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Understanding Digital Libraries (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Multimedia Information and Systems)
Michael Lesk
1558609245
December 2004
Textbook Paperback
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Review
"Lesk is the senior and most knowledgeable author in the field. His dry humor and clear explanations, combined with his uncanny ability to uncover and address key ideas and problems, make this a "must read."
--Edward A. Fox, Ph.D., Professor of Computer Science, Virginia Tech

"Michael Lesk does for digital libraries what David Macaulay does for every day objects: he lucidly depicts how things work. In the digital world the ways things work is necessarily always in flux. In this second edition, Michael Lesk has done a masterful job of making us feel more at home with this flux."
--Michèle Valerie Cloonan, Dean and Professor, Graduate School of Library & Information Science, Simmons College

"Lesk's insights are distilled from a lifetime of pioneering activities in information retrieval, text processing...


Mel Scripting for Maya Animators
Mark R. Wilkins
0120887932
July 2005
Paperback
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Review
"Reading and following the lessons of this book provides one of the best ways for a casual Maya user to elevate their skills to a professional level. The fundamental techniques developed in MEL Scripting for Maya Animators are critical for visual effects artists to learn."—Scott Stokdyk, Visual Effects Supervisor, Sony Pictures Imageworks

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"This book fills a huge void of material on learning the MEL Language… A great first step for Maya users who want to make the leap to becoming Maya technical directors."
—Doug Cooper, Digital Supervisor, DreamWorks Feature Animation

"Mel Scripting for Maya Animators is well written for both technical and nontechnical animators. It is an essential tool in...


Advanced Graphics Programming Using OpenGL (Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Graphics and Geometric Modeling)
Tom McReynolds
1558606599
February 2005
Paperback
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Review
"You may think you know OpenGL. As a software engineer with ten years of OpenGL experience, I thought I did. However, this book quickly convinced me that I was very much mistaken. David Blythe and Tom McReynolds have taught me much that I did not know, and in the process improved my company's products. This is a book for computer graphics enthusiasts, both amateur and professional. If you use OpenGL in your work, Advanced Graphics Programming using OpenGL will be your constant companion. Be sure to get your own copy, however - my copy is not leaving my desk under any circumstances!"
Ian Ashdown, President, byHeart Consultants Limited

Book Description
Today truly useful and interactive graphics are available on affordable computers. While hardware progress has been...


The Grid 2: Blueprint for a New Computing Infrastructure (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Architecture and Design)
Ian Foster, Carl Kesselman
1558609334
November 18, 2003
Hardcover
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Book Review
Beyond the Net, say Foster, Kesselman, and a host of impressive contributors, lies the Grid. While the Net allows users everywhere to share information, the Grid will allow users to share raw computing power. The goal is to put full supercomputing capabilities into the hands of anyone who needs it while providing for more efficient use of the supercomputers of tomorrow. The potential benefits to science, government, and business may well be beyond imagination.

Foster and Kesselman have gathered together essays, proposals, and ruminations of more than 30 distinguished stars of the high-speed computing and networking world in order to do four things: make the case for developing computational grids, provide ideas on how such grids may be designed, demonstrate how the grids might be used, and point out the research still...



Web Application Design Handbook
Susan Fowler
1558607528
June 2004
Paperback
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Review
"a "how to" guide that designers can use to help make important decisions." Donna Timpone, UserEdge, Inc.

"Susan and Victor have written the 'Junior Woodchucks Guidebook' of Web applications: Everything you need to know is in there, including tons of best-practice examples, insights from years of experience, and assorted fascinating arcana. If you're writing a Web application, you'd be foolish not to have a copy."
--Steve Krug, author of Don't Make Me Think! A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability



"Web sites are so nineties. The cutting edge of Web-design has moved to Web applications. If you are, like many Web designers, struggling to create dynamic, highly-functional Web-based applications, you need this book. It describes how Web applications differ from Web sites, and provides excellent guidance...


XML in Data Management
M. David Allen
0120455994
June 2004
Paperback
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James Bean, CEO Relational Logistics Group
I consider Dr. Aiken to be a leading authority in the general area of Data Management.

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"I consider Dr. Aiken to be a leading authority in the general area of Data Management."
--James Bean, CEO Relational Logistics Group

"XML in Data Management by Aiken and Allen provides an excellent enterprise leadership perspective to the effective application of XML."
--James Bean, Chairman and CEO of the Global Web Architecture Group

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Data Mining: Practical Machine Learning Tools and Techniques
Ian Witten
0120884070
June 2005
Paperback
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Review
"I was a big fan of the first edition and I'm excited about this new edition."
--Peter Norvig, Director of Search Quality, Google, Inc.

