Aug 30, 2008

Introducing ZBrush

Eric Keller, "Introducing ZBrush"
Sybex | ISBN-10: 0470262796 | May 5, 2008 | 443 pages | PDF | 10MB

Learn to sculpt detailed, lush, organic models with the hottest tool on the 3D market - ZBrush - and this step-by-step guide. Introducing ZBrush is the ideal initiation to this revolutionary software. Starting with the basics, it builds from the ground up, combining straightforward text with practical examples that make it fun to learn ZBrush's core tools and concepts. Professional animator and ZBrush artist Eric Keller walks you through the hands-on tutorials and teaches you the skills you need to create hyper-realistic digital models like a pro. From creating illustrations in 2.5 dimensions to sculpting with digital clay, you'll master ZBrush's powerful tools for creating fantastic images and 3D models for use in animation programs like 3ds Max and Maya. Whether your new to the ZBrush interface or a CG veteran looking for the latest techniques, Introducing ZBrush will help you fulfill your artistic potential by giving you the power to create stunning digital art with a distinctively fine art feel.


How to Think About Algorithms

Jeff Edmonds, "How to Think About Algorithms"
Cambridge University Press | ISBN-10: 0521849314 | May 19, 2008 | 472 pages | PDF | 5.5MB

Rather than provide lots of well-polished code and proofs of correctness, this book presents insights, notations, and analogies to help the novice describe and think about algorithms like an expert. It stresses paradigms such as loop invariants and recursion to unify a huge range of algorithms into a few meta-algorithms.


Intellectual Property and Open Source: A Practical Guide to Protecting Code

Van Lindberg, "Intellectual Property and Open Source: A Practical Guide to Protecting Code"
O'Reilly Media, Inc. | ISBN-10: 0596517963 | July 1, 2008 | 390 pages | PDF | 4.1MB

How do open source and intellectual property work together? What are the most important intellectual property-related issues when starting a business or open source project? How should you handle copyright, licensing and other issues when accepting a patch from another developer? How can you pursue your own ideas while working for someone else? What parts of a patent should be reviewed to see if it applies to your work? When is your idea a trade secret? How can you reverse engineer a product without getting into trouble? What should you think about when choosing an open source license for your project?

Most legal sources are too scattered, too arcane, and too hard to read.Intellectual Property and Open Source is a friendly, easy-to-follow overview of the law that programmers, system administrators, graphic designers, and many others will find essential.


Building and Maintaining a Data Warehouse

Fon Silvers, "Building and Maintaining a Data Warehouse"
Auerbach Publications | ISBN-10: 1420064622 | March 18, 2008 | 328 pages | PDF | 4.5MB

As it is with building a house, most of the work necessary to build a data warehouse is neither visible nor obvious when looking at the completed product. While it may be easy to plan for a data warehouse that incorporates all the right concepts, taking the steps needed to create a warehouse that is as functional and user-friendly as it is theoretically sound, is not especially easy. That’s the challenge that Building and Maintaininga Data Warehouse answers.


Broadband Mobile Multimedia: Techniques and Applications

Yan Zhang, Shiwen Mao, Laurence T. Yang, Thomas M Chen, "Broadband Mobile Multimedia: Techniques and Applications"
Auerbach Publications | ISBN-10: 1420051849 | June 3, 2008 | 584 pages | PDF | 5.4MB

Multimedia service provisioning is believed to be one of the prerequisites to guarantee the success of next-generation wireless networks. Examining the role of multimedia in state-of-the-art wireless systems and networks, Broadband Mobile Multimedia: Techniques and Applications presents a collection of introductory concepts, fundamental techniques, the latest advances, and open issues in this important area.


Functional Safety, Second Edition: A Straightforward Guide to Applying IEC 61508 and Related Standards

David J. Smith, Kenneth G. L. Simpson, "Functional Safety, Second Edition: A Straightforward Guide to Applying IEC 61508 and Related Standards"
Butterworth-Heinemann | ISBN-10: 0750662697 | July 27, 2004 | 280 pages | PDF | 1MB

A practical guide to designing and assessing safety-critical systems to international standards.


Carrier Ethernet: Providing the Need for Speed

Gilbert Held, "Carrier Ethernet: Providing the Need for Speed"
Auerbach Publications | ISBN-10: 1420060392 | March 11, 2008 | 224 pages | PDF | 3.1MB

Facilitating high data transfers over long distances at a reasonable cost, Carrier Ethernet is solidifying its fundamental position as the core of next-generation networks. Since it first dazzled the IT world 40 years ago with its ability to move data over local networks, Ethernet has dramatically evolved in both form and function. And now, Carrier Ethernet, flexing its multi-gigabit muscle, is rapidly emerging as the undisputed technology of choice.


Aug 29, 2008

Ship Stability for Masters and Mates, Sixth Edition

Bryan Barrass, Capt D R Derrett, "Ship Stability for Masters and Mates, Sixth Edition"
Butterworth-Heinemann | ISBN-10: 0750667842 | March 13, 2006 | 448 pages | PDF | 2.9MB

Ship Stability is useful book for both seafarer and student alike, it covers the basics of the subject matter. The text is comprehensive with clear illustrations.


