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Python Tricks: A Buffet of Awesome Python Features
by Dan Bader

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English

Pages

273

Publication Date

December 06, 2017

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<p><strong>“I don’t even feel like I’ve scratched the surface of what I can do with Python”</strong></p><p>With <em>Python Tricks: The Book</em> you’ll discover Python’s best practices and the power of beautiful & Pythonic code with simple examples and a step-by-step narrative.</p><p>You'll get one step closer to mastering Python, so you can write beautiful and idiomatic code that comes to you naturally.</p><p>Learning the ins and outs of Python is difficult—and with this book you'll be able to focus on the practical skills that really matter. Discover the “hidden gold” in Python’s standard library and start writing clean and Pythonic code today.</p><p><strong>Who Should Read This Book:</strong></p><br /><ul><li><em>If you’re wondering which lesser known parts in Python you should know about</em>, you’ll get a roadmap with this book. Discover cool (yet practical!) Python tricks and blow your coworkers’ minds in your next code review.</li><li><em>If you’ve got experience with legacy versions of Python</em>, the book will get you up to speed with modern patterns and features introduced in Python 3 and backported to Python 2.</li><li><em>If you’ve worked with other programming languages and you want to get up to speed with Python</em>, you’ll pick up the idioms and practical tips you need to become a confident and effective Pythonista.</li><li><em>If you want to make Python your own and learn how to write clean and Pythonic code</em>, you’ll discover best practices and little-known tricks to round out your knowledge.</li></ul><br /><p><strong>What Python Developers Say About The Book:</strong></p><p><em>"I kept thinking that I wished I had access to a book like this when I started learning Python many years ago."</em> — Mariatta Wijaya, Python Core Developer</p><p><em>"This book makes you write better Python code!"</em> — Bob Belderbos, Software Developer at Oracle</p><p><em>"Far from being just a shallow collection of snippets, this book will leave the attentive reader with a deeper understanding of the inner workings of Python as well as an appreciation for its beauty."</em> — Ben Felder, Pythonista</p><p><em>"It's like having a seasoned tutor explaining, well, tricks!"</em> — Daniel Meyer, Sr. Desktop Administrator at Tesla Inc.</p>
The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide: How to Learn Your...
by John Sonmez

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English

Pages

798

Publication Date

July 12, 2017

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<h2>Technical Knowledge Alone Isn't Enough - Increase Your Software Development Income by Leveling Up Your Soft Skills</h2> <p>Early in his software developer career, John Sonmez discovered that technical knowledge alone isn't enough <strong>to break through to the next income level - developers need "soft skills"</strong> like the ability to learn new technologies just in time, communicate clearly with management and consulting clients, negotiate a fair hourly rate, and unite teammates and coworkers in working toward a common goal.</p> <p>As John invested in these skills his career took off, and he became a <strong>highly paid, highly sought-after developer and consultant</strong>.</p> <p>Today John helps more than 1.4 million programmers every year to increase their income by developing this unique blend of skills.</p> <p><em>"If you're a developer, green or a veteran, you owe it to yourself to read The Complete Software Developers Career Guide." - Jason Down, Platform Developer, Ontario, Canada</em></p> <h3>What You Will Learn in This Book</h3> <ul> <li>How to systematically find and fill the gaps in your technical knowledge so you can face any new challenge with confidence</li> <li>Should you take contract work - or hold out for a salaried position? Which will earn you more, what the tradeoffs are, and how your personality should sway your choice</li> <li>Should you learn JavaScript, C#, Python, C++? How to decide which programming language you should master first</li> <li>Ever notice how every job ever posted requires "3-5 years of experience," which you don't have? Simple solution for this frustrating chicken-and-egg problem that allows you to build legitimate job experience while you learn to code </li> <li>Is earning a computer science degree a necessity - or a total waste of time? How to get a college degree with maximum credibility and minimum debt</li> <li>Coding bootcamps - some are great, some are complete scams. How to tell the difference so you don't find yourself cheated out of $10,000</li> <li>Interviewer tells you, "Dress code is casual around here - the development team wears flipflops." What should you wear?</li> <li>How do you deal with a boss who's a micromanager. Plus how helping your manager with his goals can make you the MVP of your team </li> <li>The technical skills that every professional developer must have - but no one teaches you (most developers are missing some critical pieces, they don't teach this stuff in college, you're expected to just "know" this)</li> <li>An inside look at the recruiting industry. What that "friendly" recruiter really wants from you, how they get paid, and how to avoid getting pigeonholed into a job you'll hate</li> </ul> <h3>Who Should Read This Book</h3> <h4>Entry-Level Developers</h4> <p>This book will show you how to ensure you have the technical skills your future boss is looking for, create a resume that leaps off a hiring manager's desk, and escape the "no work experience" trap.</p> <h4>Mid-Career Developers</h4> <p>You'll see how to find and fill in gaps in your technical knowledge, position yourself as the one team member your boss can't live without, and turn those dreaded annual reviews into chance to make an iron-clad case for your salary bump.</p> <h4>Senior Developers</h4> <p>This book will show you how to become a specialist who can command above-market wages, how building a name for yourself can make opportunities come to you, and how to decide whether consulting or entrepreneurship are paths you should pursue. </p> <h4>Brand New Developers</h4> <p>In this book you'll discover what it's like to be a professional software developer, how to go from "I know some code" to possessing the skills to work on a development team, how to speed along your learning by avoiding common beginner traps, and how to decide whether you should invest in a programming degree or "bootcamp."</p>
Hands-On Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn and TensorFlow: Conce...
by Aurélien Géron

