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Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tel...
by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

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English

Pages

357

Publication Date

May 09, 2017

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<p>Foreword by Steven Pinker</p><p>Blending the informed analysis of <em>The Signal and the Noise</em> with the instructive iconoclasm of <em>Think Like a Freak</em>, a fascinating, illuminating, and witty look at what the vast amounts of information now instantly available to us reveals about ourselves and our world—provided we ask the right questions.</p><p>By the end of an average day in the early twenty-first century, human beings searching the internet will amass eight trillion gigabytes of data. This staggering amount of information—unprecedented in history—can tell us a great deal about who we are—the fears, desires, and behaviors that drive us, and the conscious and unconscious decisions we make. From the profound to the mundane, we can gain astonishing knowledge about the human psyche that less than twenty years ago, seemed unfathomable. </p><p><em>Everybody Lies</em> offers fascinating, surprising, and sometimes laugh-out-loud insights into everything from economics to ethics to sports to race to sex, gender and more, all drawn from the world of big data. What percentage of white voters didn’t vote for Barack Obama because he’s black? Does where you go to school effect how successful you are in life? Do parents secretly favor boy children over girls? Do violent films affect the crime rate? Can you beat the stock market? How regularly do we lie about our sex lives and who’s more self-conscious about sex, men or women? </p><p>Investigating these questions and a host of others, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz offers revelations that can help us understand ourselves and our lives better. Drawing on studies and experiments on how we really live and think, he demonstrates in fascinating and often funny ways the extent to which all the world is indeed a lab. With conclusions ranging from strange-but-true to thought-provoking to disturbing, he explores the power of this digital truth serum and its deeper potential—revealing biases deeply embedded within us, information we can use to change our culture, and the questions we’re afraid to ask that might be essential to our health—both emotional and physical. All of us are touched by big data everyday, and its influence is multiplying. <em>Everybody Lies</em> challenges us to think differently about how we see it and the world.</p>
Designing Data-Intensive Applications: The Big Ideas Behind Relia...
by Martin Kleppmann

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English

Pages

614

Publication Date

March 16, 2017

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<div><p>Data is at the center of many challenges in system design today. Difficult issues need to be figured out, such as scalability, consistency, reliability, efficiency, and maintainability. In addition, we have an overwhelming variety of tools, including relational databases, NoSQL datastores, stream or batch processors, and message brokers. What are the right choices for your application? How do you make sense of all these buzzwords?</p><p>In this practical and comprehensive guide, author Martin Kleppmann helps you navigate this diverse landscape by examining the pros and cons of various technologies for processing and storing data. Software keeps changing, but the fundamental principles remain the same. With this book, software engineers and architects will learn how to apply those ideas in practice, and how to make full use of data in modern applications.</p><ul><li>Peer under the hood of the systems you already use, and learn how to use and operate them more effectively</li><li>Make informed decisions by identifying the strengths and weaknesses of different tools</li><li>Navigate the trade-offs around consistency, scalability, fault tolerance, and complexity</li><li>Understand the distributed systems research upon which modern databases are built</li><li>Peek behind the scenes of major online services, and learn from their architectures</li></ul></div>
Numsense! Data Science for the Layman: No Math Added
by , Kenneth Soo

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English

Pages

147

Publication Date

February 03, 2017

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<b>Used in Stanford's CS102 Big Data course.</b><br /><br />Want to get started on data science?<br />Our promise: no math added.<br /><br />This book has been written in layman's terms as a gentle introduction to data science and its algorithms. Each algorithm has its own dedicated chapter that explains how it works, and shows an example of a real-world application. To help you grasp key concepts, we stick to intuitive explanations and visuals.<br /><br />Popular concepts covered include:<br /><br />- A/B Testing<br />- Anomaly Detection<br />- Association Rules<br />- Clustering<br />- Decision Trees and Random Forests<br />- Regression Analysis<br />- Social Network Analysis<br />- Neural Networks<br /><br />Features:<br /><br />- Intuitive explanations and visuals<br />- Real-world applications to illustrate each algorithm<br />- Point summaries at the end of each chapter<br />- Reference sheets comparing the pros and cons of algorithms<br />- Glossary list of commonly-used terms<br /><br />With this book, we hope to give you a practical understanding of data science, so that you, too, can leverage its strengths in making better decisions.
Blockchain: The Beginners Guide to Understanding the Technology B...
by Artemis Caro

