Sunday, 6 March 2011

The Pen-Pictures Of Modern Africans And African Celebrities: A Collective Biography of Elite Society in the Gold Coast Colony (African Sources for African History)



The Pen-Pictures Of Modern Africans And African Celebrities: A Collective Biography of Elite Society in the Gold Coast Colony (African Sources for African History)
Michel R. Doortmont | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Brill Academic Publishers | 497 | Entertainers
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I was interested to hear that this book has been updated and reproduced. My grandfather Mr A.J. Ocansey, was one of the sponsors of the original book. I first saw a copy of the original book which belonged to the daughter of Dr Bruce who I believe was also one of the sponsors!I am very happy to get a copy of this book.It contains the sort of information which has been lost and of which the modern generation of West Africans are unaware.

It has a lot of information for people researching their family history.

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A Companion to the Works of Thomas Bernhard (Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture) (Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture)



A Companion to the Works of Thomas Bernhard (Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture) (Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture)
Matthias Konzett | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Camden House | 264 | European
Since the death of Thomas Bernhard in 1989, the literary reputation of this complex and unique writer has risen to the point that he is now regarded as a major European figure. Bernhard emerged in the 1960s as one of Austria's major writers, challenging the popularity of such established writers as Heinrich Böll and Günter Grass on the German literary scene. His idiosyncratic prose consists of a tragic-comic blend of themes such as suicide, madness, and isolation combined with highly satirical and histrionic invectives against culture, tradition, and society. As a skillful impresario of public scandals by means of verbal assaults upon Austrian elite culture, Bernhard also earned himself the epithet of Übertreibungskünstler (artist of exaggeration). In this art of cultural and political provocation Bernhard remains unmatched to the present day. This volume of essays provides contributions by well-known critics that examine the most salient aspects of Bernhard's work, offering insights into literary strategies and public themes that made Bernhard one of Europe's masters of modern prose and drama. Essays examine Bernhard's complex artistic sensibility, his impact on Austria's critical memory, his relation to the legacy of Austrian Jewish culture, his representative value as Austria's prime literary export, and his cosmopolitanism and its significance for the rapidly changing multicultural landscape of Europe.Matthias Konzett is associate professor of German at Yale University. He is the author of The Rhetoric of National Dissent in Thomas Bernhard, Peter Handke, and Elfriede Jelinek (Camden House, 2000).

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Upgrading and Repairing PCs: A+ Certification Study Guide (2nd Edition)



Upgrading and Repairing PCs: A+ Certification Study Guide (2nd Edition)
Mark Edward Soper,Scott Mueller | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Que | 656 | A+
Upgrading and Repairing PCs, A+ Certification Study Guide is a hands-on learning book. Author Scott Mueller takes you through test objectives one by one, pointing out the most frequently missed questions and explaining them with a greater detail than easier questions need. Spend your time learning--not deciphering bad writing! Just the essentials! Scott covers the essentials that you'll need to pass the test and point you where to go for more information. Frequent study reminders throughout help you focus and remember the core concepts for the exam--and not the not-so-necessary details. Practice Exams cover the topics that you'll be tested on and asks them in the manner they'll be asked on the test.
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I purchased this book to use more as a reference than as a study guide for A+ certification. What I discovered is that it doesn't excel as either. Sure, it covers all of the major topics associated with repairing and upgrading PCs (processors, memory, storage, motherboards, the BIOS, etc.), and I suppose it contains enough material to sufficiently prepare you for the A+ exams, but as a reference it lacks the level of detail and organization that I've grown accustomed to in other types of references.

I later purchased the 13th edition of Scott Mueller's Upgrade and Repair Guide (a much larger hardcover edition) and am pleased to say that it is an excellent reference for any PC technician or hobbyist who has ever wanted to know what every component in a PC is and how it works. The study guide, however, did not impress me and I have since given it to a family member as a gift. If you want a good reference, take a look at Mueller's 13th edition. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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This is an amazing book. Plain english and nice graphics that helps understand basic concepts. Clear and straight! Just useful information. Chapter's book are very well organized. It's author have divide book in two parts: Hardware and Os concepts; excellent if you're planning to take (and study) each exam separate. The book is plenty of excellents tables and CPUs specifications.

Be aware! this is not a reference book; there is not enought in depth info. But its author has "Upgrade and Repair Guide" where people can learn a lot more.

Next editions could be hardcover, not paperback, for better presentation and book protection.
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I bought this book as a study guide for the A+ exam. This year, when i took the exams, i took the hardware in the linear format and scored a 895 (out of 900) and took the os exam in the adaptive format and scored a 1290 (out of 1300). If you want to ace the A+, GET THIS BOOK.
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I passed both exams in October this year and owe it solely to this book. The exams had just turned adaptive from the fixed length. I took one of each. The great thing about this book is it's no nonesense truthfullness about what you need to know. It spells out in lay mans terms what chapters you need to know for each exam and what exactly is involved. I would reccommend this book to anyone as a reference work or for those taking the exam itself.
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Read the book for two weeks straight. Passed the exam with no problem. This is a must get for anyone looking to get A+ Certification.

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Preoperative Preparation of Patients for Thoracic Surgery, An Issue of Thoracic Surgery Clinics (The Clinics: Surgery)



Preoperative Preparation of Patients for Thoracic Surgery, An Issue of Thoracic Surgery Clinics (The Clinics: Surgery)
Sue Whyte,Mark K. Ferguson MD | 2005-08-24 00:00:00 | Saunders | 240 | Surgery
This issue will offer important information on the preoperative preparation of patients undergoing thoracic surgery. Individual articles will include topics on smoking cessations, informed consent, perioperative antibiotics, the anticoagulated patient, and reducing cardiac complications.

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Advances in biopreservation



Advances in biopreservation
John G.Baust | 2007-01-01 00:00:00 | Taylor & Francis | 417 | Other Engineering
Sixty-five years have passed since the publication of Basil Luyet’s Life and Death at Low Temperature , the first organized attempt to summarize past observations of freezing injury in living organisms and to infer from them the mechanisms of injury. Not surprisingly, attention at that time was focused primarily on mechanical damage from ice, although, as evidence of the immaturity of the science, Luyet considered five other possible mechanisms: the withdrawal of energy, attainment of a minimal temperature, too-rapid thawing, dehydration, and “various physiological, physical, or chemical alterations.” One might have expected that the subsequent years would have led to a clear and functional understanding of freezing injury and, as a result, have enabled efficient cryopreservation of almost anything. But it wasn’t that easy.
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Get It Write!: Creating Lifelong Writers from Expository to Narrative



Get It Write!: Creating Lifelong Writers from Expository to Narrative
Kendall Haven | 2004-09-08 00:00:00 | Libraries Unlimited | 256 | Education

These field-tested writing strategies and techniques create a carefully sequenced and balanced approach that fosters competent narrative and expository writing. Through simple and effective writing concepts this essential teacher resource illustrates ways in which every student can begin and master the writing process. Finally, writing is fun again! Includes: detailed teachers' guide and a student workbook portion included on a CD introduction to the Eight Essential Elements and steps for recognizing the integral building blocks of every narrative tools for building powerful, effective characters and exploring goals, motives, conflicts and problems instruction for students in using story ingredients to build effective expository and narrative writing.