SAP GRC For Dummies

Denise Vu Broady, Holly A. Roland, "SAP GRC For Dummies "
For Dummies | ISBN: 0470333170 | May 2008 | 342 pages | PDF | 1.9MB

Governance, risk, and compliance—these three big letters can add up to one giant headache. But GRC doesn't have to be a boil on your corporate behind. SAP GRC For Dummies untangles the web of regulations that confronts your company and introduces you to software solutions the not only keep you in compliance, but also make your whole enterprise stronger.


Software Development Rhythms: Harmonizing Agile Practices for Synergy

Kim Man Lui, Keith C. C. Chan, "Software Development Rhythms: Harmonizing Agile Practices for Synergy"
Wiley | ISBN: 0470073861 | April 2008 | 308 pages | PDF | 2.7MB

This book is a comprehensive and thought-provoking introduction to some of the most advanced concepts in current software management. The authors demonstrate how software development rhythms can be harmonized to achieve synergies, making them stronger together than they would be apart. It offers readers practical guidance on how to take the themes and concepts presented in this book back to their own projects to harmonize their software practices and release the synergies of their own teams.


Oracle Identity Management: Governance, Risk, and Compliance Architecture, Third Edition

Marlin B. Pohlman, "Oracle Identity Management: Governance, Risk, and Compliance Architecture, Third Edition"
Auerbach Publications | ISBN-10: 1420072471 | April 9, 2008 | 552 pages | PDF | 7.1MB

Identity management specialist Marlin B. Pohlman brings over 14 years of personal and professional experience to this third edition, offering a definitive guide for corporate stewards who are struggling with the challenge of meeting regulatory compliance pressures while embarking on the path of process and system remediation. He examines multinational regulations, delves into the nature of governance, risk, and compliance (GRC), and outlines a common taxonomy for the GRC space. He also cites standards that are used, illustrating compliance frameworks such as BSI, ITIL, and COBIT. The resource also focuses on specific software components of the Oracle Identity Management solution and includes elements of the Oracle compliance architecture.


Beginning Microsoft Visual Basic 2008

Thearon Willis, Bryan Newsome, "Beginning Microsoft Visual Basic 2008"
Wrox | ISBN: 0470191341 | May 2008 | 912 pages | PDF | 8MB
  • Features expanded coverage of Windows Vista, Windows Workflow Foundation, Windows Presentation Foundation, and Windows Communication Foundation
  • All code and examples are updated to cover the latest version of VB and the .NET 3.5 Framework
  • 62 percent of developers use some form of Visual Basic; this book teaches readers the basics and gets them programming with one of Microsoft's most popular development languages
  • Readers quickly learn to write applications for Windows, the Web, and mobile devices
  • Also covers object-oriented programming, creating custom controls, working with databases, creating menus, and working with graphics
  • Other topics include building class libraries, Web services and .NET remoting, and deploying applications


Enterprise Architecture A to Z: Frameworks, Business Process Modeling, SOA, and Infrastructure Technology

Daniel Minoli, "Enterprise Architecture A to Z: Frameworks, Business Process Modeling, SOA, and Infrastructure Technology"
Auerbach Publications | ISBN-10: 0849385172 | June 19, 2008 | 504 pages | PDF | 5.9MB

Driven by the need and desire to reduce costs, organizations are faced with a set of decisions that require analytical scrutiny. Enterprise Architecture A to Z: Frameworks, Business Process Modeling, SOA, and Infrastructure Technology examines cost-saving trends in architecture planning, administration, and management.

To establish a framework for discussion, this book begins by evaluating the role of Enterprise Architecture Planning and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) modeling. It provides an extensive review of the most widely deployed architecture framework models. In particular, the book discusses The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) and the Zachman Architectural Framework (ZAF) in detail, as well as formal architecture standards and all four layers of these models: the business architecture, the information architecture, the solution architecture, and the technology architecture.


Active Directory For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Steve Clines, Marcia Loughry, "Active Directory For Dummies, 2nd Edition"
Wiley | ISBN: 0470287209 | August 2008 | 334 pages | PDF | 7MB

* Playing an integral role in the Windows Server administration, Active Directory (AD) allows users to configure groups, implement network security, create and enforce network policies, and more
* This friendly introduction to AD provides system administrators with the basics of AD and points them in the right direction for setting up a network schema, helping them avoid common AD mistakes that can undermine network security
* New material includes coverage of security improvements, significant user interface changes, and updates to the AD scripting engine, password policies, accidental object deletion protection, and more


Aug 28, 2008

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D For Dummies

Julie Adair King, "Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D For Dummies"
Wiley | ISBN: 047023945X | May 2008 | 336 pages | 21MB

The Canon Digital Rebel XTi/400D is an ideal camera for first-time digital SLR users. Unfortunately if you don't know photography lingo you might find yourself never veering from your camera's default settings and into all the cool features that help you take outstanding photos. This book takes care of that problem. Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D For Dummies comes to the aid of new and inexperienced XTi/400D users by walking them through all the features of their camera. The book not only explains that camera's controls, but also demonstrates how each feature contributes to creating great photos. Illustrated with hundreds of full-color photos, this guide helps you get up-to-speed on the XTi/400D and in control of this popular camera.


