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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann; 3 edition (July 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0124058760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0124058767
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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It's well organized and there is an amazing amount of material in the book.
Techie reader
It's much more than a rehash of the massive Matlab help screen with a few simple exercises thrown in the back of each chapter, like so many books of this type are.
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I highly recommend this book-to beginners in Matlab or programming in general.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Let's Compare Options Preptorial TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 24, 2013
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This is an outstanding introduction to Matlab, and the examples work equally well with the GNU free version. Hats off to Amazon and the publisher for delivering this fine and current text at under $40 US new including web resources.

There are numerous, out of date, but well written "specialty" Matlab books-- Matlab for scientists, Matlab for Chemists, Matlab for Physicists, Matlab for Engineers, Matlab for Neurologists... etc. These almost all go for between $80 and $200+ US! This book is hands down FAR BETTER as both an intro and a reference. You HAVE to run the examples as the solutions are not always given, but Matlab itself will let you know how you did if you got the code right.

For a very recent book, the code runs quite well, I'd put it at about 95%+. Many books like this, when recently published, are rushed to press and the code is, well, frankly, garbage! The neat thing is that since this is a third edition, the code has been vetted many times and is far more bulletproof than the normal up to date, current version text.

How does it compare to the Matlab documentation? No contest! The official documentation gives volumes (libraries) on functions, etc. but very few good, basic examples of best practices. This author really knows her stuff, and will save you a ton on bugs, even if you just get this as a reference. Granted, the focus of the examples is Engineering, but I also work in medical and robotics EE and DSLs, and the examples are easily transportable to any other area. It is pretty clear that although the author publishes in advanced Engineering, she also teaches undergrads, so the book is kept intelligible without the usual "show off" style that makes many texts tough to learn from.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Calc on August 26, 2013
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This is a great book to learn Matlab. I only wish I had attended a school that taught a Matlab programming course using this book. There are basically three ways to learn Matlab. 1. Stumble around in the massive but useful help screens in Matlab. 2. Attend a college or other training class that often costs hundreds or thousands of dollars to attend. Then, there's the less traveled method: buy this book and teach yourself. That's the method I'm currently using, and it's improved my knowledge of Matlab tremendously. I think this book is a worthwhile update to the 2nd edition, too. I considered purchasing the 2nd edition and even read some the actual book in a bookstore, imagine that. However, upon consideration of the 3rd edition, I think the 3rd edition takes the contents of the 2nd edition and organizes it better so that more relevant topics are kept together. It also has a newly added appendix that shows almost, if not all, the built-in functions in Matlab. That's a handy thing to have when programming, because it allows you to skim the functions you want and use them appropriately due to a nice, short description that's included with each function. Also, the new edition covers vectors and matrices with matrix multiplication much earlier, now in chapter 2. So, it affords a better context to later material. Overall, if you're looking for a great basic reference and an actual teaching guide to using Matlab, go for this book. It will not disappoint. It's much more than a rehash of the massive Matlab help screen with a few simple exercises thrown in the back of each chapter, like so many books of this type are. This is an actual programming guide with tips, hints, and corrections of common errors beginning programmers often make, with end of chapter problems that cover concepts discussed in the chapters to teach the reader Matlab by doing! I strongly recommend this outstanding Matlab programming book, and it's so cheap, too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jlaw on October 11, 2013
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I am a graduate student in a molecular biology lab, not a computer scientist. However, I have really benefited from my modest programming experience. Rather than copying and pasting column after column of data, I would much rather simply automate the process by writing a short program. This text was a great, low-cost, introduction to the MATLAB coding environment and has allowed me to save a lot of time. I would highly recommend it and MATLAB to anyone who spends hours and hours cutting a pasting. There is a better way, this will help you get there.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 23, 2013
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a comprehensive book that give you the most of Matlab in less than 600 pages,as a negative no solutions for the end of the chapter exercises .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Techie reader on March 1, 2014
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It is, indeed, an Introduction and it is practical as claimed - four stars. It's well organized and there is an amazing amount of material in the book. It's broad is scope. Anyone who has programmed in any language along the way will be up and running in a short time with this book as a reference and teaching tool - NICE. It does a really good job in those areas. A lot of thought obviously went into the selection and sequencing of subject material. Seems to achieve broad range of subjects by skillfully managing the level of detail and diversity of applications examples to prevent getting bogged down in individual areas and not achieving its overall objective. Well Done! With this book as background, the student can pick up with the native MATLAB Document "Docs" form "help" and get along just fine.

In my opinion, there is a glitch in the printing style of the book as far as code examples provided. They are printed in a very fine-line font style that is a hard to read and tiring on the eyes if you're really studying the material. The font contrast goes way down compared to ordinary text font. The publisher used light blue, olive and grey backgrounds for code examples, I guess to try to help the low-contrast font issue. Too bad. I suspect they tried to use the built-in MATLAB capability to easily export code out of the Command Window etc. directly into an external document. All the other text in the book is perfectly okay. Next printing will be a chance to fix this.
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