Automating Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services

Get valuable tips and techniques for automating your cloud deployments with Azure PowerShell cmdlets, and learn how to provision Azure services on the fly. In this hands-on guide, Microsoft cloud technology expert Michael Washam shows you how to automate various management tasks and deploy solutions that are both complex and at scale.

Michael Washam

PAID
2014
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Azure Essentials: Azure Automation

Azure Essentials: Azure Automation

The book "Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Automation"" written by Michael McKeown is written to target IT Pros and PowerShell developers to help them understand the core concepts of Azure Automation. This includes using runbooks based on PowerShell Workflow, and orchestrating frequent deployment (ala DevOps) and life cycle management through the use of automating Azure resource setup and maintenance.

Michael McKeown

FREE
2015
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Azure Essentials: Azure Machine Learning

Azure Essentials: Azure Machine Learning

Published by Microsoft Press, has been made available as a Free eBook over on the Microsoft Virtual Academy site. This book introduces developers to using Azure Machine Learning for building predictive analytics models and deploy them for consumption as web services.

Jeff Barnes

FREE
2015
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Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure (Second Edition)

Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure (Second Edition)

The material covered in this book are targeted towards introducing both Developers and IT Professionals to the huge range of features and capabilities within the Microsoft Azure platform.

Michael Collier, Robin Shahan

FREE
2016
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Azure Essentials: Migrating SQL Server Databases to Azure

Azure Essentials: Migrating SQL Server Databases to Azure

This book is part of the "Microsoft Azure Essentials" books series. With this book you will learn how SQL Server in Azure is similar to SQL Server in an on-premises environment. You will also learn how they are different. The author, Carl Rabeler, is a content lead for Azure.com and will walk you through the steps of getting started with SQL Server in an Azure Virtual Machine as well as Azure SQL Databases.

Carl Rabeler

FREE
2016
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Azure Essentials: Azure Web Apps for Developers

Azure Essentials: Azure Web Apps for Developers

This book covers the necessary information to help developers advance their technical skills in developing, deploying and managing Web Applications hosted within the Microsoft Azure platform using the Web Apps feature set. This book is written to target .NET developers from beginner to advanced.

Rick Rainey

FREE
2015
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Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure

Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure

This books goes through a pattern-based approach to building best pracice, real-world solutions with Microsoft Azure including DevOps, Availability, Storage, and more great topics. Among these practices covered include topics coving both Architecture and coding practices. The content of this book is based off the presentation Scott Guthrie gave at the Norwegian Developers Conference (NDC) in June, 2013, as well as Microsoft Tech Ed Australia in September, 2013.

Scott Guthrie, Mark Simms, Tom Dykstra, Rick Anderson, Mike Wasson

FREE
2014
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Building Clouds with Windows Azure Pack

In this book, we will learn about planning and deployment of Cloud Fabric for Windows Azure Pack, Azure Pack components, VM Clouds and IaaS offerings, PaaS Offering including WebSites & Service Bus, DBaaS offerings, Automation with SMA, and extending capabilities with third party products integration and tenant experience for all services.

Amit Malik

PAID
2016
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Building Microservices: Designing Fine-Grained Systems

Distributed systems have become more fine-grained in the past 10 years, shifting from code-heavy monolithic applications to smaller, self-contained microservices. But developing these systems brings its own set of headaches. With lots of examples and practical advice, this book takes a holistic view of the topics that system architects and administrators must consider when building, managing, and evolving microservice architectures.

Sam Newman

PAID
2015
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Cloud Architecture Patterns

If your team is investigating ways to design applications for the cloud, this concise book introduces 11 architecture patterns that can help you take advantage of cloud-platform services. You’ll learn how each of these platform-agnostic patterns work, when they might be useful in the cloud, and what impact they’ll have on your application architecture. You’ll also see an example of each pattern applied to an application built with Windows Azure.