Crystal Reports 2008: The Complete Reference

George Peck, "Crystal Reports 2008: The Complete Reference"
McGraw-Hill Osborne Media | ISBN-10: 0071590986 | June 19, 2008 | 968 pages | 18MB

Your One-Stop Guide to Enterprise Reporting with Crystal Reports 2008

Transform disconnected corporate data into compelling, interactive business intelligence using all of the powerful tools available in Crystal Reports 2008. Through detailed explanations, real-world examples, and expert advice, this comprehensive guide shows you how to create, maintain, and distribute dynamic, visually appealing enterprise database reports.

Crystal Reports 2008: The Complete Reference explains how to select and gather pertinent business data, organize it into manageable groups, and assemble it into user-friendly business reports. You will learn how to improve report interactivity with sort controls and the parameter panel; solve complex reporting problems with cross-tabs and subreports; integrate Crystal Xcelsius dashboards; reduce development time; and publish your results to Web and Windows applications.


Learning ASP.NET 3.5, 2nd Edition

Jesse Liberty, Dan Hurwitz, Brian MacDonald, "Learning ASP.NET 3.5, 2nd Edition"
O'Reilly Media, Inc. | ISBN-10: 0596518455 | July 15, 2008 | 607 pages | PDF | 12MB

With this book, you will learn how to create engaging and interactive web applications using the latest version of the world's most popular web development platform: ASP.NET with AJAX, built on the productivity-enhancing features of Visual Studio 2008. All you need to get started is a basic knowledge of HTML and a desire to produce professional quality websites. Learning ASP.NET 3.5 introduces new skills in each new chapter and offers fully annotated and fully functional examples that you can put to work immediately. Each chapter adds detailed summaries, practice questions to ensure comprehension, and exercises so you can apply what you've learned to new situations. Written by the bestselling author team of Jesse Liberty, Dan Hurwitz, and Brian MacDonald, Learning ASP.NET 3.5 offers complete, up-to-date coverage of ASP.NET 3.5 and AJAX.


Learning the vi and Vim Editors, 7th Edition

Arnold Robbins, Elbert Hannah, Linda Lamb, "Learning the vi and Vim Editors, 7th Edition"
O'Reilly Media, Inc. | ISBN-10: 059652983X | July 21, 2008 | 492 pages | PDF | 4.2MB

There's nothing that hard-core Unix and Linux users are more fanatical about than their text editor. Editors are the subject of adoration and worship, or of scorn and ridicule, depending upon whether the topic of discussion is your editor or someone else's. vi has been the standard editor for close to 30 years. Popular on Unix and Linux, it has a growing following on Windows systems, too. Most experienced system administrators cite vi as their tool of choice. And since 1986, this book has been the guide for vi. However, Unix systems are not what they were 30 years ago, and neither is this book. While retaining all the valuable features of previous editions, the 7th edition of Learning the vi and vim Editors has been expanded to include detailed information on vim, the leading vi clone. vim is the default version of vi on most Linux systems and on Mac OS X, and is available for many other operating systems too. With this guide, you learn text editing basics and advanced tools for both editors, such as multi-window editing, how to write both interactive macros and scripts to extend the editor, and power tools for programmers -- all in the easy-to-follow style that has made this book a classic.


Programming .NET 3.5

Jesse Liberty, Alex Horovitz, "Programming .NET 3.5 [ILLUSTRATED]"
O'Reilly Media, Inc. | ISBN-10: 059652756X | August 5, 2008 | 476 pages | PDF | 6.7MB

.NET 3.5 will help you create better Windows applications, build Web Services that are more powerful, implement new Workflow projects and dramatically enhance the user's experience. But it does so with what appears to be a collection of disparate technologies. In Programming .NET 3.5, bestselling author Jesse Liberty and industry expert Alex Horovitz uncover the common threads that unite the .NET 3.5 technologies, so you can benefit from the best practices and architectural patterns baked into this newest generation of Microsoft frameworks. While single-topic .NET 3.5 books delve into Windows Presentation Foundation and the other frameworks in greater detail, Programming .NET 3.5 offers a "Grand Tour" of the release that describes how the four principal technologies can be used together, with Ajax, to build modern n-tier and service-oriented applications.


Wireless Home Networking For Dummies, 3rd Edition

Danny Briere, Pat Hurley, Edward Ferris, "Wireless Home Networking For Dummies, 3rd Edition"
Wiley | ISBN: 0470258896 | April 2008 | 386 pages | PDF | 4MB

Wireless home networks are better than ever! The emergence of new industry standards has made them easier, more convenient, less expensive to own and operate. Still, you need to know what to look for (and look out for), and the expert guidance you’ll find in Wireless Home Networks For Dummies, 3rd Edition helps you ensure that your wire-free life is also a hassle-free life!