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English

Pages

572

Publication Date

March 13, 2017

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<div><p><b>Graphics in this book are printed in black and white</b>.</p><p>Through a series of recent breakthroughs, deep learning has boosted the entire field of machine learning. Now, even programmers who know close to nothing about this technology can use simple, efficient tools to implement programs capable of learning from data. This practical book shows you how.</p><p>By using concrete examples, minimal theory, and two production-ready Python frameworks—scikit-learn and TensorFlow—author Aurélien Géron helps you gain an intuitive understanding of the concepts and tools for building intelligent systems. You’ll learn a range of techniques, starting with simple linear regression and progressing to deep neural networks. With exercises in each chapter to help you apply what you’ve learned, all you need is programming experience to get started.</p><ul><li>Explore the machine learning landscape, particularly neural nets</li><li>Use scikit-learn to track an example machine-learning project end-to-end</li><li>Explore several training models, including support vector machines, decision trees, random forests, and ensemble methods</li><li>Use the TensorFlow library to build and train neural nets</li><li>Dive into neural net architectures, including convolutional nets, recurrent nets, and deep reinforcement learning</li><li>Learn techniques for training and scaling deep neural nets</li><li>Apply practical code examples without acquiring excessive machine learning theory or algorithm details</li></ul></div>
Clean Architecture: A Craftsman's Guide to Software Structure and...
by Robert C. Martin

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English

Pages

430

Publication Date

September 12, 2017

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<p style="margin:0px;"> <b>Practical Software Architecture Solutions from the Legendary Robert C. Martin (“Uncle Bob”)</b> </p> <p style="margin:0px;"> </p> <p style="margin:0px;">By applying universal rules of software architecture, you can dramatically improve developer productivity throughout the life of any software system. Now, building upon the success of his best-selling books <i>Clean Code</i> and <i>The Clean Coder,</i> legendary software craftsman Robert C. Martin (“Uncle Bob”) reveals those rules and helps you apply them.</p> <p style="margin:0px;"> </p> <p style="margin:0px;">Martin’s <i> <b>Clean Architecture</b> </i> doesn’t merely present options. Drawing on over a half-century of experience in software environments of every imaginable type, Martin tells you what choices to make and why they are critical to your success. As you’ve come to expect from Uncle Bob, this book is packed with direct, no-nonsense solutions for the real challenges you’ll face—the ones that will make or break your projects.</p> <ul> <li>Learn what software architects need to achieve—and core disciplines and practices for achieving it</li> <li>Master essential software design principles for addressing function, component separation, and data management</li> <li>See how programming paradigms impose discipline by restricting what developers can do</li> <li>Understand what’s critically important and what’s merely a “detail”</li> <li>Implement optimal, high-level structures for web, database, thick-client, console, and embedded applications</li> <li>Define appropriate boundaries and layers, and organize components and services</li> <li>See why designs and architectures go wrong, and how to prevent (or fix) these failures</li> </ul> <p style="margin:0px;"> <i> <b>Clean Architecture</b> </i> is essential reading for every current or aspiring software architect, systems analyst, system designer, and software manager—and for every programmer who must execute someone else’s designs.</p> <p style="margin:0px;"> <br /> </p> <p style="margin:0px;"> </p> <p style="margin:0px;"> <i>Register your product at informit.com/register for convenient access to downloads, updates, and/or corrections as they become available.</i> </p>
A Smarter Way to Learn JavaScript: The new approach that uses tec...
by Mark Myers