Bill Wilder

PAID
2012
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Cloud Computing for Dummies

Cloud computing can be difficult to understand at first, but the cost-saving possibilities are great and many companies are getting on board. If you've been put in charge of implementing cloud computing, this straightforward, plain-English guide clears up the confusion and helps you get your plan in place.
You'll learn how cloud computing enables you to run a more green IT infrastructure, and access technology-enabled services from the Internet ("in the cloud") without having to understand, manage, or invest in the technology infrastructure that supports them. You'll also find out what you need to consider when implementing a plan, how to handle security issues, and more.

Judith Hurwitz, Robin Bloor, Marcia Kaufman, Fern Halper

PAID
2009
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Configuring Microsoft SharePoint Hybrid Capabilities

Configuring Microsoft SharePoint Hybrid Capabilities

This book is the second book in a series of SharePoint Hybrid books that cover how to configure, troubleshoot, and manage a SharePoint Hybrid environment.

Jeremy Taylor, Neil Hodgkinson, Manas Biswas

FREE
2016
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Containerized Docker Application Lifecycle with Microsoft Platform and Tools

Containerized Docker Application Lifecycle with Microsoft Platform and Tools

If you're new to Docker, it's recommended to start reading this book from the beginning as it covers the fundamental Docker terms, including containers, images, registry, clusters, orchestrators, and Docker itself. However, if you're already familiar with Docker, and just want to know what tools Microsoft has to offer, you can skip on to the "Introduction to the Microsoft platform and tools for Containerized Applications" and continue from there.

Cesar de la Torre

FREE
2016
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Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms

Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms

A deep dive for C# developers who want to write applications that target the 3 most popular mobile platforms: iOS, Android, and Windows! This free eBook has been made available by Microsoft Press and will definitely be a go-to guide on building Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms for any developer new to the Xamarin platform, or even for the more experienced looking for a deeper dive to learn more.

Charles Petzold

FREE
2015
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Data Science with Microsoft SQL Server 2016

Data Science with Microsoft SQL Server 2016

It's a new world of Big Data and Data Science. SQL Server 2016 was built for this brand new world to help businesses get ahead. This free ebook helps you learn to install, configure, and use Microsoft SQL Server R Services in data science projects. R has become one of the worlds most popular, powerful data analytics languages and environments by data scientists today!

Buck Woody, Danielle Dean, Debraj GuhaThakurta, Gagan Bansal, Matt Conners, Wee-Hyong Tok

FREE
2016
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Defending the New Perimeter

Defending the New Permimeter: Modern Security from Microsoft

A guide to the Microsoft Cybersecurity Stack for IT Decision Makers written by Pete Zerger and Wes Kroesbergen. The book discusses topics such as: Identifying Threats at Scale, Leveraging Identity as a Gateway, and Protecting the Modern Perimeter.

Pete Zerger, Wes Kroesbergen

FREE
2016
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Effective DevOps: Building a Culture of Collaboration, Affinity, and Tooling at Scale

Some companies think that adopting devops means bringing in specialists or a host of new tools. With this practical guide, you’ll learn why devops is a professional and cultural movement that calls for change from inside your organization. Authors Katherine Daniels and Jennifer Davis provide several approaches for improving collaboration within teams, creating affinity among teams, promoting efficient tool usage in your company, and scaling up what works throughout your organization’s inflection points.

Jennifer Davis, Katherine Daniels

PAID
2016
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Enterprise Cloud Strategy

Enterprise Cloud Strategy

Enterprise Cloud Strategy outlines the benefits Enterprises can realize from adoption Microsoft Azure and the Cloud. Based on the authors real world experience they describe the details necessary to answer the most common questions Enterprises have on moving to the cloud.

Barry Briggs, Eduardo Kassner

FREE
2016
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Exam Ref 70-346 Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements

Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-346--and demonstrate your real-world mastery of the skills needed to provision, manage, monitor, and troubleshoot Microsoft Office 365 identities and cloud services. Designed for experienced IT pros ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSA level.

Orin Thomas

PAID
2015
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Exam Ref 70-347 Enabling Office 365 Services

Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-347--and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of the skills needed to help securely and efficiently provide Microsoft Office 365 services in any environment. Designed for experienced IT pros ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSA level.