XSLT, 2nd Edition

Doug Tidwell, "XSLT, 2nd Edition [ILLUSTRATED]"
O'Reilly Media, Inc. | ISBN-10: 0596527217 | July 3, 2008 | 986 pages | PDF | ~4MB

After years of anticipation and delay, the W3C finally released the XSLT 2.0 standard in January 2007. The revised edition of this classic book offers practical, real-world examples that demonstrate how you can apply XSLT stylesheets to XML data using either the new specification, or the older XSLT 1.0 standard. XSLT is a critical language for converting XML documents into other formats, such as HTML code or a PDF file. With XSLT, you get a thorough understanding of XSLT and XPath and their relationship to other web standards, along with recommendations for a honed toolkit in an open platform-neutral, standards-based environment. This book: Covers the XSLT basics, including simple stylesheets and methods for setting up transformation engines Walks you through the many parts of XSLT, particularly XSLT's template-based approach to transformations Applies both XSLT 1.0 and 2.0 solutions to the same problems, helping you decide which version of XSLT is more appropriate for your project Includes profuse examples that complement both the tutorial and the reference material.


iPhone: The Missing Manual: Covers the iPhone 3G, 2nd edition

David Pogue, "iPhone: The Missing Manual: Covers the iPhone 3G, 2nd edition"
Pogue Press | ISBN-10: 0596521677 | August 20, 2008 | 376 pages | PDF | ~6MB

The new iPhone 3G is here, and New York Times tech columnist David Pogue is on top of it with a thoroughly updated edition of iPhone: The Missing Manual. With its faster downloads, touch-screen iPod, and best-ever mobile Web browser, the new affordable iPhone is packed with possibilities. But without an objective guide like this one, you'll never unlock all it can do for you. In this new edition, there are new chapters on the App Store, with special troubleshooting and sycning issues with iTunes; Apple's new MobileMe service, and what it means to the iPhone; and Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync compatibility. Each custom designed page in iPhone: The Missing Manual helps you accomplish specific tasks with complete step-by-step instructions for everything from scheduling to web browsing to watching videos.


The Productive Programmer

Neal Ford, "The Productive Programmer (Theory in Practice (O'Reilly)) [ILLUSTRATED]"
O'Reilly Media, Inc. | ISBN-10: 0596519788 | July 10, 2008 | 222 pages | PDF | 4.2MB

Anyone who develops software for a living needs a proven way to produce it better, faster, and cheaper. The Productive Programmer offers critical timesaving and productivity tools that you can adopt right away, no matter what platform you use. Master developer Neal Ford not only offers advice on the mechanics of productivity-how to work smarter, spurn interruptions, get the most out your computer, and avoid repetition-he also details valuable practices that will help you elude common traps, improve your code, and become more valuable to your team. You'll learn to: Write the test before you write the code Manage the lifecycle of your objects fastidiously Build only what you need now, not what you might need later Apply ancient philosophies to software development Question authority, rather than blindly adhere to standards Make hard things easier and impossible things possible through meta-programming Be sure all code within a method is at the same level of abstraction Pick the right editor and assemble the best tools for the job.


Human Reliability and Error in Transportation Systems

B.S. Dhillon, "Human Reliability and Error in Transportation Systems"
Springer | ISBN-10: 1846288118 | July 30, 2007 | 182 pages | PDF | 3.5MB

Each year billions of dollars are being spent to develop, manufacture, and operate transportation systems such as aircraft, ships, trains, and motor vehicles throughout the world. During their operation thousands of lives are lost annually due to various types accidents. Needless to say, approximately 70 to 90 percent of transportation crashes are the result of human error to a certain degree. Moreover, it may be added that human errors contribute significantly to most transportation crashes across all modes of transportation.

Human Reliability and Error in Transportation Systems is the first book to cover the subject of human reliability across all types of transportation system. The material will be accessible to readers with no previous knowledge in the field, and is supported with a full explanation of the necessary mathematical concepts together with numerous examples and test problems.


Dojo: The Definitive Guide

Matthew A. Russell, "Dojo: The Definitive Guide [ILLUSTRATED]"
O'Reilly Media, Inc. | ISBN-10: 0596516487 | June 24, 2008 | 500 pages | PDF | 2.5MB

Of all the Ajax-specific frameworks that have popped up in recent years, one clearly stands out as the industrial strength solution. Dojo is not just another JavaScript toolkit -- it's the JavaScript toolkit -- and Dojo: The Definitive Guide demonstrates how to tame Dojo's extensive library of utilities so that you can build rich and responsive web applications like never before. Dojo founder Alex Russell gives a foreword that explains the "why" of Dojo and of this book. Dojo provides an end-to-end solution for development in the browser, including everything from the core JavaScript library and turnkey widgets to build tools and a testing framework. Its vibrant open source community keeps adding to Dojo's arsenal, and this book provides an ideal companion to Dojo's official documentation. Dojo: the Definitive Guide gives you the most thorough overview of this toolkit available, showing you everything from how to create complex layouts and form controls closely resembling those found in the most advanced desktop applications with stock widgets, to advanced JavaScript idioms to AJAX and advanced communication transports.


