Newly acquired books : February 2010

NEW_RESERVE BOOKS


Software & systems requirements engineering : in practice

Author Brian Berenbach … [et al.].
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher McGraw-Hill

Software & systems requirements engineering : in practice

“Requirements engineering is a discipline used primarily for large and complex applications. It is more formal than normal methods of gathering requirements, and this formality is needed for many large applications. The authors are experienced requirements engineers, and this book is a good compendium of sound advice based on practical experience.” –Capers Jones, Chief Scientist Emeritus, Software Productivity Research

Deliver feature-rich products faster, cheaper, and more reliably using state-of-the-art SSRE methods and modeling procedures. Written by global experts, Software & Systems Requirements Engineering: In Practice explains how to effectively manage project objectives and user needs across the entire development lifecycle. Gather functional and quality attribute requirements, work with models, perform system tests, and verify compliance. You will also learn how to mitigate risks, avoid requirements creep, and sidestep the pitfalls associated with large, complex projects.Define and prioritize customer expectations using taxonomiesElicit and analyze functional and quality attribute requirementsDevelop artifact models, meta-models, and prototypesManage platform and product line development requirementsDerive and generate test cases from UML activity diagramsDeploy validation, verification, and rapid development proceduresHandle RE for globally distributed software and system development projects Perform hazard analysis, risk assessment, and threat modeling

The design of CMOS radio-frequency integrated circuits, 2nd ed.

Author Thomas H. Lee
Place of Publication Cambridge, UK ; New York
Date of Publication c2004
Publisher Cambridge University Press

The design of CMOS radio-frequency integrated circuits

This comprehensive and insightful book sets out in detail how to design gigahertz-speed radio-frequency integrated circuits in CMOS technology. Starting with a history of radio to establish a foundation and to differentiate the discrete era from the IC age, the book reviews passive RLC networks, the characteristics of IC components and transistor models. The design of high-frequency tuned and broadband amplifiers follows, with an emphasis on approximate methods that provide important design insight as a complement to simulation results. Key RF building blocks, such as low-noise amplifiers (LNAs), mixers, power amplifiers, high spectral purity oscillators and frequency synthesizers are studied in detail. The book closes with an examination of transceiver architectures. With over 350 circuit diagrams and illustrations, and many homework problems, this will be an ideal textbook for anyone taking advanced undergraduate or graduate courses in RF electronics, as well as a useful reference for practising engineers.

NEW REFERENCE BOOKS

Handbook of systems engineering and management, 2nd ed.

Author edited by Andrew P. Sage and William B. Rouse.
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher John Wiley & Sons

Handbook of Systems Engineering and Management

“This is the trusted handbook – now in a new edition. This newly revised handbook presents a multifaceted view of systems engineering from process and systems management perspectives. It begins with a comprehensive introduction to the subject and provides a brief overview of the thirty-four chapters that follow. This introductory chapter is intended to serve as a ‘field guide’ that indicates why, when, and how to use the material that follows in the handbook. Topical coverage of this book includes: systems engineering life cycles and management; risk management; discovering system requirements; configuration management; cost management; total quality management; reliability, maintainability, and availability; concurrent engineering; standards in systems engineering; system architectures; systems design; systems integration; systematic measurements; human supervisory control; managing organizational and individual decision-making; systems reengineering; project planning; human systems integration; information technology and knowledge management; and, more. The handbook is written and edited for systems engineers in industry and government, and to serve as a university reference handbook in systems engineering and management courses. By focusing on systems engineering processes and systems management, the editors have produced a long-lasting handbook that will make a difference in the design of systems of all types that are large in scale and/or scope.