Orin Thomas

PAID
2015
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Exam Ref 70-762: Developing SQL Databases

Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-762, Developing SQL Databases –and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of skills for building and implementing databases across organizations. Designed for database professionals who build and implement databases across organizations and who ensure high levels of data availability, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSA level.

Louis Davidson, Stacia Varga

PAID
2017
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Exam Ref 70-767: Implementing a SQL Data Warehouse

Direct from Microsoft, this Exam Ref is the official study guide for the new Microsoft 70-767 Implementing a SQL Data Warehouse certification exam. Exam Ref 70-767 Implementing a SQL Data Warehouse offers professional-level preparation that helps candidates maximize their exam performance and sharpen their skills on the job. It focuses on the specific areas of expertise modern IT professionals need to successfully build modern data warehouses to support advanced business intelligence solutions.

Jose Chinchilla

PAID
2017
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Exam Ref 70-768: Developing SQL Data Models

Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-768–and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of Business Intelligence (BI) solutions development with SQL Server 2016 Analysis Services (SSAS), including modeling and queries. Designed for experienced IT professionals ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSA level.

Stacia Varga

PAID
2017
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Hardening Azure Applications

Learn what it takes to build large scale, mission critical applications -hardened applications- on the Azure cloud platform.

Suren Machiraju, Suraj Gaurav

PAID
2015
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Infrastructure as Code: Managing Servers in the Cloud

Virtualization, cloud, containers, server automation, and software-defined networking are meant to simplify IT operations. But many organizations adopting these technologies have found that it only leads to a faster-growing sprawl of unmanageable systems. This is where infrastructure as code can help. With this practical guide, author Kief Morris of ThoughtWorks shows you how to effectively use principles, practices, and patterns pioneered through the DevOps movement to manage cloud age infrastructure.

Kief Morris

PAID
2016
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Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight

Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight

Microsoft Azure HDInsight is Microsoft's 100 percent compliant distribution of Apache Hadoop on Microsoft Azure. This means that standard Hadoop concepts and technologies apply, so learning the Hadoop stack helps you learn the HDInsight service. At the time of this writing, HDInsight (version 3.0) uses Hadoop version 2.2 and Hortonworks Data Platform 2.0.

Avkash Chauhan, Valentine Fontama, Michele Hart, Wee Hyong Tok, Buck Woody

FREE
2014
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Introducing Microsoft Power BI

Introducing Microsoft Power BI

Want to get started with Power BI, but don't know where to start? The "Introducing Microsoft Power BI" free eBook from Microsoft Press may be the guide you've been looking for. This book covers the basics of Power BI as well as a practical, scenario-based tour of Power BI. Using this book you can get an overview of PowerBI, or dig deeper and follow along with the many examples throughout the book.

Alberto Ferrari, Marco Russo

FREE
2016
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Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches

Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches, Third Edition is an innovative tutorial designed for busy IT professionals. This updated edition covers PowerShell features that run on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and later, PowerShell v3 and later, and includes v5 features like PowerShellGet.

Donald W. Jones, Jeffrey Hicks

PAID
2016
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Learning Azure DocumentDB

Get to know the concepts of DocumentDB and learn to work your way around it. Manipulate and query your documents using different modern technologies to access DocumentDB. Build a real-life scenario using Microsoft Visual Studio and C# with this handy and practical guide

Riccardo Becker

PAID
2015
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Managing Agile Open-Source Software Projects with Visual Studio Online (Developer Reference)

With this ebook, the ALM Rangers share their best practices in managing solution requirements and shipping solutions in an agile environment, an environment where transparency, simplicity, and trust prevail. The ebook is for Agile development teams and their Scrum Masters who want to explore and learn from the authors’ “dogfooding” experiences and their continuous adaptation of software requirements management. Product Owners and other stakeholders will also find value in this ebook by learning how they can support their Agile development teams and by gaining an understanding of the constraints of open-source community projects.