FBML Essentials

Jesse Stay, "FBML Essentials [ILLUSTRATED]"
O'Reilly Media, Inc. | ISBN-10: 0596519184 | July 31, 2008 | 188 pages | PDF | 1.5MB

Do you have an idea for a Facebook application? With FBML Essentials, you'll learn how to build it quickly using the Facebook Markup Language (FBML) and other easy-to-use tools in the site's framework. If you can develop a website with HTML, writing a Facebook application with the help of this book will be a breeze. Of course, Facebook is not just another website. Any applications you write for it will have a potential audience of 16 million dedicated users. It's not just another social networking site, either. Under the surface, Facebook is pretty sophisticated, with a development toolkit that includes it's own modified version of HTML -- FBML -- to customize the look and feel of your Facebook applications. With FBML Essentials, you not only learn how to get started with this toolkit, you also get a complete reference on every FBML tag Facebook has ever written, with examples of how each tag works and advice on the best ways to use these tags in your code.


Statistics in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference

Sarah Boslaugh, Paul Watters, "Statistics in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference (In a Nutshell) [ILLUSTRATED]"
O'Reilly Media, Inc. | ISBN-10: 0596510497 | August 5, 2008 | 476 pages | PDF | 2.8MB

Need to learn statistics as part of your job, or want some help passing a statistics course? Statistics in a Nutshell is a clear and concise introduction and reference that's perfect for anyone with no previous background in the subject. This book gives you a solid understanding of statistics without being too simple, yet without the numbing complexity of most college texts.

You get a firm grasp of the fundamentals and a hands-on understanding of how to apply them before moving on to the more advanced material that follows. Each chapter presents you with easy-to-follow descriptions illustrated by graphics, formulas, and plenty of solved examples. Before you know it, you'll learn to apply statistical reasoning and statistical techniques, from basic concepts of probability and hypothesis testing to multivariate analysis.


Implementing Email and Security Tokens: Current Standards, Tools, and Practices

Sean Turner, Russ Housley, "Implementing Email and Security Tokens: Current Standards, Tools, and Practices"
Wiley | ISBN: 0470254637 | May 2008 | 296 pages | PDF | 1.5MB

In today's national and global enterprises where business is conducted across time zones and continents, the "e" in email could stand for "essential." Even more critical is rock-solid email security. If you're the person charged with implementing that email security strategy, this book is for you. Backed with case studies, it offers the nuts-and-bolts information you need to understand your options, select products that meet your needs, and lock down your company's electronic communication systems.


What's New in SAS 9.2

"What's New in SAS 9.2"
SAS Publishing | ISBN-10: 1599947536 | March 24, 2008 | 176 pages | PDF | 1MB

Gives you a quick, convenient overview of new functionality, enhanced features, and new products that you might use in SAS 9.2.


Aug 27, 2008

Mobile WiMAX

Kwang-Cheng Chen, J. Roberto B. de Marca, "Mobile WiMAX"
Wiley-IEEE Press | ISBN: 047051941X | April 2008 | 400 pages | PDF | 8MB

The first book to cover one of the hottest subjects in wireless communications today, Mobile WiMAX
  • Summarises the fundamental theory and practice of Mobile WiMAX
  • Presents topics at introductory level for readers interested in understanding communication and networking knowledge for Mobile WiMAX, whilst addressing advanced / specialised subjects related to Mobile WiMAX
  • Contains the latest advances and research from the field and shares knowledge from the key players working in this area

Chapter 1 updates Mobile WiMAX status and standards; Chapters 2-6 are related to physical layer transmission; Chapters 7-12 deal with MAC and networking issues; Chapters 13-14 discuss relay networks for mobile WiMAX; and Chapters 15-19 present multimedia networking for mobile WiMAX and application scenarios.


Evolved Packet System (EPS): The LTE and SAE Evolution of 3G UMTS

Pierre Lescuyer, Thierry Lucidarme, "Evolved Packet System (EPS): The LTE and SAE Evolution of 3G UMTS"
Wiley | ISBN: 0470059761 | March 2008 | 350 pages | PDF | 5.5MB

2G/GSM and 3G/UMTS are key mobile communication technologies, chosen by more than 2 billion people around the world. In order to adapt to new services, increasing demand for user bandwidth, quality of service and requirements for network convergence, major evolutions are introduced in 3G network standard.

Evolved Packet System (EPS) presents the EPS evolution of the 3G/UMTS standard introduced by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standard committee. This new topic is looked at from a system perspective, from the radio interface to network and service architecture. Hundreds of documents being issued by Standard organisations are summarised in one book to allow the reader to get an accessible comprehensive view of EPS evolution.


Next Generation Networks: Perspectives and Potentials

Jingming Li Salina, Pascal Salina, "Next Generation Networks: Perspectives and Potentials"
Wiley | ISBN: 0470516496 | February 2008 | 252 pages | PDF | 1.9MB

Next Generation Networks (NGN) provide ubiquitous connectivity with pervasive accessibility to service, application, content and information. NGN will bring tremendous advantages to companies and individuals, in terms of access to information, education and knowledge, efficiency, dematerialisation and new user experiences.

Next Generation Networks: Perspectives and Potentials explores the potentials of NGN and provides an outlook of future services for the end users and opportunities for the traditional network operators and new players. It creates a framework to aid the understanding of NGN, exploring the strategic development and practical deployment of NGN. This book provides a complete and comprehensive picture of the future directions, substantial benefits, issues, applications and services for NGN.