"This book presents this new discipline in a very accessible form: both as a text to train the next generation of practitioners and researchers, and to inform lifelong learners like myself. Witten and Frank have a passion for simple and elegant solutions. They approach each topic with this mindset, grounding all concepts in concrete examples, and urging the reader to consider the simple techniques first, and then progress to the more sophisticated ones if the simple ones prove inadequate.

If you have data that you want to analyze and understand, this book and the associated Weka toolkit are an excellent way to start."
--From the foreword by Jim Gray, Microsoft Research ...


ARM System Developer's Guide, First Edition : Designing and Optimizing System Software (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Architecture and Design)
Andrew Sloss, et al
1558608745
March 25, 2004
Hardcover
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Review
"The ARM architecture has enabled a rich set of new applications on increasingly powerful wireless platforms. Media-rich applications such as 3D games, camera and videophones, location-based services and connected portable music and video devices are enabled by next generation CDMA phones executing on the ARM architecture.

Developing embedded software for these platforms requires a knowledge of the underlying architecture, and programming practices which balance power, cost and performance efficient. Sloss provides a comprehensive and practical guide to the development of "hardware aware" software which meets the demanding constraints of these applications. Highlighted with practical examples, and enhanced by a thorough treatment of topics such as ISRs, code optimization, and DSP on ARM, this book is essential for every...


Computer Organization and Design: The Hardware/Software Interface
David A. Patterson
1558606041
August 2004
Textbook Paperback
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Review
The choice of Real Stuff is judicious. The Computers in the Real World sections are interesting to read and should widen the horizons of the too often too tech-oriented Sophomores and Juniors. On the whole this is a very solid book and the success of the third edition is assured as has been the success of its two predecessors.
Jean-Loup Baer, University of Washington

I am very impressed with the new sections 'Computers in the Real World.' It is very interesting and speaks to the students who would like to feel a connection between classroom materials and real-world applications. I am very pleased with the manuscript for the third edition. This revision is well-updated and a comprehensive introduction to the hardware and software fundamentals.
David Brooks, Harvard University

The logical development...


Managing Gigabytes: Compressing and Indexing Documents and Images (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Multimedia and Information Systems)
Ian H. Witten, et al
1558605703
May 15, 1999
Hardcover
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Book Review
Of all the tasks programmers are asked to perform, storing, compressing, and retrieving information are some of the most challenging--and critical to many applications. Managing Gigabytes: Compressing and Indexing Documents and Images is a treasure trove of theory, practical illustration, and general discussion in this fascinating technical subject.

Ian Witten, Alistair Moffat, and Timothy Bell have updated their original work with this even more impressive second edition. This version adds recent techniques such as block-sorting, new indexing techniques, new lossless compression strategies, and many other elements to the mix. In short, this work is a comprehensive summary of text and image compression, indexing, and querying techniques. The history of relevant algorithm development is woven well with a practical...



Optical Networks: A Practical Perspective (Morgan Kaufmann Series in Networking)
Rajiv Ramaswami
1558606556
January 2001
Textbook Hardcover
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Book Review
The first edition of Optical Networks: A Practical Perspective accumulated lots of happy readers, largely because the authors took care to explain the physical phenomena that allow light to carry information, as well as the design principles that characterize good optical networks, particularly wavelength division multiplexing (WDM). Very little was assumed, and even the most complicated formulas appeared alongside annotations that shed light (sorry) on the behavior being described. The latest edition of the book has everything that made the first edition great--the physics haven't changed much, after all--as well as up-to-date information about networking equipment and techniques. The second edition is a first-class revision; you'll want it even if you already own the old version.

Fully half of this book has...



GMPLS
Adrian Farrel
0120884224
Nov 2005
Paperback
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Review
"This is a strong author team and they have produced a much-needed and timely book"
--Bruce Davie, Cisco Fellow

"GMPLS technology provides a keystone for next generation integrated optical networks, and this book is the one-stop reference on the subject."
--Kireeti Kompella, Juniper Networks and CCAMP working group co-chair

Book Description
The last two years have seen significant developments in the standardization of GMPLS and its implementation in optical and other networks. GMPLS: Architecture and Applications brings you completely up to date, providing the practical information you need to put the growing set of GMPLS-supported services to work and manage them effectively.

This book begins by defining GMPLSs place in a transport network, leveraging your...


