New Books : December 2008 (Part III)

NEW CS CIRCULATION BOOKS

Concepts in computing

Author Kenneth Hoganson
Place of Publication Sudbury, Mass.
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Jones and Bartlett

Concepts in Computing provides a clear, concise introduction to the fundamentals of computer science. The author generates excitement, curiosity, and enthusiasm in students and leaves them with a desire to learn more about the fascinating world of computing. The text identifies the important relationship between computing and the disciplines of engineering and mathematics. It focuses on the three important areas of Software/Programming/Design, Computer Systems/Architecture, and Theoretical Foundations. It is clear that students learn faster, and retain and integrate knowledge more efficiently, if they see how each subject area connects with, and is interdependent upon others. Concepts in Computing sets a solid foundation for introductory students and is a useful companion to those entering introductory programming courses.

C++ plus data structures, 4th ed.

Author Nell Dale
Place of Publication Sudbury, Mass.
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher Jones and Bartlett

Updated and reorganized, C Plus Plus, Plus Data Structures, Fourth Edition explores the specifications, applications, and implementations of abstract data types with unmatched accessibility. Written by renowned author and educator Nell Dale, this text provides intuitive explanations that clarify abstract concepts, and approaches the study of data structures with emphasis on computer science theory and software engineering principles. Topics such as modularization, data encapsulation, information hiding, object-oriented decomposition, algorithm analysis, life-cycle software verification models, and data abstraction are carefully presented to foster good software engineering techniques in students from the beginning of their careers. In addition to the meaningful exercises and case studies that define Nell Dale s teaching philosophy, this fourth edition provides an increased emphasis on object-oriented design and an early introduction of object-oriented concepts.

Programming and problem solving with Java, 2nd ed.

Author Nell Dale, Chip Weems
Place of Publication Sudbury, Mass.
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Jones and Bartlett Publishers

Extensively revised, the new Second Edition of Programming and Problem Solving with Java continues to be the most student-friendly text available. The authors carefully broke the text into smaller, more manageable pieces by reorganizing chapters, allowing student to focus more sharply on the important information at hand. Using Dale and Weems highly effective progressive objects approach, students begin with very simple yet useful class design in parallel with the introduction of Java s basic data types, arithmetic operations, control structures, and file I/O. Students see first hand how the library of objects steadily grows larger, enabling ever more sophisticated applications to be developed through reuse. Later chapters focus on inheritance and polymorphism, using the firm foundation that has been established by steadily developing numerous classes in the early part of the text. A new chapter on Data Structures and Collections has been added making the text ideal for a one or two-semester course. With its numerous new case studies, end-of-chapter material, and clear descriptive examples, the Second Edition is an exceptional text for discovering Java as a first programming language!

Building an intelligent Web : theory and practice

Author Rajendra Akerkar, Pawan Lingras
Place of Publication Sudbury, Mass
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Jones and Bartlett Publishers

The World Wide Web has become an extremely popular way of publishing and distributing electronic resources. Though the Web is rich with information, collecting and making sense of this data is difficult because it is rather unorganized. Building an Intelligent Web introduces students and professionals to the state-of-the art development of Web Intelligence techniques and teaches how to apply these techniques to develop the next generation of intelligent Web sites. Each chapter contains theoretical bases, which are also illustrated with the help of simple numeric examples, followed by practical implementation. Students will find Building an Intelligent Web to be an active and exciting introduction to advanced Web mining topics. Topics covered include Web Intelligence, Information Retrieval, Semantic Web, Classification and Association Rules, SQL, Database Theory, Applications to e-commerce and Bioinformatics, Clustering, Modeling Web Topology, and much more!

Principles of modern operating systems

Author Jose M. Garrido, Richard Schlesinger
Place of Publication Sudbury, Mass.
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Jones and Bartlett

Principles of Modern Operating Systems presents a practical introduction to operating systems and illustrates these principles through a hands-on approach using accompanying simulation models developed in Java and C++. The text is primarily appropriate for undergraduate courses in computer science at the junior/senior level. Case studies throughout the text feature the implementation of Java and C++ simulation models, giving students a thorough look at both the theoretical and the practical concepts. This pedagogical approach is designed to present a clearer, more understandable, more practical look at OS concepts, techniques, and methods without sacrificing the theoretical rigor that is necessary at this level.