The SAGE handbook of online research methods

Author edited by Nigel Fielding, Raymond M. Lee and Grant Blank.
Place of Publication Los Angeles, Calif.
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Sage

The SAGE handbook of online research methods

This handbook is the first to provide comprehensive, up-to-the-minute coverage of contemporary and developing Internet and online social research methods, spanning both quantitative and qualitative research applications. The editors have brought together leading names in the field of online research to give a thoroughly up to date, practical coverage, richly illustrated with examples. The chapters cover both methodological and procedural themes, offering readers a sophisticated treatment of the practice and uses of Internet and online research that is grounded in the principles of research methodology.Beginning with an examination of the significance of the Internet as a research medium, the book goes on to cover research design, data capture, online surveys, virtual ethnography, and the internet as an archival resource, and concludes by looking at potential directions for the future of Internet and online research. “The SAGE Handbook of Internet and Online Research Methods” will be welcomed by anyone interested in the contemporary practice of computer-mediated research and scholarship. Postgraduates, researchers and methodologists from disciplines across the social sciences will find this an invaluable source of reference.

Master handbook of acoustics, 5th ed.

Author F. Alton Everest ; Ken C. Pohlmann
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher McGraw-Hill

Master handbook of acoustics

The ‘bible’ of acoustics now completely revised and updated for a new generation of audiophiles. The first four editions of this classic guide were written by the late F. Alton Everest, for many years the leading authority on acoustical principles. Now updated by another sound guru, Ken Pohlmann, the “Fifth Edition of Master Handbook of Acoustics” shows you how to achieve professional recording results at home, build an audio/video tech room for cutting-edge voice-over recording, control reverberation, interference, noise distortion in the air, and more. You will find new information on hardware and software tools for performing acoustic measurements, subjective perception of acoustic space, noise control techniques, absorption measurements, and room impulse response measurements. The Fifth Edition also explores room design for surround-sound playback and professional studios, concert hall and auditorium acoustics, and room acoustics measurement and modeling software.

NEW CIRCULATION BOOKS

Digital communications : a discrete-time approach

Author Michael Rice
Place of Publication Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher Pearson/Prentice Hall

Digital communications : a discrete-time approach

For senior level elective courses in digital communications or first-year graduate courses in digital communications (with an emphasis on the discrete-time processing algorithms). Take an exciting non-traditional approach to the traditional topic of digital communications! Rice uses the principles of discrete-time signal processing to introduce and analyze digital communications — connecting continuous-time and discrete-time ideas. Often neglected topics such as carrier phase synchronization, symbol timing synchronization, pulse shaping issues, and channelization are derived from basic principles in the discrete-time domain. Extensive details on implementation are also included.

Integrated power electronic converters and digital control

Author Ali Emadi … [et al.].
Place of Publication Boca Raton
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher CRC Press/Taylor & Francis

Integrated power electronic converters and digital control

In response to the demand for higher efficiencies, smaller output ripple, and smaller converter size for modern power electronic systems, pioneering experts in electronic engineering describe various integrated electronic converters. Meeting the needs of professionals working in power electronics as well as advanced students, the book covers boost type, buck type, and buck-boost type integrated topologies as well as other integrated structures. It discusses concepts behind their operation as well specific applications. The last few chapters of the book describe current trends in power electronics around digital control based on digital signal processors (DSPs).

Introduction to wireless systems

Author Bruce A. Black … [et al.].
Place of Publication Upper Saddle River, NJ
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Prentice-Hall

Introduction to wireless systems

A Coherent Systems View of Wireless and Cellular Network Design and Implementation Written for senior-level undergraduates, first-year graduate students, and junior technical professionals, Introduction to Wireless Systems offers a coherent systems view of the crucial lower layers of today’s cellular systems. The authors introduce today’s most important propagation issues, modulation techniques, and access schemes, illuminating theory with real-world examples from modern cellular systems. They demonstrate how elements within today’s wireless systems interrelate, clarify the trade-offs associated with delivering high-quality service at acceptable cost, and demonstrate how systems are designed and implemented by teams of complementary specialists.Coverage includes *Understanding the challenge of moving information wirelessly between two points *Explaining how system and subsystem designers work together to analyze, plan, and implement optimized wireless systems *Designing for quality reception: using the free-space range equation, and accounting for thermal noise *Understanding terrestrial channels and their impairments, including shadowing and multipath reception *Reusing frequencies to provide service over wide areas to large subscriber bases *Using modulation: frequency efficiency, power efficiency, BER, bandwidth, adjacent-channel interference, and spread-spectrum modulation *Implementing multiple access methods, including FDMA, TDMA, and CDMA *Designing systems for today’s most common forms of traffic–both “bursty” and “streaming” *Maximizing capacity via linear predictive coding and other speech compression techniques *Setting up connections that support reliable communication among users Introduction to Wireless Systems brings together the theoretical and practical knowledge readers need to participate effectively in the planning, design, or implementation of virtually any wireless system..

