New Packt Courses for April 2019

//New Packt Courses for April 2019

Spring is just about here (apologies to Southern Hemisphere readers) – which means it’s the perfect time to give your skill set a Spring clean and learn something new. From TensorFlow to AWS Lambdas, our newest releases for April are packed with top notch insights and practical support that will see you through the technologies at the cutting-edge of the industry.

Application Development

Application development is a good place to begin. Our top picks highlight just how diverse the skill set is today for anyone building applications. As an engineer you’re responsible for systems of significant complexity that call upon expertise from a real mix of disciplines. That makes life challenging, but also, I’m sure you’ll agree, much more interesting.

First off, let’s start with TensorFlow – this is a tool that’s now breaking free of the shackles of data scientist job descriptions and finding it’s way into the app developer tool kit. Perhaps we shouldn’t really be that surprised – if artificial intelligence is going to realise it’s full potential, it needs to find life inside real-world applications. Of course, TensorFlow might seem daunting if you’re new to artificial intelligence, but Hands-on Deep Learning with TensorFlow is a truly practical guide that starts from the basics but brings you properly up to date.

If artificial intelligence has had far too much buzz over the last 18 months, our next pick is something that doesn’t get enough as it should. The Complete JavaScript Unit Testing Guide is a comprehensive look at how JavaScript developers should be doing unit testing. Now the framework bubble has well and truly burst, it’s time we returned to JavaScript and began thinking seriously about the code we write and how well it performs.

Other top April titles include:

The Complete JavaScript Unit Testing Guide [Video]Hands-On Deep Learning with TensorFlow 2.0 [Video]

Big Data and Business Intelligence

If artificial intelligence and machine learning has found its way into fields beyond research and data science, we probably shouldn’t be surprised that there’s a real need to do it in a diverse range of languages. Yes, we know Python remains the flavor of the week for many machine learning practitioners, but there’s a real case to be made for using Java for machine learning. Machine Learning Projects with Java makes that case loud and clear – it’s a great book for experimenting and exploring machine learning if you’re a Java developer and haven’t yet.

Elsewhere, we have a title that doesn’t surprise at all – Learning Tableau 2019. This is simply the latest in a line of Tableau titles that are a testament to the enduring popularity of the data visualization tool.

Other new April titles include:

Learning Tableau 2019 (Third Edition)Machine Learning Projects with Java [Video]

Web Development

One of our top web picks says a lot about how web development has evolved over the last few years. Serverless JavaScript with AWS Lambda in 7 Days is a video course that underlines the fact that cloud native development is starting to completely reshape the JavaScript landscape. It’s a video course that will particularly benefit developers starting to thinking seriously about DevOps and the full lifecycle of their code. Even if you’re not likely to use serverless professionally, it’s certainly still useful for exploring what’s likely to become a huge part of software engineering.

Our other top pick is a return to Angular. Yes, React might be winning plaudits and buzz but we know that Angular still forms the foundation of so many web projects. Put simply, the message is neglect it at your peril. Go back to it, or even investigate it for the first time with the Learn Angular Services video course.

Learning Angular Services [Video]Serverless JavaScript with AWS Lambda in 7 Days [Video]

Other April releases include:

Virtualization and Cloud

Bored of DevOps thinking? Tired of theorizing and philosophizing? Modern DevOps in Practice could be the video course you need. Clearly, we’re in an age where DevOps is no longer simply a hip methodology but instead fundamental to the way build software (at least it should be…) But this doesn’t mean it’s easy – take some time to learn how to do it properly and how to actually make it work (rather than simply saying it’s working for you).

Elsewhere, we’ve got Learn VMWare Horizon 7 – a new edition of a guide to the immensely popular and powerful virtualization technology.

Learning VMware Horizon 7.x [Video]Modern DevOps in Practice [Video]

Other April releases include:

Networking and Servers

This month it’s all about security. Arguably every month should be – if you’re not building software systems that aren’t resilient, reliable and secure, then what the hell are you doing?

Our first pick is SSCP Certification, a video that’s essential viewing for anyone interested in this highly valued certification. Elsewhere, you can look at pentesting applied to a very specific – but important – context in Learn Penetration testing for Healthcare.

Penetration Testing for Healthcare [Video]SSCP Certification (Systems Security Certified Practitioner) [Video]

Other April releases include:

Game Development, and Hardware

As we said right at the top, artificial intelligence is finding its way into just about every corner of the tech industry. That probably makes it fitting to end with Hands-On Deep Learning for Games which demonstrates how deep learning and neural networks can be used to develop incredibly sophisticated gameplay. Given great games thrive on a level of unpredictability (how else can you achieve realism?), it certainly makes a lot of sense.

Oh, and finally, we think Unity 3D 2019 is dead good for building mobile games. If that’s where a significant proportion of gamers are, then that’s the place to be if you want your games to be played. Don’t believe us? Check out Learn Mobile Game Development with Unity 3D 2019.

Mobile Game Development with Unity 3D 2019 [Video]Hands-On Deep Learning for Games

April releases include:


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