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   The book of PF (3rd ed.): a no-nonsense guide to the OpenBSD firewall
Hansteen P.,  No Starch Press, San Francisco, CA, 2014. 248 pp. Type: Book (978-1-593275-89-1)

PF is a packet filter developed originally on the OpenBSD operating system, and now also available on NetBSD, FreeBSD, and FreeBSD derivatives such as DragonFly BSD. It can be used to control access to your network, mitigate spam attacks, redirect...

   The friendly orange glow: the untold story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture
Dear B.,  Pantheon Books, New York, NY, 2017. 640 pp. Type: Book (978-1-101871-55-3)

The back cover notes: “a group of visionary engineers and designers ... in the late 1960s and 1970s created a computer system called PLATO, which was light years ahead in experimenting with how people would learn, engage, communicate, and pl...

  An introduction to partial differential equations
Arrigo D.,  Morgan&Claypool Publishers, San Rafael, CA, 2018. 168 pp. Type: Book (978-1-681732-54-1)

Partial differential equations (PDEs) are used in several branches of engineering and science. For example, physical laws (like conservation of mass, momentum, and energy) model many physical, chemical, and biological processes. These laws are oft...

   Guide to data structures: a concise introduction using Java
Streib J., Soma T.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2018. 376 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319700-83-0)

Data structures seem to be the bane of every computer science (CS) undergraduate’s education. Thus, a good data structures text aimed at undergraduates is a necessity. Even though relatively few programmers actually implement data structures...

   Introducing surprise and opposition by design in recommender systems
Bauer C., Schedl M.  UMAP 2017 (Proceedings of the 25th Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, Bratislava, Slovakia,  Jul 9-12, 2017) 350-353, 2017. Type: Proceedings

Christine Bauer and Markus Schedl, researchers at the Department of Computational Perception, Johannes Kepler University Linz, propose an approach to expanding the utility of recommender systems by developing capabilities to incorporate surprise a...

  Troublemakers: Silicon Valley’s coming of age
Berlin L.,  Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, 2017. 512 pp. Type: Book (978-1-451651-50-8), Reviews: (2 of 2)

Berlin’s compelling volume is distinguished by an engaging writing style. Her chronological history of the Valley is punctuated by personal insights about the principals. As effective and engaging as the author is, though, it is the nuggets ...

  Professional WordPress: design and development (3rd ed.)
Williams B., Damstra D., Stern H.,  Wrox Press Ltd., Birmingham, UK, 2015. 504 pp. Type: Book (978-1-118987-24-7)

The lead author has a related title to his credit [1], as well as the earlier editions of this book. In my view, this third edition is simply the best of its kind available [2,3]....

  Smart city networks: through the Internet of Things
Rassia S., Pardalos P.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2017. 227 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319613-12-3)

The term “smart city” is a trending topic in the world today. Many politicians state that their cities are “smarter” than others. This statement can only be ensured through the application and deployment of recent but power...

  Ordered line integral methods for computing the quasi-potential
Dahiya D., Cameron M.  Journal of Scientific Computing 75(3): 1351-1384, 2018. Type: Article

This paper provides a detailed study of ordered line integral methods (OLIMs), “a new family of methods for computing the quasi-potential on a regular mesh.” In the systems behavior field, “the quasi-potential is a key function i...

  Complex networks: principles, methods and applications
Latora V., Nicosia V., Russo G.,  Cambridge University Press, New York, NY, 2017. 594 pp. Type: Book (978-1-107103-18-4)

As any computer science (CS) undergraduate knows after a first course on algorithms and data structures, graphs provide the most versatile means to represent any situation. By making explicit the pairwise connections between items, they play a cri...

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