Saturday, February 19, 2011

Mastering AutoCAD 2009 and AutoCAD LT 2009

The World's Bestselling AutoCAD Resource Fully Updated for 2009
There's a reason why Mastering AutoCAD is so popular year after year. Loaded with concise explanations, step-by-step instructions, and hands-on projects, this comprehensive reference and tutorial from award-winning author George Omura has everything you need to become an AutoCAD expert.
If you're new to AutoCAD, the tutorials will help you build your skills right away. If you're an AutoCAD veteran, Omura's in-depth explanations of the latest features, including the new Ribbon interface and new Action Recorder, will turn you into an AutoCAD pro. Whatever your experience level and however you use AutoCAD, you'll refer to this indispensable reference again and again.
Coverage includes:
  • Creating and developing AutoCAD drawings
  • Drawing curves and applying solid fills
  • Effectively using hatches, fields, and tables
  • Manipulating dynamic blocks and attributes
  • Linking drawings to databases and spreadsheets
  • Rendering realistic interior views with natural lighting
  • Giving a hand-drawn look to 3D views
  • Presenting 3D models with cutaway and x-ray views
  • Making spiral forms with the Helix and Sweep tools
  • Finding open drawings fast with the new Quick View Drawings tool
  • Browsing recent files and toolbar selections using the new Menu Browser
  • Converting multiple layer settings and other layer translator options
  • Explore the New Ribbon Interface
  • Automate Repetitive Tasks with the Action Recorder
  • Organize Drawing Information with Layers
  • Annotate, Secure, and Authenticate Files
  • Track Your Projects with the Sheet Set Manager
  • Publish Drawings over the Internet and eTransmit Your Files    

    Mastering AutoCAD 2009 and AutoCAD LT 2009

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Building Facebook Applications For Dummies

There’s no doubt about it — Facebook is cool. Along with users who want to interact with friends, businesses are using Facebook as a marketing and networking tool. And if you’re a Web developer, you probably know there’s a demand for Facebook applications. If you have some basic knowledge of Web client technology, such as HTML, JavaScript, or CSS, and know how to use a Web programming language, Building Facebook Applications For Dummies is just what you need to start building apps for Facebook.
This friendly guide helps you create applications to reach Facebook’s huge audience, so you can enlarge your list of friends, introduce people to your product or service, or network with other business professionals. You’ll find out how to:
  • Work with the Facebook API
  • Build applications that take advantage of Facebook’s News Feed and Wall
  • Migrate existing Web applications to Facebook
  • Create mobile apps for Facebook
  • Use Facebook’s markup and query languages
  • Get your app noticed by Facebook users
A handy companion Web site includes code samples, starter applications, and other useful information about building Facebook apps. Whether you want to create applications for business purposes or just for fun, Building Facebook Applications For Dummies is the fun and easy way to get started.

Building Facebook Applications For Dummies

Android Wireless Application Development

Android Wireless Application Development

Shane Conder
Lauren Darcey

The start-to-finish guide to Android development–from concept to market!

Android Wireless Application Development combines all the reliable information, sample code, and best practices you need to build, distribute, and market successful Android mobile applications. Drawing on their extensive experience with mobile and wireless development, Shane Conder and Lauren Darcey cover everything you need to execute a successful Android project: from concept and design through coding, testing, packaging, and delivery.

Conder and Darcey explain how mobile development differs from conventional development, how Android differs from other mobile platforms, and how to take full advantage of Android’s unique features and capabilities. They present detailed, code-rich coverage of Android’s most important APIs, expert techniques for organizing development teams and managing Android projects, and dozens of time-saving tricks and pitfalls to avoid.

  • Master the latest Android development tools and Android SDK 1.5
  • Use the Eclipse Development Environment for Java to develop and debug Android applications
  • Design Android applications that are more efficient, reliable, and easier to use and offer better performance
  • Work with Android’s optional hardware-specific APIs
  • Use Android’s APIs for data, storage, networking, telephony, Location-Based Services (LBS), multimedia, and 3D graphics
  • Leverage advanced Android capabilities such as Notifications and Services
  • Ensure quality through solid test planning, efficient testing, and comprehensive defect tracking
  • Make more money from your Android applications

This book is an indispensable resource for every member of the Android development team: software developers with all levels of mobile experience, team leaders and project managers, testers and QA specialists, software architects, and even marketers.

