Sunday, 20 February 2011

Ideology in the Language of Judges: How Judges Practice Law, Politics, and Courtroom Control (Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics)



Ideology in the Language of Judges: How Judges Practice Law, Politics, and Courtroom Control (Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics)
Susan U. Philips | 1998-04-16 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press, USA | 224 | Civil Procedure
A study that will appeal to any reader interested in the relationship between our language and our laws, Ideology in the Language of Judges focuses on the way judges take guilty pleas from criminal defendants and on the judges' views of their own courtroom behavior. This book argues that variation in the discourse structure of the guilty pleas can best be understood as enactments of the judges' differing interpretations of due process law and the proper role of the judge in the courtroom.

Susan Philips demonstrates how legal and professional ideologies are expressed differently in interviews and socially occurring speech, and reveals how bounded written and spoken genres of legal discourse play a role in containing and ordering ideological diversity in language use. She also shows how the ideological struggles in a given courtroom are central yet largely hidden or denied. Such findings will contribute significantly to the study of how speakers create realities through their use of language.

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Cases on Online and Blended Learning Technologies in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices



Cases on Online and Blended Learning Technologies in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices
Yukiko Inoue | 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | Information Science Reference | 323 | Computers (Other)
Cases on Online and Blended Learning Technologies in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices
By Yukiko Inoue


* Publisher: Information Science Reference
* Number Of Pages: 323
* Publication Date: 2009-10-09
* ISBN-10 / ASIN: 160566880X
* ISBN-13 / EAN: 9781605668802



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Although online education is becoming an important long-term strategy for higher learning instructors, blended learning through a balanced mix of traditional face-to-face instructional activities with appropriately designed online learning experiences is expected to become an even more significant growth area in the future. Cases on Online and Blended Learning Technologies in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices provides real-life examples and experiences of those involved in developing and implementing the merge of traditional education curriculum and online instruction. A significant resource for academicians, this advanced publication provides a wide range of the most current designs, methodologies, tools, and applications in blended course teaching.
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Pathologic Basis of Veterinary Disease



Pathologic Basis of Veterinary Disease
M. Donald McGavin MVSc PhD FACVSc, James F. Zachary DVM PhD | 2006-01-01 00:00:00 | Mosby | 1488 | Medicine
The 4th edition of this textbook presents both general pathology and special pathology in one comprehensive resource. Coverage includes a brief review of basic principles related to anatomy, structure and function, followed by congenital and functional abnormalities and discussions of viral, bacterial, and parasitic infections and neoplasia. * Logically organized chapters discuss normal functions of the body system, followed by pathologic conditions found in domestic and companion animals. * While focusing primarily on diseases in North America, the text also includes pathologic conditions found in other parts of the world, as well as those being brought into this country, such as West Nile virus, through the importation of cattle, sheep, and other animals. * Contributors are recognized in their area of expertise and are well known in research and education.
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Surviving World War Two Aircraft



Surviving World War Two Aircraft
Chaz Bowyer | 1981-04-27 00:00:00 | Batsford Ltd | 64 | Military Science

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Microsoft(r) Application Architecture Guide, 2nd Edition (Patterns & Practices)



Microsoft(r) Application Architecture Guide, 2nd Edition (Patterns & Practices)
| 2009-11-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Software Engineering


Get the definitive guide on designing applications on the Microsoft application platform straight from the Microsoft patterns & practices team. Learn how to choose the most appropriate architecture and the best implementation technologies that the Microsoft application platform offers applications developers. Get critical design recommendations and guidelines organized by application type from Web, mobile, and rich Internet applications to Office Business Applications. You ll also get links to additional technical resources that can help with your application development.

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Algorithms in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly))



Algorithms in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly))
| 2008-10-21 00:00:00 | | 0 | Algorithms


Creating robust software requires the use of efficient algorithms, but programmers seldom think about them until a problem occurs. Algorithms in a Nutshell describes a large number of existing algorithms for solving a variety of problems, and helps you select and implement the right algorithm for your needs -- with just enough math to let you understand and analyze algorithm performance.

With its focus on application, rather than theory, this book provides efficient code solutions in several programming languages that you can easily adapt to a specific project. Each major algorithm is presented in the style of a design pattern that includes information to help you understand why and when the algorithm is appropriate.

With this book, you will: Solve a particular coding problem or improve on the performance of an existing solution Quickly locate algorithms that relate to the problems you want to solve, and determine why a particular algorithm is the right one to use Get algorithmic solutions in C, C++, Java, and Ruby with implementation tips Learn the expected performance of an algorithm, and the conditions it needs to perform at its best Discover the impact that similar design decisions have on different algorithms Learn advanced data structures to improve the efficiency of algorithms

With Algorithms in a Nutshell, you'll learn how to improve the performance of key algorithms essential for the success of your software applications.

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Quickly locate algorithms that relate to the problems that you want to solve
This is my first Safari book that has the free online edition for 45 days.


I have a pretty good collection of books on algorithms. Many O'Reilly books are among the collection. Yet I am most impressed with` Algorithms in a Nutshell `a desktop quick reference. I won't go into a lot of detail as anybody who purchases this book was already know what they're looking for. I am impressed however that for such a small book this goes into a lot of deep concepts and gives you practical solutions.


The best way to see if this book is useful compared to others is to look at sorting algorithms that you know by heart such as median sort and quick sort. If this book tells you what you already know or even does a better job of explaining what you know this is the book for you. This is definitely the book for me.


Even with these examples, that take very little adjustment to put into the real world, you may want to supplement this book with `Sorting and Searching (The Art of Computer Programming, Volume 3)` by Donald E Knuth, Richard S Varga, and Michael A Harrison.


Even if you are not a programmer this book can help you to understand what programmers and or coders are accomplishing with their programs. For people taking any math discipline school this makes a fantastic supplement to understanding math from a different angle.


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Delivers as advertised
The book does not aim to be an introduction to, nor the definitive encyclopedia on, the subject of algorithms.


It is intended, as advertised on the cover, as `A Desktop Quick Reference`. In the Preface it states that the goal is to provide a useful tool for working programmers to find good solutions to the problems they solve.


As a self-taught programmer I am finding this book interesting to better understand the various ways that the same problem can be solved, and the pros and cons of each. While the book is mainly intended to help programmers review and select appropriate algorithms for a problem at hand, I am using it as a study guide and have enjoyed it as such thus far. While it doesn't exactly make for light reading, each algorithm is considered individually, which makes for a decent size chunk of information which can be considered independently.


Multiple languages (C, C++, Java, Ruby) are used throughout the book in demonstrating the algorithms, solutions are not provided in each language for each algorithm. However, if you are using this as a study guide, this can provide a good exercise to translate the solution into the language of your liking.

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Interesting, but,,.
The preface states that the main purpose of this book is to provide usable implementations of some of the most useful algorithms. To illustrate the superiority of this approach as compared to similar books, the authors present the pseudo-code of the Ford-Fulkerson algorithm as given in Wikipedia and Cormen's textbook. Then they write that such listings are basically useless for a software engineer, who cannot produce working programs from them. He needs a book with real, working, verified implementations rather than pseudo-code and proofs of correctness. This is that book.


After reading this part of the preface in a local bookstore, I read the table of contents and picked at random the section on Linear Programming for a closer look at the contents. This 2-page section provides no code whatsoever. Not even pseudo-code. It uses a commercial mathematical software to solve a problem and advises the readers to do the same. Don't implement anything here because it's too complicated, just use a commercial package. I found this message a bit amusing, and somehow opposed to the stated purpose of the book.