Fundamentals of software integration

Author Kay Hammer, Tina Timmerman
Place of Publication Sudbury, Mass.
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Jones and Bartlett

Integration is one of the most critical technical challenges in software today, as well as a difficult topic to generalize because of the many things affecting it the technologies involved, the timeframe, the number and types of user communities requiring access, regulatory requirements, and so on. Fundamentals of Software Integration provides an overview of the evolution of software technology, with a particular emphasis on long-standing problems that remain unsolved. It then uses this background as a basis for presenting an abstract model of the software application and its environment, along with a methodology for how to use this model to develop an integration strategy that meets both short and long-term needs of the organization. Hammer and Timmerman’s accessible writing style and strategic exercises help students recognize similarities in the integration challenges faced across technologies.

NEW EEE CIRCULATION BOOKS

Continuous and discrete time signals and systems

Author Mrinal Mandal and Amir Asif
Place of Publication Cambridge, UK New York
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher Cambridge University Press

This textbook presents an introduction to the fundamental concepts of continuous-time (CT) and discrete-time (DT) signals and systems, treating them separately in a pedagogical and self-contained manner. Emphasis is on the basic signal processing principles, with underlying concepts illustrated using practical examples from signal processing, multimedia communications, and bioinformatics. Following introductory chapters, the text is separated into two parts. Part I covers the theories, techniques, and applications of CT signals and systems and Part II discusses these topics for DT, so that the two can be taught independently or together. Accompanying the book is a CD-ROM containing MATLAB code, audio clips, images, interactive programs, and signal animations. With over 300 illustrations, 285 worked examples and 385 homework problems, this textbook is an ideal introduction to the subject for undergraduates in electrical and computer engineering.

Fundamentals of electromagnetics with MATLAB

Author Karl E. Lonngren, Sava V. Savov, Randy J. Jost
Place of Publication Raleigh, NC
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher SciTech Pub.

 

MATLAB – FLEXIBILITY – AFFORDABILITY! These are the Lonngren et al advantages over similar texts. The new second edition provides greatly enhanced flexibility to the instructor faced with a one-term course, as well as those with a second term, whether required or elective, to continue using the same book. How? Optional new topics and extended discussion of core topics are provided in PDF files on the Student CD that match the text’s new 2-color format. Additional topics can be added per instructor desires: just send SciTech the material for approval and it will be set into the 2-color PDF format! MATLAB is further capitalized on in this edition. A self-paced MATLAB Tutorial on the Student CD uses EM examples and notation, removing any burden on the instructor to teach MATLAB. MATLAB is then used in even more Animations (over 50, with code provided), student “Projects,” and a fine-tuning of Examples, Problems, and Figures that employ MATLAB. An “Applications” folder on the CD further enhances the student’s understanding and appreciation of the EM principles in the text. The unique “Shareware Community” allows and encourage all instructors to submit their own Animations, Projects, Applications and cool web links so that all may share in dynamically expanding resources to motivate a firm understanding and appreciation of Electromagnetic Theory The Second Edition, based on user feedback, is available January 2007. Attractive 2-color design Tighter page design and new paper – a more compact, lay-open book! MATLAB self-paced tutorial with EM examples on CD Supplemental chapters and sections in PDF files on CD “Applications” supplemental chapter in PDF on CD “Projects” requiring multi-steps problem-solving in MATLAB Redrawn 2-color figures, clean equation fonts

Engineering fundamentals : an introduction to engineering, [3rd], International student ed.

Author Saeed Moaveni
Place of Publication Australia
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Thomson

 

Many countries around the world block or filter Internet content, denying access to information—often about politics, but also relating to sexuality, culture, or religion—that they deem too sensitive for ordinary citizens. Access Denied documents and analyzes Internet filtering practices in over three dozen countries, offering the first rigorously conducted study of this accelerating trend.

Students entering engineering programs should gain competency in several areas during the freshman year. Aside from answering the question of whether they really want to study engineering, students must, if they are to be successful, gain an understanding of basic scientific principles, use of computer tools, approaches to engineering problems, and basic study skills. If students do not develop a solid foundation in these critical skills early in their academic career, they will struggle in upper level courses or turn their back on engineering. Saeed Moaveni’s new book is designed to give students an overview of these skills at the freshman level. Often, students do not grasp the importance of developing good study skills and, consequently, will struggle in later courses as a result. This book introduces students to basic study skills while also introducing the engineering discipline in the early chapters. Having thoroughly prepared students, the author then introduces basic principles, physical laws, engineering materials, computer tools, and engineering standards and codes at a basic level so students comprehend the importance of these topics. The book features examples from everyday situations, providing students with a meaningful context in which to learn hard-to-grasp topics. Examples of how the skills being learned are applied to different fields of engineering are supported by the opportunity to apply these skills in hands-on exercises. Throughout the text, Moaveni emphasizes strategies for solving engineering problems as well as the importance of communication skills in terms of writing technical reports or memos, and giving oral presentations. Moaveni’s writing style isstudent-friendly and his “Observe the World Around You” feature is an excellent and unique way to introduce new ideas to beginning engineering students.

