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Aprendiendo a Programar en Python con mi Computador: Primeros pasos rumbo a cómputos de gran escala en las Ciencias e Ingenierías
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Este libro está dirigido, principalmente, a Estudiantes y Docentes que quieren aprender a programar como forma de fortalecer sus capacidades cognoscitivas y así obtener un beneficio adicional de su computador para lograr un mejor provecho de sus estudios. Dada la orientación del libro respecto a programar para resolver problemas asociados a las Ciencias e Ingenierías, el requisito mínimo de matemáticas que hemos elegido para presentar el contenido del mismo se cubre, normalmente, en el tercer año del bachillerato. No obstante, el requisito no es obligatorio para leer el libro en su totalidad y adquirir los conocimientos de programación obviando el contenido matemático.

Subject:
Applied Science
Computer Science
Material Type:
Textbook
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Project LATIn: The Latin American Open Textbook Initiative
Author:
Héctor Fernández
Juan Carlos Ruiz
Sergio Rojas
Date Added:
11/28/2017
Beginning Excel, First Edition
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Second Edition: https://openoregon.pressbooks.pub/beginningexcel19/

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This is the first edition of a textbook written for a community college introductory course in spreadsheets utilizing Microsoft Excel; second edition available: https://openoregon.pressbooks.pub/beginningexcel19/. While the figures shown utilize Excel 2016, the textbook was written to be applicable to other versions of Excel as well. The book introduces new users to the basics of spreadsheets and is appropriate for students in any major who have not used Excel before. Order a print copy: http://www.lulu.com/shop/noreen-brown-and-barbara-lave-and-julie-romey-and-mary-schatz/beginning-excel/paperback/product-23853995.html

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Second edition available: https://openoregon.pressbooks.pub/beginningexcel19/

This Beginning Excel textbook is intended for use in a one-term introductory spreadsheet course for all majors taught at two-year colleges. The basics of Excel, as they apply to the professional workplace, are introduced, including spreadsheet design, data entry, formulas, functions, charts, tables, and multi-sheet use.

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Word Count: 62914

ISBN: 978-1-63635-034-9

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Subject:
Applied Science
Business and Communication
Computer Science
Finance
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Open Oregon Educational Resources
Author:
Barbara Lave
Diane Shingledecker
Julie Romey
Mary Schatz
Noreen Brown
Date Added:
06/20/2017
Blueprints: Creating, Describing, and Implementing Designs for Larger-Scale Software Projects - version 2.4
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Blueprints is a concise yet comprehensive coverage of Object-Oriented Analysis and Design concepts, suitable for a second programming course in Computer Science. It introduces and teaches application development in a command-line environment, and assumes basic expertise with the Java programming language.

Subject:
Applied Science
Computer Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University of Mary Washington
Author:
Stephen Davies
Date Added:
11/18/2021
A Brief Introduction to Engineering Computation with MATLAB
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A Brief Introduction to Engineering Computation with MATLAB is specifically designed for students with no programming experience. However, students are expected to be proficient in First Year Mathematics and Sciences and access to good reference books are highly recommended. Students are assumed to have a working knowledge of the Mac OS X or Microsoft Windows operating systems. The strategic goal of the course and book is to provide learners with an appreciation for the role computation plays in solving engineering problems. MATLAB specific skills that students are expected to be proficient at are: write scripts to solve engineering problems including interpolation, numerical integration and regression analysis, plot graphs to visualize, analyze and present numerical data, and publish reports.

Subject:
Applied Science
Computer Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax CNX
Author:
Serhat Beyenir
Date Added:
11/26/2019
Business Computers 365
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Intro to Computer Applications or Business Computers for Office 365

Word Count: 40014

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Subject:
Applied Science
Business and Communication
Computer Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Marcus Lacher
Date Added:
06/14/2019
A Byte of Python
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"A Byte of Python" is a free book on programming using the Python language. It serves as a tutorial or guide to the Python language for a beginner audience. If all you know about computers is how to save text files, then this is the book for you. There are many translations of the book available in different human languages.