Maybe I was unlucky, and other sections are different. You'll have to check that for yourselves. The book seems otherwise compact in its field, reasonably priced, rich in tables, examples, illustrations and other attention-grabbers. I'd say buy it, but take its promises with a grain of salt.


Incidentally, the Wikipedia article on Ford-Fulkerson provides a Python implementation in addition to the pseudo-code. It might have been added after this book was published. Nevertheless, this shows how quickly some parts of a 2008 book can become outdated.

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Its pedestrian title gives a very wrong first-impression!
In recent years I have found most other non-textbooks on algorithms to be uninteresting mainly for two reasons. First, there are books that are re-released periodically in a new `programming language du jour` without adding real value (some moving from Pascal to C/C++ to Python, Java or C#). The second group are books that are rather unimaginative collections of elementary information, often augmenting their bulk with lengthy pages of source code (touted as `ready-to-use`, but never actually usable).


I almost didn't pay any attention to this book because its title struck me as rather mundane and pedestrian ,,,, what an uncommonly false first-impression that turned out to be!


The is a well-written book and a great practical and usable one for working software developers at any skill or experience level. It starts with a condensed set of introductory material. It then covers the gamut of common and some not-so-common algorithms grouped by problems/tasks that do come up in a variety of real-world applications.


I particularly appreciate the concise and thoughtful - and concise - descriptions -- chock-full of notes on applicability and usability -- with absolutely no fluff! If nothing else, this book can be a good quick index or a chit sheet before culling through more standard textbooks (many of which, in fact, mentioned as further references in each section).


I believe the authors have identified a valid `hole` in the technical bookshelves - and plugged it quite well! Regarding the book's title, ,,. now I feel it's just appropriately simple, honest, and down-to-earth.

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decent, but far too chatty
i understand that ORA wants to create reader-friendly experiences without too much mathematical syntax and density, but this book is needlessly chatty. for example, the first chapter which discusses the motivation for better algorithms could have been compressed into a single page. the next chapter on bounds and limits (bog-Oh notation etc) was so chatty that i just ended up skipping pages. in comparison, skiena's `algorithm design manual` uses a bit more math, but accomplishes explaining this topic in a much briefer fashion. having read both books, i would recommend skiena's book over this. sorry authors, i really wanted to like this book.


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Le piratage de A a Z



Le piratage de A a Z
| 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Others
Le piratage de A a Z
EDIGO (2010) | ISBN: 2359330632 | 130 pages | PDF | 33.2 MB
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Computational Plasticity



Computational Plasticity
Eugenio Onate, Roger Owen | 2007-01-01 00:00:00 | Springer | 268 | Other Engineering
Despite the apparent activity in the field, the ever increasing rate of development of new engineering materials required to meet advanced technological needs poses fresh challenges in the field of constitutive modelling. The complex behaviour of such materials demands a closer interaction between numerical analysts and material scientists in order to produce thermodynamically consistent models which provide a response in keeping with fundamental micromechanical principles and experimental observations. This necessity for collaboration is further highlighted by the continuing remarkable developments in computer hardware which makes the numerical simulation of complex deformation responses increasingly possible.

This book contains 14 invited contributions written by distinguished authors who participated in the VIII International Conference on Computational Plasticity held at CIMNE/UPC from 5-8 September 2005, Barcelona, Spain. The meeting was one of the Thematic Conferences of the European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences.

The different chapters of this book present recent progress and future research directions in the field of computational plasticity. A common line of many contributions is that a stronger interaction between the phenomenological and micromechanical modelling of plasticity behaviour is apparent and the use of inverse identification techniques is also more prominent. The development of adaptive strategies for plasticity problems continues to be a challenging goal, while it is interesting to note the permanence of element modelling as a research issue. Industrial forming processes, geomechanics, steel and concrete structures form the core of the applications of the different numerical methods presented in the book.
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Photochemistry (Vol. 10)



Photochemistry (Vol. 10)
D. Bryce-Smith | 1997-09-01 00:00:00 | Royal Society of Chemistry | 680 | Nuclear Chemistry
The breadth of scientific and technological interests in the general topic of photochemistry is truly enormous and includes, for example, such diverse areas as microelectronics, atmospheric chemistry, organic synthesis, non-conventional photoimaging, photosynthesis, solar energy conversion, polymer technologies, and spectroscopy. This Specialist Periodical Report on Photochemistry aims to provide an annual review of photo-induced processes that have relevance to the above wide-ranging academic and commercial disciplines, and interests in chemistry, physics, biology and technology. In order to provide easy access to this vast and varied literature, each volume of Photochemistry comprises sections concerned with photophysical processes in condensed phases, organic aspects which are sub-divided by chromophore type, polymer photochemistry, and photochemical aspects of solar energy conversion. Volume 34 covers literature published from July 2001 to June 2002. Specialist Periodical Reports provide systematic and detailed review coverage in major areas of chemical research. Compiled by teams of leading authorities in the relevant subject areas, the series creates a unique service for the active research chemist, with regular, in-depth accounts of progress in particular fields of chemistry. Subject coverage within different volumes of a given title is similar and publication is on an annual or biennial basis. NOW AVAILABLE ELECTRONICALLY - chapters from volumes published 1998 onwards are now available online, fully searchable by key word, on a pay-to-view basis. Contents pages can be viewed free of charge. Visit www.rsc.org/spr for full details.

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The Legal Protection of Databases: A Comparative Analysis



The Legal Protection of Databases: A Comparative Analysis
| 2008-03-30 00:00:00 | | 0 | Databases


The protection of the investment made in collecting, verifying or presenting database contents is still not harmonised internationally. Some laws overprotect database contents, whilst others under-protect them. This book examines and compares several types of methods available for the protection of investment in database creation (intellectual property, unfair competition, contract and technological protection measures) in order to find an adequate type and level of protection. To this effect, the author uses a criterion based on a combination of the economics of information goods, the human rights to intellectual property and to information and the public interest, and proposes a model that can be adopted at international and national level.

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Morgan Stanley



Morgan Stanley
| 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Others
Morgan Stanley
Wetfeet | 2006 | ISBN: 1582078904 | PDF | 8 Mb | 55 pages
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The Cambridge Companion to St Paul (Cambridge Companions to Religion)



The Cambridge Companion to St Paul (Cambridge Companions to Religion)
James D. G. Dunn | 2003-11-10 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 324 | Saints
The apostle Paul has been justifiably described as the first and greatest Christian theologian. His letters were among the earliest documents to be included in the New Testament and, as such, they influenced Christian thinking from its very beginning. This Companion provides an important assessment of the apostle as well as a new appreciation of his continuing contemporary significance. With eighteen chapters written by a team of well-known international Pauline specialists, the collection will have wide appeal and be an invaluable point of departure for subsequent studies.
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The Cambridge Companion To St. Paul is considered to be an authoritative text on the life of the apostle Paul. With detailed analyses on Paul's theology, it is a `must-read' for all wishing to understand the man who, apart from Jesus himself, has influenced and continues to be the foremost influence in Christianity today. Paul was a controversial figure questioned not only by the Jews with whom he originally oppressed the early followers of Christ but also by Christ followers themselves with whom he later worked. While many a writer has portrayed Paul as a `liberator' who allowed the early followers of Christ to `shake the shackles' of Judaic legalism others such as John Dunn, editor and contributor to the book, have focused more on Paul's work as an `integrator' who sought to include gentiles as well as Jews in his doctrine of `justification through faith'.