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Tiger That Isn't



Tiger That Isn't
Andrew Dilnot | 2008-01-01 00:00:00 | Profile Books Ltd | 192 | Mathematics
Mathematics scares and depresses most of us, but politicians, journalists and everyone in power use numbers all the time to bamboozle us. Most maths is really simple - as easy as 2+2 in fact. Better still it can be understood without any jargon, any formulas - and in fact not even many numbers. Most of it is commonsense, and by using a few really simple principles one can quickly see when maths, statistics and numbers are being abused to play tricks - or create policies - which can waste millions of pounds. It is liberating to understand when numbers are telling the truth or being used to lie, whether it is health scares, the costs of government policies, the supposed risks of certain activities or the real burden of taxes.
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Geometric Mechanics: Toward a Unification of Classical Physics



Geometric Mechanics: Toward a Unification of Classical Physics
Richard Talman | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Wiley | 605 | Physics
For physicists, mechanics is quite obviously geometric, yet the classical approach typically emphasizes abstract, mathematical formalism. Setting out to make mechanics both accessible and interesting for non-mathematicians, Richard Talman uses geometric methods to reveal qualitative aspects of the theory. He introduces concepts from differential geometry, differential forms, and tensor analysis, then applies them to areas of classical mechanics as well as other areas of physics, including optics, crystal diffraction, electromagnetism, relativity, and quantum mechanics. For easy reference, the author treats Lagrangian, Hamiltonian, and Newtonian mechanics separately -- exploring their geometric structure through vector fields, symplectic geometry, and gauge invariance respectively. Practical perturbative methods of approximation are also developed. This second, fully revised edition has been expanded to include new chapters on electromagnetic theory, general relativity, and string theory. 'Geometric Mechanics' features illustrative examples and assumes only basic knowledge of Lagrangian m
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A Practical Theory of Programming (Monographs in Computer Science)



A Practical Theory of Programming (Monographs in Computer Science)
Eric C.R. Hehner | 1993-08-06 00:00:00 | Springer | 243 | Programming
Understanding programming and programming languages requires knowledge of the underlying theoretical model. This book explores aspects of programming that are amenable to mathematical proof. The author describes a programming theory which is much simpler and more comprehensive than the current theories to date. In the theoretical model, a specification is just a boolean expression and refinement is just an ordinary implication. The author develops a practical and broad method for writing precise specifications and designing programs whose executions probably satisfy the specifications. Beginning with preparatory material in logic, numbers, sets, lists, functions and relations, the book advances further into program theory, the heart of the book. Subsequent chapters may be selected or omitted according to course emphasis. The text will be useful to students in courses on programming methodology or verification at the advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate level, as well as for software engineers in the field. All technical terms are explained and then demonstrated in the book wherever possible. No advanced mathematical knowledge or programming language is assumed. The book contains numerous exercises and worked-out solutions for specific exercises. Transparency masters and solutions for the remaining exercises are available from the author.

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The Discipline of History and the History of Thought



The Discipline of History and the History of Thought
M.C. Lemon | 1995-07-05 00:00:00 | Routledge | 288 | Historiography
Although much as been written of the nature of history and its disciplinary problems, less attention has been paid to the history of thought. M. C. Lemon's rigorously philosophical work first re-asserts the discipline of history in general as narrative based, before pursuing the methodological implications for the history of thought. This original work of scholarship will raise the level of argument in philosophy of history and provoke debate among historian, philosophers and political theorists.

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Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Artificial Intelligence) (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Artificial Intelligence)



Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Artificial Intelligence) (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Artificial Intelligence)
| 2004-05-19 00:00:00 | | 0 | Artificial Intelligence


Knowledge representation is at the very core of a radical idea for understanding intelligence. Instead of trying to understand or build brains from the bottom up, its goal is to understand and build intelligent behavior from the top down, putting the focus on what an agent needs to know in order to behave intelligently, how this knowledge can be represented symbolically, and how automated reasoning procedures can make this knowledge available as needed.

This landmark text takes the central concepts of knowledge representation developed over the last 50 years and illustrates them in a lucid and compelling way. Each of the various styles of representation is presented in a simple and intuitive form, and the basics of reasoning with that representation are explained in detail. This approach gives readers a solid foundation for understanding the more advanced work found in the research literature. The presentation is clear enough to be accessible to a broad audience, including researchers and practitioners in database management, information retrieval, and object-oriented systems as well as artificial intelligence. This book provides the foundation in knowledge representation and reasoning that every AI practitioner needs.

*Authors are well-recognized experts in the field who have applied the techniques to real-world problems
* Presents the core ideas of KR&R in a simple straight forward approach, independent of the quirks of research systems
*Offers the first true synthesis of the field in over a decade

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A complete knowledge representation book
This book easily introduce the most important knowledge representation techniques, with a clear style and lots of examples. It is complete yet not disorganized. A must for everyone who wants to become a knowledge engineer.

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Don't have to be a math buff to understand
I came across this book looking for a text that would explain the context of First Order Logic, why it is used for so many knowledge representation problems, how it is used to solve them, and its limitations. I must say that this is far and away the best book I've found to answer these questions. If you search around a little at the competition, you will find much of the text quickly turning to mathematical proofs and deductions in their explanations. While this is of course necessary and helpful, it doesn't (for me) really give an idea of how and why these methods are used practically. You can tell that these authors spent some time on ensuring consistency and fluency of the writing, which I find so very helpful.


I'm trying to think of something bad to say about it: I wish it were longer! If you read the preface you will see the authors call it an introduction, which is definitely true. Maybe they will team up again for a more in-depth text on some aspect of this subject.

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This book is an Eye-Opener!
I love this book- It is a comprehensive introduction into knowledge representation, with enough detail to create your own knowledge representation programs.


Are you a programmer who wonders what it really means when an object *IS* another object, in the form of inheritance found in object-oriented systems? Ever confused by the nuances of multiple inheritance? Ever wonder what XML or OOP or Relational Databases have to do with each other? Ever wonder if all those A.I. programmers in the 70s actually created anything useful? Ever wonder how type systems work? Ever wonder how to store complicated and vague data into a database?


This book doesn't really have answers to these questions (nobody really does, in my opinion) but learning the information in this book is the first step you'll want to take to get closer to some answers,,.


It basically covers 3 main topics: FOL (traditional logic like you probably learned in college) Frames (sort of the grandaddy of OOP) and Description Logics (a really powerful synthesis of object-thinking with strict logical fundamentals)


This book has a bit of hairy mathematical notation in it, so if your not comfortable talking about things like `an object x that is an element in the domain` some of the chapters will require a bit of effort on your part. The authors are careful, however, to follow every difficult mathematical analysis with some concrete examples that ease the learning process- I often wish examples were more frequent in other theoretical tombs like this. Any computer programmer can process this text with a bit of moderate effort.


I couldn't imagine being a professional programmer and not knowing the information in this book now that I have read it. Although the topics in this book are somewhat obscure today, I think they will receive far greater appreciation in the future- especially among medical software developers. Here's your chance to be ahead of the curve in the field of knowledge representation!


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The Layered DP: Form and Meaning of French Indefinites (Linguistik Aktuell / Linguistics Today)



The Layered DP: Form and Meaning of French Indefinites (Linguistik Aktuell / Linguistics Today)
Tabea Ihsane | 2008-09-30 00:00:00 | John Benjamins Publishing Co | 260 | French
This book examines argumental un-NPs and du/des-NPs in French: nominals with the indefinite article and with the so-called 'partitive article' respectively. The main aim is to account for the different interpretations of these indefinites and to determine how interpretation and structure are related. This study thus concerns the syntax-semantics interface, with an emphasis on the composition of the left periphery and the inflectional domain of the indefinites mentioned. It is realized in the framework of generative grammar and in a cartographic approach. A crucial proposal put forward in this book is that indefinites of different semantic types are associated with different left peripheries. The analysis further suggests that the inflectional domain of these indefinites may comprise three discrete functional projections encoding the features [count], [quantity] and [number]. Interestingly, these results seem to extend to a selection of bare nouns in Romance and Germanic languages.

