Graphics and GUIs with MATLAB, Third Edition
||Author: Patrick Marchand, O. Thomas Holland|
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Publisher: CRC Press (23 December, 2002)
Sales Rank: 19,869
Average Customer Rating: 4 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
Excellent Reference and Learning Tool
This book does a good job of going into the details of handles and properties to allow the reader to get a good feel of how to use the tools available. There are also good examples in the book. I have worked with quite a few different languages so I found it very enjoyable to read, but I don't know that a beginner will have a good feel for the execution of code associated with a user action (ie Buttondwnfcn) or not. I think if they take time with the examples they can get a good understanding though. Excellent book!
Rating: 4 out of 5
Not a Tutorial and GUI Coverage is Limited
Despite the promise of this text (Graphics AND GUIs, not just graphics), only one chapter (out of 10) is fully dedicated to GUIs. It provides ways to do most everything, but some things, such as exclusive radio buttons, can be implemented better using other source code (from MATLAB documentation or from online resources) as examples. However, the explanations of handle graphics and general graphical functionality are very useful (for example you can graph R^3 functions with adjustable transparency), and although it is not perfectly understandable at times, it is certainly better than most of the MATLAB resources (especially the standard documentation) you may find out there.
Before expecting to program GUIs, it should be advised that the reader should know a programming language similar to MATLAB's; C would be the most useful to know since MATLAB's language is based on it. That said, there are many well-commented code examples to follow to improve your understanding, but if you have a hard time following the code, the book often won't clear much up.
Since there are few MATLAB books covering graphics and GUIs, this book may be the best to have at the moment. Still, one should buy this keeping in mind that it is most useful to those who already have background in programming. It is not a tutorial.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Nice book, but sloppy editing
I found this book to be a useful addition to the Matlab user-manual. Editing, however, could have been better. There are simply too many little annoying writing and spelling errors, and the coverage of certain Matlab commands sometimes lacks a logical structure. Having said that, I still would recommend the book for Matlab users who want to explore advanced graphics or GUI-design.
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