Biblical scripture shows us that Paul was a Benjamite Jew born in the city of Tarsus and brought up in Jerusalem under the tutelage of a rabbi by the name of Gamaliel. Paul was therefore well-educated and had as one of the strongest convictions before his conversion, to persecute and destroy anyone who professed a faith in Christ. His encounter with Jesus in a vision on the road to Damascus was the watershed event that lead to his transformation. After a subsequent visit to Jerusalem, during which he was despised by the Jewish authorities, Paul returned to Tarsus where, it is speculated, he continued with his education. It was not until sometime later that Barnabas brought Paul to the city of Antioch where, for the first time, he served as a church leader.



Paul's own writings tell of his identity early on in his adult life not only as a Jew but as a pharisee who persecuted Christ followers and placed great importance on his religious zeal. This makes his subsequent conversion to Christianity ever more remarkable. As Stephen Barton points out in one of the early chapters, Paul's vision of Jesus lead him to his calling as an apostle of Christ to the gentiles. Paul thus counteracted the pharisitic tradition of the time by proclaiming that those who were not tied into Jewish law- the gentiles- could be justified through faith because of the, "redemptive death of Christ" (p.167). He recognized that in Jesus his own hope for the Messiah had been fulfilled and that the blessings of that hope should be available to all. In his own summary of Paul's life, Timothy Johnson outlines how he saw himself not only as an ambassador of God, suffering through pain and hardship as Jesus had, but also as an apostle laying down the foundations for the church. He was flogged and beaten by those who despised him. Indeed, much of his teaching would not have been done out in public but more likely in private houses where he could talk in safety, away from his enemies. Paul kept up the hope of his converts not only through his own visits but also through letters, gifts and prayers.



Bruce Longenecker's treatment of Paul's letter to the Galatian church brings to light the encouragement that he frequently offered to his followers through his writing. Perhaps the most outspoken of all his letters, that to the Galatians focused on counteracting the Jewish Christians whose insistence that gentiles maintain Jewish law he found unacceptable. The purpose of the gospel was of course to bring the good news of Christ into the lives of all regardless of their background. Paul's message was clear- reconciliation and justification with God did not come as a result of following the law but through a Christ-centered faith.



The establishment of the church in Corinth would have secured the power that the gospel needed to gain momentum. Corinth had after all become an important trading port between the southern Peloponese and the Greek mainland. Because of the materialistic focus of the Corinthian way of life, Paul's building of the church there could only have been seen as a great victory. But his letters to the Corinthians tell of formidable divisions between its members caused amongst other things by misunderstandings on the importance of sex within marriage, a lack of appreciation of the need to keep away from pagan ritual and a blurring of the differences between men and women. Brian Rosner has emphasized how critical was the need for the church to act corporately in all such matters so as to counter those who sought to adversely influence their teachings.



Paul clearly had a vision that broke the boundaries of his initial Jewish upbringing. Indeed, as Robert Jewett notes in his chapter on Romans, one of his primary purposes for writing to the Romans was to seek help for his plans to open a church in Spain- a plan that was never realized because of his trial and execution. Part of Paul's appeal involved breaking down barriers between the different sections of Roman society declaring that Christ had died that all may live. While the Roman culture tended to focus on social status, with many a Jew placing emphasis on their higher level of spiritual righteousness, Paul once again taught how mere obedience of the law was insufficient. Morna Hooker's own discussion in the book on Paul's letter to the Philippians likewise shows his steadfast focus on Christ even as close as he was to his death.



We are still not certain about the date of Paul's death although, as Paul Haacker indicates in his chronology of Paul's life, it is believed that he died in Rome in approximately 64 AD after being sent there by Festus to face trial in Caesar's court. In his chapter on the early church, Calvin Rotzeil concludes that while the teachings of Paul appear to have had little impact on several of the early church fathers after his death (neither Polycarp nor Ignatius referred to him extensively), others such as Tertullian and Iraeneus rescued his name from obscurity while fighting their war of words against the Gnostic adherent Marcion. Both Marcion and the later Gnostics such as Valentinus misinterpreted and misused Paul's writings, citing statements made by Paul to the flesh and blood as indicative of an earth totally set apart from their `alien god of the heavens'- a claim that was vehemently dismissed by Tertullian and Iraeneus.



The Cambridge Companion To St. Paul is an invaluable resource for those wishing to delve further into these and other aspects of Paul's letters. While a full understanding of the theological principles outlined in several of the chapters may not be possible for those without a formal grounding in Christian theology, the book nevertheless stands out both in its detail and its currency. It is therefore highly recommended for those wishing to read expert opinions on the man who fought for the universal accessibility of Christianity and gave millions across the world the opportunity to experience the power of a Christ-centered faith.


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The Cambridge Companion Series is designed to provide a solid introduction to a particular topic for new readers and non-specialists. This particular volume provides such a service by acquainting the reader with the current issues being discussed in the area of Pauline Studies. The most appropriate audience for this text would seem to be college or seminary-level students being introduced to the life and letters of St. Paul for the first time. Edited by James D.G. Dunn, this book contains articles about St. Paul from some of the foremost Pauline scholars today.



Beyond simply providing commentary on specific Pauline epistles, this text offers articles which discuss topics of the life of St. Paul himself. The introduction, written by Dunn, provides key information so the beginning student will understand some of the debates in Pauline scholarship over the past two centuries. To this end Dunn briefly surveys F.C. Baur, the History of Religions School and the New Perspective.



After the introduction, the book is divided into four primary sections. The first section which is titled "Paul's life and work" includes the following contributions: "Paul's Life" (Klaus Haacker); "Paul as missionary and pastor" (Stephen C. Barton). This section is primarily designed to show the reader what historical information about the life of the Apostle can be gleaned from biblical texts.



The second section titled "Paul's letters" examines the Pauline epistles themselves with general commentary on the text. This section contains the following articles: "1 and 2 Thessalonians" (Margaret Mitchell); "Galatians" (Bruce Longenecker); "1 and 2 Corinthians" (Jerome Murphy-O'Connor); "Romans" (Robert Jewett); "Philippians" (Morna Hooker); "Colossians" (Loren T. Stuckenbruck); "Ephesians" (Andrew T. Lincoln); "The Pastoral Epistles" (Arland J. Hultgren).



One particular area of this section which will certainly be of interest to the reader just beginning to study the Pauline epistles is the portion which discusses whether or not the Pastoral Epistles were written pseudonymously (142-143). While Hultgren, in the end, concludes that these texts were written pseudonymously, the reader is provided with the arguments, in five clear and simple to understand points, which have caused the author to hold these views. The reader is thus able to see the data supporting both sides of the argument and is able to better understand the dilemma for which there will never be an absolute solution. Rather than simply casting the opposing side in a pejorative light, Hultgren clearly shows why such a belief can be held.



The third section titled "Paul's theology" includes the following contributions: "Paul's Jewish presuppositions" (Alan F. Segal); "Paul's Gospel" (Graham N. Stanton); "Paul's Christology" (L.W. Hurtado); "Paul's Ecclesiology" (Luke Timothy Johnson); "Paul's Ethics" (Brian Rosner). Since many readers of the New Testament are often puzzled by Paul's use of scripture, Segal's article will also likely be of interest to the beginning reader. In this article Segal discusses such topics as Paul's handling of scripture (e.g. Paul's use of midrash in Gal. 3:6-14) and what Paul's presuppositions may have been as a Pharisee (164-71).



The final section which is simply titled "St. Paul" includes the following articles: "Paul in the second century" (Calvin J. Roetzel); "Paul's enduring legacy" (Robert Morgan); "Contemporary perspectives on Paul" (Ben Witherington, III). Witheringon's article which discusses contemporary perspectives has several facets which will be helpful to the unfamiliar reader. One such area is that Witherington juxtaposes Alan Segal's views about Paul's Jewish-ness against opponents of such a view (257-58). The debate which he singles out is the degree to which Paul was a "good Jew" (257). Other sections of Witherington's article provide broad overviews of such topics as feminist and liberationist approaches to the Pauline Epistles as well as a discussion of understanding the corpus through the lens of rhetorical criticism.



