New Books: February 2009 Part III


Practical support for ISO 9001 software project documentation using IEEE software engineering standards

Author Susan K. Land and John W. Walz
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication c2006
Publisher Wiley

his book addresses how to meet the specific documentation requirements in support of the ISO 9001 software process definition, documentation, and improvement, which is an integral part of every software engineering effort. It provides a set of templates that support the documentation required for basic software project control and management. The book provides specific support for organizations that are pursuing software process improvement efforts.


The adaptive web : methods and strategies of web personalization

Author Peter Brusilovsky, Alfred Kobsa, Wolfgang Nejdl (eds.).
Place of Publication Berlin New York
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher Springer


Following the increase in of the information available on the Web, the diversity of its users and the complexity of Web applications, researchers started developing adaptive Web systems that tailored their appearance and behavior to each individual user or user group. Adaptive systems were designed for different usage contexts, exploring different kinds of personalization. Web personalization has evolved into a large research field attracting scientists from different communities such as hypertext, user modeling, machine learning, natural language generation, information retrieval, intelligent tutoring systems, cognitive science, and Web-based education.

This state-of-the-art survey provides a systematic overview of the ideas and techniques of the adaptive Web and serves as a central source of information for researchers, practitioners, and students. The volume constitutes a comprehensive and carefully planned collection of chapters, mapping out the most important areas of the adaptive Web, each solicited from experts and leaders in the field.

The largest part of the book focuses on personalization techniques, namely the modeling side of personalization (Chaps. 1-5), and on adaptation, (Chaps. 6-14). The technique-focused part is complemented by four domain-oriented chapters in the third section of the book (Chaps. 15-18). The last section is devoted to recently emerging topics; it provides a prospective view of the new ideas and techniques that are moving rapidly into the focus of the adaptive Web community and gives the reader a glimpse into the not-so-distant future.

The art of multiprocessor programming

Author Maurice Herlihy, Nir Shavit
Place of Publication Amsterdam Boston
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Elsevier/Morgan Kaufmann


This book is the first comprehensive presentation of the principles and tools available for programming multiprocessor machines. It is of immediate use to programmers working with the new architectures. For example, the next generation of computer game consoles will all be multiprocessor-based, and the game industry is currently struggling to understand how to address the programming challenges presented by these machines. This change in the industry is so fundamental that it is certain to require a significant response by universities, and courses on multicore programming will become a staple of computer science curriculums. The authors are well known and respected in this community and both teach and conduct research in this area. Prof. Maurice Herlihy is on the faculty of Brown University. He is the recipient of the 2003 Dijkstra Prize in distributed computing. Prof. Nir Shavit is on the faculty of Tel-Aviv University and a member of the technical staff at Sun Microsystems Laboratories. In 2004 they shared the Gödel Prize, the highest award in theoretical computer science.

Data communications and networking, 4th ed.

Author Behrouz A. Forouzan with Sophia Chung Fegan
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher McGraw-Hill


As one of the fastest growing technologies in our culture today, data communications and networking presents a unique challenge for instructors. As both the number and types of students are increasing, it is essential to have a textbook that provides coverage of the latest advances, while presenting the material in a way that is accessible to students with little or no background in the field. Using a bottom-up approach, “Data Communications and Networking” presents this highly technical subject matter without relying on complex formulas by using a strong pedagogical approach supported by more than 700 figures. Now in its Fourth Edition, this textbook brings the beginning student right to the forefront of the latest advances in the field, while presenting fundamentals in a clear, straightforward manner. Students will find better coverage, improved figures and better explanations on cutting-edge material.

Java data mining : strategy, standard, and practice : a practical guide for architecture, design, and implementation

Author Mark F. Hornick, Erik Marcadé, Sunil Venkayala
Place of Publication Amsterdam Boston
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher Morgan Kaufmann


Whether you are a software developer, systems architect, data analyst, or business analyst, if you want to take advantage of data mining in the development of advanced analytic applications, Java Data Mining, JDM, the new standard now implemented in core DBMS and data mining/analysis software, is a key solution component. This book is the essential guide to the usage of the JDM standard interface, written by contributors to the JDM standard. The book discusses and illustrates how to solve real problems using the JDM API. The authors provide you with: data mining introduction – an overview of data mining and the problems it can address across industries; JDM’s place in strategic solutions to data mining-related problems; JDM essentials – concepts, design approach and design issues, with detailed code examples in Java; a Web Services interface to enable JDM functionality in an SOA environment; and illustration of JDM XML Schema for JDM objects; JDM in practice – the use of JDM from vendor implementations and approaches to customer applications, integration, and usage; impact of data mining on IT infrastructure; and, a how-to guide for building applications that use the JDM API.Free, downloadable KJDM source code referenced in the book is available.

