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Books published by publisher No Starch Press, 2009

  • The LEGO Build-It Book, Vol. 2: More Amazing Vehicles

    Nathanael Kuipers, Mattia Zamboni

    Paperback (No Starch Press, Oct. 13, 2013)
    With just one collection of LEGO bricks, you can build any of these 10 models—from the simple Hot Rod to the mighty Excavator. Tips and tricks will inspire you to create your own amazing models. Whether you’re new to the LEGO Build-It Book series or ready for a new challenge, you’re in for hours of fun!–Hot Rod–Forklift–Wrecker–Roadster–Gran Turismo–Dune Buggy–Chopper–Big Rig–F1 Racer–Excavator
  • The Manga Guide to Electricity

    Kazuhiro Fujitaki, Matsuda, Co Ltd Trend

    Paperback (No Starch Press, March 1, 2009)
    Rereko is just your average high-school girl from Electopia, the land of electricity, but she's totally failed her final electricity exam! Now she has to go to summer school on Earth. And this time, she has to pass.Luckily, her ever-patient tutor Hikaru is there to help. Join them in the pages of The Manga Guide to Electricity as Rereko examines everyday electrical devices like flashlights, heaters, and circuit breakers, and learns the meaning of abstract concepts like voltage, potential, current, resistance, conductivity, and electrostatic force.The real-world examples that you'll find in The Manga Guide to Electricity will teach you:–What electricity is, how it works, how it's created, and how it can be used–The relationship between voltage, current, and resistance (Ohm's law)–Key electrical concepts like inductance and capacitance–How complicated components like transformers, semiconductors, diodes, and transistors work–How electricity produces heat and the relationship between current and magnetic fieldsIf thinking about how electricity works really fries your brain, let The Manga Guide to Electricity teach you all things electrical in a shockingly fun way.
  • The LEGO Architect

    Tom Alphin

    eBook (No Starch Press, Sept. 1, 2015)
    Travel through the history of architecture in The LEGO Architect. You’ll learn about styles like Art Deco, Modernism, and High-Tech, and find inspiration in galleries of LEGO models. Then take your turn building 12 models in a variety of styles. Snap together some bricks and learn architecture the fun way!
  • The Art of the Brick: A Life in LEGO

    Nathan Sawaya

    Hardcover (No Starch Press, Oct. 14, 2014)
    Nathan Sawaya is renowned for his incredible, sometimes surreal, sculptures and portraits—all made from LEGO bricks.The Art of the Brick is a stunning, full-color showcase of the work that has made Sawaya the world’s most famous LEGO artist. Featuring hundreds of photos of his impressive art and behind-the-scenes details about how these creations came to be, The Art of the Brick is an inside look at how Sawaya transformed a toy into an art form.Follow one man’s unique obsession and see the amazing places it has taken him.
  • The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Laboratory: Build, Program, and Experiment with Five Wicked Cool Robots

    Daniele Benedettelli

    eBook (No Starch Press, Oct. 13, 2013)
    The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 set offers so many new and exciting features that it can be hard to know where to begin. Without the help of an expert, it could take months of experimentation to learn how to use the advanced mechanisms and numerous programming features.In The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Laboratory, author Daniele Benedettelli, robotics expert and member of the elite LEGO MINDSTORMS Expert Panel, shows you how to use gears, beams, motors, sensors, and programming blocks to create sophisticated robots that can avoid obstacles, walk on two legs, and even demonstrate autonomous behavior. You’ll also dig into related math, engineering, and robotics concepts that will help you create your own amazing robots. Programming experiments throughout will challenge you, while a series of comics and countless illustrations inform the discussion and keep things fun.As you make your way through the book, you’ll build and program five wicked cool robots:–ROV3R, a vehicle you can modify to do things like follow a line, avoid obstacles, and even clean a room–WATCHGOOZ3, a bipedal robot that can be programmed to patrol a room using only the Brick Program App (no computer required!)–SUP3R CAR, a rear-wheel-drive armored car with an ergonomic two-lever remote control–SENTIN3L, a walking tripod that can record and execute color-coded sequences of commands–T-R3X, a fearsome bipedal robot that will find and chase down preyWith The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Laboratory as your guide, you’ll become an EV3 master in no time.Requirements: One LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 set (LEGO SET #31313)
  • Make Your Own Twine Games!

    Anna Anthropy

    (No Starch Press, March 26, 2019)
    Bring your game ideas to life with Twine! Twine is a free online tool that lets anyone new to programming create their own interactive, story-based adventure games in a web page.In Make Your Own Twine Games!, game designer Anna Anthropy takes you step-by-step through the game development process, from coming up with a basic idea to structuring your game. You’ll learn the basics of Twine like how to use links and apply images and formatting to make your game look more distinct. You’ll get tips on how to test your game, export it, and publish it online, and even understand more advanced features like scripting to get your game to remember and respond to player choices. As you make your way through the book and begin crafting your own interactive fiction, you’ll learn other cool tricks like how to:• Write stories that follow multiple paths using hyperlinks• Create variables to track your player’s actions• Add scripting like “if” and “else” to decide when ghosts should appear in your game• Use hooks to add fancy touches like text effects, pictures, and sound With example games to act as inspiration, Make Your Own Twine Games! will take you from story-teller to game designer in just a few clicks! Ready player one? The game starts now.Covers Twine 2
  • The LEGO Neighborhood Book: Build Your Own LEGO Town!