Readers unfamiliar with the technical terminology used in biblical studies will greatly appreciate the glossary provided at the beginning of the text. While this text is certainly broad in focus it provides a solid foundation from which the reader is able to venture out into the larger world of Pauline studies. It seems this book would be helpful in an introductory course and would aptly serve as a supplement to a New Testament introduction text book.
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This collection of essays is a fine collection, offering challenges to interpretations of Paul that have dominated Western Protestant Christendom since the Reformation. I only have one caveat to offer. Many seem to have as a particular, though implicit, target the so-called 'Lutheran Paul.' The previous reviewer writes, in a concise precis of this critique, 'Rather than preach a reductive "doctrine of justification", Paul emerges from his letters (via this book) as being someone who has a rather mystical understanding of the eucharist as union, sees salvation as pertaining to a particular community (not merely individuals), and preaches "justification" as being far more than a type of legal status: it is being brought into the family of God (via baptism) as a child of God, participating now in God's new work in the world.' There is only one problem - with a little nuance here and there, that is precisely the Lutheran understanding of Justification in its relation to the Incarnate Christ's Person and Work. In short, we would look at all that and say, yes, that's justification all right. So let this book enlighten you as to the many fresh readings of Paul that you can find out there, but realize that the putative target of many critical challenges is in fact a straw man. In fact, if you're not careful it just might make you a Lutheran.
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I have never taken the time to study St. Paul; having read both the letters of Paul and the deutero-Pauline letters in the New Testament, this book comes as a welcome next step in understanding him. As those who have read him know, Paul is not always the easiest to follow, especially given his intricate weaving together of different styles of thought within his letters: Pharisaic/Rabbinic, Hellenistic, apocalyptic and early Christian.

This book covers what you would expect a "companion" to cover: Paul's life and context, historiographical issues, his letters and his purported letters (the "deutero-Pauline epistles": those letters in the New Testament that most scholars do not believe were written by Paul). However, several other essays whose topics might be unexpected - such as interpretations of Paul in the second century (the most enjoyable and fascinating essay in the book for this particular reader) - also find their way into the book.

While many simply see Paul as some sort of proto-Reformation-era de-/re-former (a la Luther), this book moves beyond these tired (and, it would seem at this point, largely incorrect) interpretations of Paul. Paul is not so easily reduced to a late-Medieval Roman Catholic reformer; he stands - however ambiguously and uncomfortably (for us no less than him!) - without such hermeneutical concealing. Rather than preach a reductive "doctrine of justification", Paul emerges from his letters (via this book) as being someone who has a rather mystical understanding of the eucharist as union, sees salvation as pertaining to a particular community (not merely individuals), and preaches "justification" as being far more than a type of legal status: it is being brought into the family of God (via baptism) as a child of God, participating now in God's new work in the world. The reduction of Paul to legal[-istic?] terminology fails to see him as a member of a community who preached to and from that community; it ignores the fundamentally relational element of Paul's thought.

This book is well worth the read. It is not difficult reading, but having read Paul first will greatly increase what you pull from this book. While it may be true that Paul has managed to upset just about everyone since the time of his writing, these essays are highly informative and helpful "for those with ears to hear". The Cambridge Companion to St. Paul engages and mediates him well.

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Mini-poupees marionnettes au crochet


Mini-poupees marionnettes au crochet
Cendrine Armani | 2008-01-01 00:00:00 | Editions Didier Carpentier | 34 | Do It Yourself
L auteur vous propose 25 mini-poupees typiques des cinq continents, realisees au crochet. Ces petits personnages raviront toute la famille : Les plus petits les transformeront en compagnons de jeux, mais aussi en marionnettes a doigts... Les ados pourront les accrocher, a leur telephone mobile, leur sac ou leur trousseau de cles... Les mamans les recevront en cadeau et les utiliseront en broche, en porte-clefs ou pour agrementer un anneau de foulard...
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Fields Medallists' Lectures (World Scientific Series in 20th Century Mathematics, 9)



Fields Medallists' Lectures (World Scientific Series in 20th Century Mathematics, 9)
Michael Francis Atiyah,Daniel Iagolnitzer | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | World Scientific Pub Co Inc | 824 | Mathematics
Although the Fields Medal does not have the same public recognition as the Nobel Prizes, they share a similar intellectual standing. It is restricted to one field - that of mathematics - and an age limit of 40 has become an accepted tradition. Mathematics has in the main been interpreted as pure mathematics, and this is not so unreasonable since major contributions in some applied areas can be (and have been) recognized with Nobel Prizes. A list of Fields Medallists and their contributions provides a bird's-eye view of mathematics over the past 60 years. It highlights the areas in which, at various times, greatest progress has been made. This volume does not pretend to be comprehensive, nor is it a historical document. On the other hand, it presents contributions from Fields Medallists and so strives to provide an interesting and varied picture. This second edition of "Fields Medallists' Lectures" features additional contributions from the following Medallists: Kunihiko Kodaira (1954), Richard E. Borcherds (1998), William T. Gomers (1998), Maxim Knotsevich (1998), Curtis T. McMullen (1998) and Vladimir Voevodsky (2002).

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Agile Project Management: How to Succeed in the Face of Changing Project Requirements



Agile Project Management: How to Succeed in the Face of Changing Project Requirements
Gary Chin | 2004-01-30 00:00:00 | AMACOM | 224 | Management
In a fast-paced environment filled with uncertainty, successfully completing projects on time can feel like running an obstacle course. An emphasis on speed often forces project teams to make decisions without crucial data, leading to frequent changes of direction once more information becomes known. If people aren't light on their feet, complicated projects can easily get tripped up.

Agile Project Management gives readers the strategies they need to take charge of urgent projects that involve unique resources and elements of uncertainty. The book offers an improvement upon classical project management processes by tying project processes more directly to the ever-changing requirements of business objectives -- achieving improved flexibility and response time. Filled with examples showing how to implement agile PM into all project situations, the book demonstrates how to develop an appropriate and supportive infrastructure and environment, and reviews the roles of the project manager, general management, and the project team. Agile Project Management is the ultimate method for achieving superior results in an accelerated and changing environment.
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Agile project management is a subject needing the explanation this book promises. And, indeed, the author does a fair job of providing project managers with templates and guidance for managing projects the agile way.



However, the author keeps referring to the "uncertainty in the agile environment" as if it were the agile approach that creates uncertainty. This is an unfortunate implication that the author certainly did not intend to make. The agile approach does not create the uncertainty, it was created in order to accept uncertainty that is inherent in many projects. For a wonderful treatment of this concept, be sure to read Chet Richards concise yet groundbreaking, Certain to Win.



Overall, this is a fair treatment of a topic needing insights. And it is indeed worth some attention. But a quick skimming rather than a thorough read will likely yield the bulk of what you need from this book. Take the helpful templates and bullet points and skim over the fluff.
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There's some good information here, probably the best of which is the unique perspective it offers on how "classical" PM needs to be adjusted to work in agile environments. There are also useful templates for those who want to get an accelerated jump start. That said the presentation is laborious to get through. As but one example, there are repeated useless graphical representations of classical versus agile comparisons each showing a single point that would best be aggregated into a few tables.
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I found this to be a very empowering book as it really bridges the gap between project management theory (as described in numerous other books) and what actually happens in the real world. By wrapping the human, organizational, and business context around common PM concepts, Chin has helped clarified how to apply these concepts for effective results in fast paced projects.