User Interface Design and Evaluation
Debbie Stone
0120884364
Mar 2005
Paperback
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Review
"User Interface Design and Evaluation is comprehensive and clear. It's an amazing achievement -- a textbook in plain English that works both for the classroom and for practitioners learning on their own. It covers the entire user-centered design process with details on the steps and techniques for requirements gathering, design, and evaluation. It includes great stories and case studies as well as engaging exercises. This is a superb book that puts all the pieces together."
-Ginny Redish, Redish & Associates, Inc.

"What makes this book unique is its blend of traditional HCI concepts and contemporary guidelines as well as its inclusion of practical pointers for acceptance of user-centered design. Unlike other HCI books, this text is generally succinct and to the point. Yet beyond being an excellent reference, it...


Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach (3rd Edition)
John L. Hennessy
1558605967
June 2002
Textbook Hardcover
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Book Description


This best-selling title, considered for over a decade to be essential reading for every serious student and practitioner of computer design, has been updated throughout to address the most important trends facing computer designers today. In this edition, the authors bring their trademark method of quantitative analysis not only to high performance desktop machine design, but also to the design of embedded and server systems. They have illustrated their principles with designs from all three of these domains, including examples from consumer electronics, multimedia and web technologies, and high performance computing.


The book retains its highly rated features: Fallacies and Pitfalls, which share the hard-won lessons of real designers; Historical Perspectives, which provide a deeper look at computer...



The Designer's Guide to VHDL
Peter J. Ashenden
1558606742
May 2001
Textbook Paperback
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Book Review
VHDL may sound like a new Internet language, but it really stands for VHSIC (Very High Speed Integrated Circuit) Hardware Definition Language. VHDL borrows ideas from software engineering (architectural, behavior, and formal models, as well as modular design) and is used to design today's custom integrated circuits, from cell phones to microwave ovens and even CPUs. Peter Ashenden's The Designer's Guide to VHDL shows you how to use this language to write a hardware design, which you can then test in a simulator before "synthesizing" it into an actual hardware design in silicon.

The book begins with the basics of VHDL, which, like any software language, has keywords, operators, flow control statements, and programming conventions. Next, the author introduces his first case study--a "pipelined multiplier...



Network Algorithmics
George Varghese
0120884771
Dec 2004
Hardcover
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Review
"George Varghese has had a remarkable impact on the real world of networking with his algorithmic innovations over many years. The networking research and development community is fortunate that he has now distilled his knowledge in this very readable, insightful, and much-needed book."
--Bruce Davie, Cisco Fellow, Cisco Systems

"This book nicely describes implementation tricks for building fast networking stacks, particularly in routers. This is a much needed book, I don't know of any other that covers this sort of implementation advice. George Varghese has invented several techniques to help speed up the Internet and in his book he provides interesting insight into this, and much more."
--Radia Perlman, Distinguished Engineer, Sun Microsystems

Book Description
In designing...


Parallel Computer Architecture: A Hardware/Software Approach
David E. Culler
1558603433
January 1999
Textbook Hardcover
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Book Description

The most exciting development in parallel computer architecture is the convergence of traditionally disparate approaches on a common machine structure. This book explains the forces behind this convergence of shared-memory, message-passing, data parallel, and data-driven computing architectures. It then examines the design issues that are critical to all parallel architecture across the full range of modern design, covering data access, communication performance, coordination of cooperative work, and correct implementation of useful semantics. It not only describes the hardware and software techniques for addressing each of these issues but also explores how these techniques interact in the same system. Examining architecture from an application-driven perspective, it provides comprehensive discussions of parallel...



Contextual Design : A Customer-Centered Approach to Systems Designs (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Interactive Technologies)
Hugh Beyer, Karen Holtzblatt
1558604111
September 1, 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
There's certainly no shortage of software design methods: most demand total allegiance, and many claim to be the only true way to delivering useful and maintainable software systems in a timely manner. Contextual Design describes another worthwhile software engineering method, one that places the user (or customer) at the forefront of the software design process from beginning to end. This method seems to be a particularly worthwhile addition to the literature.

Contextual Design begins with contextual inquiry, where software developers interview users and attempt to understand the way they work. Such "customer empathy" is central to the Contextual Design process and a total understanding of "work" within organizations is the mantra here. The book describes how, later in the process, software developers...