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English

Pages

59

Publication Date

August 15, 2017

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<h2><i>"What the Internet did for communications, Blockchain will do for trusted transactions".</i>- Ginni Rometty, IBM CEO</h2><br /><br /><h2>Get the Kindle version for <b>FREE</b> when you purchase the paperback!</h2><br /><b>Cryptocurrency and it's disruptive architecture, Blockchain, is now making the biggest revolution in the Finance sector for the last 100 years.<br /></b><br />There is a lot of hype surrounding the concept of the blockchain, but what does this term actually mean? What is blockchain technology? Why does it matter? <br /><br />These questions are not always answered with due diligence in the sea of headlines that deal with digital currencies using blockchains.<br /> As a result, many people are left with an incomplete understanding of this transformative new technology and its massive implications for the future. <br /><br /><b>The goal of this book is not to plumb the depths of the mathematical wizardry used to code blockchain-based applications, but rather to serve as an introduction to the broader architecture and conceptual background behind blockchain technology. <br /></b><br /><h2>We will take a practical approach, examining how Blockchains are used in the real world.</h2><br /><b>In this short, concise guide you will learn:<br /></b><br /><ul><li>A Brief History of Blockchain Technology</li><li>Blockchain Basics: Managing Digital Transactions</li><li>What is a Distributed Ledger? </li><li>Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin </li><li>Implications Of Blockchain: Big Data, Privacy & Personal Data</li><li>Profiting from Blockchain Technologies </li><li>Limitations & Challenges of Blockchain</li><li>The Future of Blockchain </li></ul><b>For Centuries, people have relied on corrupt Centralized Institutions like banks and Governments to serve as intermediaries when it comes to storing and transacting financial assets. <br /></b><br /><h2><i>This is ALL About To Change...</i></h2><br /><b>Make sure you take action and join the Financial Revolution by reading this book!<br /></b><br /><br />
Kafka: The Definitive Guide: Real-Time Data and Stream Processing...
by , Todd Palino

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English

Pages

322

Publication Date

August 31, 2017

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<div><p>Every enterprise application creates data, whether it’s log messages, metrics, user activity, outgoing messages, or something else. And how to move all of this data becomes nearly as important as the data itself. If you’re an application architect, developer, or production engineer new to Apache Kafka, this practical guide shows you how to use this open source streaming platform to handle real-time data feeds.</p><p>Engineers from Confluent and LinkedIn who are responsible for developing Kafka explain how to deploy production Kafka clusters, write reliable event-driven microservices, and build scalable stream-processing applications with this platform. Through detailed examples, you’ll learn Kafka’s design principles, reliability guarantees, key APIs, and architecture details, including the replication protocol, the controller, and the storage layer.</p><ul><li>Understand publish-subscribe messaging and how it fits in the big data ecosystem.</li><li>Explore Kafka producers and consumers for writing and reading messages</li><li>Understand Kafka patterns and use-case requirements to ensure reliable data delivery</li><li>Get best practices for building data pipelines and applications with Kafka</li><li>Manage Kafka in production, and learn to perform monitoring, tuning, and maintenance tasks</li><li>Learn the most critical metrics among Kafka’s operational measurements</li><li>Explore how Kafka’s stream delivery capabilities make it a perfect source for stream processing systems</li></ul></div>
Data Integration Life Cycle Management with SSIS: A Short Introdu...
by Andy Leonard