This is an easy read with a writing style that is more like a novel than a text book. The descriptions and examples resonate well with my own experiences, which may be why I found it so valuable.

I've come away with at least a half dozen new PM ideas that I can apply immediately (probably more). I'd recommend this book for project managers, as well as, project sponsors and other executives interested in PM.

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Dictionary of Biomedical Science



Dictionary of Biomedical Science
Peter J. Gosling | 2002-03-28 00:00:00 | CRC Press | 456 | Engineering
There are numerous medical dictionaries--but none that cater specifically to the biomedical profession. Here are over 8,000 entries that define all the basic principles of biomedical science, together with a wealth of other information. The definitions are clear and detailed, and extensive cross-referencing helps to give the user a conceptual understanding of the term itself. The dictionary reflects current practice in all aspects of biomedical science and includes variant spellings, punctuation, abbreviations, acronyms, symbols, nomenclature, prefixes and suffixes. It covers the field in a concise, clear and authoritative manner and its lively style will make it a frequently consulted, informative and practical guide to the subject.

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Netbooks For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))



Netbooks For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))
| 2009-10-19 00:00:00 | | 0 | Computer Hardware


The only full-service reference on choosing, setting up, and using the hot new Netbook

Netbooks are the fastest-selling segment of the PC market. These small, lightweight mini-laptops are less expensive and run longer on a battery charge than traditional laptops. This is the first book to cover everything from choosing the right Netbook to adding memory and remote access.

You'll learn to compare various models and identify what best meets your needs, connect to the Internet almost anywhere, choose and use free productivity tools, and much more. Netbooks For Dummies covers both Windows and Linux, since Netbooks are available with either operating system. Explains what Netbooks are, what they can do, and the advantages of mobile technology Provides criteria to help you decide what you need in a Netbook and descriptions of the available models, so you can choose one which best meets your needs Covers both Windows (including Windows 7) and Linux operating systems available on Netbooks Walks you through setting up a Netbook and shows you how it can work for you both at home and on the go Discusses free online productivity applications, data synchronization services, and social networks Covers advanced topics like adding memory and remote access

With Netbooks For Dummies, you'll be ready to make the most of the hottest mobile computing technology on the market today.


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Fluorine in Organic Chemistry



Fluorine in Organic Chemistry
Richard D. Chambers | 2004-01-01 00:00:00 | Unknown | 424 | Organic
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Pretty refreshing text for fluorine chemistry with emphasis on organic chemistry. It will be nice to have another one with emphasis on inorganic chemistry.

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Arwrology: All-Out Hand-to-Hand Fighting for Commandos, Military, and Civilians



Arwrology: All-Out Hand-to-Hand Fighting for Commandos, Military, and Civilians
Gordon E. Perrigard | 2006-04-01 00:00:00 | Paladin Press | 264 | Martial Arts
Arwrology is derived from the old Welsh word arwr, meaning an all-out hand-to-hand fighter. It was developed by Gordon E. Perrigard, a Canadian medical doctor who combined his knowledge of advanced ju-jitsu with his knowledge of human anatomy to come up with this devastatingly effective close-in combat system.Arwrology was originally released in 1943 in Canada for use in training combatants for World War II. Martialists from all over the world quickly hailed its superior fighting methods, and today it remains one of the most highly sought after - and most valuable - fighting manuals in the world. Don't miss your chance to add this authentic reproduction of an extremely rare combat classic to your library at a price you can afford.
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Anyone interested in the martial arts should have this book in their library. It is a great piece of history with tid bits that might just improve your fighting kills.
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Arwrology by Gordon eric perrigard contains very effective techniques except for the dura throw which is a bit too complicated. I' am interested in subjects like these. This book contains striking techniques and physical calisthenics and hardening exercises and weapon defences. Overall, a good and interesting book to have. I have several books about hand to hand fighting and this is my favourite. But these techniques are dangerous and should only be applied in life threatening situations. I particularly like thr arwr locks. Great book
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Arwrology by Gordon eric perrigard contains very effective techniques except for the dura throw which is a bit too complicated. I' am interested in subjects like these. This book contains striking techniques and physical calisthenics and hardening exercises and weapon defences. Overall, a good and interesting book to have. I have several books about hand to hnd fighting and this is my favourite. But these techniques are dangerous and should only be applied in life threatening situations.
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Arwrology by Gordon eric perrigard contains very effective techniques except for the dura throw which is a bit too complicated. I' am interested in subjects like these. This book contains striking techniques and physical calisthenics and hardening exercises and weapon defences. Overall, a good and interesting book to hve.
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Arwrology, originally published by Dr. Gordon E. Perrigard in 1943, is a scientific method of all-out hand-to-hand fighting. Like many of the fighting techniques and systems developed around WWII, Arwrology is a fairly simple system to learn yet contains very effective techniques. Studying Arwrology or any type of military combatives is not for the `dojo martial artist', but for the person who is interested in learning the deadly techniques needed for close combat in war. Nearly all of the techniques of Arwrology reinforce each other so that if one technique happens to fail, another is there to quickly follow up.



Arwrology contains: Psycho-physical calisthenics and hardening exercises, Attack methods, techniques Against a Gun, The Dagger, and defensive techniques. You will learn techniques like the DURA (Duck Under the Right Arm) Throw, the Neck Rope Throw, the Posterior Arwr Lock and the Carotid Artery Arwr Lock. You will study the design of the Arwr Dagger, a double edged dagger, tapering to a needle point and balanced for throwing, and you will learn to use it in combat.



All this and more is contained in Arwrology. The book contains simplified drawings and old photographs (circa 1943) as well as detailed text describing the techniques of Arwrology. Arwrology is a great book for any student of military combatives as well for the martial artist interested in learning combative techniques.



For anyone wanting to learn more about Arwrology visit Society of Arwrologists website.



-- Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum





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Undercover: How I Went from Company Man to FBI Spy -- and Exposed the Worst Healthcare Fraud in US History



Undercover: How I Went from Company Man to FBI Spy -- and Exposed the Worst Healthcare Fraud in US History
John W. Schilling | 2008-04-16 00:00:00 | AMACOM | 304 | Company Profiles
When John Schilling, an unassuming mid-level accoun­tant, went to work for the Columbia Hospital Corporation, he never expected to become the catalyst for the series of "whistleblower" cases that ripped through the healthcare industry in the late 1990s. But when he unwittingly discovered that the company was siphoning billions of dollars away from Medicare and stealing from American taxpayers, he was faced with a choice: Speak up for what he believed to be right, or remain silent. Undercover tells the story of Schilling's harrowing journey from ordinary citizen to federal informant. The book recounts how Schilling allied himself with the FBI and the Justice Department and--unable to confide in friends or family--journeyed into an undercover world in which he carried a wire and mapped out offices for secret government raids. Suspenseful and provo­ca­tive, Undercover chronicles Schilling's nine-year ordeal that eventually led to the resignation of high-level executives and forced Columbia to return $1.7 billion dollars to the federal government. A compelling account of one man's decision to risk everything for the greater good, this book reveals the personal side of a thankless role that resulted, ultimately, in justice.
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I found this book a bit boring to say the least. I bought this book brand new for a few bucks on this website not too long after it was published (which should say something about the demand/interest in the book in and of itself). The first time I started reading it, I couldn't bring myself to read past the first few chapters. How entertaining/exciting can reading about medicare fraud be? Nonetheless, after a few months passed I forced myself to start the book over and read it through the end.



