is 228 pages long and is competitively priced at $49.99, while the eBook and Kindle versions are available for $25.49.

About the author:

Krishna Shasankar V is a web developer with seven years of extensive development experience in PHP. He leads a team of engineers at Lister Technologies developing enterprise class retail and e-commerce solutions. He is also a Zend Certified Engineer in PHP 5 and the Zend Framework.

The Zend Framework is an open source PHP framework.Zend Framework version 2.0 has considerably eased the process of building complex web applications with minimal development effort using plug and play components. ZF2 also provides a highly robust and scalable framework for developing web applications.

Release Date: 
October 2013
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Packt is pleased to announce the launch of Pentaho 5.0 Reporting by Example: Beginner’s Guide, a practical guide, packed will examples to teach readers how to develop their own Java applications to execute their reports. The book consists of 342 pages and costs $49.99 for the print version, while the eBook and Kindle formats are available for $25.49.

About the authors:

Mariano García Mattío is a systems engineer for the IUA and specialist in distributed systems and services for the Facultad de Matemática Astronomía y Física (Faculty of Mathematics Astronomy and Physics) FaMAF UNC. His specializations are Java SE and Java EE technologies, node.js, the administration and design of databases, and OSBI.

Dario R. Bernabeu is a systems engineer at the IUA. He co-founded eGluBI (http://www.eglubi.com.ar). As a teacher, researcher, geek, and open source software enthusiast; his most notable publication is Data Warehousing: Research and Concept Systematization – HEFESTO: Methodology for the Construction of a DW.

Release Date: 
October 2013
Summary: 

Packt is pleased to announce the release of Backbone.js Testing, a step-by-step guide to help developers create and implement test support for their Backbone.js applications. The book is available now in print and all the popular eBook formats.

About the Author: Ryan Roemer is the Director of Engineering at Curiosity Media, a language learning startup, where he manages technical operations and leads the development team. He develops (and tests) full-stack JavaScript applications and backend Node.js services. He also works with data mining, cloud architectures, and problems related to large scale distributed systems.

Release Date: 
October 2013
Summary: 

Packt is pleased to announce the release of Instant Kendo UI Mobile, a practical step-by-step guide focused on helping users build their first mobile application from scratch. This 60 page eBook is available in PDF, e-pub, and Kindle formats for $11.04.

About the author:

Sagar Ganatra is a frontend architect from Bangalore, India. His expertise includes HTML5, CSS3, Object-Oriented JavaScript, Kendo UI, jQuery, and JavaScript frameworks such as BackboneJS, RequireJS, and AngularJS. He also writes about these technologies on his blog (www.sagarganatra.com/).

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