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

November 28, 2013

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<h2>Learning JavaScript is hell because of two problems.<br />I remove the problems, and you start having fun.</h2><p>The first problem is retention. You remember only ten or twenty percent of what you read. That spells failure. To become fluent in a computer language, you have to retain pretty much everything.</p><p>How can you retain everything? Only by constantly being asked to play everything back. That's why people use flashcards. But my system does flashcards one better. After reading a short chapter, you go to my website and complete twenty interactive exercises. Algorithms check your work to make sure you know what you think you know. When you stumble, you do the exercise again. You keep trying until you know the chapter cold. The exercises are free.</p><p>The second problem is comprehension. Many learners hit a wall when they try to understand advanced concepts like variable scope and prototypes. Unfortunately, they blame themselves. That's why the Dummies books sell so well. But the fault lies with the authors, coding virtuosos who lack teaching talent. I'm the opposite of the typical software book author. I'll never code fast enough to land a job at Google. But I can teach.</p><p>Anyway, most comprehension problems are just retention problems in disguise. If you get lost trying to understand variable scope, it's because you don't remember how functions work. Thanks to the interactive exercises on my website, you'll always understand and remember everything necessary to confidently tackle the next concept.</p><p><i>"I've signed up to a few sites like Udemy, Codecademy, FreeCodeCamp, Lynda, YouTube videos, even searched on Coursera but nothing seemed to work for me. This book takes only 10 minutes each chapter and after that, you can exercise what you've just learned right away!" —Amazon reviewer Constanza Morales</i></p><p><strong>Better than just reading. And more fun.</strong></p><p>You'll spend two to three times as much time practicing as reading. It's how you wind up satisfied, confident, and proud, instead of confused, discouraged, and defeated. And since many people find <em>doing</em> things more enjoyable than <em>reading</em> things, it can be a pleasure to learn this way, quite apart from the impressive results you achieve.</p><p><i>"Very effective and fun." —Amazon reviewer A. Bergamini</i></p><p><strong>Written especially for beginners.</strong></p><p>I wrote the book and exercises especially for people who are new to programming. Making no assumptions about what you already know, I walk you through JavaScript slowly, patiently. I explain every little thing in sixth-grade English. I avoid unnecessary technical jargon like the plague. (Face it, fellow authors, it <em>is</em> the plague.)</p><p><i>"The layman syntax he uses...makes it much easier to suddenly realize a concept that seemed abstract and too hard to wrap your head around is suddenly not complicated at all." — Amazon reviewer IMHO</i></p><p>The exercises keep you focused, give you extra practice where you're shaky, and prepare you for each next step. Every lesson is built on top of a solid foundation that you and I have carefully constructed. Each individual step is small. But, as Amazon reviewer James Toban says, when you get to the end of the book, you've built "a tower of JavaScript."</p><p>If you're an accomplished programmer already, my book may be too elementary for you. (Do you really need to be told what a variable is?) But if you're new to programming, more than a thousand five-star reviews are pretty good evidence that my book may be just the one to get you coding JavaScript successfully.</p><p><i>"Mark Myers' method of getting what can be...difficult information into a format that makes it exponentially easier to consume, truly understand, and synthesize into real-world application is beyond anything I've encountered before." —Amazon reviewer Jason A. Ruby</i></p>
The Self-Taught Programmer: The Definitive Guide to Programming P...
by Cory Althoff

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English

Pages

301

Publication Date

December 26, 2016

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I am a self-taught programmer. After a year of self-study, I learned to program well enough to land a job as a software engineer II at eBay. Once I got there, I realized I was severely under-prepared. I was overwhelmed by the amount of things I needed to know but hadn't learned yet. My journey learning to program, and my experience at my first job as a software engineer were the inspiration for this book. <br /><br />This book is not just about learning to program; although you will learn to code. If you want to program professionally, it is not enough to learn to code; that is why, in addition to helping you learn to program, I also cover the rest of the things you need to know to program professionally that classes and books don't teach you. "The Self-taught Programmer" is a roadmap, a guide to take you from writing your first Python program, to passing your first technical interview. I divided the book into six sections: <br /><br />1. Learn to program in Python 3 and build your first program. <br />2. Learn Object-oriented programming and create a powerful Python program to get you hooked. <br />3. Learn to use tools like Git, Bash, regular expressions and databases. Then use your new coding skills to build a web scraper. <br />4. Study Computer Science fundamentals including computer architecture, data structures, algorithms and network programming. <br />5. Learn to program for production: I cover the software development process, testing, and best coding practices.<br />6. Finish with tips for working with a team and landing a programming job.<br /><br />You CAN learn to program professionally. The path is there. Will you take it?
A Smarter Way to Learn Python: Learn it faster. Remember it longe...
by Mark Myers

