New Books : December 2008 (Part II)


Electric power distribution system engineering, 2nd ed.

Author Turan Gonen
Place of Publication Boca Raton
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher CRC Press

With numerous examples and problems in each chapter, this second edition of a bestseller explores topics such as distribution system planning and load characteristics. The book provides comprehensive coverage of applications of distribution transformers and capacitors, harmonics on distribution systems, distribution system protection, voltage regulation, reliability, electric power quality, design of subtransmission lines, distribution substations, primary and secondary systems, voltage drop, and power loss characteristics. The author takes special care to familiarize students with industry terms and symbols, providing a glossary and clearly defining each term when it is introduced.


Symbian OS communications programming, 2nd ed.

Author Iain Campbell with Dale Self … [et al.].
Place of Publication Chichester, England Hoboken, NJ
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher John Wiley

An up-to-date insight into Communications programming at Symbian, incorporating changes introduced by the latest version of Symbian OS (Symbian OS V9), which is the basis of the new phones currently reaching the market. It guides developers through the Symbian OS communications architecture and provides essential information on the communications models and programming interfaces used by Symbian OS.

* Clear up-to-date explanations of how Symbian OS Communications works, demonstrated with full code examples in each chapter
* Written by experienced Symbian engineer who leads the Symbian Communications Programming team
* Covers special topics to include Bluetooth, HTTP, Serial Communications, OBEX and messaging

Power system analysis and design, 4th, Int’l student ed.

Author J. Duncan Glover, Mulukutla S. Sarma, Thomas J. Overbye.
Place of Publication Australia Toronto, Ont.
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Thomson

The new edition of “Power Systems Analysis and Design” text provides students with an introduction to the basic concepts of power systems along with tools to aid them in applying these skills to real world situations. Physical concepts are highlighted while also giving necessary attention to mathematical techniques. Both theory and modeling are developed from simple beginnings so that they can be readily extended to new and complex situations. The authors incorporate new tools and material to aid students with design issues and reflect recent trends in the field.

Digital logic and microprocessor design with VHDL

Author Enoch O. Hwang
Place of Publication Toronto, Ont.
Date of Publication c2006
Publisher Thomson

This book will teach students how to design digital logic circuits, specifically combinational and sequential circuits. Students will learn how to put these two types of circuits together to form dedicated and general-purpose microprocessors. This book is unique in that it combines the use of logic principles and the building of individual components to create data paths and control units, and finally the building of real dedicated custom microprocessors and general-purpose microprocessors. After understanding the material in the book, students will be able to design simple microprocessors and implement them in real hardware.


Oracle database 11g DBA handbook

Author Bob Bryla, Kevin Loney
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher McGraw-Hill

“Manage a flexible, highly available Oracle database with help from the expert information contained in this exclusive Oracle Press guide. Fully revised to cover every new feature and utility, Oracle Database 11g DBA Handbook shows how to perform a new installation, upgrade from previous versions, configure hardware and software for maximum efficiency, and employ bulletproof security. You will learn to automate the backup and recovery process, provide transparent failover capability, audit and tune performance, and distribute your enterprise databases with Oracle Net.

* Plan and deploy permanent, temporary, and bigfile tablespaces
* Optimize disk allocation, CPU usage, I/O throughput, and SQL queries
* Develop powerful database management applications
* Guard against human errors using Oracle Flashback and Oracle Automatic Undo Management
* Diagnose and tune system performance using Oracle Automatic Workload Repository and SQL Tuning Sets
* Implement robust security using authentication, authorization, fine-grained auditing, and fine-grained access control
* Maintain high availability using Oracle Real Application Clusters and Oracle Active Data Guard
* Respond more efficiently to failure scenarios by leveraging the Oracle Automatic Diagnostic Repository and the Oracle Repair Advisor
* Back up and restore tables, tablespaces, and databases with Oracle Recovery Manager and Oracle Data Pump Export and Import
* Work with networked databases, data warehouses, and VLDBs
* Put the latest Oracle Database 11g tools to work–Oracle Total Recall, Oracle Flashback Data Archive, and more

The text mining handbook : advanced approaches in analyzing unstructured data

Author Ronen Feldman, James Sanger
Place of Publication Cambridge New York
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher Cambridge University Press

Covers text mining and link detection algorithms, pre-processing techniques, knowledge representation, visualization and applications.


Essentials of programming languages, 3rd ed.