Brian Blackman, Gordon Beeming, Michael Fourie, Willy-Peter Schaub

FREE
2015
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Mastering Identity and Access Management with Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure and its Identity and Access Management is at the heart of Microsoft’s Software as a Service, including Office 365, Dynamics CRM, and Enterprise Mobility Management. It is an essential tool to master in order to effectively work with the Microsoft Cloud. Through practical, project based learning this book will impart that mastery.

Jochen Nickel

PAID
2016
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Microservices, IoT, and Azure: Leveraging DevOps and Microservice Architecture to deliver SaaS Solutions

This book provides practical guidance for adopting a high velocity, continuous delivery process to create reliable, scalable, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions that are designed and built using a microservice architecture, deployed to the Azure cloud, and managed through automation. Microservices, IoT, and Azure offers software developers, architects, and operations engineers’ step-by-step directions for building SaaS applications—applications that are available 24x7, work on any device, scale elastically, and are resilient to change--through code, script, exercises, and a working reference implementation.

Bob Familiar

PAID
2015
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Microservices with Docker on Microsoft Azure

Microservice-based applications enable unprecedented agility and ease of management, and Docker containers are ideal for building them. Microsoft Azure offers all the foundational technology and higher-level services you need to develop and run any microservices application. Microservices with Docker on Microsoft Azure brings together essential knowledge for creating these applications from the ground up, or incrementally deconstructing monolithic applications over time.

Boris Scholl, Trent Swanson, Daniel Fernandez

PAID
2016
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Microsoft Azure: Planning, Deploying, and Managing Your Data Center in the Cloud

Written for IT and business professionals, this book provides the technical and business insight needed to plan, deploy and manage the services provided by the Microsoft Azure cloud. Find out how to integrate the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) models with your existing business infrastructure while maximizing availability, ensuring continuity and safety of your data, and keeping costs to a minimum.

Marshall Copeland, Julian Soh, Anthony Puca, Mike Manning, David Gollob

PAID
2015
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Microsoft Azure Security

This book is intended for Azure administrators who want to understand the application of security principles in distributed environments and how to use Azure to its full capability to reduce the risks of security breaches. Only basic knowledge of the security processes and services of Microsoft Azure is required.

Roberto Freato

PAID
2015
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Microsoft Azure Security Infrastructure

Implement maximum control, security, and compliance processes in Azure cloud environments In Microsoft Azure Security Infrastructure ,1/e three leading experts show how to plan, deploy, and operate Microsoft Azure with outstanding levels of control, security, and compliance. You’ll learn how to prepare infrastructure with Microsoft’s integrated tools, prebuilt templates, and managed services–and use these to help safely build and manage any enterprise, mobile, web, or Internet of Things (IoT) system. The authors guide you through enforcing, managing, and verifying robust security at physical, network, host, application, and data layers. You’ll learn best practices for security-aware deployment, operational management, threat mitigation, and continuous improvement–so you can help protect all your data, make services resilient to attack, and stay in control no matter how your cloud systems evolve.

Yuri Diogenes, Tom Shinder, Debra Shinder

PAID
2016
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Microsoft Azure Storage Essentials

This book will make you familiar with the Azure storage in terms of architecture and components. It starts with the basics of storage accounts, which give access to the four basic services the Blob, Table, Queue, and File storage services. These services are exposed through a REST API that makes it possible for client libraries to implement most of their functionality in a wide range of popular programming languages. Emphasizing the Windows Azure Client Library for .NET, we will deal with storing and retrieving unstructured data with Blobs, then will move to Tables to insert and update entities in a structured NoSQL fashion. Then we will discover Queues as a reliable messaging service, and after that we will show File storage that allows you to migrate legacy applications data to the cloud to end with transient fault handling and service monitoring.

Chukri Soueidi

PAID
2015
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Microsoft Platform and Tools for Mobile App Development

Microsoft Platform and Tools for Mobile App Development

It's important for today's decision makers to understand how to create a mobile app development strategy. This can be key to opening up new business opportunities. The "Microsoft Platform and Tools for Mobile App Development" Free eBook written by Cesar de la Torre and Simon Calvert provides answers to this problem area. This book covers topics on how Microsoft defines an end-to-end platform for the agile creation of mobile apps tagging any platform from iOS to Android to Windows, as well as providing an easy to consume set of services in both the cloud and on-premises. Microsoft also offers DevOps tooling to help improve application quality and to achieve faster time to market.