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English

Pages

244

Publication Date

December 06, 2017

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<h2>I wasn't smart enough to learn a computer language like Python—until I got smart about <em>how</em> to learn it.</h2><p>I was smart enough to earn an honors degree in philosophy from Harvard, but an aptitude test told me to avoid computer programming. I'm sure it was right. But then I designed a learning system for myself that quadrupled my aptitude for learning computer languages. It worked so well for me that I've used it to teach coding to grandmothers, cab drivers, musicians, and 50,000 other newbies.</p><p><i>"Mark Myers' method of getting what can be...difficult information into a format that makes it exponentially easier to consume, truly understand, and synthesize into real-world application is beyond anything I've encountered before." —Amazon reviewer Jason A. Ruby reviewing my first book, A Smarter Way to Learn JavaScript</i></p><p><strong>Quadruple your learning ability.</strong></p><p>Washington University research shows that a key teaching method I use—interactive recall practice—improves learning performance 400 percent.</p><p><i>"I don't feel lost and I don't feel that I am forgetting things as I go along." —Amazon reviewer Leonie M. reviewing my second book, A Smarter Way to Learn HTML and CSS</i></p><p><strong>Understanding is easy. Remembering is hard.</strong></p><p>Computer languages are not inherently hard to understand, even for non-techies. <i>Remembering</i> is the problem. If you remember all of Chapter 1 through Chapter 10, you'll understand Chapter 11. But you <em>don't</em> remember. Though you read and read, most of it doesn't stick. You don't have a solid foundation to build on. Halfway through the book, it all collapses. That's when most people give up.</p><p><i>"I've signed up to a few sites like Udemy, Codecademy, FreeCodeCamp, Lynda, YouTube videos, even searched on Coursera but nothing seemed to work for me. This book takes only 10 minutes each chapter and after that, you can exercise what you've just learned right away!" —Amazon reviewer Constanza Morales reviewing my first book, A Smarter Way to Learn JavaScript</i> </p><p><strong>Interactive exercises make it stick.</strong></p><p>Research shows that you will remember everything if you're repeatedly asked to recall it. That's the beauty of flash cards. But technology offers an even better way to make information stick. With my book you get almost a thousand interactive exercises—they're free online—that embed the whole book in your memory. Algorithms check your work to make sure you know what you think you know. When you stumble, you do the exercise again. You keep trying until you know the chapter cold.</p><p><i>"Not only do the exercises make learning fun, they reinforce the material right away so it sinks in deeper." —Amazon reviewer Timothy B. Miller reviewing my second book, A Smarter Way to Learn HTML and CSS</i></p><p><strong>You won't get bored or sleepy.</strong></p><p>The exercises keep you engaged, give you extra practice where you're shaky, and prepare you for each next step. Every lesson is built on top of a solid foundation that you and I have carefully constructed. Each individual step is small. But all the little steps add up to real knowledge—knowledge that you retain.</p><p><i>I finally feel like I KNOW it and won't need to look up the syntax each time..." —Amazon reviewer J. Caritas reviewing my third book, A Smarter Way to Learn jQuery</i></p><p><strong>Really, it ain't that hard.</strong></p><p>Reviewing my books on Amazon, readers who've struggled with programming concepts like functions, loops, and scope write, "I had no idea these things were so simple!"</p><p><i>"...makes it much easier to suddenly realize a concept that seemed abstract and too hard to wrap your head around is suddenly not complicated at all." — Amazon reviewer IMHO reviewing A Smarter Way to Learn JavaScript</i></p><p>You don't need to be a computer genius to learn Python. You just need to be smart about <em>how</em> you learn it.</p>
Cracking the PM Interview: How to Land a Product Manager Job in T...
by , Jackie Bavaro