Author Daniel P. Friedman, Mitchell Wand.
Place of Publication Cambridge, MA
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher MIT Press

This book provides students with a deep, working understanding of the essential concepts of programming languages. Most of these essentials relate to the semantics, or meaning, of program elements, and the text uses interpreters (short programs that directly analyze an abstract representation of the program text) to express the semantics of many essential language elements in a way that is both clear and executable. The approach is both analytical and hands-on. The book provides views of programming languages using widely varying levels of abstraction, maintaining a clear connection between the high-level and low-level views. Exercises are a vital part of the text and are scattered throughout; the text explains the key concepts, and the exercises explore alternative designs and other issues. The complete Scheme code for all the interpreters and analyzers in the book can be found online through The MIT Press Web site.

For this new edition, each chapter has been revised and many new exercises have been added. Significant additions have been made to the text, including completely new chapters on modules and continuation-passing style. Essentials of Programming Languages can be used for both graduate and undergraduate courses, and for continuing education courses for programmers.

Perspectives on free and open source software

Author edited by Joseph Feller … [et al.].
Place of Publication Cambridge, Mass.
Date of Publication c2005
Publisher MIT Press

What is the status of the Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) revolution? Has the creation of software that can be freely used, modified, and redistributed transformed industry and society, as some predicted, or is this transformation still a work in progress? Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software brings together leading analysts and researchers to address this question, examining specific aspects of F/OSS in a way that is both scientifically rigorous and highly relevant to real-life managerial and technical concerns.

The book analyzes a number of key topics: the motivation behind F/OSS—why highly skilled software developers devote large amounts of time to the creation of “free” products and services; the objective, empirically grounded evaluation of software—necessary to counter what one chapter author calls the “steamroller” of F/OSS hype; the software engineering processes and tools used in specific projects, including Apache, GNOME, and Mozilla; the economic and business models that reflect the changing relationships between users and firms, technical communities and firms, and between competitors; and legal, cultural, and social issues, including one contribution that suggests parallels between “open code” and “open society” and another that points to the need for understanding the movement’s social causes and consequences.

Access denied : the practice and policy of global Internet filtering

Author edited by Ronald Deibert … [et al.].
Place of Publication Cambridge, Mass.
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher MIT Press

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.

Internet filtering takes place in at least forty states worldwide including many countries in Asia and the Middle East and North Africa. Related Internet content control mechanisms are also in place in Canada, the United States and a cluster of countries in Europe. Drawing on a just-completed survey of global Internet filtering undertaken by the OpenNet Initiative (a collaboration of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, the Oxford Internet Institute at Oxford University, and the University of Cambridge) and relying on work by regional experts and an extensive network of researchers, Access Denied examines the political, legal, social, and cultural contexts of Internet filtering in these states from a variety of perspectives. Chapters discuss the mechanisms and politics of Internet filtering, the strengths and limitations of the technology that powers it, the relevance of international law, ethical considerations for corporations that supply states with the tools for blocking and filtering, and the implications of Internet filtering for activist communities that increasingly rely on Internet technologies for communicating their missions.

Reports on Internet content regulation in forty different countries follow, with each country profile outlining the types of content blocked by category and documenting key findings.

Gray hat hacking : the ethical hacker’s handbook, 2nd ed.

Author Shon Harris … [et al.].
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher McGraw-Hill

A thorough revision of the bestselling guide to the tools and tricks of the hybrid hacker

Written by seasoned security authors and instructors, this fully updated volume offers a comprehensive overview of today’s hacking and computer security landscape. You will learn the latest techniques to uncover, legally disclose, and fix vulnerabilities deep within software and networks. The book includes six brand-new chapters and fully updated material throughout.

Gray Hat Hacking, Second Edition is the only ethical hacking book on the market to provide in-depth coverage of vulnerability discovery and reverse engineering. It also offers full details on cutting-edge attack methods, hacking-related law, malware analysis, and post-exploitation survival.

Document engineering : analyzing and designing documents for business informatics & Web services

Author Robert J. Glushko and Tim McGrath.
Place of Publication Cambridge, Mass.
Date of Publication c2005
Publisher MIT Press

Much of the business transacted on the Web today takes place through information exchanges made possible by using documents as interfaces. For example, what seems to be a simple purchase from an online bookstore actually involves at least three different business collaborations—between the customer and the online catalog to select a book; between the bookstore and a credit card authorization service to verify and charge the customer’s account; and between the bookstore and the delivery service with instructions for picking up and delivering the book to the customer. Document engineering is needed to analyze, design, and implement these Internet information exchanges. This book is an introduction to the emerging field of document engineering.

The authors, both leaders in the development of document engineering and other e-commerce initiatives, analyze document exchanges from a variety of perspectives. Taking a qualitative view, they look at patterns of document exchanges as components of business models; looking at documents in more detail, they describe techniques for analyzing individual transaction patterns and the role they play in the overall business process. They describe techniques for analyzing, designing, and encoding document models, including XML, and discuss the techniques and architectures that make XML a unifying technology for the next generation of e-business applications. Finally, they go beyond document models to consider management and strategic issues—the business model, or the vision, that the information exchanged in these documents serves.