    Brian Lyles, Jason Lyles

    eBook (No Starch Press, Sept. 14, 2014)
    In The LEGO Neighborhood Book, you’ll create buildings with real-world details like cornices and facades, and try your hand at interior design by filling your buildings with furniture and light fixtures. Then add the finishing touches to your models with plants, traffic lights, scaffolding, and park benches. Snap together a few houses, shops, and apartment buildings to create your own neighborhood!Inside you’ll find:–Complete, step-by-step instructions for four multistory buildings–Dozens of inspiring ideas to use in your own models–Mini builds for a recliner, old-time lamp post, traffic light, and more–A gallery of the authors’ designsFor ages 10+
  • The Manga Guide to Regression Analysis

    Shin Takahashi, Iroha Inoue, Co Ltd Trend

    Paperback (No Starch Press, May 1, 2016)
    Like a lot of people, Miu has had trouble learning regression analysis. But with new motivation—in the form of a handsome but shy customer—and the help of her brilliant café coworker Risa, she’s determined to master it.Follow along with Miu and Risa in The Manga Guide to Regression Analysis as they calculate the effect of temperature on iced tea orders, predict bakery revenues, and work out the probability of cake sales with simple, multiple, and logistic regression analysis. You’ll get a refresher in basic concepts like matrix equations, inverse functions, logarithms, and differentiation before diving into the hard stuff. Learn how to:–Calculate the regression equation–Check the accuracy of your equation with the correlation coefficient–Perform hypothesis tests and analysis of variance, and calculate confidence intervals–Make predictions using odds ratios and prediction intervals–Verify the validity of your analysis with diagnostic checks–Perform chi-squared tests and F-tests to check the goodness of fitWhether you’re learning regression analysis for the first time or have just never managed to get your head around it, The Manga Guide to Regression Analysis makes mastering this tricky technique straightforward and fun.
  • The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide

    Pawel "Sariel" Kmiec

    Paperback (No Starch Press, Nov. 9, 2012)
    The LEGO® Technic system opens a new realm of building possibilities. Using motors, gears, pneumatics, pulleys, linkages, and more, you can design LEGO models that really move.The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide is filled with building tips for creating strong yet elegant machines and mechanisms with the Technic system. Author Pawel "Sariel" Kmiec will teach you the foundations of LEGO Technic building, from simple machines to advanced mechanics, even explaining how to create realistic to-scale models. Sariel, a world-renowned LEGO Technic expert, offers unique insight into mechanical principles like torque, power translation, and gear ratios, all using Technic bricks. You'll learn how to:Create sturdy connections that can withstand serious stress Re-create specialized LEGO pieces like casings and u-joints, and build solutions like Schmidt and Oldham couplings, when no standard piece will doBuild custom differentials, suspensions, transmissions, and steering systemsPick the right motor for the job—and transform its properties to suit your needsCombine studfull and studless building styles for a stunning lookCreate remote-controlled vehicles, lighting systems, motorized compressors, and pneumatic enginesThis beautifully illustrated, full-color book will inspire you with ideas for building amazing machines like tanks with suspended treads, supercars, cranes, bulldozers, and much more. Your Technic adventure starts now!
  • The Manga Guide to Physiology

    Etsuro Tanaka, Keiko Koyama, Becom Co. Ltd.

    Paperback (No Starch Press, Nov. 1, 2015)
    Student nurse Kumiko has just flunked her physiology exam and has one last shot at passing her makeup test. Lucky for her, newbie health science professor Kaisei needs a guinea pig for his physiology lectures.Join Kumiko in The Manga Guide to Physiology as she examines the inner workings of the body while training hard for the campus marathon. You’ll learn all about:–How the digestive system and the Citric Acid Cycle break food down into nutrients and energy–How the body regulates temperature and vital fluids–The body’s powerful cell defense system, led by helper T cells and enforced by macrophages–The architecture of the central nervous system–The kidneys’ many talents: blood filtration, homeostasis, and energy productionYou’ll also gain insight into medical procedures like electrocardiograms, blood pressure tests, spirograms, and more.Whether you’re cramming for a test like Kumiko or just want a refresher, The Manga Guide to Physiology is your fun, cartoon guide to the human body.
  • The LEGO Zoo: 50 Easy-to-Build Animals

    Jody Padulano

    eBook (No Starch Press, Nov. 6, 2018)
    A children's book that shows how to build 50 simple models of LEGO animals using only standard LEGO parts that every LEGO fan has in their collection.The LEGO Zoo book shows kids of any age how to build 50 simple animal models using only standard LEGO parts that are already likely to be in their collection. You'll learn how to build models of animals like crocodiles, zebras, wolves, lions, flamingos, plus many more. Projects are ordered by increasing difficulty making it easy to jump in without getting in over your head. The animals are so cute and goofy, whether building as a family or solo The LEGO Zoo is sure to deliver a roaring good time!
  • 25 Scratch 3 Games for Kids: A Playful Guide to Coding

    Max Wainewright

    eBook (No Starch Press, Oct. 29, 2019)
    Build your own computer games with Scratch 3!Learn how to make fun games with Scratch--a free, beginner-friendly programming language from the MIT Media Lab. Create mazes, road-crossing games, and two-player games that keep score. Colorful pictures and easy-to-follow instructions show you how to add cool animations and sound effects to your games. You'll have hours of fun catching snowflakes, gobbling up tacos, and dodging donuts in space--while learning how to code along the way!Covers Scratch 3