Data mining : know it all

Author Soumen Chakrabarti … [et al.].
Place of Publication Burlington, MA
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher Elsevier/Morgan Kaufmann Publishers

Data mining : know it all

“This book brings all of the elements of data mining together in a single volume, saving the reader the time and expense of making multiple purchases. It consolidates both introductory and advanced topics, thereby covering the gamut of data mining and machine learning tactics from data integration and pre-processing, to fundamental algorithms, to optimization techniques and web mining methodology. The proposed book expertly combines the finest data mining material from the Morgan Kaufmann portfolio. Individual chapters are derived from a select group of MK books authored by the best and brightest in the field. These chapters are combined into one comprehensive volume in a way that allows it to be used as a reference work for those interested in new and developing aspects of data mining. This book represents a quick and efficient way to unite valuable content from leading data mining experts, thereby creating a definitive, one-stop-shopping opportunity for customers to receive the information they would otherwise need to round up from separate sources. This title includes chapters contributed by various recognized experts in the field that let the reader remain up to date and fully informed from multiple viewpoints. It presents multiple methods of analysis and algorithmic problem-solving techniques, enhancing the reader’s technical expertise and ability to implement practical solutions. Its coverage of both theory and practice brings all of the elements of data mining together in a single volume, saving the reader the time and expense of making multiple purchases.

Hello world! : computer programming for kids and other beginners

Author Warren Sande, Carter Sande
Place of Publication Greenwich, Conn.
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher Manning

Hello world! : computer programming for kids and other beginners

Computer Programming for Kids” gives kids–or anyone who wants to learn programming from a fresh perspective – a gentle but thorough introduction to the world of computer programming. This book uses the Python language, a free, open source language which is ideal as a teaching tool. Python was chosen because it is easy to learn, free, and compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux. Python is also the base language for the “One Laptop per Child” program. This book covers all the basic concepts of computer programming, and applies them to fun, interesting topics like, computer graphics, game programming, and simulations. It is aimed at kids, but anyone who wants to learn how to program a computer can use it. You don’t need to know anything about programming to use the book. Just a normal user-level familiarity with how to use a computer is enough to learn from this book. You can use the book to easily learn to interact with the computer on a programming level. This book can be used at home or in a classroom setting. There is nothing like it currently on the market.

Power circuits and electromechanics

Author M.A. Pai
Place of Publication Oxford
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher Alpha Science International

Power circuits and electromechanics

 

High efficiency RF and microwave solid state power amplifiers

Author Paolo Colantonio, Franco Giannini, Ernesto Limiti.
Place of Publication Chichester, U.K.
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher J. Wiley

High efficiency RF and microwave solid state power amplifiers

Do you want to know how to design high efficiency RF and microwave solid state power amplifiers? Read this book to learn the main concepts that are fundamental for optimum amplifier design. Practical design techniques are set out, stating the pros and cons for each method presented in this text. In addition to novel theoretical discussion and workable guidelines, you will find helpful running examples and case studies that demonstrate the key issues involved in power amplifier (PA) design flow. The highlights include: clarification of topics which are often misunderstood and misused, such as bias classes and PA nomenclatures; the consideration of both hybrid and monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs); discussions of switch-mode and current-mode PA design approaches and an explanation of the differences; coverage of the linearity issue in PA design at circuit level, with advice on low distortion power stages; and, analysis of the hot topic of Doherty amplifier design, plus a description of advanced techniques based on multi-way and multi-stage architecture solutions. “High Efficiency RF and Microwave Solid State Power Amplifiers” is: an ideal tutorial for MSc and postgraduate students taking courses in microwave electronics and solid state circuit/device design; and, a useful reference text for practising electronic engineers and researchers in the field of PA design and microwave and RF engineering. With its unique unified vision of solid state amplifiers, you won’t find a more comprehensive publication on the topic.