Before I criticize the book any further, I just want to state that I think that blowing the whistle on Columbia/HCA was without a doubt the right thing to do and I think that the executives should have served time and paid fines (i.e. Whiteside, et. al.)



I don't think anyone other than perhaps individuals who are considering filing a "qui tam" case (and hopefully they do right thing) or those who were actually involved in the case itself would enjoy reading this book at all. Mr. Schilling's story should not take 200+ pages to tell, but rather maybe 20 pages or so.



On a side note, Mr. Schilling repeatedly states in so many words that he was obligated to do the right thing because he was a CPA. I too am a CPA. Nonetheless, I or anyone else would be obligated to do the right thing (in this case, blow the whistle on Columbia/HCA) because it is our civic duty to do such, regardless of what titles or certifications we may have. I just thought it was a bit odd that Mr. Schilling tied being a CPA, with what seemed to be one of the primary, if not the primary reason for choosing to be a whistle blower came up in the book so much. In addition, I agree with the review by "CPA Review" alludes to in that the gov't should do more to acknowledge whistleblowers and help remove the negative stigma that is often associated with those like Mr. Schilling, who bring the truth to light.



I'm shocked that after 6 reviews, this book maintains a 4.5 star avg. rating. Being a natural skeptic and an auditor by trade, I suppose some of these reviewers have ties to the author (in particular, the reviewer who happens to be from the same state as the author, Wisconsin, and who has not reviewed any other books).



So, unless you're an individual that I've described above (see paragraph 3 above), I do not recommend this book.
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UNDERCOVER also deserves mention for any library strong in business, healthcare, or social issues - but it's also a fascinating true crime memoir telling of the accountant author's joining of Columbia Healthcare Corporation, a network of public hospitals, where he changed from an ordinary employee and citizen to a covert FBI informant and top witness for the Justice Department in the largest criminal healthcare fraud case in U.S. history. His choice placed him and his family in danger and challenged his career path, ethics and more in this fascinating autobiography of a whistleblower.
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It is not often that an everyday person gets to perform a heroic act, and even less often that person is properly rewarded for doing it. Both happen in Mr. Schilling's well-written book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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This is an amazing story that is well written. Good moral character that slays the giant and comes out a winner at the end. I can't imagine the being in the dilemma of this whistleblower and having the courage to blow the whistle on two corporate giants. As a CPA Mr. Schilling's conduct and code of ethics, is what is what is expected of CPA's and this is a must read for all CPA's. I believe this would make a great movie, and I would expect it to be on film in a few years. Mr. Schilling is truly an American hero and its a shame our government and/or our President doesn't publically thank whistleblowers or honor them for saving us taxpayers billions of dollars.
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very good book i give it a five star rating should be read by all seniors in high school.it tells about the stress a whistleblower goes through and also the rewards one can get for doing the right thing

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The Summons



The Summons
John Grisham | 2002-01-01 00:00:00 | Doubleday | 245 | Fiction
Ray Atlee is a professor of law at the University of Virginia. He’s forty-three, newly single, and still enduring the aftershocks of a surprise divorce. He has a younger brother, Forrest, who redefines the notion of a family’s black sheep.

And he has a father, a very sick old man who lives alone in the ancestral home in Clanton, Mississippi. He is known to all as Judge Atlee, a beloved and powerful official who has towered over local law and politics for forty years. No longer on the bench, the Judge has withdrawn to the Atlee mansion and become a recluse.

With the end in sight, Judge Atlee issues a summons for both sons to return home to Clanton, to discuss the details of his estate. It is typed by the Judge himself, on his handsome old stationery, and gives the date and time for Ray and Forrest to appear in his study.

Ray reluctantly heads south, to his hometown, to the place where he grew up, which he prefers now to avoid. But the family meeting does not take place. The Judge dies too soon, and in doing so leaves behind a shocking secret known only to Ray.

And perhaps someone else.
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The Journey of the Magi



The Journey of the Magi
Richard C. Trexler | 1997-01-01 00:00:00 | Publisher: Princeton University Press | 328 | Occultism
Matthew's Gospel reveals little about the three wealthy visitors said to have presented gifts to the infant Jesus. Yet hundreds of generations of Christians have embellished that image of the Three Kings or Magi for a myriad of social and political as well as spiritual purposes. Here Richard Trexler closely examines how this story has been interpreted and used throughout the centuries. Biblically, the Journey of the Magi presents a positive image of worldly power, depicting the faithful in progress toward their God and conveying the importance of the gift-giving laity as legitimators of their deity. With this in mind, Trexler explains in particular how Western societies have molded the story to describe and augment their own power--before the infant God and among themselves.

The author demonstrates how the magi as a group functioned in Christian society. For example, magi plays, processions, and images taught people how to pray and behave in reverential contexts; they featured monarchs and heads of republics who enacted the roles of the magi to legitimate their rule; and they constrained native Americans to fall in line behind the magi to instill in them loyalty toward the European world order. However, Trexler also shows these philosopher-kings as competitive among each other, as were groups of different ages, races, and genders in society at large. Originally modeled on representations of the Roman triumphs, the magi have reached the present day as street children wearing crowns of cardboard, proving again the universality of the image for constructing, reinforcing, and even challenging a social hierarchy.
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Rolling Thunder in a Gentle Land: The Vietnam War Revisited



Rolling Thunder in a Gentle Land: The Vietnam War Revisited
Andrew Wiest | 2006-01-01 00:00:00 | Osprey | 336 | History
It is more than 30 years since the Vietnam War ended. The passions that divided the nation may have muted. However, as this excellent anthology illustrates, there are enduring disagreements concerning the justification, military planning, and long-term effects of the war. Professor Wiest has compiled a series of essays written by historians, correspondents, and participants from both sides of the conflict, and thus readers are provided with a variety of perspectives and opinions. In his introductory essay, Wiest properly emphasizes the Vietnamese aspects of the struggle, including the centuries-long struggle for independence. Martin Windrow provides a valuable summary of the "first" Indochina war, in which the French attempted to maintain colonial control. Biu Tin, a North Vietnamese colonel, and Lam Quang Thi, a South Vietnamese general, provide contrasting views of the conflict. Other contributors cover topics as varied as the utility of U.S. aerial bombardment, the influence of television coverage, and the effect upon Vietnamese civilians caught in the cross fire.
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Aviation Visual Perception



Aviation Visual Perception
Randy Gibb, Rob Gray, Lauren Scharff | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Ashgate | 320 | Aeronautical Engineering
Vision is the dominant sense used by pilots and visual misperception has been identified as the primary contributing factor in numerous aviation mishaps, resulting in hundreds of fatalities and major resource loss. Despite physiological limitations for sensing and perceiving their aviation environment, pilots can often make the required visual judgments with a high degree of accuracy and precision. At the same time, however, visual illusions and misjudgments have been cited as the probable cause of numerous aviation accidents, and in spite of technological and instructional efforts to remedy some of the problems associated with visual perception in aviation, mishaps of this type continue to occur. Clearly, understanding the role of visual perception in aviation is key to improving pilot performance and reducing aviation mishaps. This book is the first dedicated to the role of visual perception in aviation, and it provides a comprehensive, single-source document encompassing all aspects of aviation visual perception. Thus, this book includes the foundations of visual and vestibular sensation and perception; how visual perceptual abilities are assessed in pilots; the pilot's perspective of visual flying; a summary of human factors research on the visual guidance of flying; examples of specific visual and vestibular illusions and misperceptions; mishap analyses from military, commercial and general aviation; and, finally, how knowledge from these other disciplines is being used to create the next generation of aviation visual perception. "Aviation Visual Perception: Research, Misperception and Mishaps" is intended to be used for instruction in academia, as a resource for human factors researchers, design engineers, and for instruction and training in the pilot community
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Visual C++ 6: The Complete Reference



Visual C++ 6: The Complete Reference
| 1998-08-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Visual C++


This book opens with a tour of how to use the sixth version of Microsoft's compiler. The author surveys the compiler's features and tools (including a reference to every available menu option) and discusses the basics of installing it and getting it up and running.