Nanotechnology applications to telecommunications and networking

Author Daniel Minoli
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication c2006
Publisher Wiley

This book provides a unique and thought-provoking perspective on how nanotechnology is poised to revolutionize the telecommunications, computing, and networking industries. The author discusses emerging technologies as well as technologies under development that will lay the foundation for such innovations as:
* Nanomaterials with novel optical, electrical, and magnetic properties
* Faster and smaller non-silicon-based chipsets, memory, and processors
* New-science computers based on Quantum Computing
* Advanced microscopy and manufacturing systems
* Faster and smaller telecom switches, including optical switches
* Higher-speed transmission phenomena based on plasmonics and other quantum-level phenomena
* Nanoscale MEMS: micro-electro-mechanical systems

This book is written for telecommunications professionals, researchers, and students who need to discover and exploit emerging revenue-generating opportunities to develop the next generation of nanoscale telecommunications and network systems. Non-scientists will find the treatment completely accessible. A detailed glossary clarifies unfamiliar terms and concepts. Appendices are provided for readers who want to delve further into the hard-core science, including nanoinstrumentation and quantum computing.

Network infrastructure and architecture : designing high-availability networks

Author Krzysztof Iniewski, Carl McCrosky, Daniel Minoli
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Wiley


This book takes a unique approach to the subject by covering the ideas underlying networks, the architecture of the network elements, and the implementation of these elements in optical and VLSI technologies. Additionally, it focuses on areas not widely covered in existing books: physical transport and switching, the process and technique of building networking hardware, and new technologies being deployed in the marketplace, such as Metro Wave Division Multiplexing (MWDM), Resilient Packet Rings (RPR), Optical Ethernet, and more.

The open source alternative : understanding risks and leveraging opportunities

Author Heather J. Meeker
Place of Publication Hoboken, NJ
Date of Publication 2008
Publisher Wiley & Sons,

This book is a user manual for understanding and deployment of open source software licensing in business. Written for lawyers and businesspeople alike, it explains and analyzes open source licensing issues, and gives practical suggestions on how to deal with open source licensing in a business context. Including useful forms, information, and both technical and licensing background, this book will help you avoid legal pitfalls and edcuate your organization about the risks of open source.

Patterns for fault tolerant software

Author Robert S. Hanmer
Place of Publication Chichester, England
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher Wiley

Software patterns have revolutionized the way developer’s and architects think about how software is designed, built and documented.

This new title in Wiley’s prestigious Series in Software Design Patterns presents proven techniques to achieve patterns for fault tolerant software. This is a key reference for experts seeking to select a technique appropriate for a given system.

Readers are guided from concepts and terminology, through common principles and methods, to advanced techniques and practices in the development of software systems. References will provide access points to the key literature, including descriptions of exemplar applications of each technique.

 Organized into a collection of software techniques, specific techniques can be easily found with sufficient detail to allow appropriate choices for the system being designed.

Security engineering : a guide to building dependable distributed systems, 2nd ed.

Author Ross J Anderson
Place of Publication Indianapolis, IN
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Wiley

The world has changed radically since the first edition of this book was published in 2001. Spammers, virus writers, phishermen, money launderers, and spies now trade busily with each other in a lively online criminal economy and as they specialize, they get better. In this indispensable, fully updated guide, Ross Anderson reveals how to build systems that stay dependable whether faced with error or malice. Here’s straight talk on critical topics such as technical engineering basics, types of attack, specialized protection mechanisms, security psychology, policy, and more.

RF circuit design, 2nd ed.