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English

Pages

366

Publication Date

March 04, 2014

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How many pizzas are delivered in Manhattan? How do you design an alarm clock for the blind? What is your favorite piece of software and why? How would you launch a video rental service in India? This book will teach you how to answer these questions and more. <br /><br />Cracking the PM Interview is a comprehensive book about landing a product management role in a startup or bigger tech company. Learn how the ambiguously-named "PM" (product manager / program manager) role varies across companies, what experience you need, how to make your existing experience translate, what a great PM resume and cover letter look like, and finally, how to master the PM interview questions (estimation questions, behavioral questions, case questions, product questions, technical questions, and the super important "pitch").<br /><br /><br />CONTENTS:<br /><br />The Product Manager Role<br />What is a PM?<br />Functions of a PM<br />Top Myths about Product Management<br />Project Managers and Program Managers<br /><br />Companies<br />How the PM Role Varies<br />Google<br />Microsoft<br />Apple<br />Facebook<br />Amazon<br />Yahoo<br />Twitter<br />Startups <br /><br />Getting the Right Experience<br />New Grads<br />Making the Most of Career Fairs<br />Do you need an MBA?<br />Why Technical Experience Matters<br />Transitioning from Engineer to Product Manager<br />Transitioning from Designer to Product Manager<br />Transitioning from Other Roles<br />What Makes a Good Side Project? <br /><br />Career Advancement<br />Tips and Tricks for Career Advancement<br />Q & A: Fernando Delgado, Sr. Director, Product Management at Yahoo<br />Q & A: Ashley Carroll, Senior Director of Product Management, DocuSign<br />Q & A: Brandon Bray, Principal Group Program Manager, Microsoft<br />Q & A: Thomas Arend, International Product Lead, Airbnb<br />Q & A: Johanna Wright, VP at Google<br />Q & A: Lisa Kostova Ogata, VP of Product at Bright.com <br /><br />Behind the Interview Scenes<br />Google<br />Microsoft<br />Facebook<br />Apple<br />Amazon<br />Yahoo<br />Twitter <br />Dropbox <br /><br />Resumes<br />The 15 Second Rule<br />The Rules<br />Attributes of a Good PM Resume<br />What to Include <br /><br />Real Resumes: Before & After<br /><br />Cover Letters<br />Elements of a Good PM Cover Letter<br />The Cover Letter Template<br />A Great Cover Letter <br /><br />Company Research<br />The Product<br />The Strategy<br />The Culture<br />The Role<br />The Questions <br /><br />Define Yourself<br />"Tell Me About Yourself" (The Pitch)<br />"Why do you want to work here?"<br />"Why should we hire you?"<br />"Why are you leaving your current job?"<br />"What do you like to do in your spare time?"<br />"Where do you see yourself in five years?"<br />"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"<br />Sample Strengths and Weaknesses <br /><br />Behavioral Questions<br />Why These Questions Are Asked<br />Preparation<br />Follow-Up Questions<br />Types of Behavioral Questions <br /><br />Estimation Questions<br />Approach<br />Numbers Cheat Sheet<br />Tips and Tricks<br />Example Interview<br />Sample Questions <br /><br />Product Questions<br />About the Product Question<br />Type 1: Designing a Product<br />Type 2: Improving a Product<br />Type 3: Favorite Product<br />Preparation<br />Tips and Tricks<br />Sample Questions <br /><br />Case Questions<br />The Case Question: Consultants vs. PMs<br />What Interviewers Look For<br />Useful Frameworks<br />Product Metrics<br />Interview Questions <br /><br />Coding Questions<br />Who Needs To Code<br />What You Need To Know<br />How You Are Evaluated<br />How To Approach<br />Developing an Algorithm<br />Additional Questions & Solutions <br /><br />Appendix<br />Top 1% PMs vs. Top 10% PMs<br />Be a Great Product Leader<br />The Inputs to a Great Product Roadmap<br />How to Hire a Product Manager
C#: Learn C# in One Day and Learn It Well. C# for Beginners with ...
by , Jamie Chan

