Sound and Music for Games
Grasp the fundamentals of digital audio work in the context of video games, including the basics of middleware such as Fmod and Wwise. We will review software such as Apple's Logic and Garageband, Paul Davis's Ardour, and many other popular digital audio workstations.
We will start with an introduction to the basic terminology of digital audio work while also getting acquainted with current generation audio hardware. We will then discuss the basics of the venerable Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) and how it relates to music composition as well as the tools and techniques for writing tracker music/chiptunes. The book also covers plug-in software, soundproofing at home, and voice work.
The book takes a practical approach while tackling both hardware and software components used in cutting edge audio engineering, composition, and audio monitoring. ...
Managing Kubernetes Traffic with F5 Nginx
Microservices architectures introduce several benefits to the application development and delivery process. Microservices-based apps are easier to build, test, maintain, and scale. They also reduce downtime through better fault isolation.
While container-based microservices apps have profoundly changed the way DevOps teams deploy applications, they have also introduced challenges. Kubernetes - the de facto container orchestration platform - is designed to simplify management of containerized apps, but it has its own complexities and a steep learning curve. This is because responsibility for many functions that traditionally run inside an app (security, logging, scaling, and so on) are shifted to the Kubernetes networking fabric.
To manage this complexity, DevOps teams need a data plane that gives them control of Kubernetes networking. The data plane is the key component that connects microservices to end users and each other, and managing it effectively is critical to achi ...
Moodle 4 Administration, 4th Edition
This updated fourth edition of the classic Moodle Administration guide has been written from the ground up and covers all the new Moodle features in great breadth and depth. The topics have also been augmented with professional diagrams, illustrations, and checklists.
The book starts by covering basic tasks such as how to set up and configure Moodle and perform day-to-day administration activities. You'll then progress to more advanced topics that show you how to customize and extend Moodle, manage authentication and enrolments, and work with roles and capabilities. Next, you'll learn how to configure pedagogical and technical Moodle plugins and ensure your LMS complies with data protection regulations. Then, you will learn how to tighten Moodle's security, improve its performance, and configure backup and restore procedures. Finally, you'll gain insights on how to compile custom reports, configure learning analytics, enable mobile learning, integrate Moodle via web services, ...
Practical Autodesk AutoCAD 2023 and AutoCAD LT 2023, 2nd Edition
AutoCAD is one of the most versatile software applications for architectural and engineering designs and the most popular computer-aided design (CAD) platform for 2D drafting and 3D modeling. This hands-on 2nd edition guide will take you through everything you need to know to make the most out of this powerful tool, from a simple tour of the user interface to using advanced tools.
Starting with basic drawing shapes and functions, you'll get to grips with the fundamentals of CAD designs. You'll then learn about effective drawing management using layers, dynamic blocks, and groups, and discover how to add annotations and plots like a professional. As you progress, the book will show you how to convert your 2D drawings into 3D models and shapes. You'll also discover advanced features, such as isometric drawings, drawing utilities for managing and recovering complex files, quantity surveying, and multidisciplinary drawing files using xRefs. Finally, you'll focus on rendering and ...
Hands-On Unity 2022 Game Development, 3rd Edition
Unity is a cross-platform game engine that provides you with powerful but simple-to-use features to solve the most common problems in Game Development, such as rendering, animation, physics, sound, and effects. You'll learn to use these features to create simple but complete games (and all the nuances needed to handle Unity).
Complete with hands-on tutorials and projects, this book will teach you to use the Unity game engine, create C# and visual scripts, integrate graphics, sound, and animations, and manipulate physics to create interesting mechanics for your game. You'll then code a simple AI agent to challenge the user and work with profiling tools to ensure code efficiency.
Finally, you'll work with Unity's AR tools to create AR experiences for 3D apps and games before publishing them to the world.
If you are interested in creating impressive, commercial-quality games that are playable on a variety of platforms, then you've come to the right place. ...
The Art of Mac Malware
Defenders must fully understand how malicious software works if they hope to stay ahead of the increasingly sophisticated threats facing Apple products today. The Art of Mac Malware: The Guide to Analyzing Malicious Software is a comprehensive handbook to cracking open these malicious programs and seeing what's inside.