Author Christopher Bowick with John Blyler and Cheryl Ajluni
Place of Publication Amsterdam Boston
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Newnes/Elsevier


RF circuit design is now more important than ever as we find ourselves in an increasingly wireless world. Radio is the backbone of today’s wireless industry with protocols such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, WiMax, and ZigBee. Most, if not all, mobile devices have an RF component and this book tells the reader how to design and integrate that component in a very practical fashion. This book has been updated to include today’s integrated circuit (IC) and system-level design issues as well as keeping its classic “wire lead” material.

SPICE circuit handbook

Author Steven M. Sandler, Charles Hymowitz
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2006
Publisher McGraw-Hill

Over the past decade, simulation has become an increasingly integral part of the electronic circuit design process. This resource is a compilation of 50 fully worked and simulated Spice circuits that electronic designers can customize for use in their own projects. Unlike traditional circuit encyclopedias Spice Circuit Handbook is unique in that it provides designers with not only the circuits to use but the techniques to simulate their customization.

Bioinformatics algorithms : techniques and applications

Author edited by Ion I. Măndoiu and Alexander Zelikovsky
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Wiley


This book introduces algorithmic techniques in bioinformatics, emphasizing their application to solving novel problems in post-genomic molecular biology. Beginning with a thought-provoking discussion on the role of algorithms in twenty-first-century bioinformatics education, the book covers: general algorithmic techniques, algorithms and tools for genome and sequence analysis, microarray design and analysis, algorithmic issues arising in the analysis of genetic variation across human population, and algorithmic approaches in structural and systems biology.

Measuring the user experience : collecting, analyzing, and presenting usability metrics

Author Tom Tullis, Bill Albert
Place of Publication Amsterdam Boston
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Elsevier/Morgan Kaufmann

Effectively measuring the usability of any product requires choosing the right metric, applying it, and effectively using the information it reveals. “Measuring the User Experience” provides the first single source of practical information to enable usability professionals and product developers to do just that. Authors Tullis and Albert organize dozens of metrics into six categories: performance, issues-based, self-reported, web navigation, derived, and behavioral/physiological. They explore each metric, considering best methods for collecting, analyzing, and presenting the data. They provide step-by-step guidance for measuring the usability of any type of product using any type of technology. This book: presents criteria for selecting the most appropriate metric for every case; takes a product and technology neutral approach; and, presents in-depth case studies to show how organizations have successfully used the metrics and the information they revealed.

Ace the IT interview : the best interviewing strategies for IT professionals, 2nd ed.

Author Peyton Z. Peebles, Jr.
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2001
Publisher McGraw Hill

This practical guide for developing winning interviewing skills has been fully updated and revised to focus on today’s most sought-after IT jobs. Go behind the scenes of the IT interview process and get inside the mind of potential employers. You’ll find out how to make a great first impression and stand out from the competition. Ace the IT Interview features hundreds of questions that are likely to come up on your next technical interview along with key points to include in your answers so you can practice your responses based on your strengths and experience. Present yourself as a truly valuable IT professional and get a great job with help from this real-world guide.

Guide to TCP/IP, 3rd ed.

Author Laura A. Chappell and Ed Tittel.
Place of Publication Boston, Mass.
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher Thompson/Course Technology

Learn the concepts, terminology, protocols and services that the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) suite uses to make the Internet work! This book clearly displays and demonstrates TCP/IP capabilities while encouraging readers to interact with the protocols as well as to read and learn about them. It provides both the knowledge and tools would-be network administrators and analysts need to understand what’s happening on their networks, and to appreciate that behavior from the perspectives of traffic analysis and characterization, error detection and troubleshooting, security analysis and remedial action, and more.

Discrete signals and inverse problems : an introduction for engineers and scientists

Author J. Carlos Santamarina, Dante Fratta
Place of Publication West Sussex, England
Date of Publication c2005
Publisher Wiley

Discrete Signals and Inverse Problems examines fundamental concepts necessary to engineers and scientists working with discrete signal processing and inverse problem solving, and places emphasis on the clear understanding of algorithms within the context of application needs.

