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Wikipedia: The Missing Manual
by John Broughton

Want to be part of the largest group-writing project in human history? Learn how to contribute to Wikipedia, the user-generated online reference for the 21st century. Considered more popular than eBay, Microsoft.com, and Amazon.com, Wikipedia servers respond to approximately 30,000 requests per second, or about 2.5 billion per day. It’s become the first point of reference for people the world over who need a fact fast.

If you want to jump on board and add to the content, Wikipedia: The Missing Manual is your first-class ticket. Wikipedia has more than 9 million entries in 250 languages, over 2 million articles in the English language alone. Each one is written and edited by an ever-changing cast of volunteer editors. You can be one of them. With the tips in this book, you’ll quickly learn how to get more out of — and put more into — this valuable online resource.

Wikipedia: The Missing Manual gives you practical advice on creating articles and collaborating with fellow editors, improving existing articles, and working with the Wikipedia community to review new articles, mediate disputes, and maintain the site. Up to the challenge? This one-of-a-kind book includes:

  • Basic editing techniques, including the right and wrong ways to edit
  • Pinpoint advice about which types of articles do and do not belong on Wikipedia
  • Ways to learn from other editors and communicate with them via the site’s talk pages
  • Tricks for using templates and timesaving automated editing tools
  • Recommended procedures for fighting spam and vandalism
  • Guidance on adding citations, links, and images to your articles

Wikipedia depends on people just like you to help the site grow and maintain the highest quality. With Wikipedia: The Missing Manual, you get all the tools you need to be part of the crew.


Content Marketing For Dummies
by Susan Gunelius

Get the whole picture and learn to create a successful onlinecontent marketing program

Successful online marketing is about more than creating aFacebook page or writing a corporate blog. Brands need to buildlasting connections with the right customers online through aneffective online content marketing strategy, and this book showsyou how. It explores ways to create a content marketing strategy,identify the content that will keep your customers coming back,create that content, distribute it online, and measure the results,with hands-on, step-by-step guidance.

  • Content marketing is an essential element of successful onlinemarketing and brand-building; this book shows you how to begincreating and distributing content online to market yourbusiness
  • Explains why content marketing is important and how to createan online content marketing strategy, which tools to use, and whatto avoid
  • Shows how to create content and get it published online in longor short form
  • Offers plenty of tips, case studies, and worksheets to ensuresuccess

Online content marketing positions your business and yourproduct for lasting customer interaction; Content Marketing ForDummies gives you the tools to create a program that works.


Musical iPad
by Thomas Rudolph, Vincent Leonard

(Quick Pro Guides). Thousands of music apps designed to assist you with every aspect of your life as a musician, hobbyist, student, or educator are available for the iPad. This book guides you step by step through the most popular and productive apps for the iPad 2, iPad (3rd or 4th generation), or iPad mini running iOS 6. This book provides guidance for using the best iPad music apps and demonstrates how to apply them in your musical life. The authors, experienced in the creation of music technology textbooks, training, and courses, maintain a companion website that includes useful video tutorials and updates. With Musical iPad: Performing, Creating, and Learning Music on Your iPad you’ll learn how to: Use musicianship apps to help you stay in tune and keep your voice or instrument in shape * Use cloud storage to share music and data files with other devices * Turn the iPad into a tuner, metronome, and practice aid * Emulate a host of acoustic and electronic instruments * Use your iPad as a virtual sheet music resource for all your performance and practice needs * Learn to play an instrument with your iPad * Compose and share music on your iPad * And much, much more!

PDF Hacks
by Sid Steward

PDF–to most of the world it stands for that rather tiresome format used for documents downloaded from the web. Slow to load and slower to print, hopelessly unsearchable, and all but impossible to cut and paste from, the Portable Document Format doesn’t inspire much affection in the average user. But PDFs done right is another story. Those who know the ins and outs of this format know that it can be much more than electronic paper. Flexible, compact, interactive, and even searchable, PDF is the ideal way to present content across multiple platforms.

PDF Hacks unveils the true promise of Portable Document Format, going way beyond the usual PDF as paged output mechanism. PDF expert Sid Steward draws from his years of analyzing, extending, authoring, and embellishing PDF documents to present 100 clever hacks–tools, tips, quick-and-dirty or not-so-obvious solutions to common problems.

PDF Hacks will show you how to create PDF documents that are far more powerful than simple representations of paper pages. The hacks in the book cover the full range of PDF functionality, from the simple to the more complex, including generating, manipulating, annotating, and consuming PDF information. You’ll learn how to manage content in PDF, navigate it, and reuse it as necessary. Far more than another guide to Adobe Acrobat, the book covers a variety of readily available tools for generating, deploying, and editing PDF.

The little-known tips and tricks in this book are ideal for anyone who works with PDF on a regular basis, including web developers, pre-press users, forms creators, and those who generate PDF for distribution. Whether you want to fine-tune and debug your existing PDF documents or explore the full potential the format offers, PDF Hacks will turn you into a PDF power user.


