Sales of video games, hardware, and accessories reach upwards of $20 billion every year in the United States alone, and more than two-thirds of American households include video games in their daily lives. In a world that seems to be overflowing with fortune and success, the vicious truth of this booming industry is easily forgotten: failure is tradition. Video games define a cultural crossroad where business, entertainment, and technology converge, where the risks are great, cutting edge technology is vitally important and competition is intense. Here are the stories of survival from many of the industries luminaries who founded companies, created industries in their home countries, took amazing risks, innovated technologies, and invented new ways to sell. Among this outstanding group of pioneers are Richard Garriott, founder of Origin, astronaut, and the producer of the revolutionary Ultima Online, John Romero of Doom, Wolfenstein and Quake fame, and Victor Kislyi whose World of Tanks set the Guinness world record for the most people online at once with over 1.1 million people playing). You will read their stories and you will gain an understanding of how they managed in such a demanding business.There are a few game development companies that have withstood the test of time; most startups exit as quickly as they enter the scene. Many firms are outpaced by the explosive worldwide growth and economic realities of the sector. Here are enlightening the stories of entrepreneurs who found success and many who subsequently could not repeat it. They walk you through their incredible journeys of success and failure while expressing their views on development, design, hiring, finance, business models, selling their organization, the business life cycle, their frustrations and mistakes, while showing their intensity and their passion for the business along the way.
Online Game Pioneers at Work:Explores the formation of entertainment software companies from the perspectives of successful founders who defied the odds Provides insight into why experienced professionals sacrifice the comfort of gainful employment for the uncertainty and risk of the startup Shares the experiences and lessons that shape the lives, decisions, and struggles of entrepreneurs in this volatile business
Other books in the Apress At Work Series:Gamers at Work, Ramsay. 978-1-4302-3351-0Coders at Work, Seibel, 978-1-4302-1948-4Venture Capitalists at Work, Shah & Shah, 978-1-4302-3837-9CIOs at Work, Yourdon, 978-1-4302-3554-5 CTOs at Work, Donaldson, Seigel, & Donaldson, 978-1-4302-3593-4 Founders at Work, Livingston, 978-1-4302-1078-8 European Founders at Work, Santos, 978-1-4302-3906-2 Women Leaders at Work, Ghaffari, 978-1-4302-3729-7 Advertisers at Work, Tuten, 978-1-4302-3828-7
You will learn how to write a robust game loop, how to organize your entities using components, and take advantage of the CPUs cache to improve your performance. You'll dive deep into how scripting engines encode behavior, how quadtrees and other spatial partitions optimize your engine, and how other classic design patterns can be used in games.
Complete with quizzes, exercises, and helpful illustrations, this easy-to-follow, self-paced tutorial gets you started with both Python 2.7 and 3.3— the latest releases in the 3.X and 2.X lines—plus all other releases in common use today. You’ll also learn some advanced language features that recently have become more common in Python code.Explore Python’s major built-in object types such as numbers, lists, and dictionariesCreate and process objects with Python statements, and learn Python’s general syntax modelUse functions to avoid code redundancy and package code for reuseOrganize statements, functions, and other tools into larger components with modulesDive into classes: Python’s object-oriented programming tool for structuring codeWrite large programs with Python’s exception-handling model and development toolsLearn advanced Python tools, including decorators, descriptors, metaclasses, and Unicode processing
One problem: the U.S. Department of Justice was gunning for them. . . .
Based on extensive insider interviews and participation, acclaimed author Ben Mezrich's Straight Flush tells the captivating rags-to-riches tale of a group of University of Montana frat brothers who turned a weekly poker game in the basement of a local dive bar into AbsolutePoker.com, one of the largest online companies in the world, on par with some of the behemoths of the Internet. At its height, Absolute Poker was an online empire earning more than a million dollars a day, following savvy business strategy and even better luck. Its founders set up their operations in the exotic jungle paradise of Costa Rica, embracing an outrageous lifestyle of girls, parties, and money.
Meanwhile, the gray area of U.S. and international law in which the company operated was becoming a lot more risky, and soon the U.S. Department of Justice had placed a bull's-eye on Absolute Poker. Should they fold—or double down and ride their hot hand? Impossible to put down, Straight Flush is an exclusive, never-before-seen look behind the headlines of one of the wildest business stories of the past decade.