Toward brain-computer interfacing

Author edited by Guido Dornhege … [et al.] foreword by Terrence J. Sejnowski.
Place of Publication Cambridge, Mass.
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher MIT Press


Interest in developing an effective communication interface connecting the human brain and a computer has grown rapidly over the past decade. The brain-computer interface (BCI) would allow humans to operate computers, wheelchairs, prostheses, and other devices, using brain signals only. BCI research may someday provide a communication channel for patients with severe physical disabilities but intact cognitive functions, a working tool in computational neuroscience that contributes to a better understanding of the brain, and a novel independent interface for human-machine communication that offers new options for monitoring and control. This volume presents a timely overview of the latest BCI research, with contributions from many of the important research groups in the field.

The book covers a broad range of topics, describing work on both noninvasive (that is, without the implantation of electrodes) and invasive approaches. Other chapters discuss relevant techniques from machine learning and signal processing, existing software for BCI, and possible applications of BCI research in the real world.

A semantic Web primer, 2nd ed.

Author Grigoris Antoniou and Frank van Harmelen.
Place of Publication Cambridge, Mass.
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher MIT Press


The development of the Semantic Web, with machine-readable content, has the potential to revolutionize the World Wide Web and its uses. A Semantic Web Primer provides an introduction and guide to this still emerging field, describing its key ideas, languages, and technologies. Suitable for use as a textbook or for self-study by professionals, it concentrates on undergraduate-level fundamental concepts and techniques that will enable readers to proceed with building applications on their own and includes exercises, project descriptions, and annotated references to relevant online materials.

A Semantic Web Primer provides a systematic treatment of the different languages (XML, RDF, OWL, and rules) and technologies (explicit metadata, ontologies, and logic and inference) that are central to Semantic Web development as well as such crucial related topics as ontology engineering and application scenarios. This substantially revised and updated second edition reflects recent developments in the field, covering new application areas and tools. The new material includes a discussion of such topics as SPARQL as the RDF query language; OWL DLP and its interesting practical and theoretical properties; the SWRL language (in the chapter on rules); OWL-S (on which the discussion of Web services is now based). The new final chapter considers the state of the art of the field today, captures ongoing discussions, and outlines the most challenging issues facing the Semantic Web in the future. Supplementary materials, including slides, online versions of many of the code fragments in the book, and links to further reading, can be found at

Developing software for Symbian OS : a beginner’s guide to creating Symbian OS v9 smartphone applications in C++, 2nd ed.

Author Steve Babin reviewed by Antony Pranata … [et al.].
Place of Publication Chichester, England Hoboken, NJ
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher John Wiley & Sons


“Many problems encountered by engineers developing code for specialized Symbian subsystems boil down to a lack of understanding of the core Symbian programming concepts. Developing Software for Symbian OS remedies this problem as it provides a comprehensive coverage of all the key concepts. Numerous examples and descriptions are also included, which focus on the concepts the author has seen developers struggle with the most. The book covers development ranging from low-level system programming to end user GUI applications. It also covers the development and packaging tools, as well as providing some detailed reference and examples for key APIs. The new edition includes a completely new chapter on platform security.

The overall goal of the book is to provide introductory coverage of Symbian OS v9 and help developers with little or no knowledge of Symbian OS to develop as quickly as possible. There are few people with long Symbian development experience compared to demand, due to the rapid growth of Symbian in recent years, and developing software for new generation wireless devices requires knowledge and experience of OS concepts. This book will use many comparisons between Symbian OS and other OSes to help in that transition.

Get yourself ahead with the perfect introduction to developing software for Symbian OS.

Human factors and voice interactive systems, 2nd ed.

Author Daryle Gardner-Bonneau, Harry E. Blanchard [editors].
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Springer


Human Factors and Voice Interactive Systems, Second Edition provides in-depth information on current topics of major interest to speech application developers, and updates material from chapters that appeared in the previous edition.

The first nine chapters of the book cover issues related to interactive voice response systems, including both mobile and multimodal device user interfaces as well as classic automated telephone systems. The remaining chapters cover special topics including synthetic speech and the design of speech applications to enhance accessibility to people with disabilities and the ever-growing population of older adults.

Human Factors and Voice Interactive Systems, Second Edition is a collection of applied research and scholarly synthesis contributions by seasoned professionals in the field that highlight continuing efforts to study human interaction with speech technologies.

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