Shane Conder is an experienced developer who has specialized in mobile and embedded development for over a decade. He has designed and developed many commercial applications for BREW, J2ME, Palm, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, iPhone, and Android and has written extensively about the mobile industry and mobile development platforms. Lauren Darcey is the CEO of a small software company specializing in mobile technologies. With almost two decades of experience in professional software production, Darcey is a recognized authority in enterprise architecture and the development of commercial grade mobile applications.

About the CD-ROM 
An accompanying CD-ROM contains all of the book’s code samples, plus powerful open source tools for Android development.

Android Wireless Application Development second edition


Android Essentials

Android Essentials is a no–frills, no–nonsense, code–centric run through the guts of application development on Google’s Mobile OS. This book uses the development of a sample application to work through topics, focusing on giving developers the essential tools and examples required to make viable commercial applications work. Covering the entirety of the Android catalog in less than 150 pages is simply impossible. Instead, this book focuses on just four main topics: the application life cycle and OS integration, user interface, location–based services, and networking.
  • Thorough, complete, and useful work on the nuts and bolts of applicatio development in Android
  • Example driven and practically minded
  • A tool for hobbyists and professionals who want to create production–quality applications

What you’ll learn

  • Understand how an Android application functions and communicates with the handset that hosts it.
  • Comprehend the complexities of timers, services, and multimedia playback.
  • Create and display a rich mix of custom–rendered screens and tailored Android widgets.
  • Understand how location–based services are becoming more and more important in the mobile world.
  • See how to use Google’s powerful Map tool.
  • Explore the intricacies of network connectivity in the mobile world.

Who this book is for

This book is for professional software engineers looking to move their ideas and applications into the mobile space with Android. The author assumes the reader has a passable understanding of Java. They should be able to write classes and handle basic inheritance structures. This book also targets hobbyist developers looking to negotiate the complex minefield of mobile software.

Android Essentials

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Professional Risk Managers' Guide to the Energy Market

An essential resource for all financial professionals affected by energy prices, The Professional Risk Managers’ Guide to the Energy Market presents a complete account of the evolution, tools, scope, and breadth of the energy and environmental financial markets.

Sponsored by the PRMIA Institute and edited by renowned analyst Peter Fusaro, the book includes contributions from 20 world experts who discuss every aspect of energy trading and the risks associated with specific investment vehicles and energy sectors.

Organized in three parts, The Professional Risk Managers’ Guide to the Energy Market begins with a comprehensive overview of the energy market, goes on to provide an in-depth review of energy risk management tools, and finally delivers detailed coverage of risk management software, energy hedging in Asian markets, trading electricity options, and weather risk management strategies.

Designed to improve investment insights and skills, The Professional Risk Managers’ Guide to the Energy Market features timely chapters on:
  • Energy Futures Today
  • The Over-the-Counter Energy Derivatives Market
  • Energy Derivatives Structures
  • The Nordic Electricity Markets
  • Market Risk Measurement and Management for Energy Firms
  • Best Practices in Credit Risk Management for Energy and Commodity Derivatives
  • Natural Gas Trading
  • Risk Management in Energy-Focused Commodity Futures Investing
  • The ISDA Master Agreement Ten Years On, ISDA 2002
Authoritative and comprehensive, The Professional Risk Managers’ Guide to the Energy Market equips risk managers, institutional investors, and financial analysts with all the information, tools, and strategies required to understand and succeed in the fast-changing global energy marketplace.
The Professional Risk Managers' Guide to the Energy Market

Hydrometeorology Forecasting and Applications

This book describes recent developments in hydrometeorological forecasting, with a focus on water-related applications of meteorological observation and forecasting techniques. The topic includes a wide range of disciplines, such as raingauge, weather radar, satellite, river and other monitoring techniques, rainfall-runoff, flow routing and hydraulic models, and nowcasting and Numerical Weather Prediction. 
Applications include flood forecasting, drought forecasting, climate change impact assessments, reservoir management, and water resources and water quality studies. The book examines how recent developments in meteorological forecasting techniques have significantly improved the lead times and spatial resolution of forecasts across a range of timescales. These improvements are increasingly reflected in the performance of the operational hydrological models used for forecasting the impacts of floods, droughts and other environmental hazards. This has led to improvements in operational decision-making, which can range from decisions within the next few hours on whether to evacuate people from properties at risk from flooding, to longer-term decisions such as on when to plant and harvest crops, and to operate reservoirs and river off-takes for water supply and hydropower schemes. 