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Competing on Value



Competing on Value
Mack Hanan,Peter Karp | 1991-04-22 00:00:00 | AMACOM | 220 | Management
Presents a new approach to selling that emphasizes not competing on the basis of the best price, but the highest value i.e. demonstrating to current and prospective customers that using your products or services will either cut their costs or improve their revenues. Distributed by Gale. Annotation
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It contains mostly common sense - but as we all know, common sense isn't common. The most important take aways from the book were th know what your value really is, know how to effectively measure it, now how to effectively translate the value into customer value, and know how to reliably control the delivery of the value to the market. A good reminder.
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Here it is, March 2009 and I'm just now getting around to reviewing this book. My apologies to Mack and Peter! Even though the book is quite old (by today's standards) its lessons are timeless. Especially relevant in today's corporate world are the sections on:



- how to talk value to different levels in an organization

- understanding how "good enough" can be a devastating opponent

- how to reposition your competitor as low value



Some of the examples are a bit dated, but the principles are still highly relevant. This is a great book for both beginner and expert salespeople. It is also relevant for selling "internal" ideas!
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Why bother telling something in a long and cumbersome way, if you can say it straight? The authors of the book cover an important concept of the economic value to the customer and its application to sales/business strategy. However, the book will make anyone who received formal business education yawn. It lacks real-life examples AND IS OVERLY REPETITIVE. This could have been a nice and fresh magazine article, instead it turned into a stiff and boring hardcover book.
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This book discusses VALUE. Value is not what you put INTO your products and services, it is what the customer GETS OUT. Three qualifiers of value are how much, how soon, and how sure--these are what the customer needs to know.

Value is applied to impact a customer's business--his profits. Profits come from the customer selling more and/or from reducing costs. Nothing else matters.

Four chapters summarize the value strategy: know your value, price your value, sell your value, and control your value. These chapters and this book are invaluable for getting away from selling on features and functions and, instead, competing on value.

This book is tremendous in its own right, and it is--or should be--the "prerequisite" for one of Hanan's other books, "Consultative Selling."

In summary, this is highly recommended for every company that sells products and/or services.

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Introduction to Automata Theory, Languages, and Computation, Second Edition



Introduction to Automata Theory, Languages, and Computation, Second Edition
| 2000-11-14 00:00:00 | | 0 | Computer Science


This book is a rigorous exposition of formal languages and models of computation, with an introduction to computational complexity. The authors present the theory in a concise and straightforward manner, with an eye out for the practical applications. Exercises at the end of each chapter, including some that have been solved, help readers confirm and enhance their understanding of the material. This book is appropriate for upper-level computer science undergraduates who are comfortable with mathematical arguments.

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written for peoplec who already know the material?
This entire subject is very difficult. I suppose that i wouldn't know that this book

was bad if i hadn't read better?Computability: An Introduction to Recursive Function Theory

for instance, uses much more understandable language and symbols.

In most cases books in this area of language and automata theory are difficult,

but most authors realize this and try to make the text

more understandable. I suppose if this were a text for a class

I'd be faced with trying to find a Schaum's outline text to get me through the course?

In other words the text is a failure that seems to be difficult for

even people who are familiar with the material.

My heart goes out to students who have only this text for their class:

an instructor that choses such a text will be no help in his lectures?

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Satisfying
Picture is different, they sent me the International edition in stead. I needed the book and it felt like it's taking forever, but it was on time according to the time lines. I am to large degree satisfied, don't expect too much though.

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Want an Advanced? Get the First Edition of 1979
My first exposure to Automata Theory backs to 1992, as a senior undergrad textbook for that course, which was mandatory and a prerequisite to the Compilers Course. (No student could take them together). Although I got the highest grade among over 80 students, but I was not getting enough comprehension from the class, as it should be. I admit it was due to the complexity and sophistication of that text, since this was the first course that 100% dedicated to computational theory; taking into account it is BS in Computer/COMPUTATIONAL Science.


In my MS work, the required text was By Sipser, but the instructor was giving material that was from Hopcroft/Ullman 1979 text. It was the definitive resource, period.


I purchased the 2nd Ed, 2000, Hopcroft/Ullman/Mitwani; it was simpler than the 1st Ed. and easy going. My focus, and all Professors and researchers whom I know who work in a related-area, have this exact edition as a reference when needed!


Chapter Contents and Material Exhibits

The chapters are relatively not big in text but are very-rich in contents, that sometimes, if this is your first read/exposure to Automata theory, then perhaps you may need to read each section more than one time. If you're reading the text in deep, and in chapter 4+, you would really have a full enjoyment of how the authors are going with their exploring the ideas, with motivation. This is not my first text that I read by Ullman, Hopecroft, and Aho, especially, their older texts; their writings are just `amazing.`


Exercises

Try to solve the exercises but not at once. Perhaps the exercises can be divided into 4 categories

1. Simple ones

2. moderate (average), that mayhap need to scratch your brain

3. difficult (beyond average), but not challenging, they are just doable.

4. challenging --> I didn't solve all of this category. They are few.


An Advice: some of the exercises in early chapters might be easier to do once you read the later chapters. This is due in part that the way you are making progress in the material, and another, some depend on and only `ideas` that are explored in later chapters.


Errata

I've searched the Internet looking for a (maintainable) Errata list, but there's no one. The text has some typos, and otherwise very minor that you could easily spot. I'll mention some:

One of the, perhaps, typos, is in on of the examples related to the conversion between NFAs to DFAs. Another one also in an example to the PDAs, but don't remember exactly.


The Bottom Line

If you are going to have some future work in Automata and Computational theory, you may grab the 3rd Ed. and/or 2nd Ed. to star with, but for sure you should have the 1st Ed. at your disk; it's a `PRIMER.`



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The best theoretical computer science book out there.
This book is a one stop solution to your theoretical computer science needs (at least, as an introduction). If you're interested in language theory, deterministic / non deterministic finite state automata design, grammars and regular languages, computational complexity (temporal and spatial complexity), this the book for you. The formal notation used in the book is not the heaviest ever seen for this kind of subject, so it remains comprehensible (assumed it's not your first exposition to this discipline). I found it particularly interesting starting from chapter 8, when it covers turing machines, indecidibility in chapter 9 and intractability in chapter 10.

All in all, it's a good introduction to these concepts. I give it 4 stars because some proofs could have been easier, but this is not a big problem. The P and NP classes of problems are wonderfully explained. We are speaking about a book every computer scientist out there should have on his/her shelf. Those who consider this book extremely hard and difficult is because of their lack of fundamental knowledge in computer science. Of course, this is not the first book you should read on the subject. But be assured, this book will give you what it promises: a good knowledge about languages theory, indecidibility and intractability of problems.



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Very nice book
I read this book from cover to cover, not because it was required by the Formal Languages course that I took, but because it is a very good read. This book gives all the necessary details in every theorem that it proves, which can be considered both a good and a bad thing, depending on your level of knowledge of the subject. I personally believe it is a good thing, because after reading any proof in this book you do not feel skeptical if it works or not, like it can be after reading a proof that skips lots of steps.


I haven't used their online resources, and I didn't do many problems from this book, because the professor teaching the course came up with problems of his own. However, from what I've seen, they have a very reasonable collection of problems suited for self-study. Every well established field has a list of standard problem, and Language Theory is no exception. The problems in this book certainly cover most of the standard ones. Please, also be aware that although this book is a good read, it is not necessary an easy read - be prepared to invest considerable amount of time into this book.


