GRADLE BIRD

Author: J. C. Sasser
Publisher: Koehler Books
ISBN: 1633932656
Release Date: 2017-06-15
Genre: Fiction

Sixteen-year-old Gradle Bird has lived her entire life with her Grandpa, Leonard, at a seedy motel and truck stop off Georgia's I-16. But when Leonard moves her to a crumbling old house rumored to be haunted by the ghost of Ms. Annalee Spivey, Gradle is plunged into a lush, magical world much stranger and more dangerous than from the one she came. Here she meets Sonny Joe Stitch, a Siamese Fighting Fish connoisseur overdosed on testosterone, a crippled, Bible-thumping hobo named Ceif "Tadpole" Walker, and the only true friend she will ever know, a schizophrenic genius, music-man, and professional dumpster-diver, D-5 Delvis Miles. As Gradle falls deeper into Delvis's imaginary and fantastical world, unsettling dangers lurk, and when surfaced Gradle discovers unforeseen depths in herself and the people she loves the most. Gradle Bird is an unusual tale of self-discovery and redemption that explores the infirmities of fatherly love, the complexities of human cruelty, and the consequences of guilt, proving they are possible to overcome no matter how dark and horrible the cause.

Gradle Bird

Author: J C Sasser
Publisher:
ISBN: 163393263X
Release Date: 2017-06-15
Genre:

Sixteen-year-old Gradle Bird has lived her entire life with her Grandpa, Leonard, at a seedy motel and truck stop off Georgia's I-16. But when Leonard moves her to a crumbling old house rumored to be haunted by the ghost of Ms. Annalee Spivey, Gradle is plunged into a lush, magical world much stranger and more dangerous than from the one she came. Here she meets Sonny Joe Stitch, a Siamese Fighting Fish connoisseur overdosed on testosterone, a crippled, Bible-thumping hobo named Ceif "Tadpole" Walker, and the only true friend she will ever know, a schizophrenic genius, music-man, and professional dumpster-diver, D-5 Delvis Miles. As Gradle falls deeper into Delvis's imaginary and fantastical world, unsettling dangers lurk, and when surfaced Gradle discovers unforeseen depths in herself and the people she loves the most. Gradle Bird is an unusual tale of self-discovery and redemption that explores the infirmities of fatherly love, the complexities of human cruelty, and the consequences of guilt, proving they are possible to overcome no matter how dark and horrible the cause.

Building and Testing with Gradle

Author: Matthew McCullough
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 9781449304638
Release Date: 2011-07-13
Genre: Computers

Describes how to use the open source project automation tool to build and test software written in Java and other programming languages.

Gradle Recipes for Android

Author: Ken Kousen
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 9781491947296
Release Date: 2016-06-07
Genre: Computers

Android adopted Gradle as the preferred build automation system a few years ago, but many Android developers are still unfamiliar with this open source tool. This hands-on guide provides a collection of Gradle recipes to help you quickly and easily accomplish the most common build tasks for your Android apps. You’ll learn how to customize project layouts, add dependencies, and generate many different versions of your app. Gradle is based on Groovy, yet very little knowledge of the JVM language is required for you to get started. Code examples use Android SDK version 23, with emulators from Marshmallow (Android 6) or Lollipop (Android 5). If you’re comfortable with Java and Android, you’re ready. Understand Gradle’s generated build files for Android apps Run Gradle from the command line or inside Android Studio Add more Java libraries to your Android app Import and export Eclipse ADT projects Digitally sign a Release APK for the Google Play store Use product flavors to build many versions of the same app Add custom tasks to the Gradle build process Test both your app’s Android and non-Android components Improve the performance of your Gradle build

One Good Mama Bone

Author: Bren McClain
Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781611177473
Release Date: 2017-02-14
Genre: Fiction