Image processing, analysis, and machine vision, 3rd ed.

Author Milan Sonka, Vaclav Hlavac, and Roger Boyle
Place of Publication Toronto
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Thomson

 

This robust text provides deep and wide coverage of the full range of topics encountered in the field of image processing and machine vision. As a result, it can serve undergraduates, graduates, researchers, and professionals looking for a readable reference. The book’s encyclopedic coverage of topics is wide, and it can be used in more than one course (both image processing and machine vision classes). In addition, while advanced mathematics is not needed to understand basic concepts (making this a good choice for undergraduates), rigorous mathematical coverage is included for more advanced readers. It is also distinguished by its easy-to-understand algorithm descriptions of difficult concepts, and a wealth of carefully selected problems and examples.

Fundamentals of electrical engineering

Author Giorgio Rizzoni
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher McGraw-Hill

 

Rizzoni’s “Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering” provides a solid overview of the electrical engineering discipline that is especially geared toward the many non-electrical engineering students who take this course. The book was developed to fit the growing trend of the Intro to EE course morphing into a briefer, less comprehensive course. The hallmark feature of this text is its liberal use of practical applications to illustrate important principles. The applications come from every field of engineering and feature exciting technologies. The appeal to non-engineering students are the special features such as Focus on Measurement sections, Focus on Methodology sections, and Make the Connections sidebars.

PSpice for basic microelectronics

Author Joseph G. Tront
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher McGraw-Hill Higher Education

 

The PSpice Manual will be sold as a stand-alone and, also, in packages with Neamen, Electronic Circuit Analysis and Jaeger, Microelectronic Circuit Design. Text introduces readers to the fundamental uses of Pspice in support of Microelectronic circuit analysis. This book goes beyond basic circuit analysis to include analysis of more complex electronic problems. Analysis of diodes, BJTs, JFETs, MOSFETs, and transformers will be included – which are all key areas in the Electronics course. Key features include: step-by-step instructions to support novice users as they perform schematic capture and circuit simulation; detailed explanations and examples of the use of PSpice in typical problem-solving situations; and, explains some of the salient features of PSpice, including information on OrCAD Capture and Probe.

Electric power system basics : for the nonelectrical professional

Author Steven W. Blume
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher Wiley-Interscience Piscataway, NJ : IEEE Press

 

This book explains the essentials of interconnected electric power systems in very basic, practical terms, giving a comprehensible overview of the terminology, electrical concepts, design considerations, construction practices, operational aspects, and industry standards for nontechnical professionals having an interest in the power industry. From generation to household wiring, this book explains it all in easy-to-understand terms.

Electrical Power System Basics exposes readers to all of the important aspects of an interconnected power system without assuming a great deal of existing knowledge or experience. Some very basic formulas are presented throughout the book and several examples, photographs, drawings, and illustrations are provided to help the reader gain a fundamental understanding of the subject.

Communications engineering : essentials for computer scientists and electrical engineers

Author R.C.T. Lee, Mao-Ching Chiu, Jung-Shan Lin.
Place of Publication Singapore
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher John Wiley & Sons (Asia)

 

“The writing of this book was motivated by the authors’ observation that convergence is requiring computer science students to gain a better understanding of communications concepts. The authors have therefore written a book that addresses this gap, delivering to the computer science student the key essentials in a thorough manner. The book walks the reader through the Fourier transform, analog and digital modulation techniques, multiple access communications, spread-spectrum communications, and source coding and channel coding. The book has already been used in the classroom and was met with great success in universities as an introductory text in electrical engineering programs.

An introduction to signals and systems

Author John Alan Stuller
Place of Publication Australia
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Thomson

 

This book provides a concise and clear introduction to signals and systems theory, with emphasis on fundamental analytical and computational techniques. Introduction to Signals and Systems develops continuous-time and discrete-time concepts/methods in separate chapters – highlighting the similarities and differences – and features introductory treatments of the applications of these basic methods in such areas as filtering, communication, sampling, discrete-time processing of continuous-time signals, and feedback. This text is written for introductory courses in continuous-time and/or discrete-time signals and systems for Electrical Engineering students. It is also accessible to a broad range of engineering and science students, as well as valuable to practicing engineers seeking an insightful review.

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