April showers will eventually bring spring flowers, but you don’t have to wait to access all the new eBooks and videos that have sprung up in Mapt’s Skill Plan categories this month. Dive into a new project or continue to develop your skills with these eBook and video courses released in April. You can subscribe or start your free 30-day trial with Mapt for unlimited access to everything in the Packt library. That’s over 4,000 eBook and video courses with more being added every month!

We’ve also set out to prove that you can play and learn at the same time this April – multitasking at its finest. If you sign up to the Skill Up Challenge and meet the Mapt usage requirements (50 completed sections) during the month of April 2017, you will be entered for a chance to win a free Nintendo Switch. All you have to do to qualify is sign up and go learn some things!b

Application Development

There’s been an avalanche of new application development titles in Mapt this month which is great news for all you app devs out there. We’re especially taken with the Java 9 with JShell, Learning Java Lambdas, and C# 7 and .NET Core: Modern Cross-Platform Development eBooks and heartily recommend you give them a read.

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Python enthusiasts will like the Modern Python Solutions – Part 2 video and can go back for more with the Modern Python Solutions – Part 3 video. These videos will give you insight into specific language features, nuances of Python syntax, and how to effectively leverage these.

If you’re a web dev looking to develop native applications for iOS and Android, you’ll want to check out the React Native Recipes – Volume 1 video which covers topics ranging from adding basic UI components to implementing Redux.

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Big Data and Business Intelligence

This is a hot topic so we’ve prepared a smorgasbord of courses for you to sink your teeth into. Looking for lightning-fast data solutions? Dive into the fastest growing open-source project in the world with Learning Apache Spark 2, and then dive even deeper with Mastering Spark for Data Science for advanced Spark architectures and algorithms.

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Other eBooks that will get you up to speed on cutting-edge big data topics are Neural Network Programming with Java – Second Edition and Python Data Analysis – Second Edition.

Looking for some machine learning projects? Learn how to extract the most insight from complex data by watching the Building Machine Learning Systems with TensorFlow video.

Did you know that the Jupyter Notebook makes data analysis easier to record, understand, and reproduce? You can learn how to work with this this web-based environment and see how it integrates with various programming languages in the Jupyter Notebook for All – Part I video.

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Game Development, Hardware and Creative Projects

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Bring your projects to life with these eBooks, from teaching kids (and the young at heart) programming to building supercomputers!

You can add some realism and functionality to your games with the Game Physics Cookbook – it has over 100 recipes to help you implement efficient game physics and collision detection.

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Networking and Servers

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We have some fantastic new courses for those of you working with networks and servers new in this month. Start by learning to leverage the Ansible automation engine to tackle complex, real-world problems with Mastering Ansible – Second Edition.

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Virtualization and Cloud

You’re in for a treat with these cutting-edge eBooks and videos. We recommend DevOps: Puppet, Docker, and Kubernetes which will show you how to automate and manage Linux containers with the Docker 1.6 environment and jump-start your Puppet development.

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Do you use Amazon Web Services? The Learning AWS Lambda video will show you tools and techniques for building serverless applications and introduce you to programming Amazon Lambda with Node.js, Java, Python, and C#.

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Web Development

Last but certainly not least, we have plenty of courses for web devs to get stuck into. The React and React Native eBook will help you build cross-platform desktop and mobile applications using Facebook’s innovative UI libraries. You’ll be able to create powerful and feature-complete applications from just one code base!

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Developers just can’t get enough of Angular 2 so we’ve added a host of practical resources to our library, including the Angular 2 Solutions – Intermediate Concepts and Angular 2 Solutions – Advanced Concepts videos. We love Angular 2 because it’s leaner than its predecessor and it has fully embraced all of the newest concepts built into the next generation of browsers. Stay ahead of the curve by familiarizing yourself with this new paradigm for applications!

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