Set in early 1950s rural South Carolina, One Good Mama Bone chronicles Sarah Creamer’s quest to find her “mama bone,” after she is left to care for a boy who is not her own but instead is the product of an affair between her husband and her best friend and neighbor, a woman she calls “Sister.” When her husband drinks himself to death, Sarah, a dirt-poor homemaker with no family to rely on and the note on the farm long past due, must find a way for her and young Emerson Bridge to survive. But the more daunting obstacle is Sarah’s fear that her mother’s words, seared in her memory since she first heard them at the age of six, were a prophesy, “You ain’t got you one good mama bone in you, girl.” When Sarah reads in the local newspaper that a boy won $680 with his Grand Champion steer at the recent 1951 Fat Cattle Show & Sale, she sees this as their financial salvation and finds a way to get Emerson Bridge a steer from a local farmer to compete in the 1952 show. But the young calf is unsettled at Sarah’s farm, crying out in distress and growing louder as the night wears on. Some four miles away, the steer’s mother hears his cries and breaks out of a barbed-wire fence to go in search of him. The next morning Sarah finds the young steer quiet, content, and nursing a large cow. Inspired by the mother cow’s act of love, Sarah names her Mama Red. And so Sarah’s education in motherhood begins with Mama Red as her teacher. But Luther Dobbins, the man who sold Sarah the steer, has his sights set on winning too, and, like Sarah, he is desperate, but not for money. Dobbins is desperate for glory, wanting to regain his lost grand-champion dynasty, and he will stop at nothing to win. Emboldened by her lessons from Mama Red and her budding mama bone, Sarah is committed to victory even after she learns the winning steer’s ultimate fate. Will she stop at nothing, even if it means betraying her teacher? McClain’s writing is distinguished by a sophisticated and detailed portrayal of the day-to-day realities of rural poverty and an authentic sense of time and place that marks the best southern fiction. Her characters transcend their archetypes and her animal-as-teacher theme recalls the likes of Water for Elephants and The Art of Racing in the Rain. One Good Mama Bone explores the strengths and limitations of parental love, the healing power of the human-animal bond, and the ethical dilemmas of raising animals for food.

Java 9 Modularity

Author: Sander Mak
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 9781491954133
Release Date: 2017-09-07
Genre: Computers

The upcoming Java 9 module system will affect existing applications and offer new ways of creating modular and maintainable applications. With this hands-on book, Java developers will learn not only about the joys of modularity, but also about the patterns needed to create truly modular and reliable applications. Authors Sander Mak and Paul Bakker teach you the concepts behind the Java 9 module system, along with the new tools it offers. You’ll also gain learn how to modularize existing code and how to build new Java applications in a modular way. Understand Java 9 module system concepts Master the patterns and practices for building truly modular applications Migrate existing applications and libraries to Java 9 modules Use JDK 9 tools for modular development and migration

Bird by Bird

Author: Anne Lamott
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0307424987
Release Date: 2007-12-18
Genre: Reference

"A warm, generous and hilarious guide through the writer's world and its treacherous swamps." --Los Angeles Times Advice on writing and on life from an acclaimed bestselling author: "Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'"

Android Developer Tools Essentials

Author: Mike Wolfson
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 9781449328160
Release Date: 2013-08-14
Genre:

Android development can be challenging, but through the effective use of Android Developer Tools (ADT), you can make the process easier and improve the quality of your code. This concise guide demonstrates how to build apps with ADT for a device family that features several screen sizes, different hardware capabilities, and a varying number of resources. With examples in Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X, you’ll learn how to set up an Android development environment and use ADT with the Eclipse IDE. Also, contributor Donn Felker introduces Android Studio, a Google IDE that will eventually replace Eclipse. Learn how to use Eclipse and ADT together to develop Android code Create emulators of various sizes and configurations to test your code Master Eclipse tools, or explore the new Android Studio Use Logcat, Lint, and other ADT tools to test and debug your code Simulate real-world events, including location, sensors, and telephony Create dynamic and efficient UIs, using Graphical Layout tools Monitor and optimize you application performance using DDMS, HierarchyViewer, and the Android Monitor tool Use Wizards and shortcuts to generate code and image assets Compile and package Android code with Ant and Gradle