Cesar de la Torre, Simon Calvert

FREE
2016
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Microsoft Public Cloud Services: Setting up your business in the cloud

Grow your business with Microsoft public cloud services--without costly new hardware or IT staff. Discover high-value services including Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Intune, Azure, OneDrive for Business, and Windows Server 2012 R2 in the cloud. Set up your work environment, build websites, customize apps, market online, and more!

Blain Barton

PAID
2015
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Modern Authentication with Azure Active Directory for Web Applications

Active Directory has been transformed to reflect the cloud revolution, modern protocols, and today’s newest SaaS paradigms. This is an authoritative, deep-dive guide to building Active Directory authentication solutions for these new environments. Author Vittorio Bertocci drove these technologies from initial concept to general availability, playing key roles in everything from technical design to documentation. In this book, he delivers comprehensive guidance for building complete solutions. For each app type, Bertocci presents high-level scenarios and quick implementation steps, illuminates key concepts in greater depth, and helps you refine your solution to improve performance and reliability. He helps you make sense of highly abstract architectural diagrams and nitty-gritty protocol and implementation details. This is the book for people motivated to become experts.

Vittorio Bertocci

PAID
2016
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Planning and Preparing for Microsoft SharePoint Hybrid

Planning and Preparing for Microsoft SharePoint Hybrid

This is part of a series of books covering SharePoint Hybrid solutions from SharePoint on-premises to Microsoft's cloud services. Topics covered include: foundational topics with Office 365 and Microsoft Azure, architecture planning, platform hygiene and preparation, directory synchronization, as well as how to configure a seamless single sign-on (SSO) experience for users.

Jeremy Taylor

FREE
2016
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Pro PowerShell for Microsoft Azure

Pro PowerShell for Microsoft Azure is written for Windows professionals who are familiar with PowerShell and want to learn to build, operate, and administer their Windows workloads in the Microsoft cloud. The book is packed with practical examples and scripts, with easy-to-follow explanations for a wide range of day-to-day needs and essential administration tasks.

Sherif Talaat

PAID
2015
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Programming Microsoft Azure Service Fabric

Azure Service Fabric is Microsoft’s new PaaS (Platform as a Service) offering for building large-scale, distributed cloud applications. The service is expected to be previewed in late 2015 and be released in 2016. With Azure Fabric Service, you can: 1) rapidly develop and update microservice-based applications, accelerating delivery of new functions, 2) operate reliable hyper-scale services enabling in-place upgrades, automation, and application lifecycle management, and 3) deploy the same application code on public, hosted or private clouds as needed by using the consistent platform services and the same application model across Azure and on-premises and hosted datacenters.

Haishi Bai

PAID
2016
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Programming Windows Azure: Programming the Microsoft Cloud

Learn the nuts and bolts of cloud computing with Windows Azure, Microsoft's new Internet services platform. Written by a key member of the product development team, this book shows you how to build, deploy, host, and manage applications using Windows Azure's programming model and essential storage services.

Sriram Krishnan

PAID
2010
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Using Chef with Microsoft Azure

This book is your hands-on guide to infrastructure provisioning and configuration management in the cloud using Chef’s open source, cross-platform toolset. With over 10,000 customers joining the Microsoft Azure cloud platform each week and steadily increasing usage, the need for automation approaches has never been greater. This book provides both practical examples and a much needed strategic overview of how these two technologies can be combined.

Stuart Preston

PAID
2016
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Windows Azure SQL Database Step by Step

Expand your expertise—and teach yourself the fundamentals of Microsoft Azure SQL Database. If you have previous programming experience but are new to Azure, this tutorial delivers the step-by-step guidance and coding exercises you need to master core topics and techniques.

Leonard G. Lobel, Eric D. Boyd

PAID
2014
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