Issue No. 11 - November (2004 vol. 37)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MC.2004.202
Web Dynamics: Adapting to Change in Content, Size, Topology, and Use, Mark Levene and Alexandra Poulovassilis, eds. To fully exploit the World Wide Web's huge potential as a global information repository, users must understand the Web's dynamics. The authors set the scene by giving an overview of ways in which the Web is dynamic in its content, size, topology and use, then point to some of the technical challenges caused by its dynamic nature.
Subsequent essays explore how the Web's structure and content evolved and offer guidance for Web searches and navigation, event handling and change, and personalized access. The authors describe current work focused on areas such as methods for identifying communities and using Active XML and Active XQuery.
Springer; www.springeronline.com; 3-540-40676-X; 466 pp.; $79.95.
Real-Time Systems: Scheduling, Analysis, and Verification, Albert M.K. Cheng. With safety a requisite factor, performance validation is a critical aspect of real-time systems. The author provides a substantial, up-to-date overview of the verification and validation process, describing several approaches and examining the advantages and disadvantages of each one.
Designed as both an introductory text and a handy practitioner reference, this book explores topics such as symbolic logic, automata, and languages in non-real-time systems; real-time scheduling and schedulability analysis; verification using timed automata and timed Petri nets; design and analysis of propositional-logic rule-based systems; and model checking, real-time logic, and state charts.
Wiley-IEEE CS Press; www.wiley.com; 0-471-18406-3; 552 pp.; $105.00.
Advanced Wired and Wireless Networks, Tadeusz A. Wysocki, Arek Dadej, and Beata J.Wysocki, eds. This book samples recent research advances in areas of recognized importance for the future Internet, such as ad hoc networking, mobility support, and performance improvements in advanced networks and protocols.
Topics covered include more advanced scalable routing suitable for large networks, directed flooding useful in information dissemination networks, and self-configuration and security issues in practical deployments. Work toward development of advanced mobility support techniques and mobile IP technologies is also covered, including issues such as context transfer during mobile IP handoff and service provisioning platforms for heterogeneous networks.
Springer; www.springeronline.com; 276 pp.; 0-387-22781-4; $125.00.
Object-Oriented Programming with Visual Basic.NET, Michael McMillan. This book covers the object-oriented features of the Visual Basic.NET language for advanced Visual Basic programmers. It explains standard OOP topics such as class design, inheritance, access modifiers and scoping issues, abstract classes, interface design and implementation, and refactoring in VB.NET.
More advanced OOP topics covered include reflection, object persistence, and serialization. The author demonstrates sound OOP design and implementation principles through practical examples of standard Windows applications, database applications using ADO.NET, Web-based applications using ASP.NET, and Windows service applications.
Cambridge University Press; www.cambridge.org; 0-521-53983-8; 320 pp.; $35.00.
Great Software Debates, Alan M. Davis. The author shares what he has learned about the difference between business theory and reality, encouraging readers to think about software engineering in ways that will help them succeed where others fail.
In short, provocative essays, the author shares insights on topics including process improvement, productivity, software quality, metrics, agile development, requirements triage, software estimation, and entrepreneurship.
Wiley-IEEE CS Press; www.wiley.com; 0-471-67523-7; 271 pages; $45.00.
Breakthrough: Stories and Strategies of Radical Innovation, Mark Stefik and Barbara Stefik. Responding to the changing business climate, companies use open innovation strategies: acquiring technologies from the outside, marketing their technologies to other companies, and outsourcing manufacturing. But by itself, open innovation results only in razor-thin profits from products that compete as commodities.
The authors note that during periods of rapid economic growth, companies and investors focus only on the short term. Without appropriate engagement and reinvestment, the innovation ecology breaks down. To reverse this trend, organizations must foster conditions that encourage breakthroughs.
MIT Press; http://mitpress.mit.edu; 0-262-19514-3; 320 pp.; $29.95.