The book provides useful background for civil engineering, water resources, meteorology and hydrology courses for post-graduate students, but is primarily intended as a review of recent developments for a professional audience. Key themes: floods, droughts, meteorological forecasts, hydrological forecasts, demand forecasts, reservoirs, water resources, water quality, decision support, data assimilation, probabilistic forecasts. 

Kevin Sene is a civil engineer and researcher with wide experience in flood forecasting, water resources and hydrometeorological studies. He has published some 45 scientific and conference papers on topics in hydrology, hydrometeorology and hydraulics, and a book Flood Warning, Forecasting and Emergency Response (Springer, 2008).

Hydrometeorology Forecasting and Applications

Cloud Connectivity and Embedded Sensory Systems

Cloud Connectivity and Embedded Sensory Systems by: Lambert Spaanenburg Hendrik Spaanenburg Sensory systems are meant to create awareness in space and time. They may be measuring the presence of an object or a condition, characterizing an object stream or a situational pattern, or even detect abnormalities that are to occur. This book provides new theory on the design of wireless sensor networks, based on concepts developed for large-scale, distributed computing environments known as “clouds.” It provides a single-source entry into the world of intelligent sensory systems, with a step-by-step discussion of building case studies that capture the requirements, taking into account practical limitations of creating ambient intelligence. The reader will not only achieve a better understanding of sensory clouds, but is also guided by examples of how to design such networks, taking the typical characteristics of diverse application areas into account. 
  • Offers readers a single-source entry into the world of cloud-centric, embedded intelligent sensory systems; 
  • Presents sensory networks in the context of “cloud computing”; 
  • Promotes the notion of migrating software on virtualized hardware; 
  • Emphasizes the role of redundant network communication and computation to optimize safety and security; 
  • Distinguishes between cloud, swarm and flock computing, in order to make the extended network more intelligent and therefore less dependent on the quality of the individual sensors.

Understanding TCP/IP: A clear and comprehensive guide to TCP/IP protocols

A clear and comprehensive guide to TCP/IP protocols
  • Essential reference to what's really going on at the network level
  • Covers Telnet, FTP, HTTP, SMTP, ESMTP, IMAP4, POP3, NNTP, and LDAP
  • IP4 and IP6
In Detail
This book covers in detail the Open System Interconnection (OSI) reference model and the TCP/IP protocols that operate that different layers. Its coverage includes various application protocols. The authors explain in an easy-to-read style networking concepts and protocols, with examples that make the book a practical guide in addition to its coverage of theory.
What you will learn from this book?
This book covers all the basic as well as advanced uses of TCP/IP
  • Chapter 1 is a general introduction to networking concepts the understanding of which is required for reading the book. The chapter introduces the Open System Interconnection (OSI) networking framework, which defines seven layers for implementing network protocols, and the simpler TCP/IP model. It also explains the three different data transmission methods: synchronous, asynchronous, and packet.
  • Chapter two focuses on tools that can be used to monitor data transfers on the network. Three tools are covered: MS Network Monitor and Ethereal.
  • Chapter 3 discusses the first of the seven layers of the OSI model: the physical layer. Serial lines, modems, digital circuits, and other hardware devices are covered. The chapter also explains how the choice of the physical layer depends on the choice of the link protocol, with emphasis on Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, and Gigabyte.
  • Chapter 4 explains the link layer, focusing on the following link protocols: Serial Line Internet Protocol (SLIP), Compressed SLIP (CSLIP), High-level Data Link Control (HDLC), Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP), Frame Relay, and Ethernet.
  • Chapter 5 talks about the Internet Protocol (IP). It covers IP datagram, Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP), Address Resolution Protocol (ARP), Reverse ARP (RARP), and Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP).
  • Chapter 6 covers IP addresses in IP version 4. The various classes of IP addresses, reserved IP addresses, net masks, subnetworks, and super networks.
  • Chapter 7 covers IP routing and IP forwarding, including handling routing tables; routing protocols, such as Routing Vector Protocols (RVP) and Link State Protocols (LSP); and Neutral Exchange Point (NIX).
  • Chapter 8 focused on IP version 6, which enlarges the IP address size from 4 to 16 bytes and introduces some changes to the IP datagram.
  • Chapter 9 covers the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), the protocol that transfers data between applications on different computers.
  • Chapter 10 presents the simpler alternative to TCP, the User Datagram Protocol (UDP).
  • Chapter 11 covers the Domain Name System (DNS), which translates IP addresses into domain names and vice versa.
  • Chapter 12-17 covers a number of application protocols, namely Telnet, FTP, HTTP, SMTP, ESMTP, IMAP4, POP3, NNTP, and LDAP.
  • Appendix A covers working with CISCO routers. since CISCO is considered the dominant company in this area.