Discover the secrets of nation state backdoors, destructive ransomware, and subversive cryptocurrency miners as you uncover their infection methods, persistence strategies, and insidious capabilities. Then work with and extend foundational reverse-engineering tools to extract and decrypt embedded strings, unpack protected Mach-O malware, and even reconstruct binary code. Next, using a debugger, you'll execute the malware, instruction by instruction, to discover exactly how it operates. In the book's final section, you'll put these lessons into practice by analyzing a complex Mac malware specimen on your own.
A former NSA hacker and current leader in the fiel ...
An Artist's Guide to Programming
An Artist's Guide to Programming teaches computer programming with the aid of 100 example programs, each of which integrates graphical or sound output. The Processing-language-based examples range from drawing a circle and animating bouncing balls to 3D graphics, audio visualization, and interactive games.
Readers learn core programming concepts like conditions, loops, arrays, strings and functions, as well as how to use Processing to draw lines, shapes, and 3D objects. They'll learn key computer graphics concepts like manipulating images, animating text, mapping textures onto objects, and working with video. Advanced examples include sound effects and audio visualization, network communication, 3D geometry and animation, simulations of snow and smoke, predator-prey populations, and interactive games. ...
DevOps for the Desperate
If you're a software engineer, developer, or sys admin who needs to get up to speed with DevOps quickly, this book covers the basics you need to thrive in a modern application stack.
This book's fast-paced, hands-on examples will provide the foundation you need to start performing common DevOps tasks. You'll explore how to implement Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and configuration management (CM) - essential practices for designing secure and stable systems. You'll take a tour of containerization and set up an automated continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline that builds, tests, and deploys code. You'll dig into how to detect a system's state and alert on it when things go sideways.
DevOps for the Desperate is a practical, no-nonsense guide to get you up and running quickly in today's full-stack infrastructure. ...
The Book of Kubernetes
Containers ensure that software runs reliably no matter where it's deployed, and Kubernetes is the open-source platform that lets you manage all of your containers from a single control plane. In this comprehensive tour of Kubernetes, each chapter includes a set of examples with just enough automation to start your container exploration with ease.
The book begins with an overview of modern application architecture and the benefits of and requirements for containers and orchestration. It describes Linux control groups, process isolation, and network namespaces, and how to build container images. You'll then create containers, deploy and administer a Kubernetes cluster, and learn how to debug Kubernetes all the way down to the operating system and the network. You'll gain a deep understanding of containerization and Kubernetes, as well as how container networking works at the packet level across multiple nodes in a cluster. ...
Program Management for Open Source Projects
Every organization develops a bureaucracy, and open source projects are no exception. When your structure is intentional and serves the project, it can lead to a successful and predictable conclusion. But project management alone won't get you there. Take the next step to full program management. Become an expert at facilitating communication between teams, managing schedules and project lifecycle, coordinating a process for changes, and keeping meetings productive. Make decisions that get buy-in from all concerned. Learn how to guide your community-driven open source project with just the right amount of structure.
Bureaucratic processes naturally develop in large organizations, and open source projects are no different. The trick is to keep the processes intentional and in service of the project. That's program management and you have probably been doing it even if you don't have that title. Make your open source projects successful, predictable, and enjoyable by applying ...
Practical Haskell, 3rd Edition
Get a practical, hands-on introduction to the Haskell language, its libraries and environment, and to the functional programming paradigm that is fast growing in importance in the software industry. This updated edition includes more modern treatment of Haskell's web framework and APIs.
This book contains excellent coverage of the Haskell ecosystem and supporting tools, including Cabal and Stack for managing projects, HUnit and QuickCheck for software testing, WAI and Elm to develop the back end and front end of web applications, Persistent and Esqueleto for database access, and parallel and distributed programming libraries.
You'll see how functional programming is gathering momentum, allowing you to express yourself in a more concise way, reducing boilerplate, and increasing the safety of your code. Haskell is an elegant and noise-free pure functional language with a long history, having a huge number of library contributors and an active community.
This makes Haskell the b ...