Next the authors introduce the basics of the C and C++ programming languages. They present dozens of short, effective sample programs (for the command line) for many basic programming topics, such as using variables, classes, file, and console input/output (I/O). Wherever possible, the authors compare C and C++. Several chapters (such as the one on using macros and conditional compilation) provide invaluable material on `gotchas` that await would-be C++ programmers.

After laying down introductory material on using C with Windows, the authors move toward Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC). They show basic programming techniques, including how to use newly enhanced tools, such as AppWizard and ClassWizard, in Visual C++ 6. Following are some simple MFC samples and some useful material on building custom ActiveX controls and even Active Template Library (ATL) controls (which are easier to build with Visual C++ 6).

With its patient--and effective--presentation of C++ language fundamentals, Visual C++ 6: The Complete Reference is one of the best titles for programmers who are moving from C to C++ and Windows. --Rich Dragan

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Lots of info, but where???
As this book is called `The Complete Reference` for C++, I bought it, hoping to use it as a reference when I needed to remember how a certain function or keyword worked. And where do you usually go if you want reference?
The index. The dreaded index.
This book has *THE* worst index I have ever seen in a book. Reading the 16 page table of contents is a better way to find a particular subject. Want to know about `copy constructor`? Not in the index. `const`? Not there. `Conversions`? `Doc/View`? One page each. There IS a lot of information in this book, but you really have to want it.

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C++ Book
My step-father once wrote a book for Osborne that was 600 pages. I know the amount of work he put into it. This book is 1000+ pages - what a feat.

I bought this book because I have been programming in C and needed to convert to C++. The authors did a good job of showing examples in both C and C++, so that people like me could make the transition.

Overall, the book was nothing but excellant. The authors posted their code on Osborne's web site, so it was really time saving when it came to testing their programs.

I did not find any technical errors in the book (one or two typos), found the style and manner of presentation great and really learned how to get my C++ code up and running.

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a lot for my money
I actually bought this book after buying the author's book on Debugging. I already wrote a review of the Debugging book - it was great and helped me out of a real problem.

This complete reference book was also up to the level of the book I just mentioned. While I already knew most of the standard C and C++ material, what I didn't know was the STL material they presented. They showed how to use the STL in standard programs, but then rolled it into MFC programs. They did this in a way, even us newbys could understand.

Great book, guys. Keep writing more.

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C++ Complete
This is the second book I have bought by these authors. I bought this book for the object oriented material that starts around Chapter 16. The first 15 chapters are C++ programming fundamentals and stuff with the Microsoft compiler. (I knew most of that as I have been a C programmer for a number of years).

Anyway, to the point. The Object-Oriented material is very complete. The authors explain all of the terminology, then get you programming with easy examples. That built my confidence (which was basically destroyed by some young proggrammers at the company I work for - college guys).

The book used good diagrams and good coding examples. The sections on I/O was good. I was initially having trouble getting output formatted until I spent some serious time on Chapter 18.

I'm up to Chapter 23 now and I'm going to start writing Windows programs with the Mircosoft Foundation Class libraries. The material looks pretty straight forward.

From the material I have mastered I give this book a top rating. The 20 year olds better look out.

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More C++ than I need
This book is very complete - more than I need. I bought the book because I needed to know the basics of the C++ language. In this respect I would give the book a top rating.

I also bought the book because I needed to get started with Windows programming. This is something I have put off for a number of years. Fear I guess. I would also give this book a top rating in this area. I used the material in the MFC section of the book. The authors did NOT assume you were a Windows expert. Instead, they took the time to teach the fundamentals and definitions needed to write Windows code.

I have written 2 programs using the MFC. One was a knock off of their Fourier program (but mine does other Fourier series not just square waves) and the second was a line chart program. I learned to do the line chart example after studing their bar chard program.

All and all - the book helped me a lot.


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George Orwell: Battling Big Brother



George Orwell: Battling Big Brother
Tanya Agathocleous | 2000-06-22 00:00:00 | | 0 | Non-fiction
Although it is written for younger readers, this is an excellent, short introduction to George Orwell's life and works. I am an adult, but I appreciate relatively brief, clear biographies like this. With this background, one is better prepared to read Orwell's own writings, or even fuller biographies about him. I must say that I was amazed by the facts of his life story and by his determined pursuit of experiences that would help him become a writer.
This book is especially useful for students who need concise background information about Orwell for writing term papers.
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windmills of god


windmills of god
sidney sheldon | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Fiction
windmills of god
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Playboys Sexy Girls June 2004


Playboys Sexy Girls June 2004
Palyboy | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | | 103 | Sex
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Tables en fête : 60 Recettes raffinées pour tous les budgets



Tables en fête : 60 Recettes raffinées pour tous les budgets
| 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Others
Cuisine et Vins de France, "Tables en fête : 60 Recettes raffinées pour tous les budgets"
Marie-Claire Album S.A. | 2007-10-24 | ISBN: 2848311150 | 124 pages | PDF | 23,8 MB
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The Developer's Guide to Debugging



The Developer's Guide to Debugging
| 2008-08-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Programming


Software has bugs. Period.

That's true, unfortunately. Even the good old `hello, world` program, known to virtually every C and C++ programmer in the world, can be considered to be buggy. Developing software means having to deal with defects; old ones, new ones, ones you created yourself, and those that others brought to life. Software developers debug programs for a living.

Hence, good debugging skills are a must-have. That said, it is regrettable that debugging is hardly taught in engineering schools. That's how the idea for this book was born.

The Developer's Guide to Debugging is a book for both professional software developers seeking to broaden their skills and students that want to learn the tricks of the trade from the ground up. With small examples and exercises it is well suited to accompany a CS course or lecture. At the same time it can be used as a reference guide to address problems as the need arises.

This book goes beyond the level of simple source code debugging scenarios. In addition, it covers the most frequent real-world problems from the areas of program linking, memory access, parallel processing and performance analysis. The picture is completed by chapters covering static checkers and techniques to write code that leans well towards debugging.

While the focus lies on C and C++, the workhorses of the software industry, one can apply many techniques described in The Developer's Guide to Debugging to programs written in other languages.



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Absurdly overpriced basic book with a pile of fake five-star reviews.
Finally I got to this book. It's not bad actually -- as far as it goes. It consists of two major themes: a quick overview of the debugging tools available on Unix and a bunch of debugging advice. The former is useful somewhat, for a one-pass quick read when you're curious whether there's something else out there you might want to add to your toolbox. The latter is OK but awfully basic, primitive; to me it seems even superfluous (I can't imagine anyone who can write code needs most of this advice). That said, there's nothing wrong with any of it. Finally, a book like that should have been published by O'Reilly and sold for twenty bucks, not eighty. One more thing: I'm very certain that a pile of facile, content-free but invariably five-star reviews that appeared here immediately upon the book's release have been posted by the author's friends and/or publisher's personnel. This is not a five-star book, so beware. If you can get it for cheap second-hand, maybe you want it. For eighty bucks, no. This is not a book you'll read twice, and moreover, you can find everything you need to know about the available tools on the net for free. And anyone who has programmed, say, for a year, will find the debugging advice given in this book largely superfluous.