Smart Phone and Next-Generation Mobile Computing
Pei Zheng
0120885603
Dec 2005
Paperback
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Review
"This book provides a balanced and in-depth coverage and fresh perspectives of the state-of-the-art mobile computing technologies, from radio interface, to software platform to emerging applications."
-Dr.Ya-Qin Zhang, Microsoft Corporation

"Smart Phone and Next Generation Mobile Computing is essential reading for any professionals and students involved in this dynamic field. The book provides a comprehensive treatment of fundamentals and covers the most recent technology advances. It describes not only how, but also why, through many insightful examples."
-Dr. Wei Zhao, National Science Foundation

"This book presents a detailed and comprehensive exposition of all important technologies related to mobile communication and pervasive application development using smart phones. This is a timely publication and...


Mining the Web: Analysis of Hypertext and Semi Structured Data (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Data Management Systems)
Soumen Chakrabarti
1558607544
August 15, 2002
Hardcover
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Review
"...solid and beneficial to readers interested in Web data mining, especially those interested in the details of algorithmic implementation." - Bernard J. Jansen, Information Processing & Management

"This book, for the first time, makes it possible to offer Web Mining as a real course." -- Professor Jaideep Srivastava, University of Minnesota.

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"This book, for the first time, makes it possible to offer Web Mining as a real course." -- Professor Jaideep Srivastava, University of Minnesota.

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Joe Celko's SQL for Smarties: Advanced SQL Programming
Joe Celko
0123693799
August 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
In the SQL database community, Joe Celko is a well-known columnist and purveyor of valuable insights. In Joe Celko's SQL for Smarties: Advanced SQL Programming, he picks up where basic SQL training and experience leaves many database professionals and offers tips, techniques, and explanations that help readers extend their capabilities to top-tier SQL programming.

Although Celko denies that the book is about database theory, he nevertheless alludes to theory often to buttress his practical points. This title is not for novices, as the author points out. Instead, its intended audience is SQL programmers with at least a year's experience. The book maintains a fine balance between technical discussion and practical explanation--picking hot topics and offering advice on a wide range of issues.

The book uses ANSI SQL-89 as...



Data Model Patterns
David C. Hay
0120887983
Apr 2006
Hardcover
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Review
"A very ambitious undertaking, masterfully described. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first published version of the detailed models implied by the Zachman Framework. David Hay builds the models one step at a time, describing in each increment why the new entities were added, and how they related to the rest of the model. At least as important he sprinkles in lessons learned from his vast experience modeling in various other industries."
--Dave McComb, President, Semantic Arts, and author of Semantics in Business Systems

Book Description
In recent years, companies and government agencies have come to realize that the data they use represent a significant corporate resource, whose cost calls for management every bit as rigorous as the management of human resources, money, and...


Joe Celko's SQL Programming Style
Joe Celko
0120887975
May 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Are you an SQL programmer that, like many, came to SQL after learning and writing procedural or object-oriented code? Or have switched jobs to where a different brand of SQL is being used, or maybe even been told to learn SQL yourself?

If even one answer is yes, then you need this book. A "Manual of Style" for the SQL programmer, this book is a collection of heuristics and rules, tips, and tricks that will help you improve SQL programming style and proficiency, and for formatting and writing portable, readable, maintainable SQL code. Based on many years of experience consulting in SQL shops, and gathering questions and resolving his students SQL style issues, Joe Celko can help you become an even better SQL programmer.

+ Help you write Standard SQL without an accent or a dialect that is used in another...


Data Mining: Concepts and Techniques (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Data Management Systems)
Jiawei Han, Micheline Kamber
1558604898
August 2000
Hardcover
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Review
"many excellent features" -- Tony Jenkins,Vice Chairman, British Computer Society's, Data Management Specialist Group

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"many excellent features" -- Tony Jenkins,Vice Chairman, British Computer Society's, Data Management Specialist Group

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Moving Objects Databases
Ralf Hartmut Guting
0120887991
Aug 2005
Hardcover
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Review
"I strongly recommend publication of this book. It addresses a timely topic as moving objects databases are becoming quite important with recent advances in location sensing technologies (RFID, GPS, cell phone locators, etc.). The federal government and giant corporations (i.e., Walmart and Target) have already adopted tracking devices for valuable/critical assets."
--Shashi Shekar, Univ of Minnesota

"This book represents a milestone in the synthesis of temporal and spatial database concepts and techniques. It unifies and organizes the existing research into a coherent whole and presents substantial new results and approaches in many areas. In each case it begins with what is known, then it introduces the new concepts in an abstract and general model, and then it translates the ideas into a pragmatic representation of...

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