By using this book, you’ll be creating various small projects completely in blueprint. From this book, you’ll be equipped with the know-how you’ll need to create the game of your dreams.
On top of mastering the Blueprints system in Unreal Engine 4, you’ll also learn the secrets behind getting the most out of the beast of an engine.
Why do some games become boring quickly, while others remain fun for years? How do games serve as fundamental and powerful learning tools? Whether you’re a game developer, dedicated gamer, or curious observer, this illustrated, fully updated edition helps you understand what drives this major cultural force, and inspires you to take it further.
You’ll discover that:Games play into our innate ability to seek patterns and solve puzzlesMost successful games are built upon the same elementsSlightly more females than males now play gamesMany games still teach primitive survival skillsFictional dressing for modern games is more developed than the conceptual elementsTruly creative designers seldom use other games for inspirationGames are beginning to evolve beyond their prehistoric origins
Stay Awhile and Listen: How Two Blizzards Unleashed Diablo and Forged a Video-Game Empire - Book 1 invites readers to discover the origin of Blizzard North, a studio built by gamers, for gamers, and Blizzard Entertainment, a convergence of designers driven to rule their industry.
Composed from exhaustive research and hundreds of personal interviews, the Stay Awhile and Listen series divulges the fated meeting that brought the two Blizzards together, the clashes that tore them apart, and their transformation from grassroots democracy to corporate empire. At the center of it all—Diablo, a hack-and-slash adventure through the darkest recesses of Hell that changed online gaming forever.
David Craddock's Stay Awhile and Listen masterfully retells the tale of the game development Camelot created by the founders of Blizzard Entertainment. -Richard Garriott, creator of the Ultima series
Stay Awhile and Listen tells how passion, maxed-out credit cards and sleepless nights spawned a gaming phenomenon and unearths the game design secrets that made Diablo an enduring classic. -Tristan Donovan, author of Replay: The History of Video Games
A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the storied history and development of Diablo and the early days of Blizzard Entertainment. -Dr. Ray Muzyka, co-founder of BioWare
Stay Awhile and Listen shows that there was a potent mixture of talent, opportunity, and personality that drove the meteoric rise of Blizzard Entertainment from its earliest days. I can't wait for the next installment. -Julian Gollop, creator of X-COM: UFO Defense
Craddock takes his time introducing each person, and by the time he explains their contribution, I felt like I knew them as human beings, not as developers--what they were like as kids, where they came from, and what their aspirations were. -Venture Beat
Stay Awhile and Listen is a rare and intriguing look into the people and experiences behind some of my favorite video games of all time. -Randy Pitchford, co-founder of Gearbox Software
Nintendo has continually set the standard for video-game innovation in America, starting in 1981 with a plucky hero who jumped over barrels to save a girl from an ape.
The saga of Mario, the portly plumber who became the most successful franchise in the history of gaming, has plot twists worthy of a video game. Jeff Ryan shares the story of how this quintessentially Japanese company found success in the American market. Lawsuits, Hollywood, die- hard fans, and face-offs with Sony and Microsoft are all part of the drama.
Find out about:
*Mario's eccentric yet brilliant creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, who was tapped for the job because was considered expendable.
*Minoru Arakawa, the son-in-law of Nintendo's imperious president, who bumbled his way to success. *The unexpected approach that allowed Nintendo to reinvent itself as the gaming system for the non-gamer, especially now with the Wii Even those who can't tell a Koopa from a Goomba will find this a fascinating story of striving, comeuppance, and redemption.
The important stuff you need to know:Get started fast. Quickly set up accounts, customers, jobs, and invoice items.Follow the money. Track everything from billable and unbillable time and expenses to income and profit.Keep your company financially fit. Examine budgets and actual spending, income, inventory, assets, and liabilities.Gain insights. Open a new dashboard that highlights your company’s financial activity and status the moment you log in.Spend less time on bookkeeping. Create and reuse bills, invoices, sales receipts, and timesheets.Find key info. Use QuickBooks’ Search and Find features, as well as the Vendor, Customer, Inventory, and Employee Centers.