Navier-Stokes equations and turbulence

Author C. Foias … [et al.].
Place of Publication Cambridge New York
Date of Publication c2001
Publisher Cambridge University Press

Navier-Stokes equations and turbulence

This book aims to bridge the gap between practising mathematicians and the practitioners of turbulence theory. It presents the mathematical theory of turbulence to engineers and physicists, and the physical theory of turbulence to mathematicians. The book is the result of many years of research by the authors to analyse turbulence using Sobolev spaces and functional analysis. In this way the authors have recovered parts of the conventional theory of turbulence, deriving rigorously from the Navier-Stokes equations what had been arrived at earlier by phenomenological arguments. The mathematical technicalities are kept to a minimum within the book, enabling the language to be at a level understood by a broad audience. Each chapter is accompanied by appendices giving full details of the mathematical proofs and subtleties. This unique presentation should ensure a volume of interest to mathematicians, engineers and physicists.

Running an agile software development project

Author Mike Holcombe
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Wiley

Running an agile software development project

This book offers a practical approach to building small to medium software systems for real business clients. Based on more than 100 actual commercial projects, this book clearly explains how to run an agile software development project that delivers high-quality, high-value solutions to business clients. It concentrates on the practical, social, business, and management aspects as well as the technical issues involved. Professor Holcombe successfully connects readers with the wave of ‘Agile 2.0′ concepts that take the techniques of agile development and place them in the service of business goals. Since it is widely believed that the use of Windows XP will become much more common in coming years, readers should be armed with cutting-edge knowledge of the latest practices in the field. Further features of the book include case studies that provide real-world examples and describe how XP was introduced into the environment. Analysis is provided to help readers determine which elements of XP are suitable for the unique challenges and environments for different projects. Problems of a failing agile project and how they can be fixed are covered, including insight into which managerial techniques can be employed. An Instructor’s Guide provides practical advice on how to motivate students, organize real group projects, and deal, in a simple and effective way, with many of the problems that arise. A sample syllabus, sample tests, and additional case study information are available on an instructor’s password-protected ftp site. “Running an Agile Software Development Project” is an indispensable guide for professional software developers, engineers, and project managers interested in learning how to use agile processes. It is also a valuable textbook for advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level students in computer engineering and software engineering courses.

Unlocking Android : a developer’s guide

Author W. Frank Ableson, Charlie Collins, Robi Sen
Place of Publication Greenwich, CT
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher Manning

Unlocking Android : a developer's guide

Android is a free, open source, Java-based mobile platform developed by Google. “Unlocking Android” prepares the reader to embrace the Android mobile platform in easy-to-understand language and builds on this foundation with reusable Java code examples.

PHP : a beginner’s guide

Author Vikram Vaswani
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher McGraw Hill

PHP : a beginner's guide

Learn how to build dynamic, data-driven Web applications using PHP. Covering the latest release of this cross-platform, open-source scripting language, PHP: A Beginner’s Guide teaches you how to write basic PHP programs and enhance them with more advanced features such as MySQL and SQLite database integration, XML input, and third-party extensions. This fast-paced tutorial provides one-stop coverage of software installation, language syntax and data structures, flow control routines, built-in functions, and best practices.

Designed for Easy Learning: Key Skills & Concepts–Lists of specific skills covered in the chapter Ask the Expert–Q&A sections filled with bonus information and helpful tips Try This–Hands-on exercises that show how to apply your skillsNotes–Extra information related to the topic being coveredTips–Helpful reminders or alternate ways of doing things Cautions–Errors and pitfalls to avoidSelf-Tests–Chapter-ending quizzes to test your knowledge Annotated Syntax–Example code with commentary that describes the programming techniques being illustrated

Introduction to engineering ethics

Author Mike W. Martin, Roland Schinzinger
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c2010
Publisher McGraw-Hill Higher Education

Introduction to engineering ethics

“Introduction to Engineering Ethics” provides the background for discussion of the basic issues in engineering ethics. Emphasis is given to the moral problems engineers face in the corporate setting. It places those issues within a philosophical framework, and it seems to exhibit both their social importance and their intellectual challenge. The primary goal is to stimulate critical and responsible reflection on moral issues surrounding engineering practice and to provide the conceptual tools necessary for pursuing those issues. As per new ABET 2000 guidelines, more and more introductory engineering courses cover engineering ethics as part of their instruction. Students preparing to function within the engineering profession need to be introduced to the basic issues in engineering ethics. This book places those issues within a wider philosophical framework than has been customary in the past and aims to stimulate critical and responsible reflection on the moral issues surrounding engineering practice and to provide the conceptual tools necessary for pursuing those issues..