Secure Computer and Network Systems: Modeling, Analysis and Design

Nong Ye, "Secure Computer and Network Systems: Modeling, Analysis and Design"
Wiley | ISBN: 0470023244 | March 2008 | 354 pages | PDF | 1.8MB

This book presents a wide range of modelling, analysis and assurance techniques that address computer network dependability, security and quality of service (QoS). In-depth coverage of technical material is supported with experimental data and numerical examples to illustrate why and how the technologies work, making the book useful as a text for graduate students. Since the next-generation of computer network systems and information infrastructure rely on the scientific and engineering approaches to provide security, QoS and ultimately system dependability, this book will benefit many people in academia and industry working to achieve this goal.


Service Automation and Dynamic Provisioning Techniques in IP/MPLS Environments

Christian Jacquenet, Gilles Bourdon, Mohamed Boucadair, "Service Automation and Dynamic Provisioning Techniques in IP/MPLS Environments"
Wiley | ISBN: 0470018291 | April 2008 | 346 pages | 3.5MB

As the Internet becomes the medium of choice for value-added IP service offerings such as TV broadcasting, videoconferencing, and Voice over IP, the ability of automating configuration processes has become a key challenge for service providers. In fact, this feature has become crucial with the ever-growing level of expertise required to deploy such services and the scope of the techniques that need to be activated in order to provide such services with a guaranteed level of quality.


Symbolic Data Analysis and the SODAS Software

Edwin Diday, Monique Noirhomme-Fraiture, "Symbolic Data Analysis and the SODAS Software"
Wiley | ISBN: 0470018836 | March 2008 | 476 pages | PDF | 5MB

Symbolic data analysis is a relatively new field that provides a range of methods for analyzing complex datasets. Standard statistical methods do not have the power or flexibility to make sense of very large datasets, and symbolic data analysis techniques have been developed in order to extract knowledge from such data. Symbolic data methods differ from that of data mining, for example, because rather than identifying points of interest in the data, symbolic data methods allow the user to build models of the data and make predictions about future events.
This book is the result of the work f a pan-European project team led by Edwin Diday following 3 years work sponsored by EUROSTAT. It includes a full explanation of the new SODAS software developed as a result of this project. The software and methods described highlight the crossover between statistics and computer science, with a particular emphasis on data mining.


The Open Mobile Alliance: Delivering Service Enablers for Next-Generation Applications

Michael Brenner, Musa Unmehopa, "The Open Mobile Alliance: Delivering Service Enablers for Next-Generation Applications"
Wiley | ISBN: 0470519185 | April 2008 | 530 pages | PDF | 3MB

The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) is an industry forum, which develops open specifications to help in the creation of applications and services to be deployed over converged networks. The alliance is the leading industry forum for generating market-driven specifications for interoperable mobile service enablers that facilitate global user adoptions of mobile multimedia services. Members include traditional wireless industry segments, such as mobile operators mobile operators (e.g. AT&T, China Mobile, Orange, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, Telefonica, Vodafone), equipment and mobile systems manufacturers (e.g. Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia, Philips, Samsung, Siemens, Sony-Ericsson), and Information Technology vendors (e.g. BEA Systems, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle Corporation, Sun Microsystems and NEC). Since its formation in 2002, the OMA has made significant progress in areas such as push-to-talk over cellular, device management, presence and group management, and messaging.


Wiki: Web Collaboration, 2nd Edition

Anja Ebersbach, Markus Glaser, Richard Heigl, Alexander Warta, G. Dueck, A. Adelung, "Wiki: Web Collaboration, 2nd Edition"
Springer | ISBN-10: 3540351507 | July 24, 2008 | 483 pages | PDF | 15.5MB

Wikis are Web-based applications that allow all users not only to view pages but also to change them. The success of the Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia has drawn increasing attention from private users, small organizations and enterprises to the various possible uses of wikis.

Their simple structure and straightforward operation make them a serious alternative to expensive content management systems and also provide a basis for many applications in the area of collaborative work. We show the practical use of wikis in carrying out projects for users as well as for maintainers. This includes a step-by-step introduction to wiki philosophy, social effects and functions, a survey of their controls and components, and the installation and configuration of the wiki clones MediaWiki, TWiki and Confluence. In order to exemplify the possibilities of the software, we use it as a project tool for planning a conference.


Advances in Mobile and Wireless Communications

István Frigyes, Janos Bito, Péter Bakki, "Advances in Mobile and Wireless Communications: Views of the 16th IST Mobile and Wireless Communication Summit (Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering) (Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering)"
Springer | ISBN-10: 3540790403 | June 6, 2008 | 407 pages | PDF | 7.5MB

This volume presents the most exciting results of the Mobile and Wireless Communication Summit, held 2007 in Budapest. It contains worked out contributions from all areas of wireless communications, physical layer, access methods, techniques and technologies, networks, applications and systems.