With SQLite, you'll discover how to develop a database-backed application that remains manageable in size and complexity. This book guides you every step of the way. You'll get a crash course in data modeling, become familiar with SQLite's dialect of the SQL database language, and much more.Learn how to maintain localized storage in a single file that requires no configurationBuild your own SQLite library or use a precompiled distribution in your applicationGet a primer on SQL, and learn how to use several language functions and extensionsWork with SQLite using a scripting language or a C-based language such as C# or Objective-CUnderstand the basics of database design, and learn how to transfer what you already know to SQLiteTake advantage of virtual tables and modules
"Complex SQL concepts explained clearly."
--D. Richard Hipp, creator of SQLite
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This is learning made easy. Get more done quickly with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Jump in wherever you need answers--brisk lessons and colorful screenshots show you exactly what to do, step by step.
Covers Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook Format documents for visual impact Quickly prepare personalized email messages and labels Build powerful workbooks for analysis and reporting Analyze alternative data sets with Quick Analysis Lens, Goal Seek, and Solver Prepare highly effective presentations Strengthen your presentations by adding tables and graphics Organize your email, scheduling, and contacts Look up just the tasks and lessons you need
Bitcoin, the first successful decentralized digital currency, is still in its infancy and it’s already spawned a multi-billion dollar global economy. This economy is open to anyone with the knowledge and passion to participate. Mastering Bitcoin provides you with the knowledge you need (passion not included).
This book includes:A broad introduction to bitcoin—ideal for non-technical users, investors, and business executivesAn explanation of the technical foundations of bitcoin and cryptographic currencies for developers, engineers, and software and systems architectsDetails of the bitcoin decentralized network, peer-to-peer architecture, transaction lifecycle, and security principlesOffshoots of the bitcoin and blockchain inventions, including alternative chains, currencies, and applicationsUser stories, analogies, examples, and code snippets illustrating key technical concepts
The important stuff you need to know:Dive into relational data. Solve problems quickly by connecting and combining data from different tables.Create professional documents. Publish reports, charts, invoices, catalogs, and other documents with ease.Access data anywhere. Use FileMaker Go on your iPad or iPhone—or share data on the Web.Harness processing power. Use new calculation and scripting tools to crunch numbers, search text, and automate tasks.Run your database on a secure server. Learn the high-level features of FileMaker Pro Advanced.Keep your data safe. Set privileges and allow data sharing with FileMaker’s streamlined security features.
The Art of Game Design, Second Edition gives readers useful perspectives on how to make better game designs faster. It provides practical instruction on creating world-class games that will be played again and again.
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Quickly set up workbooks, enter data, and format it for easier viewing Perform calculations and find and correct errors Filter, sort, summarize, and combine data Analyze data by using PivotTables, PivotCharts, scenarios, data tables, and Solver Visualize data with charts and graphs, including new sunbursts, waterfalls, and treemaps Build data models and use them in business intelligence analyses Create timelines, forecasts, and visualizations, including KPIs and PowerMap data maps Look up just the tasks and lessons you need
Every year video games generate billions of dollars and some of the most dynamic and engaging artwork today. It’s an ever-growing field that holds great professional opportunity, but you need the right skills and savvy if you want to stake your claim. In How to Become a Video Game Artist, veteran video game designer Sam R. Kennedy provides the inside track on everything you need to forge a career in the world of video game art. Starting with the basics of game creation and a look at the artistic skills necessary to get started, Kennedy spotlights specific, key roles for creators—from concept artists to character animators to marketing artists and beyond. Each chapter features screenshots from popular video games like Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon and World of Warcraft; interviews with video game art professionals who’ve worked for top gaming companies like BioWare, Blizzard, and Ubisoft; step-by-step examples of actual game art; and detailed breakdowns of the training and portfolio samples you’ll need to make these jobs your own. For anyone who wants to go from gamer to game designer, this book contains all the secrets you’ll need to rise to the top of one of the most exciting industries of our time.
You’ll gain in-depth knowledge of Java application performance, using the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) and the Java platform, including the language and API. Developers and performance engineers alike will learn a variety of features, tools, and processes for improving the way Java 7 and 8 applications perform.Apply four principles for obtaining the best results from performance testingUse JDK tools to collect data on how a Java application is performingUnderstand the advantages and disadvantages of using a JIT compilerTune JVM garbage collectors to affect programs as little as possibleUse techniques to manage heap memory and JVM native memoryMaximize Java threading and synchronization performance featuresTackle performance issues in Java EE and Java SE APIsImprove Java-driven database application performance
This book’s straightforward, step-by-step approach teaches you everything from the absolute basics through sophisticated game physics, animation, and mobile device deployment techniques. Every lesson builds on what you’ve already learned, giving you a rock-solid foundation for real-world success.Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most common Unity game development tasks. Practical, hands-on examples show you how to apply what you learn. Quizzes and exercises help you test your knowledge and stretch your skills. Notes and tips point out shortcuts and solutions.
