- Perfect Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Books To Believe In (July 4, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1932344683
- ISBN-13: 978-1932344684
- Package Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,845,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sun Position - High accuracy solar position algorithms - a resource for programmers and solar energy engineers Perfect Paperback – July 4, 2011
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About the Author
John Clark Craig, author of many computer programming books for Microsoft, has also programmed solar algorithms for several of the world's largest solar energy projects, located all over the world. While developing control and monitoring software systems for these projects, John constantly searched for the best algorithms and improved code for determining accurate sun position. Most of the available documentation was not easy to use, with bits and pieces of algorithms here and there, mixed in with poorly explained terminology, and with very little guidance for translating to other programming languages. John vowed to write Sun Position as the reference book he wished he had all along, with easy to read and easy to translate code, check points, validation test cases and debugging help.
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Without access to the code, the book is pretty much worthless since all the dialog is about the code and NOT about the astronomical origins of the code, which is Meeus's book "Astronomical Algorithms", among others. I have tried to contact the author about getting the code, but have been unsuccessful.
Craig follows up by providing step by step examples of each calculation into a Visual Basic program. Additional information is provided on setting up Visual Basic Express, and some common debugging tips are also included. This book is a sun-tracker's resource! It is a must-have for anyone working in solar energy, meteorology, atmospheric sciences or other related fields.
Vi Brown, Principal & CEO, Prophecy Consulting Group, LLC, Mesa, AZ