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English

Pages

185

Publication Date

November 17, 2017

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Build a custom BimlExpress framework that generates dozens of SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) packages in minutes. Use this framework to execute related SSIS packages in a single command. You will learn to configure SSIS catalog projects, manage catalog deployments, and monitor SSIS catalog execution and history.</div><br /></div>Data Integration Life Cycle Management with SSIS shows you how to bring DevOps benefits to SSIS integration projects. Practices in this book enable faster time to market, higher quality of code, and repeatable automation. Code will be created that is easier to support and maintain. The book teaches you how to more effectively manage SSIS in the enterprise environment by drawing on the art and science of modern DevOps practices. </div></div><br /></div>What You'll Learn</div>Generate dozens of SSIS packages in minutes to speed your integration projects<br />Reduce the execution of related groups of SSIS packages to a single command<br />Successfully handle SSIS catalog deployments and their projects <br />Monitor the execution and history of SSIS catalog projects<br />Manage your enterprise data integration life cycle through automated tools and utilities</div></div>Who This Book Is For<br /></div><br /></div>Database professionals working with SQL Server Integration Services in enterprise environments. The book is especially useful to those readers following, or wishing to follow, DevOps practices in their use of SSIS.<br /></div>
Data Strategy: How to Profit from a World of Big Data, Analytics ...
by Bernard Marr

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English

Pages

1

Publication Date

April 03, 2017

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<p>Less than 0.5 per cent of all data is currently analysed and used. However, business leaders and managers cannot afford to be unconcerned or sceptical about data. Data is revolutionizing the way we work and it is the companies that view data as a strategic asset that will survive and thrive. <b>Bernard Marr'</b>s <b><i>Data Strategy</i></b> is a must-have guide to creating a robust data strategy. Explaining how to identify your strategic data needs, what methods to use to collect the data and, most importantly, how to translate your data into organizational insights for improved business decision-making and performance, this is essential reading for anyone aiming to leverage the value of their business data and gain competitive advantage.</p><p>Packed with case studies and real-world examples, advice on how to build data competencies in an organization and crucial coverage of how to ensure your data doesn't become a liability, <b><i>Data Strategy</i></b> will equip any organization with the tools and strategies it needs to profit from big data, analytics and the Internet of Things.</p>
SQL in 10 Minutes, Sams Teach Yourself
by Ben Forta

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English

Pages

287

Publication Date

October 25, 2012

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Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes, Fourth Edition New full-color code examples help you see how SQL statements are structured Whether you're an application developer, database administrator, web application designer, mobile app developer, or Microsoft Office users, a good working knowledge of SQL is an important part of interacting with databases. And Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes offers the straightforward, practical answers you need to help you do your job. Expert trainer and popular author Ben Forta teaches you just the parts of SQL you need to know–starting with simple data retrieval and quickly going on to more complex topics including the use of joins, subqueries, stored procedures, cursors, triggers, and table constraints. You'll learn methodically, systematically, and simply–in 22 short, quick lessons that will each take only 10 minutes or less to complete. With the Fourth Edition of this worldwide bestseller, the book has been thoroughly updated, expanded, and improved. Lessons now cover the latest versions of IBM DB2, Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, SQLite, MariaDB, and Apache Open Office Base. And new full-color SQL code listings help the beginner clearly see the elements and structure of the language. 10 minutes is all you need to learn how to... Use the major SQL statements Construct complex SQL statements using multiple clauses and operators Retrieve, sort, and format database contents Pinpoint the data you need using a variety of filtering techniques Use aggregate functions to summarize data Join two or more related tables Insert, update, and delete data Create and alter database tables Work with views, stored procedures, and more Table of Contents 1 Understanding SQL 2 Retrieving Data 3 Sorting Retrieved Data 4 Filtering Data 5 Advanced Data Filtering 6 Using Wildcard Filtering 7 Creating Calculated Fields 8 Using Data Manipulation Functions 9 Summarizing Data 10 Grouping Data 11 Working with Subqueries 12 Joining Tables 13 Creating Advanced Joins 14 Combining Queries 15 Inserting Data 16 Updating and Deleting Data 17 Creating and Manipulating Tables 18 Using Views 19 Working with Stored Procedures 20 Managing Transaction Processing 21 Using Cursors 22 Understanding Advanced SQL Features Appendix A: Sample Table Scripts Appendix B: Working in Popular Applications Appendix C : SQL Statement Syntax Appendix D: Using SQL Datatypes Appendix E: SQL Reserved Words
Learn FileMaker Pro 16: The Comprehensive Guide to Building Custo...
by Mark Conway Munro