Networked RFID Systems and Lightweight Cryptography: Raising Barriers to Product Counterfeiting

Peter H. Cole, Damith C. Ranasinghe, "Networked RFID Systems and Lightweight Cryptography: Raising Barriers to Product Counterfeiting"
Springer | ISBN-10: 3540716408 | December 14, 2007 | 355 pages | PDF | 5.5MB

The book consists of a collection of works on utilising the automatic identification technology provided by Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to address the problems of global counterfeiting of goods. The book presents current research, directed to securing supply chains against the efforts of counterfeit operators, carried out at the Auto-ID Labs around the globe. The collection of works and the organisation of the book assume very little knowledge on the part of the reader on Networked RFID systems as the material provided in the introduction familiarises the reader with concepts, underlying principles and vulnerabilities of modern RFID systems. The collection of works presented on highlighting the counterfeiting problem and problems with existing low cost RFID technology is an important guide to practitioners, professionals and graduates in the area of RFID systems application, implementation and integration.


High Performance MySQL: Optimization, Backups, Replication, and More [ILLUSTRATED]

Baron Schwartz, Peter Zaitsev, Vadim Tkachenko, Jeremy Zawodny, Arjen Lentz, Derek Balling, "High Performance MySQL: Optimization, Backups, Replication, and More"
O'Reilly Media, Inc. | ISBN-10: 0596101716 | June 26, 2008 | 708 pages | PDF | 3MB

High Performance MySQL is the definitive guide to building fast, reliable systems with MySQL. Written by noted experts with years of real-world experience building very large systems, this book covers every aspect of MySQL performance in detail, and focuses on robustness, security, and data integrity. High Performance MySQL teaches you advanced techniques in depth so you can bring out MySQL's full power. Learn how to design schemas, indexes, queries and advanced MySQL features for maximum performance, and get detailed guidance for tuning your MySQL server, operating system, and hardware to their fullest potential. You'll also learn practical, safe, high-performance ways to scale your applications with replication, load balancing, high availability, and failover. This second edition is completely revised and greatly expanded, with deeper coverage in all areas. Major additions include: Emphasis throughout on both performance and reliability Thorough coverage of storage engines, including in-depth tuning and optimizations for the InnoDB storage engine Effects of new features in MySQL 5.0 and 5.1, including stored procedures, partitioned databases, triggers, and views A detailed discussion on how to build very large, highly scalable systems with MySQL New options for backups and replication Optimization of advanced querying features, such as full-text searches Four new appendices The book also includes chapters on benchmarking, profiling, backups, security, and tools and techniques to help you measure, monitor, and manage your MySQL installations.


TestGoal: Result-Driven Testing

Derk-Jan de Grood, "TestGoal: Result-Driven Testing"
Springer | ISBN-10: 354078828X | July 7, 2008 | 397 pages | PDF | 3MB

Software testing is traditionally seen as a difficult and time consuming activity that is hard to embed in the software development process. This book provides a different view. It explains to stakeholders how testing can add value to software development and doing business, and provides the tester with practical information.

TestGoal is not just another methodology. Several good testing methodologies exist. But, like any other profession, also testing encompasses more than the simple application of a methodology. After all, strict adherence to a specific methodology is no guarantee for success. Success stems from the mindset, enthusiasm, knowledge and skill of the tester. These factors determine whether a methodology is applied successfully and whether testing takes on a result-driven character. And that’s what TestGoal is about: a result-driven attitude, testing principles and expertise as fundament, and a hands-on six step plan to enable result driven testing.


Building Embedded Linux Systems

Karim Yaghmour, Jon Masters, Gilad Ben-Yossef, Philippe Gerum, "Building Embedded Linux Systems"
O'Reilly Media, Inc. | ISBN-10: 0596529686 | August 26, 2008 | 462 pages | PDF | 2.9MB

There's a great deal of excitement surrounding the use of Linux in embedded systems -- for everything from cell phones to car ABS systems and water-filtration plants -- but not a lot of practical information. Building Embedded Linux Systems offers an in-depth, hard-core guide to putting together embedded systems based on Linux.

Updated for the latest version of the Linux kernel, this new edition gives you the basics of building embedded Linux systems, along with the configuration, setup, and use of more than 40 different open source and free software packages in common use. The book also looks at the strengths and weaknesses of using Linux in an embedded system, plus a discussion of licensing issues, and an introduction to real-time, with a discussion of real-time options for Linux.


Beginning Ubuntu Linux, Third Edition

Keir Thomas, Jaime Sicam, "Beginning Ubuntu Linux, Third Edition"
Apress | ISBN-10: 1590599918 | June 24, 2008 | 768 pages | PDF | 28MB

Beginning Ubuntu Linux, the award–winning and best–selling Ubuntu book for beginners, is now in its third edition, presenting readers with an up–to–the–minute introduction to the world of Linux and the open source community. A detailed overview of Ubuntu’s installation and configuration process encourages you to take the plunge and switch to Linux, and from there you’ll learn how to wield total control over your newly installed operating system. Guided through the most commonly desired tasks such as printer configuration, listening to audio CDs and MP3s, watching movies, performing office and Internet–related tasks, as well as general system maintenance matters, authors Keir Thomas and Jaime Sicam will soon have you using and enjoying Ubuntu Linux and never looking back.