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Larry Ullman is the president of Digital Media and Communications Insights, Inc., a firm specializing in information technology (www.dmcinsights.com). He is the author of several bestselling programming and Web development books, including PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide. Larry also writes articles on these subjects and teaches them in small and large group settings. Despite working with computers, programming languages, databases, and such since the early 1980s, Larry still claims he’s not a computer geek (but he admits he can speak their language).
CorelDRAW X The Official Guide is the one-stop tutorial/reference for learning how to create gorgeous graphics for a variety of print and web uses. Veteran graphic designer and author Gary Bouton shows you how to use the new product features, and shows off beautiful graphics and techniques in this Corel-authorized guide. Packed with examples and techniques, this book delivers details no CorelDRAW user can afford to be without!
Ideal for beginners through experts getting started on the new release, the book explains how to install the software, use the illustration and drawing tools, work with text, apply colors, fills, and outlines, apply special effects, and work in 3D.
CorelDRAW X The Official GuideOffers hundreds of tips, tricks, and shortcuts that show how to get the most out of product features, not just what the features do Includes online access to 30+ video tutorials of hands-on instruction from the author, plus CorelDRAW native files, stock images for tutorials in Corel PHOTO-PAINT, custom typefaces designed by the author, and other useful starter pieces for learning CorelDRAW Includes a full-color insert demonstrating results of various filters and effects Provides a comprehensive CorelDRAW X reference as well as drawing tips and illustration techniques Discusses print and web use and potential issues Explains how to use PHOTO-PAINT, Corel’s image-editing tool
Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most common Unity 4 game development tasks.Quizzes and Exercises at the end of each chapter help you test your knowledge. Notes present interesting information related to the discussion. Tips offer advice or show you easier ways to perform tasks. Cautions alert you to possible problems and give you advice on how to avoid them.
Learn how to…Create and work with game objects, Unity’s fundamental building blocks Work efficiently with Unity’s graphical asset pipeline Apply shaders and textures to any 3D object Sculpt stunning game worlds with Unity’s terrain and environmental toolsets Script tasks ranging from capturing input to building complex behaviors Quickly create repeatable, reusable game objects with prefabs Implement easy, intuitive game user interfaces Create amazing effects with Unity’s new Shuriken particle system Leverage the full power of Unity’s new Mecanim animation system Integrate ambient 2D/3D audio into your games Use mobile device accelerometers and multi-touch displays Modify a desktop game for mobile platforms Apply the “finishing touches” and deploy your game
The 2011 version of the Microsoft Office productivity suite for the Mac sports major changes from what Mac users are accustomed to. This soup-to-nuts guide gets the Mac crowd up to date quickly and easily. Individual minibooks thoroughly cover the Project Gallery, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook (new for Mac), and the Project Center. You’ll learn how the new Office integrates with the Windows version, how to use and customize the new Ribbon interface, and much more.Office for Mac is the most popular office productivity suite for the Mac, used by 1.5 to 2 million people The new version includes new features such as the Ribbon interface, Outlook (which replaces Entourage), and greater integration with the Windows version Covers everything you’ll want to know about the Project Gallery, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and the Project Center
With Office 2011 for Mac All-in-One For Dummies, you’ll be ready to use the newest version of Office like a pro.
Written with the clarity, humor, and objective scrutiny, Photoshop CS5: The Missing Manual is the friendly, thorough resource you need.
You will learn about developing a business plan to guide you to success, increasing seller-buyer communication, selling from your own Web site, keyword marketing, alternative shipping methods, taxes, growing sales, other auction marketplaces, locating inventory to sell, building brand recognition, hints on improving ad copy and photography, dealing with competition, fulfillment options, accounting, and how to get positive feedback.
This book contains marketing tricks that will help you create interest in your product and tips about taking photos, managing e-mail, and shipping. This book contains information on: wholesalers, drop shippers, auctions, closeouts, discontinued merchandise, overstocks, salvage items, surplus merchandise, below wholesale products, customer returns, wholesale trade shows, suppliers, liquidators, foreign and domestic manufacturers, and places to look in your area.