I cannot give this book 5 stars simply because I do not think it is much better than previous editions. As a matter of fact, I think it is worse. I did not have a very close look at previous editions, but I know for a fact that they were more rigorous and formal and covered more topics. As a result of that, they were less suited for teaching an introductory course, but some of the topics they studied there are really nice. From what I've heard about previous editions though, it seems that they described several open problems, that are no longer open. So I'd suggest getting this new edition, simply because it has more contemporary information.


Some people write in their review that this book requires solid background in the area it covers. I respectfully disagree - I had little to none background in Language Theory and Complexity Theory prior to taking this course and (consequently) starting to read this book; however, I did very well in the course and enjoyed it very much. Of course, I was lucky to have an excellent professor teaching that course. If good books came with good professors that would be a killer package, but unfortunately they don't.


I have not read any other books in this field, so I have nothing to compare with, but all in all, for me it worked great and if you have a good professor and are passionate about the subject, I'm sure this book won't be a miss.


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How To Please A Woman In & Out Of Bed [VIDEO]



How To Please A Woman In & Out Of Bed [VIDEO]
Daylle Deann Schwartz | 2000-01-01 00:00:00 | Adams Media Corporation | 0 | Sex
What do women want?

You-after you've read this book. How to Please a Woman In & Out of Bed, Second Edition is your key to better dates, better relationships-and better sex. Learn how to read a woman's mind and body, and your love life will sizzle! This sensual little volume reveals the secrets you're dying to know-and your lovers hope you'll find out, including:
# What women really think about penis size
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# What women want before, during, and after sex
# What to say-and not to say-to set the stage for ecstasy
# How to make her want you-again and again

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C & Data Structures



C & Data Structures
P S Deshpande, O G Kakde | 2004-01-01 00:00:00 | Charles River Media; 1 edition | 700 | C and CPP
Divided into three separate sections, C & Data Structures covers C programming, as well as the implementation of data structures and an analysis of advanced data structure problems. Beginning with the basic concepts of the C language (including the operators, control structures, and functions), the book progresses to show these concepts through practical application with data structures such as linked lists and trees, and concludes with the integration of C programs and advanced data structure problem-solving. The book covers a vast range of data structures and programming issues, such as syntactic and semantic aspects of C, all control statements in C, concepts of function, macro, files and pointers with examples, graphs, arrays, searching and sorting techniques, stacks and queues, files, and preprocessing. C & Data Structures provides a comprehensive guide to all the data types in C with internal implementation, while providing examples to demonstrate their behavior.

About the Author
P.S. Deshpande is a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at Visvesvarya National Institute of Technology. He has acted as a consultant to various government and private organizations in the field of database management, software engineering, data warehousing, WAP, and J2EE design patterns, and has published a number of papers on Oracle, data warehousing, and programming languages. O.G. Kakde is also a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at Visvesvarya National Institute of Technology. He has done consulting work for the government as well as private organizations in the fields of embedded systems, language translators, WAP, and several programming languages. He is the author of Algorithms for Compiler Design.

Table of Contents

C & Data Structures
Preface
Part I - C Language
Chapter 1 - Introduction to the C Language
Chapter 2 - Data Types
Chapter 3 - C Operators
Chapter 4 - Control Structures
Chapter 5 - The printf Function
Chapter 6 - Address and Pointers
Chapter 7 - The scanf Function
Chapter 8 - Preprocessing
Chapter 9 - Arrays
Chapter 10 - Function
Chapter 11 - Storage of Variables
Chapter 12 - Memory Allocation
Chapter 13 - Recursion
Chapter 14 - Strings
Chapter 15 - Structures
Chapter 16 - Union
Chapter 17 - Files
Part II - Data Structures
Chapter 18 - Arrays, Searching, and Sorting
Chapter 19 - Stacks and Queues
Chapter 20 - Linked Lists
Chapter 21 - Trees
Chapter 22 - Graphs
Part III - Advanced Problems in Data Structures
Chapter 23 - Problems in Arrays, Searching, Sorting, Hashing
Chapter 24 - Problems in Stacks and Queues
Chapter 25 - Problems in Linked Lists
Chapter 26 - Problems in Strings
Chapter 27 - Problems in Trees
Chapter 28 - Problems in Graphs
Chapter 29 - Miscellaneous Problems
Index
List of Figures
List of Tables
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Mechanical Alloying: Fundamentals and Applications



Mechanical Alloying: Fundamentals and Applications
P R Soni | 1999-01-01 00:00:00 | Cambridge International Science Publishi | 200 | Engineering
From the initial laboratory successes in 1968, the process of mechanical alloying has been developed into a well-controlled production operation over the years, and applied to develop varieties of materials. Being a new field, there is a wealth of recent scientific literature available but all information is scattered. This book tries to address this problem and is aimed at undergraduates, postgraduates and material scientists and engineers who want to have in-depth knowledge in this field. The book is also designed to serve as an introductory and refreshment reference tool for manufacturing engineers actively involved in mechanical alloying.


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Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future



Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future
Cory Doctorow | 2008-09-15 00:00:00 | Tachyon Publications | 240 | Misc
Readers will discover how America chose Happy Meal toys over copyright, why Facebook is taking a faceplant, how the Internet is basically just a giant Xerox machine, why Wikipedia is a poor cousin of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and how to enjoy free e-books. Practicing what he preaches, all of the author's books, including this one, are simultaneously released in print and on the Internet under Creative Commons licenses that encourage their reuse and sharing. He argues persuasively that this practice has considerably increased his sales by enlisting readers to promote his work.
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History of Initiation



History of Initiation
George Oliver | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Kessinger Publishing | 236 | Social Sciences
In Twelve Lectures Comprising a Detailed Account of the Rites and Ceremonies, Doctrines and Discipline of all the Secret and Mysterious Institutions of the Ancient World. Contents: General Introduction; History of Initiation in Hindostan; Philosophy of the Eastern Mysteries; Initiation in Persia; History of Initiation in Greece; Ceremonies of Initiation into the Mysteries of Bacchus; Places of Initiation into the Celtic Mysteries; Ceremonies of Initiation in Britain; Symbols and Doctrines of the Druids; History of Initiation into the Gothic Mysteries; Doctrines and Morality; History of Initiation in America; Corollary.
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This is a facsimile of the book "The History of Initiation, in twelve lectures; comprising a detailed account of the rites and ceremonies, doctrines and discipline of all the secret and mysterious institutions of the ancient world" by Rev. George Oliver, D.D., published by Richard Spencer, London, in 1841. This work is not in copyright.

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Turn Right at Orion: Travels Through the Cosmos



Turn Right at Orion: Travels Through the Cosmos
Mitchell Begelman | 2001-10-02 00:00:00 | Basic Books | 256 | Astronomy
"Turn Right at Orion provides a delightful tour of the heavens, written with verve and imagination."

-Alan Lightman, author of Einstein's Dreams.

In this ingenious book, we are all aliens-reading what is in essence a message found in a bottle. Turn Right at Orion is the account of an epic astronomical journey, discovered sixty million years in Earth's future-the product of one man's amazing, revelatory, and occasionally perilous space odyssey. Astrophysicist Mitchell Begelman takes the reader to far distant shores, across a vast ocean of time, in a narrative style that zips along at just below light speed. We travel to the center of the Milky Way, witness the births and deaths of stars and of planets, and almost perish in the crushing forces at the perimeter of a black hole-and all the while Begelman explains in clear and vibrant prose how things work the way they do in the cosmos. Turn Right at Orion is a serious science book that reads like fiction.
The original Rocinante bore Don Quixote in his errant adventures across medieval Spain; its namesake carried John Steinbeck and his poodle across America. Rocinante's latest incarnation is a wondrous spacecraft that, in the understated words of its pilot, "is perhaps not quite so sturdy as I should have liked"--but that nevertheless has transported him across space to the center of the Milky Way.