Programming the World Wide Web, 5th ed.

Author Robert W. Sebesta
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c2010
Publisher Addison Wesley

Programming the World Wide Web

A comprehensive introduction to the tools and skills required for both client- and server-side programming, that teaches how to develop platform-independent sites using the most current Web development technology. KEY TOPICS: Internet introduction; Web Browsers and Servers; URL; MIME; HTTP; Web Programmer’s Toolbox; HTML and XHTML; CSS; JavaScript™; XML and XLST; Applets; Flash; Perl™/CGI; Java Web Programming; PHP; ASP.NET Using C# and Ajax; Visual Studio; Database Access through the Web; Ruby; Rails 2.0; Ajax. MARKET: An ideal reference for Web programming professionals.

Computers and intractability : a guide to the theory of Np-completeness

Author Michael R. Garey
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c1979
Publisher W. H. Freeman

Computers and Intractability: A Guide to the Theory of Np-Completeness

This book’s introduction features a humorous story of a man with a line of people behind him, who explains to his boss, “I can’t find an efficient algorithm, but neither can all these famous people.” This man illustrates an important quality of a class of problems, namely, the NP-complete problems: if you can prove that a problem is in this class, then it has no known polynomial-time solution that is guaranteed to work in general. This quality implies that the problem is difficult to deal with in practice.

 

The focus of this book is to teach the reader how to identify, deal with, and understand the essence of NP-complete problems; Computers and Intractability does all of those things effectively. In a readable yet mathematically rigorous manner, the book covers topics such as how to prove that a given problem is NP-complete and how to cope with NP-complete problems. (There is even a chapter on advanced topics, with numerous references.) Computers and Intractability also contains a list of more than 300 problems–most of which are known to be NP-complete–with comments and references.

Using information technology : a practical introduction to computers & communications, 8th ed.

Author Brian K. Williams, Stacey C. Sawyer
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c2010
Publisher McGraw Hill

Using information technology : a practical introduction to computers & communications

The Williams, Using Information Technology, 8th Edition” utilizes a practical, applied approach to technology. This text is user-focused and has been highly updated including topics, pictures and examples. “The Williams” text contains less theory and more application to engage students who might be more familiar with technology. Continually published and updated for over 15 years, “Using Information Technology” was the first text to foresee and define the impact of digital convergence – the fusion of computers and communications. It was also the first text to acknowledge the new priorities imposed by the Internet and World Wide Web and bring discussion of them from late in the course to the beginning. Today, it is directed toward the ‘Always On’ generation that is at ease with digital technology – comfortable with iPhones, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, and the blogosphere – but not always savvy about its processes, possibilities, and liabilities. This 8th edition continues to address the two most significant challenges that instructors face in teaching this course – trying to make the course interesting and challenging and trying to teach to students with a variety of computer backgrounds. In addition, this text correlates with Simnet Online for full integration of resources within the Computing Concepts course.

Common errors in statistics (and how to avoid them), 3rd ed.

Author P. I. Good and J. W. Hardin
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher Wiley

Common errors in statistics (and how to avoid them)

Now in its third edition, this accessible text continues a thorough discussion of basic statistical methods, presentations, approaches, and modeling techniques. With new examples and counter-examples from the latest research as well as added coverage of relevant topics (data quality assessment, correlated data, data analysis, report preparation, factor analysis), this new edition addresses popular mistakes in data collection and provides an indispensable guide to accurate statistical analysis and reporting. The authors’ emphasis on careful practice, combined with a focus on the development of solutions, reveals the true value of statistics when applied correctly in research

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