In addition, we spent hours interviewing hundreds of todayâe(tm)s most successful eBay PowerSellers. This book is a compilation of their secrets and proven successful ideas. Additionally, we give you hundreds of tips and tricks to ensure your eBay listings are optimized for maximum search engine effectiveness, which will drive business to your Web site and increase sales and profits.
In this book, you will find actual case studies from companies who have used our techniques and achieved unprecedented success. If you are interested in learning hundreds of hints, tricks, and secrets on how to take your eBay business to the next level and ultimately earn enormous profits, this book is for you. With over 500,000 sellers making a living on eBay today, there is no reason you cannot use this medium to become financially successful, too. This book will arm you with the knowledge you need to become an eBay PowerSeller.
Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company presidentâe(tm)s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice. Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.
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Use Google Apps to reduce technology expenses and grow your business Choose the best Google Apps version for your needs Quickly activate and customize your account Give your users customized email that uses your domain, not gmail.com Connect Gmail to your smartphone so your email and schedule always go with you Create, format, edit, print, and collaborate on documents with Docs Track and analyze your data with Sheets Create presentations with Slides and present anywhere via the Internet Cut travel costs: run video meetings online with Google Hangouts Improve project collaboration with a shared Sites workspace Efficiently manage and share your schedule with Calendar Store and share your files for secure anytime/anywhere access Sync your files between your PC or Mac and Google Drive in the cloud Use Vault to archive content and activity for compliance or other legal reasons
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Step-by-step instructions with callouts to new Google Apps screenshots that show you exactly what to do.
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The long-awaited Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac delivers the Mac's most advanced versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, plus Microsoft's powerful new OneDrive cloud storage capabilities. Get the most out of Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac -- the fast, easy way! Friendly, quick, and 100% practical, My Office for Mac 2016 is the must-have companion for every Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac user.
Written by Paul McFedries, a leading expert in explaining new Microsoft and Apple technologies, this friendly, intuitive guide will walk you through every task you'll want to perform. Every task is presented step-by-step, using carefully annotated, full-color screenshots, all numbered so you'll never get lost or confused. Everything's clearly organized in modular, self-contained chapters that'll help you get great results with Office 2016 in no time.
From formatting to data visualization, calendars and email to collaboration with Windows users, McFedries covers all you'll need to know. Throughout, he offers helpful tips, lists, workarounds for Office's limitations, and quick solutions to the problems you're most likely to encounter. If you want instant answers for maximum productivity, here they are!
• Master core skills you can use in every Office 2016 for Mac program
• Quickly create visual documents with advanced formatting and graphics
• Build complex documents with columns, footnotes, headers, and tables
• Enter and organize Excel data more accurately and efficiently
• Quickly move, copy, delete, and format large amounts of data with Excel ranges
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• Add pizzazz to PowerPoint slide shows with animations and transitions
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In addition, this book is part of Que’s exciting new Content Update Program. As Microsoft updates features of Office 2016 for Mac, sections of this book will be updated or new sections will be added to match the updates to the software. The updates will be delivered to you via a FREE Web Edition of this book, which can be accessed with any Internet connection. To learn more, visit www.quepublishing.com/CUP.
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eBay has changed the way products and services are purchased all over the world. Daily over 1.5 million online customers and providers log on to bid and sell virtually anything that can be bought or purchased. In 2006, eBay sellers are estimated to post $22 billion in sales. There are businesses earning $1 million a year selling products on eBay today. It is estimated that more than half a million people make full-time incomes just with their eBay business. eBay also allows you to run a business that requires no advertising costs.
eBay is a level playing field it doesn t matter how old you are, what nationality or income level, whether you own a business now or not, what your background is, or where you are located. Start making money on eBay today!
The book starts with a complete overview of how eBay works. Then you are guided through the whole process of creating the auction and auction strategies, photography, writing copy, text and formatting, managing auctions, shipping, collecting payments, registering, About Me page, sources for merchandise, multiple sales, programming tricks, PayPal, accounting, creating marketing, merchandising, managing e-mail lists, advertising plans, taxes and sales tax, best time to list items and for how long, sniping programs, international customers, opening a storefront, electronic commerce, buy-it now pricing, keywords, Google marketing, and eBay secrets; everything you will ever need to get started making money on eBay!
Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice. Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.
Author Melanie Swan, Founder of the Institute for Blockchain Studies, explains that the blockchain is essentially a public ledger with potential as a worldwide, decentralized record for the registration, inventory, and transfer of all assets—not just finances, but property and intangible assets such as votes, software, health data, and ideas.
Topics include:Concepts, features, and functionality of Bitcoin and the blockchainUsing the blockchain for automated tracking of all digital endeavorsEnabling censorship?resistant organizational modelsCreating a decentralized digital repository to verify identityPossibility of cheaper, more efficient services traditionally provided by nationsBlockchain for science: making better use of the data-mining networkPersonal health record storage, including access to one’s own genomic dataOpen access academic publishing on the blockchain
This book is part of an ongoing O’Reilly series. Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Crypto-Currencies introduces Bitcoin and describes the technology behind Bitcoin and the blockchain. Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy considers theoretical, philosophical, and societal impact of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies.
Social Media is huge - Nothing in the history of the world has brought people together and changed the face of business like social media has.
Reach out to the world and get them to like you.
The potential user base and the wide array of available high-performance devices makes Android an attractive target for aspiring game developers. Do you have an awesome idea for the next break-through mobile gaming title? Beginning Android Games will help you kick-start your project. This book will guide you through the process of making several example game apps using APIs available in new Android SDK and earlier SDK releases for Android smartphones and tablets:The fundamentals of game development and design suitable for Android smartphones and tablets The Android platform basics to apply those fundamentals in the context of making a game, including new File Manager system and better battery life management The design of 2D and 3D games and their successful implementation on the Android platform
This book lets developers see and use some Android SDK Jelly Bean; however, this book is structured so that app developers can use earlier Android SDK releases. This book is backward compatible like the Android SDK.
This is learning made easy. Get more done quickly with Word 2016. Jump in wherever you need answers--brisk lessons and colorful screenshots show you exactly what to do, step by step.
Get easy-to-follow guidance from a certified Microsoft Office Specialist Master Learn and practice new skills while working with sample content, or look up specific procedures Create visually appealing documents for school, business, community, or personal purposes Use built-in tools to capture and edit graphics Present data in tables, diagrams, and charts Track and compile reference materials Manage document collaboration and review Fix privacy, accessibility, and compatibility issues Supercharge your efficiency by creating custom styles, themes, and templates
In addition to revisions to match the most recent version of Blender, fresh examples have been added. The contents have been organized into a building-block fashion, presenting basic subjects such as textures and lighting in the early chapters before explaining their roles in more complex techniques such as fluid and smoke simulation in later chapters. The book also covers alterations that have been made to the GUI and significantly expands discussions of advanced features, enabling veteran and beginning users to take advantage of the full potential of Blender.
This book also has a companion website, www.silverjb.limewebs.com, offering supplementary material for using further advanced techniques once the concepts and methods presented in the book have been adequately mastered. These techniques include fracturing, building walls or obstacles that can be demolished, dynamic painting, and path animation.
Blender is a program in constant development, with new features being added progressively. This new edition of The Complete Guide to Blender Graphics gives detailed instruction on the latest version of the program. Using visual references and practical examples, it removes the frustration from the learning process in using the basic and advanced capabilities of Blender.
You may have never heard Shigeru Miyamoto's name, but you've probably spent many a lazy afternoon absorbed in his work. Joining Nintendo as a video game designer in the late 1970s, Miyamoto created the powerhouse franchises Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Donkey Kong-games so ubiquitous that Miyamoto was named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People in 2007.
Combining critical essays with interviews, bibliographies, and striking visuals, Shigeru Miyamoto unveils the artist behind thousands of glowing gaming screens, tracing out his design decisions, aesthetic preferences, and the material conditions that shaped his work. With this incredible (and incredibly unknown) figure, series editors Jennifer DeWinter and Carly Kocurek launch the Influential Video Game Designers series, at last giving these artists the recognition they deserve.
This is the only book that focuses entirely on the specific technical, desk-side, and infrastructure issues that support professionals and administrators encounter when implementing and running Lotus Notes in production environments. Authored by one of IBM’s top Lotus experts, it draws on the firsthand experiences of IBM professionals working in hundreds of client environments. Mark Elliott has created a true “encyclopedia” of proven resolutions to common problems and has streamlined processes for infrastructure support. Elliott systematically addresses support solutions for all recent Lotus Notes and Domino environments.