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A consistent approach to debugging real-life problems with user-land C and C++ code on Linux environments
I finally read this book from cover to cover and I must say it is the very sound book and presents a consistent approach to debugging real-life problems with user-land C and C++ code on Linux environments. Although it uses mainly GDB for illustrations and provides Visual C++ equivalents when possible it doesn't cover Debugging Tools for Windows and its main GUI debugger, WinDbg. To rectify this I created extensive notes while reading available on my Software Generalist blog. Additional reader audience for this book might include a Windows engineer who needs to debug software on Linux or FreeBSD so a quick GDB crash course is needed. It would also serve as an excellent debugging course or as a supplemental course to any C or C++ course. Highly recommended if you are a Linux C/C++ software engineer. Even if you are an experienced one, you will find something new or make your debugging more consistent. If you need to teach or mentor juniors, this book helps too.


Thanks,

Dmitry Vostokov

Founder of DumpAnalysis Portal

Editor-in-Chief of Debugged! MZ/PE magazine

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Very expensive for a middle-range coverage
I dont know why so many people give this bool 5 starts. If you are an intermediate-advanced programmer every chapter in this book will sound to you. Nothing new. The only positive thing is that the book show you schematics ways to front the problems,,,, but IMHO that price is high for those material.

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The Art of Debugging!
This book is unique in many respects. First, there is no other book I know of that covers the topic of program debugging even though I found myself educating countless engineers on how to properly and methodically debug programs. Up to now, this knowledge is passed down `in the field` from experienced software writers to their younger colleagues. Second, it is quite comprehensive and covers a pleasantly broad set of topics ranging from the type of bugs and their origin to memory debugging, parallel program debugging, runtime monitoring, link-time related bugs or even profiling. Third, the book can be enjoyed cover to cover with gems (astute way to use debugging tools) that will surprise every software programmers save, perhaps, the most seasoned veteran. Students will find the book equally pleasant as it remains truly accessible and should be read by every person who intends to major in software engineering. Debuggers are wonderful tools, yet extremely rich. It can take years to discover/develop debugging methods. The book will help all newcomers to zero in on the critical tools and methods. The material is made extremely relevant with a substantial amount of efforts devoted to the discussion of specific concrete tools (e.g., gdb, valgrind, gprof, quantify, dmalloc, etc,,). The focus is unmistakably on UNIX related tools (albeit with a clear effort to show the equivalent tools in a Microsoft setting).


As a brief summary, the book start in chapters 1 through 3 by discussing the nature and source of bugs, which classes of bugs exist (from benign to mid and severe) and finally how to get started with the simplest form of debugging: tracing and inspecting. Chapters 4 through 6 focus on memory related issues, i.e., they focus on memory leaks, memory corruption, memory protocol violations (e.g., double delete) as well as memory performance profiling and improvements. Chapter 7 briefly touches on debugging parallel code (a truly difficult task). Chapter 8 and 9 focus on problem related to the build/link/run process and environment. The last three chapters cover more advanced topics for sophisticated instrumentation/observation techniques (e.g., conditional breakpoints, watch points, signaling, dealing with statics, dump analysis and runtime changes to the state).


Naturally, it is quite difficult to cover every single aspects and tools related to the debugging process so some tools are not covered in the book. The sole omission that is noteworthy is the DTrace tools (created at SUN and available on both Solaris and Apple Mac OS X) which offers an amazing array of instrumentation tools. This does not however diminish the value of the text that I will highly recommend to my own students. A second edition will surely address this omission.


All in all, this is an excellent text that will please many developers who will most certainly find themselves referring back to it again and again. Highly recommended.

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The Developer's Guide to Debugging
A solid text on debugging and profiling for C/C++ programming. It identifies the available tools, both open source and proprietary, explains good debugging methodologies, and provides brief but informative examples. It covers a lot of ground so the level of detail is limited, but it is the best overall compendium of this information that I have seen.


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Drug-Induced Liver Disease, Second Edition



Drug-Induced Liver Disease, Second Edition
Neil Kaplowitz,Laurie D. DeLeve | 2002-10-16 00:00:00 | Informa Healthcare | 784 | Internal Medicine
Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles. Reevaluates this topic in three major sections: examines hepatoxicity from the perspective of the mechanisms, provides a general outline of the clinical presentation and management, and reviews toxins implicated in drug-induced hepatotoxicity. Halftone illustrations and extensive references. For clinicians and researchers.

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Introduction to Mineral Exploration



Introduction to Mineral Exploration
| 2006-01-30 00:00:00 | | 481 | Aeronautical Engineering
This new, updated edition of Introduction to Mineral Exploration provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of mineral exploration.

Successful mineral exploration requires excellence in geology as well as integration with a range of other scientific, engineering, and financial techniques. This book covers not only the nature of mineralexploration but also considers other factors essential to successful exploration , from target evaluation to feasibility studies for extraction and production. Six detailed case studies, selected for the range of different problems and considerations they present to the mineral explorationist, are also included.

This second edition is updated to include new chapters on handling mineral exploration data and a new case study on the exploration for diamonds.

Introduction to Mineral Exploration is essential reading for upper level undergraduates studying ore geology, mineral exploration, mining geology, coal exploration, and industrial minerals, as well as professional geologists.

Summary: good update of previous books
Rating: 4

This book makes good use of real case studies over a variety of commodities.I found it valuable as a graduate geologist and I believe it would be for undergraduates too.As with all multi author books ,some chapters are better written than others.The information on data and software does needs enlarging,to be really helpful -and the figures in this particular chapter would be much more valuable if they were in colour. Otherwise a good introductory text.

Summary: An Excellent Overview of Exploration Techniques, Primarily for Metals
Rating: 5

This anthology begins with deskwork analysis of geologic maps and other information. From there, there are chapters on prefeasibility studies, remote sensing, geophysical methods, drilling programs,exploration geochemistry, etc. A series of chapters discuss case histories of exploration.

Financing is discussed, and a variety of technical information is presented. There is a glossary of common abbreviations, and illustrations on the use of statistics, as in the construction of borehole grids. There is also a helpful table of atypical colors that characterize many metallic compounds seen in outcrop (p. 80).

In evaluating different exploration techniques, John Milsom comments: "Geophysical interpretations are notoriously ambiguous but the gravity method does provide, at least in theory, a unique and unambiguous answer to oneexploration question. If an anomaly is fully defined over the ground surface, the total gravitational flux it represents is proportional to the total excess mass of the source body." (pp. 134-135)

Very little attention is paid to the rare earth elements, considering their importance in recent years. However, there is data on the use of lanthanum as a tracer for geochemicalexploration (p. 158), and cost-effective methods of analyzing REEs at background levels in geologic samples (p. 161).
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The Sexual Demon of Colonial Power: Pan-African Embodiment and Erotic Schemes of Empire (Blacks in the Diaspora)



The Sexual Demon of Colonial Power: Pan-African Embodiment and Erotic Schemes of Empire (Blacks in the Diaspora)
Greg Thomas | 2007-03-28 00:00:00 | Indiana University Press | 224 | African Studies
The Sexual Demon of Colonial Power is a political, cultural, and intellectual study of race, sex, and Western empire. Greg Thomas interrogates a system that represents race, gender, sexuality, and class in certain systematic and oppressive ways. By connecting sex and eroticism to geopolitics both politically and epistemologically, he examines the logic, operations, and politics of sexuality in the West. The book focuses on the centrality of race, class, and empire to Western realities of "gender and sexuality" and to problematic Western attempts to theorize gender and sexuality (or embodiment). Addressing a wide range of intellectual disciplines, it holds out the hope for an analysis freed from the domination of white, Western terms of reference.

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