Structured as something of a picaresque novel, Turn Right at Orion is a textbook in disguise. In its pages, the noted astrophysicist Mitchell Begelman guides readers across 60 million years of time and immense galactic distances, discussing the formation of the Milky Way as a great sooty disk full of graphite, hydrocarbons, and silicon-based minerals, "pollution from supernova explosions, lesser stellar explosions called novae, and the evaporating outer envelopes of giant stars." Along the way, Begelman's narrator offers lessons in the workings of gravity, motion, and time, explaining, for instance, why it is that the Earth does not cave in on itself (it resists gravitational collapse, he notes, because it is made of highly resilient materials), why light bends, and why planets and black holes form. The result is a charming, fluent introduction to basic space science, just right for the novice. --Gregory McNamee
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This is a factual astronomy book written in the form of a science fiction story.

The narrator, a lone astronaut who meticulously describes his interstellar journey, begins by taking us to the giant black hole in our Milky Way's core. He then orbits the black hole in Cygnus X-1, two neutron stars in separate Crab nebulas, glides into accretion disks forming newborn planets around infant suns in the Orion Nebula, and then flies around the star Betelgeuse, a bloated, unstable, red supergiant.

His spacecraft then departs the Milky Way galaxy and enters the Large Magellanic Cloud where he's almost obliterated by a supernova. Finally, he flies to the Virgo cluster some 60 million light years from Earth where he goes into orbit around the colossal and ferocious black hole at the core of the radio galaxy M87.

This book's author, Mitchell Begelman, describes each cosmic panorama with such vivid, colorful immediacy, you feel like you're really there. I read this book over several nights at bedtime, and after falling asleep, I would instantly find myself dreaming about interstellar space flight.

What more could a book like this offer?

The name of the spacecraft in this story is "Rocinante," which is an inside joke because the author acknowledges borrowing it from the rock group Rush who in 1977 and 1978, wrote two musical scores about a lone astronaut who flew his spacecraft called Rocinante into the black hole Cygnus X-1, only to emerge from the collapsed stellar core as the most powerful god on Mount Olympus.

I wish more authors would write science books using vibrant, creative storytelling. Maybe Begelman could collaborate with a paleontologist to write a time travel chronicle that zips along 550 million years of natural history, from the Cambrian through the Pleistocene.

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The Fractious Nation?: Unity and Division in Contemporary American Life



The Fractious Nation?: Unity and Division in Contemporary American Life
Jonathan Rieder,Stephen Steinlight | 2003-11-06 00:00:00 | University of California Press | 302 | 21st Century
What are we to make of the speed with which the new climate of national solidarity emerged after September 11? Does it not look strange against a backdrop of the much-touted divisiveness of American life? In truth, The Fractious Nation? makes clear, the contrast of the time of divisiveness before and the time of unity that followed is much too stark, indeed.

Less than a year before two planes slammed into the World Trade Center, the 2000 presidential election produced not just the starkly blue and red electoral map but also the two tribal Americas those totemic colors emblazoned. And from the cultural wars to immigration restriction, from the Christian right to political correctness, recent decades have witnessed much hand-wringing on the left and the right about the fragmentation of American life. The Fractious Nation? enlists the critical intelligence of fourteen distinguished contributors who illuminate the schisms in American life and the often volatile debates they have inspired in the realms of culture, ethnic and racial pluralism, and political life.

The collective wisdom of The Fractious Nation? suggests a counterview to all the overheated rhetoric. The authors warn against fixating on flamboyant incidents of racial conflict when black-and-white values overlap considerably. On a range of cultural issues, the gap between our citizens has closed as well. And even as the rivalry between liberalism and conservatism transmutes into new forms, the political center remains vital and democratic. We are tied together not just by shared values but by institutions--the Constitution, the culture of consumption, the etiquette of ethnic respect.

In private life and public affairs, our nation has expanded the meaning of democratic citizenship. Still, there's no room for self-congratulations here. Tendencies toward preoccupation with private life encourage indifference to the suffering of the less privileged. This is also one of the main failings of the narrative of fragmentation: In its focus on matters of shared values, it too distracts from issues of poverty and inequality that also fragment the human spirit.

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Lagrangian Analysis and Prediction of Coastal and Ocean Dynamics



Lagrangian Analysis and Prediction of Coastal and Ocean Dynamics
Annalisa Griffa,A. D. Kirwan Jr.,Arthur J. Mariano,Tamay Özgökmen,H. Thomas Rossby | 2007-07-23 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 500 | Engineering
Written by a group of international experts in their field, this book is a review of Lagrangian observation, analysis and assimilation methods in physical and biological oceanography. This multidisciplinary text presents new results on nonlinear analysis of Lagrangian dynamics, the prediction of particle trajectories, and Lagrangian stochastic models. It includes historical information, up-to-date developments, and speculation on future developments in Lagrangian-based observations, analysis, and modeling of physical and biological systems. Containing contributions from experimentalists, theoreticians, and modellers in the fields of physical oceanography, marine biology, mathematics, and meteorology, this book will be of great interest to researchers and graduate students looking for both practical applications and information on the theory of transport and dispersion in physical systems, biological modelling, and data assimilation.

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Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics for Engineers (Structural Engineering: Mechanics and Design)



Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics for Engineers (Structural Engineering: Mechanics and Design)
Paolo L. Gatti | 2004-12-16 00:00:00 | Spon Press | 368 | Architecture
Probability Theory and Statistical Methods for Engineers brings together probability theory with the more practical applications of statistics, bridging theory and practice. It gives a series of methods or recipes which can be applied to specific problems.

This book is essential reading for practicing engineers who need a sound background knowledge of probabilistic and statistical concepts and methods of analysis for their everyday work. It is also a useful guide for graduate engineering students.

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Objective PET Student's Book



Objective PET Student's Book
Louise Hashemi , Barbara Thomas | 2003-01-01 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 208 | English
Objective PET is a brand new course from Cambridge University Press. Like Objective First Certificate, it combines improving candidates' overall language level with thorough and systematic practice for the revised exam. -Short units maintain interest and give a sense of progress. -Regular 'Exam folders' cover the revised exam in detail and provide systematic exam preparation and practice. -Writing folders give practice in all the task types featured in the exam. -Revision units consolidate and extend. -A wide variety of activities, including games, quizzes and puzzles, helps to make learning fun and will appeal to younger learners. -Frequent 'Vocabulary spots' offer practical advice and helpful hints The Workbook is available with or without answers. The Teacher's Book contains a bank of photocopiable supplementary activities, as well as a full answer key, tapescripts and lesson notes.
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The Essence of Stigler



The Essence of Stigler
Kurt R. Leube, Thomas G. Moore | 1986-01-01 00:00:00 | Hoover Institution Press | 377 | Finances and Money
The twenty-four essays that appear in this volume exemplify the scholarly brilliance and intellectual curiosity that has marked the world of Nobel laureate George J. Stigler, who has been acknowledged as one of the foremost architects of twentieth-century economic thought. Stigler has said that "the purpose of economics is not to preach, nor is it to build elaborate theoretical models of hypothetical economies; its purpose is to study the world around us in order to better understand its workings." Stigler's writings indicate a lifetime spent in that pursuit. He has continually questioned accepted theories and infused those theories with his own unique perceptions; his writing and lecturing have always been marked with clarity, humor, and style. The essays published here are small but significant part of his work, which can only indicate the breadth of his intellect and the extraordinary scope of his interest, which embraces microeconomics, the history of! economic thought, and all aspects of political economy.
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Sustainable Development in Practice: Case Studies for Engineers and Scientists



Sustainable Development in Practice: Case Studies for Engineers and Scientists
Adisa Azapagic,Roland Clift,Slobodan Perdan | 2004-07-23 00:00:00 | Wiley | 458 | Economics
This ground-breaking text looks at the ways of integrating sustainability aspects into science and engineering. In providing an all-round sustainability education, it teaches students within engineering and environmental science the implications of their decisions on the environment.