Who this book is written for?
This book is suitable for the novice and experienced system administrators, programmers, and anyone who would like to learn how to work with the TCP/IP protocol suite. It can be read even by those who have little background in networking

Understanding TCP/IP

Manga Studio For Dummies

Love Manga? The newest features of Manga Studio help you bring your ideas to life! The tools available in the latest version of this powerful program make it easy to turn your computer into your drawing board, and Manga Studio For Dummies makes it easy to get started.Discover how to use Manga Studio to begin creating comics in manga or Western styles, add color to your creations, and share them with your adoring public. It’s a breeze once you know your way around the program. Manga may have begun in Japan, but Manga Studio For Dummies is written in plain English, and shows you how to:
  • Build and use page templates
  • Rough in your comic with penciling techniques
  • Work 100% digital, or use a combination of digital and traditional tools if you prefer
  • Work with layers, rulers, and panels
  • Add speech bubbles and sound effects text
  • Ink your work and add tones
  • Prepare your creations for print or distribution on the Web
Written by a working digital artist, Manga Studio For Dummies covers both Manga Studio Debut and EX versions. As an added bonus, it even gives you a peek into the world of manga and comics in general. With the help of Manga Studio For Dummies, you just might find yourself among the comic artists whose work populates the Web and gathers thousands of fans!

Use the newest features of Manga Studio to bring your ideas to life
Manga is magnificent, and with the tools available in the latest version of Manga Studio, it's easy to turn your computer into your drawing board. Here's the fun and easy way® to begin creating comics in manga or Western styles, add color to your creations, and share them with your adoring public.
Discover how to:
  • Build and use page templates
  • Rough in your comic with penciling techniques
  • Work with layers, rulers, and panels
  • Add speech bubbles and sound effects text
  • Ink your work and add tones

    Manga Studio For Dummies

Sunday, February 6, 2011


Light & Lens: Photography in the Digital Age is a groundbreaking introductory book that clearly and concisely provides the instruction and building blocks necessary to create thought-provoking digitally based photographs. It is an adventurous idea book that features numerous classroom-tested assignments and exercises from leading photographic educators to encourage you to critically explore and make images from the photographers' eye, an aesthetic point of view. Acquire a basic foundation for digital photography. Light and Lens covers the fundamental concepts of image-making; how to use today's digital technology to create compelling images; and how to output and preserve images in the digital world. Explore the history, theory and methods of digital image-making. Light and Lens translates the enduring aesthetics of art photography into the digital realm. You'll view, capture and think about images from a new perspective. Increase your ability to analyze, discuss and write about your own work and the images of others. Learn with exercises and assignments by leading digital educators. Innovative techniques will train your eye to make the strongest visual statement. Solve visual problems and overcome image challenges. Whether you use a digital SLR or a point-and-shoot camera, you'll get new strategies to master composition, design and light. View the full range of the digital terrain with stunning images and commentary by over 190 international artists. Robert Hirsch is a renowned photographer, educator, historian and writer. His book credits include Photographic Possibilities: The Expressive Use of Ideas,Materials and ProcessesExploring Color Photography: From the Darkroom to the Digital Studio; and Seizing the Light: A History of Photography. He has had many one-person shows and curated numerous exhibitions. Hirsch has also conducted many workshops and interviewed eminent photographers of our time. The former executive director of CEPA Gallery, he is now the director of Light Research in Buffalo, New York, and on the Visual Studies faculty of University of Buffalo/The State University of New York.