Subject:
Applied Science
Computer Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Swaroop C.H.
Date Added:
03/21/2017
Computer Networking: Principles, Protocols and Practice
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This open textbook aims to fill the gap between the open-source implementations and the open-source network specifications by providing a detailed but pedagogical description of the key principles that guide the operation of the Internet.

Subject:
Applied Science
Computer Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
The Saylor Foundation
Provider Set:
Saylor Textbooks
Author:
Olivier Bonaventure
Date Added:
03/06/2012
Computer Networks: A Systems Approach
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Suppose you want to build a computer network, one that has the potential to grow to global proportions and to support applications as diverse as teleconferencing, video on demand, electronic commerce, distributed computing, and digital libraries. What available technologies would serve as the underlying building blocks, and what kind of software architecture would you design to integrate these building blocks into an effective communication service? Answering this question is the overriding goal of this book—to describe the available building materials and then to show how they can be used to construct a network from the ground up.

Subject:
Applied Science
Computer Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Bruce Davie
Larry Peterson
Date Added:
09/12/2019
Computer Science I - Version 1.3.7
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This textbook covers the traditional introductory Computer Science I topics but takes a unique approach. Topics are covered in a language-agnostic manner in the first part with supplemental parts that cover the same concepts in a specific language. The current version covers C, Java, and PHP. This textbook as been used in several Computer Science I sections over multiple years at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Subject:
Applied Science
Computer Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Chris Bourke
Date Added:
11/18/2021
Database Design-2nd Edition
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Database Design - 2nd Edition covers database systems and database design concepts. New to this edition are SQL info, additional examples, key terms and review exercises at the end of each chapter.

Subject:
Applied Science
Computer Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
BCcampus
Provider Set:
BCcampus Open Textbooks
Author:
Adrienne Watt
Nelson Eng
Date Added:
11/26/2014
Deep into Pharo
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Pharo is a clean, innovative, open-source, live-programming environment.

Deep into Pharois the second volume of a series of books covering Pharo. Whereas the first volume is intended for newcomers, this second volume covers deeper topics.You will learn about Pharo frameworks and libraries such as Glamour, PetitParser, Roassal, FileSystem, Regex, and Socket.

You will explore the language with chapters on exceptions, blocks, small integers, and floats.

You will discover tools such as profilers, Metacello and Gofer.

Subject:
Applied Science
Computer Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Alexandre Bergel
Damien Cassou
Jannik Laval
Stéphane Ducasse
Date Added:
11/08/2018
Defend Dissent
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Digital Suppression and Cryptographic Defense of Social Movements

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Defend Dissent is an introduction to cryptography paired with the social impacts of surveillance and the protective potential of encryption, with a focus on US social movements. Each chapter ends with a story that brings social context to the material—from surveillance used against contemporary US protests to the African National Congress’s use of partially manual encryption in fighting apartheid in South Africa in the 80s. This book can be read linearly, or you can pick and choose what you would like to learn about. Each chapter is prefaced with what you should read first (for background) and concludes with what you might want to read next. También disponible en Español Data dashboard

Word Count: 67802

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Subject:
Applied Science
Computer Science
Political Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Oregon State University
Author:
Glencora Borradaile
Date Added:
03/29/2021
Deleting Dystopia: Re-Asserting Human Priorities in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism
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Deleting Dystopia confirms that the existential threats posed by the misuse of advanced digital technologies are real. But, in place of apathy and fatalism, Slaughter explores ways of understanding the threat, conceptualising solutions and identifying strategies that lead away from digital authoritarian futures towards those funded on humanly viable values and practices.

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The IT revolution has brought many surprises. Among them is the fact that intensive surveillance and the related abuse of personal data have fallen into the hands of powerful digital oligarchies. Accounts of the increasingly repressive uses of advanced technologies and the subsequent ‘dumbing down’ of entire populations cast dark shadows over future prospects that are beginning to look increasingly dystopian.