Survival Guide for Lotus Notes and Domino Administrators is organized for rapid access to specific solutions in three key areas: client setup, technical support, and client software management. It brings together best practices for planning deployments, managing upgrades, addressing issues with mail and calendars, configuring settings based on corporate policies, and optimizing the entire support delivery process. Along the way, Elliott illuminates the administrative and support implications of the latest enhancements to Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino, in areas ranging from messaging to plug-in support.
Whatever your role in managing, administering, or supporting IBM Lotus technologies, this book will help you respond more quickly, efficiently, and effectively—reducing support costs as you increase customer satisfaction.
Coverage includesAn overview to key software changes introduced in Release 8.0 Resolutions to dozens of error messages and other obscure issues Using the “Smart Upgrade” toolkit to automate upgrades Implementing policies to manage client settings and reduce administrative overhead Optimizing Lotus Notes performance and avoid user frustration Making the most of technical support tools and plug-ins Finding technical support and patches on the IBM developerWorks website Configuring Lotus Notes and supporting common activities
In Learn to Program with Minecraft®, you’ll do all this and more with the power of Python, a free language used by millions of professional and first-time programmers!
Begin with some short, simple Python lessons and then use your new skills to modify Minecraft to produce instant and totally awesome results. Learn how to customize Minecraft to make mini-games, duplicate entire buildings, and turn boring blocks into gold.
You’ll also write programs that:
-Take you on an automated teleportation tour around your Minecraft world
-Build massive monuments, pyramids, forests, and more in a snap!
-Make secret passageways that open when you activate a hidden switch
-Create a spooky ghost town that vanishes and reappears elsewhere
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-Make mischief with dastardly lava traps and watery curses that cause huge floods
Whether you’re a Minecraft megafan or a newbie, you’ll see Minecraft in a whole new light while learning the basics of programming. Sure, you could spend all day mining for precious resources or building your mansion by hand, but with the power of Python, those days are over!
Requires: Windows 7 or later; OS X 10.10 or later; or a Raspberry Pi.
Uses Python 3
Creating a special area that allows the player to pick their character of choice instead of being forced to play a particular character.
Clever uses of events to create items that allow the player to return to town instantly and summon vehicles to their side.
What You'll Learn:
Create playable characters that have different attributes and play styles.
Design dungeon levels with specific goals in mind.
Create treasure chests with random contents or contents based on the player’s character.
Create doors that require keys or puzzles to unlock.
Create a variety of enemy encounters.
Who This Book is For:
Make a 2D RPG in a Weekend is for anyone who has ever wanted to create a game from scratch. All you need is this book and a copy of RPG Maker MV.
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Beginning with detailed instructions on how to install and configure the Android SDK, Studio, and Virtual Device Manager, the book moves on to creating a simple, but working, "Hello World" app that can be run on a real device or emulator.
The book then moves on to layouts and the visual design of Lollipop apps. A new app is begun to demonstrate this and expanded as we move further, and, once material design has been introduced, the book moves on to the Java coding aspect and how to write code that responds to user interactions via callback methods such as touchscreen gesture listeners. No book on Lollipop APIs would be complete without explaining how the new Android TV, Wear, and Auto SDK tools work and how they can be utilized to either create new apps or convert those originally written for other platforms.
The book concludes by demonstrating how to package and deploy your finished app on the Google Play store.
Get started using Windows 7 right away--the QuickSteps way. Color screenshots with streamlined explanations show you how to use all the new and improved features of this sleek operating system. You'll find tips for customizing your desktop, managing files, connecting to the Internet, using email, adding hardware and software, and enjoying photos, music, and video. Learn how to set up a wired or wireless network and secure your entire system too. Get the book that gets you up-and-running on Windows 7 in no time.