Taking a life cycle approach to address environmental, economic and social issues, it covers areas of fresh water and wastewater, air pollution, solid waste management, design and manufacturing of chemicals, process design and contracting, industrial ecology and energy sources and technologies

  • Case study based, with real world and practical examples relevant for developed and developing countries

 

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My Secret Garden: Women's Sexual Fantasies



My Secret Garden: Women's Sexual Fantasies
Nancy Friday | 1998-01-01 00:00:00 | Pocket Books | 384 | Sex
This book caused quite a ruckus when it was released 25 years ago because it directly quotes the sexual fantasies of dozens of women, ranging from the "very common" rape fantasy to lesbian affairs to unusually explicit scenarios that are unmentionable here. While author Nancy Friday maintains that My Secret Garden served to free millions of women from sexual oppression, there's still a need today to get rid of the guilt that millions more still feel when it comes to fantasizing, having orgasms, and making one's sexual wishes be known. "How could it be, you might ask," she writes, "that women today, at the turn of the century, would still think they were the only Bad Girls with erotic thoughts? What kind of prison is this that that women impose on themselves?"

My Secret Garden has the prurient appeal that made it one of the most passed-around books in high school study halls (it boasts chapters titled "Insatiability" and "The Thrill of the Forbidden"), but its premise, underneath the tales of lusty longings, is a serious one. Friday, also author of My Mother, My Self and Women on Top, is appalled at how parents, especially mothers, instill in their children a deep fear of sexual pleasure, and she advises how to do away with this stultifying force. While Friday can get a little histrionic at times ("Women's lust ... could bring down not only individuals, but society itself"), that doesn't make this book any less enthralling. --Erica Jorgensen
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Handbook of Reliability Engineering


Handbook of Reliability Engineering
Hoang Pham | 2003-01-01 00:00:00 | Springer | 960 | Statistics
An effective reliability programme is an essential component of every product's design, testing and efficient production. From the failure analysis of a microelectronic device to software fault tolerance and from the accelerated life testing of mechanical components to hardware verification, a common underlying philosophy of reliability applies. Defining both fundamental and applied work across the entire systems reliability arena, this state-of-the-art reference presents methodologies for quality, maintainability and dependability. Featuring: Contributions from 60 leading reliability experts in academia and industry giving comprehensive and authoritative coverage. A distinguished international Editorial Board ensuring clarity and precision throughout. Extensive references to the theoretical foundations, recent research and future directions described in each chapter. Comprehensive subject index providing maximum utility to the reader. Applications and examples across all branches of engineering including IT, power, automotive and aerospace sectors. The handbook's cross-disciplinary scope will ensure that it serves as an indispensable tool for researchers in industrial, electrical, electronics, computer, civil, mechanical and systems engineering. It will also aid professional engineers to find creative reliability solutions and management to evaluate systems reliability and to improve processes. For student research projects it will be the ideal starting point whether addressing basic questions in communications and electronics or learning advanced applications in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), manufacturing and high-assurance engineeringsystems.
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NetBeans(TM) IDE Field Guide : Developing Desktop, Web, Enterprise, and Mobile Applications



NetBeans(TM) IDE Field Guide : Developing Desktop, Web, Enterprise, and Mobile Applications
| 2005-06-27 00:00:00 | | 432 | Java IDE


The Only Complete Guide and Reference for NetBeans IDE 4.1! The award-winning NetBeans integrated development environment is today's state-of-the-art Java IDE. NetBeans is the first free, open source IDE to support Java 2 Standard Edition (J2SE) 5.0, and it's a leader in providing advanced support for Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE), Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME), and other technologies. NetBeans IDE eases all aspects of Java application development, incorporating a wide range of powerful features into one well-designed package. NetBeansaA A IDE Field Guide is a comprehensive introductory guide and task reference--it's the fast-answers NetBeans `cookbook` for every Java developer. The authors show you how to use NetBeans to build applications for the desktop, web, enterprise, and handset.Coverage includes *Navigating NetBeans IDE, and creating, opening, and configuring projects *Using NetBeans' special Ant integration to work with complex existing projects *Maximizing productivity in everyday coding, debugging, and refactoring *Developing web applications with NetBeans' built-in Apache Tomcat Web server *Creating and consuming web services *Using enterprise beans to extend web applications with business logic *Constructing, assembling, and verifying large-scale J2EE applications *Managing the Sun Java System Application Server through NetBeans IDE *Developing J2ME handheld applications with the NetBeans Mobility Pack If you're new to NetBeans, this book will help you quickly leverage its power throughout the entire edit-compile-test-debug-deploy cycle. If you've worked with older versions, you'll learn how to make the most of its dramatic improvements. Whatever you're building with Java, NetBeansaA A IDE Field Guide will help you build it faster, better, and more efficiently.

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NetBeans(TM) IDE Field Guide: Developing Desktop, Web, Enterprise, and Mobile Applications (2nd Edition)
This book contains a lot of valuable information and is an excellent companion to using the NetBeans tutorials. It has been very helpful to me to get up to speed in using NetBeans for developing Java applications.

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Seriously Out of Date; Limited Topic Coverage
This book covers up to Netbeans 4.1; the current revision on the streets is 5.0 and the 5.5 Beta is almost ready to go live. Unfortunately there are big differences between the 4.x and 5.x versions, rendering this book useless to all but those who need the most basic NB usage info.


Seriously lacking in this book (revision issues aside) is any information on `Netbeans Platform` development. This is a serious oversight. When will we find a good, current Netbeans book that covers Platform and Module development in depth???


I returned it to Amazon after about an hour reviewing it. It simply does not meet the need for today's Netbeans Developer.

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Hasn't been useful so far.
I bought the Field Guide shortly after starting to use NetBeans a couple months ago. To be honest, I really haven't used this book.


NetBeans is pretty intuitive and there's a lot of documentation available in Help and online. There are some good tutorials online that will get you up to speed faster than a 500 page hardcopy walkthrough.


Maybe it will prove to be a useful reference some day, but I doubt it.


Just my opinion.

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Netbeans 2nd Edition
I received the book on time. As result, I give you guys an A

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A very complete and easy to follow guide
I have been using Netbeans sometime but really wanted to get a book to learn more about this powerful tool. I really like this book and think the author did a great job explaining many of the features.


I feel that I will be more productive now that I have this book. For any Netbeans users, I would recommend it. This is a nice complement to an already outstanding development environment.


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Nucleic Acids (Methods in Molecular Biology)



Nucleic Acids (Methods in Molecular Biology)
John M. Walker | 1984-12-11 00:00:00 | Humana Press | 390 | Economics

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Bootstrap Techniques for Signal Processing



Bootstrap Techniques for Signal Processing
Abdelhak M. Zoubir,D. Robert Iskander | 2004-06-21 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 232 | Engineering
This book is about the foundations of the bootstrap, a powerful tool in signal processing, and its properties, strengths, and limitations. Focused on bootstrap signal detection in Gaussian and non-Gaussian interference as well as bootstrap model selection, the theory developed by the authors is supported by practical examples written in MATLAB. Aimed at graduate students and engineers, the book includes applications to problems in radar and sonar, biomedical engineering, and automotive engineering.

