[EN] Neverending free-ebook-story (part1)

Last Saturday I wrote about Deal of the Day {LINK} and four free books – arround security -  from Apress. Yesterday editor on WSS.pl portal (biggest IT Pro Community Portal in Poland) accepted my very old publication (from 2012… yes, 2012 year). Strangely this book was about security too, and it’s still available on another publisher site – O’Reilly:

By Mitch Tulloch
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Ebook: March 2012
Last update: May 2013
Link: http://oreil.ly/1akV5j7

I back to this shop, looked for my account and downloaded this book again. Near this position on site I found another one interesting book – not connected with Microsoft stuff.

By Kathy Walrath, Seth Ladd
Publisher: O’Reilly Media
Ebook: March 2012
Pages: 20
Link: http://oreil.ly/1m52aqa


But of course I cannot keep this information privatelly: Those publications are still free and here is the full list (booklets):

By Kraig Brockschmidt
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Ebook: November 2012
Pages: 833
Link: http://oreil.ly/1hmHF8q

By Jerry Honeycutt
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Ebook: November 2012
Link: http://oreil.ly/1j5vz6J


By Ross Mistry, Stacia Misner
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Ebook: March 2012
Pages: 250
Link: http://oreil.ly/1eGdt7N

Last one (Introducing Windows Server 2012) has been replaced with new Windows Server 2012 R2 version.

By Mitch Tulloch
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Released: October 2013
Pages: 242
Link: http://oreil.ly/L7jpwa

Go, Log In, Buy for free and use in ePUB, mobi, PDF and Daisy formats.

PS. next post about books on Thursday – stay tuned!

[EN] Deal of the Day Extended Edition

Last Friday I bought interesting book about security in very good price: three digital formats (epub, mobi, pdf) for 0.00 USD. Delivered from aPress store to my computer.

An I was very happy. But just only for one hour. I twitted about my hapiness and got message from aPress {TWITTER} that this is not the and and I can extend my hapiness… buying more book and still spending 0.00 USD. I cannot keep this information just for my (it’s not under NDA) especially that book came form different sections of ICT world.

All books are a little connected with thin-security line, but topics are different. This series called ApressOpen and full list available here.

And finally I ordered those books:

TouchDevelop 3rd Edition
R. Nigel Horspool, Nikolai Tillmann
With all the people in the world who have only access to a smartphone but not a PC or a keyboard, creating a programming environment for developing in that environment became a reality with TouchDevelop from Microsoft Research.  This book is meant to be a handy reference to this unique programming environment.

Managing Risk and Information Security
Malcolm Harkins
This ApressOpen book describes the changing risk environment and why a fresh approach to information security is needed.The book discusses business risk from a broad perspective, including privacy and regulatory considerations. It describes the increasing number of threats and vulnerabilities, but also offers strategies for developing solutions.

Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessor Architecture and Tools
Rezaur Rahman
IntelXeon Phi™ Coprocessor Architecture and Tools CoverIntel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessor Architecture and Tools: The Guide for Application Developers provides developers a comprehensive introduction and in-depth look at the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor architecture and the corresponding parallel data structure tools and algorithms used in technical computing applications.

Intel® Trusted Execution Technology for Server Platforms
William Futral, James Greene
This book explains Intel Trusted Execution Technology for Servers, its purpose, application, advantages, and limitations and guides the server administrator / datacenter manager in enabling the technology as well as establishing a launch control policy that can be used to customize the server’s boot process to fit the datacenter’s requirements.

Some informations about books:
Touch Develop:
ISBN13: 978-1-4302-6136-0 | 270 Full Color Pages
User Level: Beginner to Advanced | Publication Date: June 1, 2013

Managing Risk and Information Security
ISBN13: 978-1-4302-5113-2 | 152 Pages
User Level: Beginner to Advanced | Publication Date: December 25, 2012
Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessor Architecture and Tools
ISBN13: 978-1-4302-5926-8 | 232 Pages
User Level: Intermediate to Advanced | Publication Date: September 14, 2013
Intel® Trusted Execution Technology for Server Platforms
ISBN13: 978-1-4302-6148-3 | 156 Pages
User Level: Beginner to Advanced | Publication Date: September 28, 2013

[EN] REVIEW: Beginning Spatial with SQL Server 2008

 apress_BeginningSpatialAuthor: Alastair Aitchison
Pages: 456
Release Date: January 2009
Binding: paperback
Level: all levels

One of the last entries in the SQL library issued by the US-British publisher APress is a book of over 400 pages, A Beginning Spatial with SQL Server 2008. The author of this guide to specific data sets for passing through SQL Server 2008 is:

Alastair Aitchison, who has over eight years experience as an IT advisor to the boards of organizations such as the House of Lords, the Department of Health, the police and several other UK agencies. For three years’ he has worked at Aviva group (the fifth-largest insurance company in the world) and his daily work involves spatial data for its parent company. In addition, he is a certified Microsoft Office Specialist Master Instructor.

The book consists of five chapters, which are very readable and induct us clearly into the secrets of spatial data processing. It contains a large number of case studies and presentations, while there is also a link to the publisher’s web page where more examples and queries can be found, as well as data to import and later process in SQL server. Let’s look briefly at each chapter:

CHAPTER ONE: Working with Spatial Data [pages 3-76]
The first chapter introduces us to the fundamental issues associated with spatial data. You can find out what exactly this is and how the two basic types of spatial data, Geography and Geometry, differ. You can also learn how to implement spatial data in SQL server and how to harness .NET technology to work with them. This chapter is divided into three subchapters.

CHAPTER TWO: Adding Spatial Data [pages 77-180]
In the next chapter the author describes how to create spatial objects and how to present this data in Virtual Earth. We are also able to learn about both importing data and Internet sites where current data can be downloaded. The author explains such concepts as WKT, WKB, GML, KML and ESRI. The end of the chapter is devoted to ‘geocoding’, that is, personalized, careful description of a given location or space occurring in the data sets. This chapter is divided into four subchapters.

CHAPTER THREE: Presenting Spatial Data [pages 181-260]
This middle section is my favorite as here we find out how to actually present spatial data. The author presents the use of RSS readers and their integration with applications such as Google Maps, Web Site, Microsoft Virtual Earth and Yahoo! Maps. We discover how to present the results of queries for spatial data in visual form in the Management Studio. This chapter is divided into three subchapters.

CHAPTER FOUR: Analyzing Spatial Data [pages 261-378]
The penultimate chapter is devoted to a thorough analysis of the data sets. Here you can find out what additional data support the spatial data, how to define and change points, lines, areas, shapes, coordinates, external environments and internal objects, borders and much, much more. We can also learn how to build and modify the relationships and linkages between the spatial data.

CHAPTER FIVE: Ensuring Performance Spatial [pages 379-402]
The final chapter is the most technically advanced in the book. Is devoted to indexing data sets using a new type of index, namely the Spatial Index. Here we can read about breaking larger amounts of data up into small elements so as to search and present them faster. The rules for the use of GRID technology for improved indexing are also to be found here. Of course, queries in T-SQL, stored procedures and optimization cannot be done without.

In summary, I can confidently say that this is an interesting and complex book for help in daily work with spatial data, suitable for both novice users and advanced developers or administrators. It is reasonably priced, with the additional material available on the publisher’s website increasing its usefulness still further.

{EDIT} This post had been migrated from my old foreign (closing now) blog