Use these handy guideposts:Shortcuts for accomplishing common tasks Need-to-know facts in concise narrative Helpful reminders or alternate ways of doing things Bonus information related to the topic being covered Errors and pitfalls to avoid
This book includes a DVD with the complete Ubuntu system and several specialized editions -- including the Mythbuntu multimedia release.Choose among three desktop environments: GNOME, KDE, or XFCEConnect printers, sound cards, cameras, webcams, and iPhonesUse the Linux filesystem with either the desktop or the command lineLearn networking functions, such as file and folder sharing and Internet accessGet an in-depth introduction to the OpenOffice.org business productivity suiteLearn how to use WINE to run Windows programsImplement upgrades quickly and easilyFind out where to get, and how to install, other great software for Linux
Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals Eriq Neale and his colleagues cover every facet of planning, deploying, and managing SBS 2008. The authors begin by showing how to install and configure SBS 2008 for maximum efficiency, performance, and ease of administration. You’ll learn how to securely utilize SBS 2008’s comprehensive Internet, file, and print services; simplify and automate both server and workstation management; and take full advantage of both SharePoint collaboration and Exchange communication tools.
This book is packed with expert tips, tricks, and troubleshooting techniques drawn from the authors’ unsurpassed experience helping companies succeed with SBS. Whether you’re a full-time IT professional or a power user who’s managing SBS in your spare time, it will be your most valuable resource.
Detailed information on how to...Plan, install, configure, and customize SBS 2008 in any environment Set up and manage SBS 2008-based networks, Web access, and collaboration—including SharePoint Services 3.0 Leverage Remote Web Workplace and other advanced remote access solutions Manage email and other communications with SBS 2008’s built-in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Centrally control Windows Vista, Windows XP, and other clients Seamlessly integrate Macintosh computers into your Windows network Protect your servers and workstations against both internal and external threats Prepare backups and disaster recovery plans you can actually use in an emergency Streamline and automate administration using Microsoft PowerShell
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Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small using your computer, smartphone, or the web. If you can see it or think of it, Evernote can help you remember it! Now you can type a text note, clip a web page, snap a photo, or grab a screenshot and Evernote will keep it all.
Through Evernote, you can tap into a free suite of software and services designed to make note taking and archiving simple. Now you'll be able to easily capture any moment, idea, inspiration, or experience no matter what device or platform you are using. The Second Edition of this bestselling book is revised throughout to cover the latest features, updates, and enhancements made to Evernote!Follow the simple steps to quickly register and set up your Evernote account Discover how easy it is to move and organize notes Access all your information on your computer, the web, smartphone, tablet, or e-reader Explore Evernote's open scripting and explore how to be an Evernote developer
Evernote For Dummies, 2nd Edition is the ideal reference to help you take control of your life and get organized with Evernote. This handy guide makes it a breeze use Evernote to store, organize, and access practically anything, everywhere.
XPages Extension Library is the first and only complete guide to Domino development with this library; it’s the best manifestation yet of the underlying XPages Extensibility Framework. Complementing the popular Mastering XPages, it gives XPages developers complete information for taking full advantage of the new components from IBM.
Combining reference material and practical use cases, the authors offer step-by- step guidance for installing and configuring the XPages Extension Library and using its state-of-the-art applications infrastructure to quickly create rich web applications with outstanding user experiences. Next, the authors provide detailed step-by-step guidance for leveraging the library’s powerful new support for REST services, mobile and social development, and relational data. The book concludes by showing how to include Java™ code in Domino XPages applications—a great way to make them even more powerful.
Automating deployment of XPages Extension Library throughout your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino or IBM XWork environment Integrating modern design patterns and best practices into Lotus Domino applications with drag-and-drop ease Incorporating AJAX capabilities with Switch, In Place Form, and other dynamic content controls Extending applications with Dojo widgets, popups, Tooltips, Dialogs, and Pickers Implementing state-of-the-art navigation and outlines Using Layout and Dynamic Views controls to painlessly modernize most Domino applications to XPages Quickly building mobile interfaces for existing applications Using social enablers to connect with social platforms and incorporate social features Integrating SQL datasources into XPages data-driven applications
Learn how to use Swift in a wide range of real-world situations, with Cocoa features such as Event Kit and Core Animation. You’ll pick up Swift language features and syntax along the way, and understand why using Swift (instead of Objective-C) makes iOS and Mac app development easier, faster, and safer. You’ll also work with several exercises to help you practice as you learn.Learn the OS X and iOS application lifecycleUse storyboards to design adaptive interfacesExplore graphics systems, including the built-in 2D and 3D game frameworksDisplay video and audio with AVFoundationStore data locally with the file system, or on the network with iCloudDisplay lists or collections of data with table views and collection viewsBuild apps that let users create, edit, and work with documentsUse MapKit, Core Location, and Core Motion to interact with the world