Deleting Dystopia confirms that the existential threats posed by the misuse of advanced digital technologies are real. But, in place of apathy and fatalism, Slaughter explores ways of understanding the threat, conceptualising solutions and identifying strategies that lead away from digital authoritarian futures towards those funded on humanly viable values and practices.

Word Count: 53352

ISBN: 978-0-6487698-7-3

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Subject:
Applied Science
Computer Science
Education
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University of Southern Queensland
Author:
Richard A. Slaughter
Date Added:
09/01/2021
Delftse Foundations of Computation
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Delftse Foundations of Computation is a textbook for a one quarter introductory course in theoretical computer science. It includes topics from propositional and predicate logic, proof techniques, set theory and the theory of computation, along with practical applications to computer science. It has no prerequisites other than a general familiarity with computer programming.

Subject:
Applied Science
Computer Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Delft University of Technology
Author:
Neil Yorke-Smith
Stefan Hugtenburg
Date Added:
11/01/2018
Digital Circuit Projects: An Overview of Digital Circuits Through Implementing Integrated Circuits - Second Edition
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Digital circuits, often called Integrated Circuits or ICs, are the central building blocks of a Central Processing Unit (CPU). To understand how a computer works, it is essential to understand the digital circuits which make up the CPU. This text introduces the most important of these digital circuits; adders, decoders, multiplexers, D flip-flops, and simple state machines.

Subject:
Applied Science
Computer Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Gettysburg College
Author:
Charles W. Kann
Date Added:
05/20/2014
Digital Foundations: Introduction to Media Design with the Adobe Creative Cloud
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Revised Edition

Short Description:
Digital Foundations uses formal exercises of the Bauhaus to teach the Adobe Creative Suite. All students of digital design and production—whether learning in a classroom or on their own—need to understand the basic principles of design in order to implement them using current software. Far too often design is left out of books that teach software for the trade and academic markets. Consequently, the design software training exercise is often a lost opportunity for visual learning. This revised edition updates the original text for use with Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 software. Order a print copy: http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/digital-foundations-introduction-to-media-design-with-the-adobe-creative-cloud-revised-edition/24461332

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Digital Foundations uses formal exercises of the Bauhaus to teach the Adobe Creative Suite. All students of digital design and production—whether learning in a classroom or on their own—need to understand the basic principles of design in order to implement them using current software. Far too often design is left out of books that teach software for the trade and academic markets. Consequently, the design software training exercise is often a lost opportunity for visual learning. This revised edition updates the original text for use with Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 software. What is Digital Foundations?

Digital Foundations: Introduction to Media Design with the Adobe Creative Suite integrates the formal principles of the Bauhaus Basic Course into an introduction to digital media production with the Adobe Creative Suite, or the FLOSS graphics applications. Why Digital Foundations is different

Most textbooks and software manuals in the current market do not include art and design history or visual principles. These books synthesize historical examples and traditional studio foundation exercises into smart, well-paced digital studio exercises. See it for yourself in Chapter 5 of Digital Foundations, where we explore Illustrator’s Color Picker window through Joseph Albers’ color exercises.

Digital media texts about Adobe Creative Suite, whether they are “Bibles”, “For Dummies” or “Classroom in a Books”, focus on tools and production tips. Digital Foundations is the only textbook that teaches visual skills through production tools. For example, look at our Table of Contents. It is organized by visual topics, including symmetry, line art, tonal scale, elements of motion, and more.

Digital Foundations is not specifically for dummies or classrooms. It was made for self-learners, artists, designers, as well as classroom applications. We wrote this book for our classrooms as well as for our parents!

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Word Count: 43007

ISBN: 978-1-63635-008-0

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Subject:
Applied Science
Career and Technical Education
Computer Science
Graphic Design
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Open Oregon Educational Resources
Author:
Michael Mandiberg
xtine burrough
Date Added:
03/27/2015
Diseńo e Implementación de Bases de Datos desde una Perspectiva Práctica
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Los modelos de datos son mecanismos que permiten la abstracción y representación de un dominio, mediante un conjunto de reglas y símbolos pertenecientes a un lenguaje de modelado que es conforme al modelo. Un modelo puede definirse como la abstracción que permite representar los diferentes elementos pertenecientes a un dominio del negocio, sus relaciones y asociaciones, conforme sucedería en el mundo real.

