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MATLAB Programming for Engineers
on January 4, 2011
If you are needing this book for a course, but want to spend less money, you can buy the author's more recent book, "Essentials of MATLAB Programming" (November 7, 2008), which is almost exactly the same as this one, but without the last four chapters, and revised to cover MATLAB version 7.5. On my brief comparison of the two texts, even the exercises look to be the same. So, if your class doesn't use the last four chapters, I would point this out to your professor to see if you can use the other, less expensive, book.
The missing chapters in the latter, "Essentials", book are: Chapter 8: Input/Output Functions, Chapter 9: Handle Graphics, Chapter 10: Graphical User Interfaces, and Chapter 11: The MATLAB compiler. If you do decide to get the "Essentials" book, make sure to get the latest one, which was released November 7, 2008, and is copyright 2009. Amazon will only let me directly link to a previous edition of it at the moment, so I've decided not to link to it, to avoid any confusion.
Update: The author in 2012 has an even more recent release with more applicability to Engineers, called "MATLAB Programming with Applications for Engineers". It contains basically the same material as the Essentials book, but with additional emphasis on Engineering mathematics, for instance, Differential Equations. It also contains his material on Handle Graphics and at least an appendix with Input/Output Functions, however, still no Graphical User Interface or MATLAB compiler material (which may be fine for your particular course).