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back to top  The Intelligent Wireless Web

H. Peter Alesso and Craig F. Smith

Addison-Wesley Professional, 2002
ISBN 1201750449

"If you buy one book on the intelligent Internet, this should be it."—Minerva Tantoco-Hobbs, Director of Advanced Technology & Media Lab, Answerthink

"This book runs guns to the revolutionaries, detailing all the technologies, all the candidate protocols, and all the challenges to be met along the way to build the intelligent wireless Web."—Michael Swaine, Editor-at-Large, Dr. Dobb's Journal

Written by two authors at the forefront of the Internet revolution, The Intelligent Wireless Web presents a fascinating, insightful vision of the Web's near future, with an overview of the technologies that will make it possible. This book explores technology developments in speech recognition, mobile wireless devices, network integration, and software that will be far more responsive to our informational and transactional needs.

The Intelligent Wireless Web examines the convergence and synergy among five key technological components: speech used as a primary user interface; wireless personal area networks (WPANs); an integrated wired/wireless network infrastructure; supporting wireless protocols; and intelligent applications. It investigates available technologies and standards that are currently being developed to bring these goals into the mainstream of Internet use.

Inside you'll find an introduction to a wide variety of topics, as well as an in-depth look at the fundamental relationships between cutting-edge technologies such as:

  • Speech recognition and understanding text-to-speech generators, and Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML)
  • Personal Area Networks (PANs), Bluetooth(TM), Jini(TM), and Universal Plug & Play
  • Spread Spectrum, wireless networks, and the IEEE 802.11 standard
  • Wireless handheld devices and third-generation TDMA and CDMA
  • Mobile IP, Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), and Wireless Markup Language (WML)
  • Web Services, .NET, J2EE(TM), SOAP, UDDI, WSDL, and XML
  • Neural networks, adaptive software, data mining, and agents
  • Machine learning and Distributed Artificial Intelligence
  • Semantic Web Architecture

Ongoing research projects, such as MIT's Project OXYGEN, are used throughout to illustrate elements of the intelligent wireless Web in action. Appendixes present standards organizations, mobile protocols, security issues, and a case study of knowledge management. With an understanding of the trends, goals, and technologies described in The Intelligent Wireless Web, you will be well-positioned to develop your own strategic planning for the coming world of the ubiquitous Internet.

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H. Peter Alesso is an engineer with an M.S. and an advanced engineering degree from M.I.T., along with twenty years of research experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). As Engineering Group Leader at LLNL, he led a team of physicists and engineers in a wide range of successful multimillion-dollar software development research projects. Peter has extensive experience with innovative applications across a wide range of supercomputers, workstations and networks.

back to top  Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed, 1/e

Jakob Nielsen and Marie Tahir
New Riders Publishing, 2002
ISBN 073571102X

For all level Computer Science courses in Web Site Design and Management, as well as a valuable practical resource for professionals responsible for designing or managing Web sites.

Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Decon-structed presents and discusses the elements that contribute to a good or not-so-good first impression on a Web site by assessing the success and failure of the home pages of 50 high profile media, entertainment, technology, and business Web sites, including those of Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BBC Online, Disney, eBay, PBS, PlanetRx, Ticket-master, Travelocity, USA Today, Wal-Mart, Yahoo, and many, many more. Among other topics, the book focuses on the effectiveness, ease of navigation, and the percentage of the page devoted to content on the home page of each site.

back to top  Building Accessible Websites, 1/e

Joe Clark
New Riders Publishing, 2002
ISBN 073571150X

For upper level Computer Science courses in Web Site Design and Web Site Management, as well as a reference guide for professionals responsible for Web site design and/or web site management.

Building Accessible Websites presents the relevant issues regarding the development of accessible Web sites and provides a foundation for how people think about accessibility in terms of Web site design. The book also demonstrates how and why specific accessibility techniques can and should be used in almost every Web site.

Table of Contents:

  1. How to Read This Book and What This Book Will Teach You.
  2. Why Bother? How Do PwDs Use Computers?
  3. What is Media Access?
  4. The Structure of Accessible Pages.
  5. The Image Problem.
  6. Text and Links.
  7. Navigation.
  8. Type and Colour.
  9. Tables.
  10. Stylesheets.
  11. Interactivity.
  12. Browsers and Devices.
  13. Multimedia.
  14. Flash and PDF.
  15. Audio Interfaces.
  16. Certification.

Appendix A. Accessibility and the Law (w/ Maguire vs. Olympics).

Appendix B. Language Codes.

Appendix C. Quick-Reference Card.

back to top  Creating Web Graphics, Audio and Video, 1/e

Mike Mosher & Roger Shepard
Prentice Hall PTR, 2002
ISBN 0130865907

Appropriate for introductory Internet/World Wide Web courses. This book is designed to provide individuals with the core skills needed to meet the demands of the Web development and Internet community. This user-friendly interactive text provides competency in three key skill areas:

  1. Web Business Management, from financial issues to project management and marketing.
  2. Content Management, including user interface, authoring languages, multimedia, and graphics.
  3. Technical Management involving administration, protocols, performance, and security.


  • Text is written in a lively, non-intimidating tone.
  • Students are encouraged to think like working professionals.
  • Real-world examples—Similar to those experienced by a working pro are offered to students.
  • Supporting Web site with sample code.
  • HTML versions of the material are available—WOW-certified Study Guides will be made customizable through Prentice Hall's Custom Publishing Program.
  • World Organization of Webmasters—A non-profit organization dedicated to the support of individuals and organizations who create, manage, or market Web sites.

Table of Contents:


  1. Mac Navigation and PhotoShop Work Area (Mac Option).
  2. Working with Selections.
  3. Working with Layers.
  4. Painting and Editing.
  5. Alpha Channels and Masks.
  6. The Pen Tool Experience.
  7. Creating Special Effects.


  1. Color Overview.
  2. Browser-safe and Hybrid Color.
  3. Basic Bitmapped Web File Formats for Graphics.
  4. Buttons and Backgrounds.
  5. HTML Color Techniques.
  6. The Animated GIF.
  7. Other Web Graphic Formats, Today and Tomorrow and Other Web Graphic Related Technologies.


  1. Multimedia, the Internet, and the Browser.
  2. Audio on the Web.
  3. Audio Production.
  4. Video on the Web.
  5. Video Production.
  6. Animation, Interactivity and 3D.
  7. Collaborative Technologies, The Future and Beyond.

back to top  Book Listing

Automated Web Testing Toolkit: Expert Methods for Testing and Managing Web Applications
Diane Stottlemyer
John Wiley & Sons, 2001
ISBN 047141435-2

HTML and XHTML: Creating Web Pages, 1/e Against the Clock, Inc.
Nicholas Chase
Prentice Hall Computer Books, 2002
ISBN 0130310549

Designing Persuasive Web Sites: Submit Now, 1/e
Andrew Chak
Prentice Hall, 2002
ISBN 0735711704

Java Design: Objects, UML, and Process
Kirk Knoernschild
Addison-Wesley Professional, 2002
ISBN 1201750449

Java, XML, and JAXP
Arthur Griffith
John Wiley & Sons, 2002
ISBN 0471209074

Pierre-Julien Grizel
John Wiley & Sons, 2002
ISBN 0470844515

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