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Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects, Vol. 2: Advanced Techniques (3rd Edition, Version 6.5)



Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects, Vol. 2: Advanced Techniques (3rd Edition, Version 6.5)
Trish Meyer,Chris Meyer | 2005-06-01 00:00:00 | Focal Press | 432 | Game Programming
Motion graphics is the animating of digital images to create new looks, sophisticated special effects, and network logos. Adobe After Effects is a dual-platform program used by major production departments and art houses. From animating background images to creating film-style title sequences, After Effects does it all. Part of theDV Expert series, this book offers practical, in-depth coverage for working professionals and aspiring pros.


Volume 2: Advanced Techniques focuses on how After Effects integrates with other programs vital to the motion graphics workflow and technical details of preparing files for broadcast. Core concepts include audio, typography, and alpha channels. Advanced features of the application such as color keying, motion tracking, Expressions, and using the new paint tool and text animation engine are also covered in depth. This volume also explores the integration between After Effects and other programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and 3D applications, and discusses nonlinear editing systems and Web tools. It addresses functionality exclusively available in the Production Bundle of After Effects and popular plug-ins.

This bestseller focuses on how After Effects integrates with other programs vital to the motion graphics workflow and technical details of preparing files for broadcast.
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Though this book series was written for After effects 6.5, I used it as a supplement to CS3. I am very glad that I did, the authors answered the question - Why do you use an effect or tool? The other "teach" books demonstrated what After Effects can do, but not how other than enter the number required in the exercise. A must read for anyone new to After Effects. I hope I can find such in depth books on the other Adobe Suite software. Kudos to the authors - thanks, thanks, thanks.
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There are a billion ways you can go when you start up After Effects. It's wonderful to know that once I generate the ideas of what I want to do but don't know how to pull them off, all I have to do is find the tutorial for it and "Genius!" I've learned them and am able to modify them in any direction I want to go. Trish and Chris Meyer have a good handle on teaching, sometimes complex VFX maneuvers, in such easy to follow and understand terms. I highly recommend any of their books on this subject.
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los Meyer ya saben como darnos la informacion, afortunadamente son libros muy faciles de leer aun si tu nivel de ingles es limitado.

Este libro en especial tiene una serie de ejercicios que refuerzan lo basico y nos expican lo avanzado.

Si ya has comprado libros de ellos, puede que te parezcan repetitivos, pero no te dejes llevar por eso. hay ajustes pequeños que te hacen ver diferente el proceso.

Adobe After effects es un programa en crecimiento, por ello, no subestimes en la informacion de estos libros.
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This is another excellent After Effects guide that deserves to be in the library of any AE professional. However I was a little dissapointed with the contents. Being titled: Advanced Techniques, I expected to learn a lot of new techniques, but found most of the content was already well known by myself. I also found quite a lot of content was repeated in the other two After Effects books by the Meyers.



This is still an excellent book to have as a reference, and there are some great topics covered. It's very well written like the other books, and I don't regret the purchase at all. My complaints are probably mostly due to the fact I have learnt quite a bit since finishing the first book, for people who have finished the first book and want to learn more this would be perfect. But advanced users should perhaps look at After Effects 7 Studio Techniques which has more advanced content.
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This book only to find out it's for version 5.5... Not a cheap book, as I already have purchased it.

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How to Build a Gaming PC


How to Build a Gaming PC
MakeUseOf Guides | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | MakeUseOf Guides | 27 | Game Development
Modern games grow more graphic-intensive by the day. Hardware needs to keep up with the increasingly better graphics and more powerful gaming engines. Because of this, gaming hardware becomes obsolete at a tremendous age; what was considered ‘new’ a year or two ago already needs to be left behind. By building our own computer and reducing cost, we can save up to a few hundred bucks. In this guide we’ll be focusing, not only on what’s out there, but what’s important for a gamer and how to get a PC that really fits your needs.
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UML Bible



UML Bible
| 2003-06-02 00:00:00 | | 984 | UML


* Comprehensive coverage of all aspects of UML (Unified Modeling Language), including use, diagramming notation, the object constraint language, and profiles
* UML is the industry standard specification for modeling, visualizing, and documenting software projects
* Includes up-to-date coverage of both UML 1.4 and the new 2.0 UML specifications
* Thoroughly covers executable UML and testing UML diagrams, making coding more efficient
* Companion Web site provides additional code samples and updates

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Quick reference
I need to read UML diagrams provided by another company, initially I thought there are bunch of free on-line resources, but it turns out that's not a effective way to sort things out quickly, this book is a overkill for a casual user like me, but it saved me tons of time to search the meaning of a particular symbal etc.

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Amazing book
That's the best UML book I've ever read!


There're a lot of amazing detailed examples in it, the explanations are very useful and with an easy use of language.


Therefore, really the best! It helped me a lot!

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Very good although short on complex examples
UML Bible is as solid a reference as I've come across. It is extremely comphrehensive and contains many many examples. The problem with this book is the problem with every other UML book I've purchased: It's long on explaining the UML specification and short on providing examples of good architectural design practice. The book does include a case study of sorts but stops short of providing a complete set of architectural drawings depicting an application system. That is, of course, what most of us who are buying these books want. We want to design computer systems with UML.

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UML Bible - a guide and reference to UML
Excellent for learners and as a reference. I found the book was very well structured: it was easy for me to find what I needed to know quickly. It was also not too `heavy` to read cover to cover in order to get familiar with all the aspects of UML.

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Excellent book for medium to advanced UML users
The book is laid out very well, starting with a review of UML and provides thorough and detailed descriptions of all the diagrams and notations. I'm using this nearly exclusively to help me model projects, and is on my desk instead of on my bookshelf.


The author clearly understands UML and takes the reader effectively through the distinctions between the many notations.


Pluses

- Excellent description on the differences between UML 1.4 and 2.0, including completely different chapters where necessary

- Detailed descriptions of all the notations including less often used pieces

- Explicit definitions of key terms that limit confusion created from the `common understanding` of the definitions

- Excellent example that runs through the entire book, with appropriate departures to clarify points.

- Valuable introduction to the Object Constraint Language (OCL) and action semantics

- Most information that belongs in the appendix / late chapters is there (see below)


A few dings -


First, I would have to agree with Mr. Duff's comments on the target audience - I'm fairly experienced with Object Oriented programming and with design work, but when I tried to read this, I started getting confused and very sleepy. I started out with UML for Dummies and this made life much easier.


Second, the author included an early chapter and 50 pages throughout the book to the architecture and formal definition of UML. Frankly, I'm not sure who is really interested in the definition of the UML 1.4 four layer architecture model and the UML 2.0 superstructure library, but to me the bigger sin is to put it in chapter 2 instead of an appendix / later chapter. I didn't gain anything except a headache by reading about it earlier in the book.


Third, although he is very clear about it through the book, the version that I have came out before the final specification. This may cause some things to be different from his version to the final specification. However, he details those specifically, gives the likely outcomes, and the detailed areas are in the hinterlands of UML.


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Adaptation to Chronic Childhood Illness



Adaptation to Chronic Childhood Illness
Robert J. Thompson,Kathryn E. Gustafson | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | American Psychological Association (APA) | 382 | Mental Health
Introduces a multidimensional framework for examining the development and adaptation of children with chronic illness, encompassing biomedical, psychological, and socio-ecological factors. Illnesses discussed are asthma, cancer, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, sickle cell disease and spina bifida.

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Progress in Optics, Volume 53



Progress in Optics, Volume 53
Emil Wolf | 2009-08-03 00:00:00 | Elsevier Science | 552 | Light
In the forty-eight years that have gone by since the first volume of Progress in Optics was published, optics has become one of the most dynamic fields of science. The volumes in this series which have appeared up to now contain more than 300 review articles by distinguished research workers, which have become permanent records for many important developments.