Beyond Beauport

Author: James Masciarelli
Publisher: Koehler Books
ISBN: 1633936554
Release Date: 2018-07-24
Genre: Fiction

Shannon Clarke raised a family and worked waterfront jobs in America's oldest seaport. Her childhood dream to become a sea captain is revived when her long-lost seafaring uncle Patrick visits with a salty tale of their maritime family ancestry of pirates and privateers. He shares recovered family letters and artifacts from the Golden Age of Piracy. They take to the sea in Patrick's brigantine to follow the siren song of their ancestors in quest of destiny, truth and treasure. The voyage is fraught with raw forces of nature, past traumas and present day sea robbers, as their talents and beliefs of family, identity and purpose are shaken to the core.

Version Control with Git

Author: Jon Loeliger
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 9781449345044
Release Date: 2012-08-14
Genre: Computers

Get up to speed on Git for tracking, branching, merging, and managing code revisions. Through a series of step-by-step tutorials, this practical guide takes you quickly from Git fundamentals to advanced techniques, and provides friendly yet rigorous advice for navigating the many functions of this open source version control system. This thoroughly revised edition also includes tips for manipulating trees, extended coverage of the reflog and stash, and a complete introduction to the GitHub repository. Git lets you manage code development in a virtually endless variety of ways, once you understand how to harness the system’s flexibility. This book shows you how. Learn how to use Git for several real-world development scenarios Gain insight into Git’s common-use cases, initial tasks, and basic functions Use the system for both centralized and distributed version control Learn how to manage merges, conflicts, patches, and diffs Apply advanced techniques such as rebasing, hooks, and ways to handle submodules Interact with Subversion (SVN) repositories—including SVN to Git conversions Navigate, use, and contribute to open source projects though GitHub

Gradle for Android

Author: Kevin Pelgrims
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781783986835
Release Date: 2015-07-17
Genre: Computers

Gradle is an open source build automation system that introduces a Groovy-based domain-specific language (DSL) to configure projects. Using Gradle makes it easy for Android developers to manage dependencies and set up the entire build process. This book begins by taking you through the basics of Gradle and how it works with Android Studio. Furthermore, you will learn how to add local and remote dependencies to your project. You will work with build variants, such as debug and release, paid and free, and even combinations of these things. The book will also help you set up unit and integration testing with different libraries and will show how Gradle and Android Studio can make running tests easier. Finally, you will be shown a number of tips and tricks on the advanced customization of your application's build process. By the end of this book, you will be able to customize the entire build process, and create your own tasks and plugins for your Gradle builds.

LibGDX Game Development By Example

Author: James Cook
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781785288845
Release Date: 2015-08-26
Genre: Computers