The Counterterrorism Handbook
by Frank Bolz, Jr., Kenneth J. Dudonis, David P. Schulz

The only way to deal effectively with terrorism is to have a thorough understanding of its present-day characteristics. Who is involved and what weapons and tactics are they likely to use? The players on the counterterrorism team need to take stock of what is in their tool kits; what works and what doesn’t work; and what new capabilities need to be developed in order to face not only today’s terrorist, but tomorrow’s as well.

The Counterterrorism Handbook: Tactics, Procedures, and Techniques lays out a comprehensive strategy of how to deal with an entire range of possible terrorist incidents in a language friendly to first responders, policymakers, and security personnel. It covers everything from bombings and hostage-taking, to nuclear terrorism and what needs to be done before, during, and after an event.

The authors each bring to the table unique insights and real-world experiences based on years in the counterterrorism field. Their hands-on knowledge of the topic infuse the book with a down-to-earth practicality often missing from other counterterrorism studies. The Counterterrorism Handbook: Tactics, Procedures, and Techniques is a must-read for anyone who may have to cope with a serious terrorist attack.


Hitman: Enemy Within
by William C. Dietz

The clone assassin has been played long enough–
now it’s more than a game.

Bred to kill, Agent 47 is The Agency’s most valuable assassin. So when a competing murder-for-hire organization decides to destroy The Agency, the first person they target for elimination is Agent 47. Tasking someone to off the best hitman in the business is one thing; getting the job done is another. When the attempt falls short, Agent 47 is ordered to track down and kill the culprit who is feeding vital information about The Agency to its enemies.

Agent 47 must follow a bloody trail halfway around the world, fight his way through the streets of Fez, Morocco, and battle slavers deep inside Chad. Then he will discover a shattering truth: If he fails at his mission, the price he’ll pay will be far greater than his own life. . . .

From the Paperback edition.


Windows Developer Power Tools
by James Avery, Jim Holmes

Software developers need to work harder and harder to bring value to their development process in order to build high quality applications and remain competitive. Developers can accomplish this by improving their productivity, quickly solving problems, and writing better code.

A wealth of open source and free software tools are available for developers who want to improve the way they create, build, deploy, and use software. Tools, components, and frameworks exist to help developers at every point in the development process. Windows Developer Power Tools offers an encyclopedic guide to more than 170 of these free tools to help developers build top-notch Windows software from desktop applications to web services.

To help you choose the right tools for solving both common and uncommon problems you face each day, this book follows a unique task-oriented organization, laying out topics in the same order that you and your team are likely to encounter them as you work on a project. Each tool entry features a solid introduction — a mini user’s guide — so you can get up to speed quickly and understand how to best use the tool in your environment. Inside, you’ll find:

  • A guide to more than 170 tools covering 24 unique aspects of Windows and .NET software development, with many descriptions contributed by the tools’ authors
  • Descriptions of freely available ASP.NET and Windows Forms controls, object relational mapping systems, testing frameworks, and build and continuous integration tools
  • Articles on tools to help developers troubleshoot misbehaving applications
  • Guides for utilities to boost productivity in the development environment as well as speeding up tasks in Windows itself
  • “Quick pick” lists at the start of each chapter to help you find and choose the right tool for your task
  • “At a Glance” and “In a Nutshell” summaries to help readers more quickly narrow their options
  • References to an online book site to keep you up-to-date with new releases and features
  • Forewords by Mike Gunderloy (Larkware) and Scott Hanselman (http://www.hanselman.com/tools), operators of the two most popular tools sites for Microsoft developers.

Also, plenty of links in each article point you to additional detail online if you wish to delve more deeply into features and functionality. This one-stop resource covers a wide range of open source and freeware tools to help you answer questions around planning, developing, testing, and rolling out great software. Best of all, they’re free.


International Job Finder
by Daniel Lauber, Kraig Rice

Offers over 1,001 ways to find international jobs throughout the world, especially in today’s troubled times. 10,000 first printing. Advertising, extensive online promotion. Author radio tour.

Zohar, the Book of Enlightenment
by Daniel Chanan Matt

A 13th century Cabbalistic text; first appearing in Spain, its author claimed that it was the work of an ancient writer, from the school of Rabbi Shim’on of Yohai. Current scholarship suggests that Zohar may actually be the work of a 13th century Spanish scholar, Moses de León.

Feynman
by Jim Ottaviani

Richard Feynman: physicist . . . Nobel winner . . . bestselling author . . . safe-cracker.

In this substantial graphic novel biography, First Second presents the larger-than-life exploits of Nobel-winning quantum physicist, adventurer, musician, world-class raconteur, and one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century: Richard Feynman. Written by nonfiction comics mainstay Jim Ottaviani and brilliantly illustrated by First Second author Leland Myrick, Feynman tells the story of the great man’s life from his childhood in Long Island to his work on the Manhattan Project and the Challenger disaster. Ottaviani tackles the bad with the good, leaving the reader delighted by Feynman’s exuberant life and staggered at the loss humanity suffered with his death.

Anyone who ever wanted to know more about Richard P. Feynman, quantum electrodynamics, the fine art of the bongo drums, the outrageously obscure nation of Tuva, or the development and popularization of the field of physics in the United States need look no further than this rich and joyful work.

One of School Library Journal‘s Best Adult Books 4 Teens titles of 2011
One of Horn Book‘s Best Nonfiction Books of 2011


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