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English

Pages

917

Publication Date

September 06, 2017

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Extend FileMaker's built-in functionality and totally customize your data management environment with specialized functions and menus to super-charge the results and create a truly unique and focused experience. This book includes everything a beginner needs to get started building databases with FileMaker and contains advanced tips and techniques that the most seasoned professionals will appreciate. Written by a long time FileMaker developer, this book contains material for developers of every skill level. FileMaker Pro 16 is a powerful database development application used by millions of people in diverse industries to simplify data management tasks, leverage their business information in new ways and automate many mundane tasks. A custom solution built with FileMaker can quickly tap into a powerful set of capabilities and technologies to offer users an intuitive and pleasing environment in which to achieve new levels of efficiency and professionalism. </div><br /></div><br /></div></div>What You’ll learnCreate SQL queries to build fast and efficient formulas<br />Discover new features of version 16 such as JSON functions, Cards, Layout Object window, SortValues, UniqueValues, using variables in Data Sources Write calculations using built-in and creating your own custom functions<br />Discover the importance of a good approach to interface and technical design<br />Apply best practices for naming conventions and usage standards Explore advanced topics about designing professional, open-ended solutions and using advanced techniquesWho This Book Is For<br /></div>Casual programmers, full time consultants and IT professionals. </div>
The Business Blockchain: Promise, Practice, and Application of th...
by William Mougayar

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English

Pages

209

Publication Date

April 26, 2016

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<p><b>The definitive pioneering blueprint covering the what, why and how of the blockchain.</b> </p> <p>Blockchains are new technology layers that rewire the Internet and threaten to side-step older legacy constructs and centrally served businesses. At its core, a blockchain injects trust into the network, cutting off some intermediaries from serving that function and creatively disrupting how they operate. Metaphorically, blockchains are the ultimate non-stop computers. Once launched, they never go down, and offer an incredible amount of resiliency, making them dependable and attractive for running a new generation of decentralized services and software applications. </p> <p><i>The Business Blockchain</i> charts new territory in advancing our understanding of the blockchain by unpacking its elements like no other before. William Mougayar anticipates a future that consists of thousands, if not millions of blockchains that will enable not only frictionless value exchange, but also a new flow of value, redefining roles, relationships, power and governance. In this book, Mougayar makes two other strategic assertions. First, the blockchain has polymorphic characteristics; its application will result in a multiplicity of effects. Second, we shouldn’t ask ourselves what problems the blockchain solves, because that gives us a narrow view on its potential. Rather, we should imagine new opportunities, and tackle even more ambitious problems that cross organizational, regulatory and mental boundaries. </p> <p>Drawing on 34 years of technology industry experience as an executive, analyst, consultant, entrepreneur, startup mentor, author, blogger, educator, thought leader and investor, William Mougayar describes a future that is influenced by fundamental shifts brought by blockchain technology as the catalyst for change. William Mougayar has been described as the most sophisticated blockchain business thinker. He is a blockchain industry insider whose work has already shaped and influenced the understanding of blockchain for people around the world, via his generous blogging and rigorous research insights. He is a direct participant in the crypto-technology market, working alongside startups, entrepreneurs, pioneers, leaders, innovators, creators, enterprise executives and practitioners; in addition to being an investor, advisor, and board member in some of the leading organizations in this space, such as the Ethereum Foundation, OpenBazaar and Coin Center.</p> <p>Just as the Internet created new possibilities that we didn’t foresee in its early years, the blockchain will give rise to new business models and ideas that may still be invisible. Following an engaging Foreword by Vitalik Buterin, this book is organized along these 7 chapters:</p> <p>1. What is the Blockchain?</p> <p>2. How Blockchain Trust Infiltrates</p> <p>3. Obstacles, Challenges & Mental Blocks</p> <p>4. Blockchain in Financial Services</p> <p>5. Lighthouse Industries & New Intermediaries</p> <p>6. Implementing Blockchain Technology</p> <p>7. Decentralization as the Way Forward</p> <p><i>The Business Blockchain</i> is an invitation for technologists to better understand the business potential of the blockchain, and for business minded people to grasp the many facets of blockchain technology. This book teaches you how to think about the blockchain.</p>

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