Based on the original ‘Introduction to Discrete Signals and Inverse Problems in Civil Engineering’, this expanded and enriched version:

* combines discrete signal processing and inverse problem solving in one book
* covers the most versatile tools that are needed to process engineering and scientific data
* presents step-by-step ‘implementation procedures’ for the most relevant algorithms
* provides instructive figures, solved examples and insightful exercises

Discrete Signals and Inverse Problems is essential reading for experimental researchers and practicing engineers in civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, non-destructive testing and instrumentation. This book is also an excellent reference for advanced undergraduate students and graduate students in engineering and science.

Information technology security & risk management, 3rd ed.

Author Jill Slay, Andy Koronios
Place of Publication Milton Qld., Australia
Date of Publication c2006
Publisher Wiley

“IT Security and Risk Management” is an original textbook written for undergraduate subjects on IT and e-business security, usually offered under a MIS, IT or eBusiness degree program. The text addresses the business implications and requirements of security rather than presenting a technical, programming approach that is generally aligned to studying computer science. This new text address security technology and systems, issues associated with risk minimization and management when implementing security systems, legal and regulatory requirements, basic Cryptography and Public Key Infrastructure, ethics, forensics and fraud, and the intrinsic relationship between business strategy and security systems, such as electronic payment systems, supply chain management and internal/external firewalls.

Object-oriented design using Java, Int’l ed.

Author Dale Skrien
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher McGraw-Hill

The primary strength of “Object-Oriented Design Using Java” is that it has one of the best presentations of problem solving using patterns available. It has received rave reviews from instructors, and has been class tested at a number of schools where the response from both professors and students has been extremely positive. This book is intended for the object-oriented programming design course where UML is used extensively for design and notation. It has been especially designed to be accessible to students and is full of real-world examples, case studies, and other aids to assist student understanding.

Algorithms, Int’l ed.

Author Sanjoy Dasgupta, Christos Papadimitriou, Umesh Vazirani
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher McGraw-Hill


This text, extensively class-tested over a decade at UC Berkeley and UC San Diego, explains the fundamentals of algorithms in a story line that makes the material enjoyable and easy to digest. Emphasis is placed on understanding the crisp mathematical idea behind each algorithm, in a manner that is intuitive and rigorous without being unduly formal. Features include: The use of boxes to strengthen the narrative: pieces that provide historical context, descriptions of how the algorithms are used in practice, and excursions for the mathematically sophisticated. Carefully chosen advanced topics that can be skipped in a standard one-semester course, but can be covered in an advanced algorithms course or in a more leisurely two-semester sequence. An accessible treatment of linear programming introduces students to one of the greatest achievements in algorithms. An optional chapter on the quantum algorithm for factoring provides a unique peephole into this exciting topic. In addition to the text, DasGupta also offers a Solutions Manual, which is available on the Online Learning Center. “

Oracle applications DBA : covers 11i and R12

Author Joyjeet Banerjee
Place of Publication New Delhi
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Tata McGraw-Hill

Oracle Applications DBA covers all the pertinent aspects of administrating Oracle Applications – from installation to day-to-day maintenance. It covers upgrading, cloning, patching, maintenance and troubleshooting of the application system. Embellished with over 350 screenshots and illustrations, it helps in administrating complex Oracle Database in an easy-to-navigate format.

To help readers manage Oracle Applications without much difficulty, a comprehensive discussion on upgrading Oracle Applications in Unix environment has been provided. Further the book includes a balanced coverage of Oracle 11i and R12 – making it a must-have for experienced Oracle Aplications DBAs. Professionals who are keen to migrate from DBA to Apps DBA profile would also find the book useful.

The resonant interface : HCI foundations for interaction design

Author Steven Heim
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Pearson/Addison Wesley

In an age of ubiquitous computing it is essential that Interaction Design be based on the rich foundation of HCI research and knowledge. The Resonant Interface does that and more. It moves beyond the traditional scope of human-computer interaction (HCI) and is based on the concept of active learning that integrates theory and practice.

 Using Computers: Interaction Paradigms; Interaction Frameworks and Styles. Designing Interaction: Interaction Design Process; Discovery; Design; Design Principles; Interaction Design Models; Usability Testing. Facets of Interaction: Color; Interface Components; Icons; Text; Speech and Hearing; Touch and Movement.

 For all readers interested in human-computer interaction (HCI).

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