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English

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160

Publication Date

October 20, 2015

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<h2>Learn C# Fast and Learn It Well. Master C# Programming with a unique Hands-On Project (Updated for VS Community 2017)</h2><br /><br />Have you always wanted to learn computer programming but are afraid it'll be too difficult for you? Or perhaps you know other programming languages but are interested in learning the C# language fast?<br /><br />This book is for you. You no longer have to waste your time and money learning C# from boring books that are 600 pages long, expensive online courses or complicated C# tutorials that just leave you more confused. <br /><br /><h2>What this book offers...</h2><br /><b>C# for Beginners</b><br /><br />Complex concepts are broken down into simple steps to ensure that you can easily master the C# language <b>even if you have never coded before</b>.<br /><br /><b>Carefully Chosen C# Examples</b><br /><br />Examples are carefully chosen to illustrate all concepts. In addition, the output for all examples are provided immediately so you do not have to wait till you have access to your computer to test the examples.<br /><br /><b>Careful selection of topics</b><br /><br />Topics are carefully selected to give you a broad exposure to C#, while not overwhelming you with information overload. These topics include object-oriented programming concepts, error handling techniques, file handling techniques and more.<br /><br /><b>Learn The C# Programming Language Fast</b><br /><br />Concepts are presented in a "to-the-point" style to cater to the busy individual. With this book, you can learn C# in just one day and start coding immediately.<br /><br /><h2>How is this book different...</h2><br />The best way to learn C# is by doing. This book includes a unique project at the end of the book that requires the application of all the concepts taught previously. Working through the project will not only give you an immense sense of achievement, it"ll also help you retain the knowledge and master the language.<br /><br />Are you ready to dip your toes into the exciting world of C# coding? This book is for you. Click the BUY button and download it now.<br /><br /><h2>What you'll learn:</h2><br /><u>Introduction to C#</u><br />- What is C#?<br />- How to install and run Visual Studio Community 2015?<br /><br /><u>Data types and Operators</u><br />- What are the common data types in C#?<br />- What are arrays and lists?<br />- How to format C# strings<br />- What is a value type vs reference type?<br />- What are the common C# operators?<br /><br /><u>Object Oriented Programming</u><br />- What is object oriented programming?<br />- How to write your own classes<br />- What are fields, properties, methods and constructors?<br />- What is encapsulation, inheritance and polymorphism?<br />- What is an abstract class and interface?<br />- What is an enum and struct?<br /><br /><u>Controlling the Flow of a Program</u><br />- What are condition statements?<br />- How to use control flow statements in C#<br />- What are jump statements?<br />- How to handle errors and exceptions<br /><br /><u>and Others...</u><br />- How to accept user inputs and display outputs<br />- How to use LINQ to save yourself from hours of work <br />- How to work with external files<br />...and so much more....<br /><br />Finally, you'll be guided through a hands-on project that requires the application of all the topics covered.<br /><br />Click the BUY button now and download the book now to start learning C#. Learn it fast and learn it well.<br /><br /><b>Pick up your copy today by clicking the BUY NOW button at the top of this page!</b><br /> <br /><br />Tags:<br />------------<br />C#, C# tutorial, C# book, learning C#, C# programming language, C# coding, C# programming for beginners, C# for Dummies, .NET, Visual Studio, C# operators
Make Your Own Neural Network
by Tariq Rashid

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April 16, 2016

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A step-by-step gentle journey through the mathematics of neural networks, and making your own using the Python computer language. <br /><br />Neural networks are a key element of deep learning and artificial intelligence, which today is capable of some truly impressive feats. Yet too few really understand how neural networks actually work.<br /><br />This guide will take you on a fun and unhurried journey, starting from very simple ideas, and gradually building up an understanding of how neural networks work. You won't need any mathematics beyond secondary school, and an accessible introduction to calculus is also included.<br /><br />The ambition of this guide is to make neural networks as accessible as possible to as many readers as possible - there are enough texts for advanced readers already!<br /><br />You'll learn to code in Python and make your own neural network, teaching it to recognise human handwritten numbers, and performing as well as professionally developed networks.<br /><br />Part 1 is about ideas. We introduce the mathematical ideas underlying the neural networks, gently with lots of illustrations and examples. <br /><br />Part 2 is practical. We introduce the popular and easy to learn Python programming language, and gradually builds up a neural network which can learn to recognise human handwritten numbers, easily getting it to perform as well as networks made by professionals. <br /><br />Part 3 extends these ideas further. We push the performance of our neural network to an industry leading 98% using only simple ideas and code, test the network on your own handwriting, take a privileged peek inside the mysterious mind of a neural network, and even get it all working on a Raspberry Pi. <br /><br />All the code in this has been tested to work on a Raspberry Pi Zero.

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