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Jennifer Bruer

back to top  Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think

Edited by Stuart K. Card, Jock Mackinlay, and Ben Shneiderman

Morgan Kaufmann Publishers
ISBN 1-55860-533-9

This groundbreaking book defines the emerging field of information visualization and offers the first-ever collection of the classic papers of the discipline, with introductions and analytical discussions of each topic and paper. The authors' intention is to present papers that focus on the use of visualization to discover relationships, using interactive graphics to amplify thought. This book is intended for research professionals in academia and industry; new graduate students and professors who want to begin work in this burgeoning field; professionals involved in financial data analysis, statistics, and information design; scientific data managers; and professionals involved in medical, bioinformatics, and other areas.

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  • Full-color reproduction throughout
  • Author power team — an exciting and timely collaboration between the field's pioneering, most-respected names
  • The only book on Information Visualization with the depth necessary for use as a text or as a reference for the information professional
  • Text includes the classic source papers as well as a collection of cutting edge work

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Stuart K. Card is a Xerox Research Fellow and manager of the User Interface Research Group at Xerox PARC. He is the author of numerous technical articles and two other books on theories and designs in human-machine interaction. He and his group have contributed to more than 10 Xerox commercial products.

Jock D. Mackinlay is a member of the User Interface Research Group at Xerox PARC, where he has been developing 3D user interfaces for information visualization for over a decade. He received a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University and is a member of the editorial board of ACM Transactions on Computer Human Interaction.

Ben Shneiderman is a professor in the Department of Computer Science, head of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, and member of the Institutes for Advanced Computer Studies and Systems Research at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author and coauthor of many books, technical papers, and textbooks.

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  1. Information Visualization
  2. Space
  3. Interaction
  4. Focus + Context
  5. Data Mapping: Text
  6. Higher-Level Visualization
  7. Using Vision to Think
  8. Applications and Innovations
  9. Conclusion

back to top  Perl in a Nutshell

by Ellen Siever, Stephen Spainhour, and Nathan Patwardhan

O'Reilly & Associates
ISBN: 1-56592-286-7

Perl in a Nutshell gathers together a wealth of information about Perl itself and its application to CGI scripts, network programming, database interaction, and graphical user interfaces. And it gives detailed coverage for those using Perl within a Win32 environment. Perl in a Nutshell also covers things like: built-in functions and standard modules; DBI, the database-independent API for Perl; sockets programming; Perl/tk; modules for interfacing with Win32 systems; LWP. If it is in the Perl programmer's universe, you'll probably find it in this book.

"Eight years ago we published a book called Programming Perl about a small, little-known scripting language. Little did we know that Perl would grow into a mature object-oriented programming language, and that publicly-available modules would help make Perl an indispensable tool for Web and database development" explains Linda Mui, O'Reilly's Perl editor, "As the Perl language blossomed, so did our line of books about Perl: we now publish 7 books about Perl. While no one book can cover all of Perl anymore, Perl in a Nutshell now acts as a central reference for the most useful and practical information about Perl, bringing into a single volume not only the particulars of using the language itself, but also its most popular and essential modules."

back to top  Web Design in a Nutshell

By Jennifer Niederst

O'Reilly & Associates
ISBN 1-56592-515-7

Web Design in a Nutshell, contains the nitty-gritty on everything you need to know to design Web pages. In the Nutshell series tradition, Web Design in a Nutshell is written and organized so that answers can be found quickly—no fluff, no padding. Written by veteran Web designer Jennifer Niederst (of GNN and Web Review fame), this book provides quick access to the wide range of front-end technologies and techniques from which Web designers and authors must draw.

Web Design in a Nutshell is an excellent reference for HTML 4.0 tags (including tables, frames, and Cascading Style Sheets) with special attention given to browser support and platform idiosyncrasies. The HTML section is more than a reference work, though. It details strange behavior in tables, for instance, and gives ideas and workarounds for using tables and frames on your site. Web Design in a Nutshell also covers multimedia and interactivity, audio and video (including Flash and Shockwave), Cascading Style Sheets, and emerging technologies like Dynamic HTML, XML, embedded fonts, and internationalization. There are chapters on creating GIF, JPEG and PNG graphics, including designing with the Web Palette.

"In the beginning, the Web was simple. It isn't so easy anymore. With the explosion of the Web came an avalanche of new technologies, proprietary tags, and acronyms. Even for someone who is immersed in the terminology and environment on a professional basis, it can be truly overwhelming. You just can't keep this stuff in your head anymore," says author Jennifer Niederst in the preface, "I often wished there was one place to go to find quick answers to my questions. That's why I wrote this book. It has the useful parts without a lot of fluff, organized so that information can be found quickly. It's based on the wish-lists and indeed, the contributions of both professional and hobbyist web designers."

For detailed book information, including Table of Contents, author bio, and index, see:

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