Subject:
Applied Science
Computer Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Project LATIn: The Latin American Open Textbook Initiative
Author:
Edgar Fabián Ruano
Héctor Cardona
Jhon Eder Masso
Maritza Fernanda Mera
María Dolores Torres
María Isabel Vidal
Sandra Milena Roa
Date Added:
11/29/2017
Eloquent JavaScript: A Modern Introduction to Programming
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This book contains roughly three parts. The first 11 chapters discussthe JavaScript language itself. The next eight chapters are about webbrowsers and the way JavaScript is used to program them. Finally,two chapters are devoted to Node.js, another environment to programJavaScript in.Throughout the book, there are five project chapters, which describelarger example programs to give you a taste of real programming. Inorder of appearance, we will work through building an artificial life simulation,a programming language, a platform game, a paint program,and a dynamic website.

Subject:
Applied Science
Computer Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Marijn Haverbeke.
Date Added:
11/08/2018
Enterprise Pharo a Web Perspective
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Pharo is a clean, innovative, open-source, live-programming environment.

Enterprise Pharo is the third volume of a series of book covering Pharo and its community. Whereas the first volume Pharo by Example is intended for newcomers and the second volume Deep into Pharo covers deep topics of Pharo, this third volume covers libraries and frameworks for enterprises, and in particular those doing web development.

Subject:
Applied Science
Computer Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Attila Magyar
Christophe Demarey
Cyril Ferlicot Delbecque
Damien Cassou
Damien Pollet
Esteban Lorenzano
Gabriel Omar Cotelli
Guillaume Larchevêque
Johan Fabry
Liudmyla Dolia
Luc Fabresse
Mariano Martinez-Peck
Martín Dias
Max Leske
Norbert Hartl
Olivier Auverlot
Stéphane Ducasse
Sven Van Caekenberghe
Date Added:
10/06/2016
Ethical Use of Technology in Digital Learning Environments: Graduate Student Perspectives
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This book is the result of a co-design project in a class in the Masters of Education program at the University of Calgary. The course, and the resulting book, focus primarily on the safe and ethical use of technology in digital learning environments. The course was organized according to four topics based on Farrow’s (2016) Framework for the Ethics of Open Education.This is the first of 2 Versions of this pressbook. Click on Volume 2 for information.

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This book is the result of a co-design project in a class in the Masters of Education program at the University of Calgary. The course, and the resulting book, focus primarily on the safe and ethical use of technology in digital learning environments. The course was organized according to four topics based on Farrow’s (2016) Framework for the Ethics of Open Education. Students were asked to review, analyze, and synthesize each topic from three meta-ethical theoretical positions: deontological, consequentialist, and virtue ethical (Farrow, 2016). The chapters in this open educational resource (OER) were co-designed using a participatory pedagogy with the intention to share and mobilize knowledge with a broader audience. The first three chapters in the book discuss specific ethical considerations related to technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) , social networking services (SNS), and 3D printing. The next four chapters shift to a broader discussion of resource sharing, adaptive learning systems, STEM, and assistive technologies. The final two chapters discuss admissions and communications that need to be considered from an institutional perspective. In each of the nine chapters, the authors discuss the connection to the value of technology in education, and practical possibilities of learning technologies for inclusive, participatory, democratic, and pluralistic educational paradigms.

Word Count: 56853

ISBN: 0-88953-438-1

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Subject:
Applied Science
Arts and Humanities
Business and Communication
Communication
Computer Science
Education
Higher Education
Philosophy
Special Education
Visual Arts
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University of Calgary
Author:
Barbara Brown
Michele Jacobsen
Verena Roberts
Date Added:
12/28/2020