Learn how to create your very own game using the libGDX cross-platform framework About This Book Learn the core features of libGDX to develop your own exciting games Explore game development concepts through example projects Target games for major app stores quickly and easily with libGDX's cross-platform functionality Who This Book Is For This book is intended for those who wish to learn the concepts of game development using libGDX. An understanding of Java and other programming languages would definitely be helpful, although it is not a must. What You Will Learn Create and configure a libGDX project to get started with making games Get to grips with a simple game loop that will drive your games Manage game assets to reduce code duplication and speed up development Pack game assets together into single assets to increase your game's performance Display textures on the screen and manipulate them with play input Play various types of sounds that a game can generate Design and modify a game user interface with libGDX's built-in tools Develop a game that will run across various platforms In Detail LibGDX is a cross-platform game development framework in Java that makes game programming easier and fun to do. It currently supports Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Android, and HTML5. With a vast feature set on offer, there isn't a game that can't be made using libGDX. It allows you to write your code once and deploy it to multiple platforms without modification. With cross-platform delivery at its heart, a game can be made to target the major markets quickly and cost effectively. This book starts with a simple game through which the game update cycle is explained, including loading textures onto your screen, moving them around, and responding to input. From there you'll move on to more advanced concepts such as creating a formal game structure with a menu screen, adding a game screen and loading screen, sprite sheets, and animations. You'll explore how to introduce a font to optimize text, and with the help of a game that you'll create, you'll familiarise yourself with the 2D tile map API to create worlds that scroll as the characters move. In the final sample game of the book, you'll implement a basic version of an Angry Birds clone, which will allow you to use the physic library box2D that libGDX provides access to. An overview of exporting games to different platforms is then provided. Finally, you will discover how to integrate third-party services into games and take a sneak peak at the Social Media API to get a basic understanding of how it fits into the libGDX ecosystem. Style and approach With this book you'll learn game development with libGDX through example game projects. You'll finish the book with a thorough understanding of libGDX game development, along with completed games that you'll have built yourself.

Dr Bird s Advice for Sad Poets

Author: Evan Roskos
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780544035652
Release Date: 2013-03-05
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

2014 Morris Award finalist “I hate myself but I love Walt Whitman, the kook. Always positive. I need to be more positive, so I wake myself up every morning with a song of myself.” Sixteen-year-old James Whitman has been yawping (à la Whitman) at his abusive father ever since he kicked his beloved older sister, Jorie, out of the house. James’s painful struggle with anxiety and depression—along with his ongoing quest to understand what led to his self-destructive sister’s exile—make for a heart-rending read, but his wild, exuberant Whitmanization of the world and keen sense of humor keep this emotionally charged debut novel buoyant.

Java Cookbook

Author: Ian F. Darwin
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 9781449338817
Release Date: 2014-06-25
Genre: Computers

From lambda expressions and JavaFX 8 to new support for network programming and mobile development, Java 8 brings a wealth of changes. This cookbook helps you get up to speed right away with hundreds of hands-on recipes across a broad range of Java topics. You’ll learn useful techniques for everything from debugging and data structures to GUI development and functional programming. Each recipe includes self-contained code solutions that you can freely use, along with a discussion of how and why they work. If you are familiar with Java basics, this cookbook will bolster your knowledge of the language in general and Java 8’s main APIs in particular. Recipes include: Methods for compiling, running, and debugging Manipulating, comparing, and rearranging text Regular expressions for string- and pattern-matching Handling numbers, dates, and times Structuring data with collections, arrays, and other types Object-oriented and functional programming techniques Directory and filesystem operations Working with graphics, audio, and video GUI development, including JavaFX and handlers Network programming on both client and server Database access, using JPA, Hibernate, and JDBC Processing JSON and XML for data storage Multithreading and concurrency

JSON at Work

Author: Tom Marrs
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 9781491982419
Release Date: 2017-06-19
Genre: Computers

JSON is becoming the backbone for meaningful data interchange over the internet. This format is now supported by an entire ecosystem of standards, tools, and technologies for building truly elegant, useful, and efficient applications. With this hands-on guide, author and architect Tom Marrs shows you how to build enterprise-class applications and services by leveraging JSON tooling and message/document design. JSON at Work provides application architects and developers with guidelines, best practices, and use cases, along with lots of real-world examples and code samples. You’ll start with a comprehensive JSON overview, explore the JSON ecosystem, and then dive into JSON’s use in the enterprise. Get acquainted with JSON basics and learn how to model JSON data Learn how to use JSON with Node.js, Ruby on Rails, and Java Structure JSON documents with JSON Schema to design and test APIs Search the contents of JSON documents with JSON Search tools Convert JSON documents to other data formats with JSON Transform tools Compare JSON-based hypermedia formats, including HAL and jsonapi Leverage MongoDB to store and access JSON documents Use Apache Kafka to exchange JSON-based messages between services