Pro SQL Server 2008 Relational Database Design and Implementation

Louis Davidson , Kevin Kline , Scott Klein , Kurt Windisch, "Pro SQL Server 2008 Relational Database Design and Implementation"
Apress | ISBN10: 1-4302-0866-X | Aug 2008 | 680 pages | PDF | 10.5MB

Learn effective and scalable database design techniques in a SQL Server environment. Pro SQL Server 2008 Relational Database Design and Implementation covers everything from design logic that business users will understand all the way to the physical implementation of the design in a SQL Server database. Grounded in best practices and a solid understanding of the underlying theory, authors Louis Davidson, Kevin Kline, Scott Klein, and Kurt Windisch show how to “get it right” in SQL Server database design and lay a solid groundwork for the future use of valuable business data.


The Essential Guide to Open Source Flash Development

Chris Allen, Wade Arnold, Aral Balkan, Nicolas Cannasse, John Grden, Moses Gunesch, Marc Hughes, R. Jon MacDonald, Andy Zupko, "The Essential Guide to Open Source Flash Development"
friends of ED | ISBN-10: 1430209933 | July 14, 2008 | 350 pages | PDF | 6.5MB

The Essential Guide to Open Source Flash Development is a practical development guide to creating Flash applications with open source Flash tools and workflows. You will walk away with an understanding of what tools will best suit your current situation, making your development easier and more productive, and with the knowledge of how to install and set up some of the best tools available, including the following:

  • Papervision3D: to create 3D in Flash
  • Red5: to stream video over the internet
  • SWX: to build data-driven mashups and mobile apps
  • Fuse: to make ActionScript animation a cinch
  • Go: to build your own animation tools in ActionScript 3.0
  • haXe: to create Flash files and more
  • AMFPHP: to communicate between Flash and php


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Aeronautical Radio Communication Systems and Networks

Dale Stacey, "Aeronautical Radio Communication Systems and Networks"
Wiley | ISBN: 0470018593 | February 2008 | 370 pages | PDF | 2.9MB

Typically, there are over twenty radio systems on board the average commercial jet aircraft dealing with communication, navigation and surveillance functions. Very high frequency (VHF) air-to-ground communication is usually the main method of information and control exchange between pilot and air traffic control. Satellite and high frequency radio links are used to complement this system for long range or oceanic information exchanges. Other communications systems are required between the airline operation centre and the pilot and sometimes between the passengers and the ground.


Mobile Python: Rapid prototyping of applications on the mobile platform

Jürgen Scheible, Ville Tuulos, "Mobile Python: Rapid prototyping of applications on the mobile platform"
Wiley | ISBN-10: 0470515058 | December 14, 2007 | 348 pages | PDF | 2.4MB

Mobile Python is the introduction of Python programming language to the mobile space. This practical hands-on book teaches readers how to realize their application ideas on the Symbian OS. Programming on the Symbian mobile platform has been difficult and time consuming in the past. This innovative new title will remedy this problem.

Chapters deal with topics that are based on Python S60 features and presented in an order that lets the user learn first the “simple to code” ones and then increasing in complexity.


Learning Perl, 5th Edition [ILLUSTRATED]

Randal Schwartz, Tom Phoenix, Brian D. Foy, "Learning Perl, 5th Edition"
O'Reilly Media, Inc. | ISBN-10: 0596520107 | July 7, 2008 | 348 pages | PDF | 6.5MB

Learning Perl, popularly known as "the Llama," is the book most programmers rely on to get started with Perl. The bestselling Perl tutorial since it was first published in 1993, this new fifth edition covers recent changes to the language up to Perl 5.10. This book reflects the combined experience of its authors, who have taught Perl at Stonehenge Consulting since 1991. Years of classroom testing and experience helped shape the book's pace and scope, and this edition is packed with exercises that let you practice the concepts while you follow the text. Topics include: Perl data & variable types Subroutines File operations Regular expressions String manipulation Lists & sorting Process management Smart matching Using third party modules Perl is the language for people who want to get work done. Originally targeted to sysadmins for heavy-duty text processing, Perl is now a full-featured programming language suitable for almost any task on almost any platform-from short fixes on the command line to web applications, bioinformatics, finance, and much more. Other books may teach you to program in Perl, but this book will turn you into a Perl programmer.


Learning Flex 3: Getting up to Speed with Rich Internet Applications

Alaric Cole, "Learning Flex 3: Getting up to Speed with Rich Internet Applications"
Adobe Dev Library | ISBN-10: 0596517327 | June 25, 2008 | 304 pages | PDF | 11.7MB

How soon can you learn Adobe Flex 3? With this book's unique hands-on approach, you will be able to tinker with examples right away, and create your own Rich Internet Applications with Flex within the first few chapters. As you progress, you learn how to build a layout, add interactivity, work with data, and deploy your applications to either the Web or the desktop.

Learning Flex 3 offers step-by-step instructions that are clear and concise, along with tips and tricks that author Alaric Cole has gathered after years of using Flex and teaching it to fellow developers at Yahoo! You'll understand how Flex works, how to use the MXML markup language and work with ActionScript, how to deploy RIAs to the desktop using Adobe AIR, and much more.