Friday, February 4, 2011

La régente de Cartage

Dans une atmosphère de fin de règne, la Tunisie du général président Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali a vu son épouse, Leila Trabelsi, jouer depuis plusieurs années un rôle déterminant dans la gestion du pays. Main basse sur la Tunisie : telle semble être l’obsession du clan familial de la « présidente », comme le relatent en détail les auteurs de ce livre, informés aux meilleures sources et peu avare en révélations. Du yacht volé à un grand banquier français par le neveu de Leila à la tentative de mainmise sur les secteurs clés de l’économie, les affaires de la famille Trabelsi se multiplient sur fond de corruption, de pillage et de médiocrité intellectuelle.

Mais la surprise dans cette triste vie du sérail tunisien vient de la forte personnalité de Leila, bien plus proche d’une Catherine de Médicis que d’une courtisane de boudoir. Son appât du gain et son habileté à placer les siens en font la digne héritière de Wassila Bourguiba, qui gouverna la Tunisie dans l’ombre d’un président vieillissant et malade. Connue pour la place faite aux femmes dans la vie publique, la Tunisie est le seul pays arabe où l’épouse du chef de l’État puisse prétendre à un tel rôle. Après l’influence, le pouvoir ? Alors que se préparait une nouvelle élection présidentielle truquée de Ben Ali, Leila tentait de se poser en régente, avec l’aide des siens et le silence complice de la France.

Nicolas Beau et Catherine Graciet plongent ici dans les arcanes, les alliances et les trahisons d’un pouvoir familial mesquin et perverti, qui tient lieu d’État dans une société à la dérive. Et où tous les signaux ? politiques, économiques et sociaux ? passent progressivement au rouge, tandis que le président et son entourage se préoccupent surtout de s’enrichir et de réprimer toute contestation.

La régente de Cartage


25 Beautiful Homes - March 2011

Beautiful Homes - March 2011

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Visual Studio 2010 ALL-IN-ONE FOR Dummies

It's new and better than ever! Learn to use Visual Studio 2010 with this book

Developers, listen up! Visual Studio 2010 offers many interface changes and a dizzying array of editors, controls, designers, and other tools. Whether you're starting from scratch with Visual Studio or need to boost your knowledge of coding, building apps, or accessing data, you'll find what you need to be productive.

  • Get what you need — newbies can learn Visual Studio basics while more experienced developers can focus on what's new in the 2010 version

  • Code mode — create source code with the code editor, explore class anatomy in .NET, and debug, analyze, and test your code

  • Building blocks — explore types of applications you can build; learn to create C++, Windows, and Web applications; and deploy them on the cloud

  • Digging data — look at the new data access code-generation features in Visual Studio

  • Take control — manage the build process and apply source code control

Open the book and find:

  • The languages of .NET

  • Advice on installing Visual Studio

  • Basic info about object-oriented programming

  • Tips on handling exceptions and debugging

  • How to lay out a Web site

  • Why you need ADO.NET

  • How to build applications for Facebook

  • What the Visual Studio Team System offers

Visit the companion Web site at, where you'll find a section featuring source code, resource links, and sample applications for each minibook.

7 books in 1

  • Visual Studio 2010 Overview

  • Getting Started

  • Coding

  • Building Applications

  • Data Access

  • Going the Extra Mile

  • Extending the Family

The Chronicles Of Narnia C.S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantasy novels for children written by C. S. Lewis. It is considered a classic of children's literature and is the author's best-known work, having sold over 100 million copies in 41 languages. Written by Lewis between 1949 and 1954 and illustrated by Pauline Baynes, The Chronicles of Narnia have been adapted several times, complete or in part, for radio, television, stage, and cinema.

The series contains many allusions to traditional Christian ideas, presented in a format designed to make them easily accessible to younger readers; however, the books can also be read purely for their adventure, colour, and richness of ideas, and as a result have become favourites of children and adults, Christians and non-Christians alike. (They had, for example, considerable success in their Israeli Hebrew translation.) In addition to employing Christian themes, Lewis also borrows characters and ideas from Greek and Roman mythology, as well as from traditional British and Irish fairy tales.

The Chronicles of Narnia present the adventures of children who play central roles in the unfolding history of the fictional realm of Narnia, a place where animals talk, magic is common, and good battles evil. Each of the books (with the exception of The Horse and His Boy) feature as their protagonists children from our world who are magically transported to Narnia, where they are called upon to help the lion Aslan set some wrong to right.