- 3D optical microscopy
- Transformation optics and geometry of light
- Photorefractive solitons
- Stimulated scattering effects
- Optical vortices and polarization singularities
- Quantum feedforward control of light

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Flow Cytometry, Part A, Volume 41, Second Edition (Methods in Cell Biology)



Flow Cytometry, Part A, Volume 41, Second Edition (Methods in Cell Biology)
Zbigniew Darzynkiewicz,John Paul Robinson,Harry A. Crissman,Leslie Wilson,Paul T. Matsudaira | 1994-11-21 00:00:00 | Academic Press | 591 | Immunology
Flow Cytometry, Second Edition provides a complete and comprehensive two volume laboratory guide and reference for the use of the most current methods in flow cytometry sample preparation and analysis. These essential techniques are described in a step-by-step format, supplemented by explanatory sections and trouble-shooting tips. The methods are accessible to all researchers and students in biomedical science and biology who must use flow cytometry to separate and analyze cells.

Key Features
* Completely revised and greatly expanded since the publication of the First Edition in 1990
* Methods cover cell death and cell cycle analyses
Practical, handbook-style presentation works in lab or classroom
* Unique comprehensive methodological coverage
* Color plates illustrate techniques
* In-depth treatment of procedures, including a description of each procedure:
* Theoretical foundations
* Critical aspects
* Possible pitfalls
* Written by authors with extensive experience who:
* Developed or modified the techniques
* Describe their experience with different instruments and applications to different cell systems
* Are the Who's Who in Flow Cytometry

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John Grogan - Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog



John Grogan - Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog
| 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Others
John Grogan - Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog (2005) Unabridged
Clipper Audio | ISBN 9781846327 | Narrator Johnny Heller | 9CDs | MP3 96kpbs | 9Hrs 43Mins | Inc PDF | 403MbTracks every ± 3 mins
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Oil and Politics in Latin America: Nationalist Movements and State Companies (Cambridge Latin American Studies)



Oil and Politics in Latin America: Nationalist Movements and State Companies (Cambridge Latin American Studies)
George Philip | 2007-01-29 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 604 | Economics
This book provides a study of the transformation of the Latin American oil system from one in which the international oil companies dominated to one which is dominated by the main state oil companies, and an account of how some of the more important of the state companies have operated. This comprehensive guide to the evolution of the Latin American oil system combines in one volume a synthesis of material from secondary sources and original research and thus provides an invaluable reference for all concerned with the history and economy of Latin America and with the development and functioning of the international oil industry.

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iPod & iTunes: Missing Manual, Second Edition



iPod & iTunes: Missing Manual, Second Edition
| 2004-02-02 00:00:00 | | 0 | iPod


The iPod is the world's bestselling music player. But if you think that it's just a music player, then you must think Clark Kent is just a newspaperman.

In this freshly updated edition, New York Times tech columnist J. D. Biersdorfer blows open the secret doors of this gleaming, chrome-and-white beauty. With humor and authority, she lays bare an astonishing collection of useful tips, tricks, and shortcuts like these:

iPod as PalmPilot. The iPod can suck in your calendar, address book, to-do list, and notes from a Mac or PC, and then display them at the touch of a button. It also doubles as an alarm clock and stopwatch.

iPod as hard drive. You can use your iPod to carry gigantic files from place to place.

iPod as e-book. The iPod makes an excellent book reader, capable of scrolling through recipes, driving directions, and even Web pages.

iPod as GameBoy. The iPod's games are perfect time-killers for waiting rooms, bus rides, and the Department of Motor Vehicles.

iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition is much more than it seems, too. It not only covers all iPod models for both Mac and Windows, including the iPod Mini, it's also the ultimate guide to the iTunes software, MusicMatch Jukebox, and the new iTunes Music Store for both Mac and Windows.

No matter what kind of music moves you, iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition will help you get much more out of your iPod--and much more into it.

User review
VERY VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
Are you getting the most out of your iPod? If you're not, then this book is for you. Author J D Biersdorfer, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that has easy to follow graphics, crystal-clear explanations, and guidance of the most useful things your iPod can do.


Biersdorfer, begins by showing you what lies underneath all of the menus on your iPod or iPod Nanao and what each item does. Then, the author focuses on introducing you to iTunes most basic and useful tools. Next, she shows you how to make playlists of songs you've added to iTunes. She also looks at how much you will spend in the iTunes store. The author then spotlights the video side of iTunes. Then, she shows you even more ways to use your iPod. The author continues by explaining the simple procedures for playing your iPod songs through the woofers and tweeters in your life. Then, she explains what to do if your iPod's acting weird. Finally, the author kicks it up a notch and gives you some ideas of what else you can do with iTunes and the iPod besides just watching and listening.


In this most excellent book, you'll learn how to install iTunes. Perhaps more importantly, this book will show you everything from turning your iPod on, to charging your iPod without a computer.

User review
I won't throw it away, but ,,.
I bought this book at the same time that I bought my iPod. I was taken in by the `Missing Manual` part, hoping that the book would give some basic information on how to use the iPod and the related software. It does no such thing.


To illustrate my frustration with this book, let me relate a couple of exeriences.


The iPod idea is not really meant for classical music, since classical music pieces are not organized around `songs.` I happen to be interested in classical music, and, with time, I have been able to work around the iPod's limitations and make it serviceable for Beethoven, Bach, and the rest. But this book was of NO help in this. Instead, it tells the reader that if he is a classical music buff, he will just have to suffer for his art.


Keeping in mind my first lessons in computing, back in the 1980's, I know that the three basic laws of all computing are backup, backup, and backup. When you work with an iPod, backup is even more important than for ordinary computing. This book is of very little help with that. Again, I had to learn by myself, without much help from this book.


On the other hand, there are things in this book that are interesting. The way to use this book is not as a source of answers to questions you have (that would really be a manual), but as a source of ideas and facts that you never knew were there. So I won't throw it out in disgust; I'll read in it from time to time. I have gained some insights from it and will no doubt do so in the future.




User review
Lives Up to Its Name
Lucky enough to get a 20 Gigabyte 4G iPod, I wanted to know how to do everything on it as quickly as possible. While I had used iTunes before getting this iPod, I found this book useful and very readable to discover how to use my iPod for more than playing tunes. I appreciate all the shareware and freeware mentioned in the book is on the book publisher's website. Most are fairly small downloads that won't take too long even on a dial-up connection.

Yes, the information is dated as this book gets to be a year old now, but still it is a useful reference book and hopefully a newer edition will be out later this year. I found many websites to supplement I do admit I just borrowed this book from the library, so my expectations are lower than someone who forked out money to get it. I picked up Guy Hart-Davis's `How to Do Everything With Your iPod & Ipod mini second edition` and while it does cover some things the missing manual doesn't, it is less readable and even more out of date, not to mention a condescending lecture on stealing music. So look through this book and consider waiting for a new edition and/or try out some online resources.



User review
Lightweight, too lightweight.
Many of the missing manual books are excellent, but this one, in my opinion, falls sadly short. Surely people who are interested in a technical insight to a technical device want useful details, rather than reiteration of the obvious and endless `soggy' jokes.

The book isn't without some merit, and I would recommend borrowing it from a library or a friend so you can flip through it. But, I would wait before buying it in the hope the author updates it and puts more `meat` into the text.



User review
Fooled again,,.
Because we bought an iPod mini recently, I thought it would be smart to get some insider's information how to make use of all its features. So I first checked some magazines, but they were kind of expensive. For just a little more, I might as well buy a complete book, I reasoned. But then I checked some often mentioned ipod related web sites. I already found some interesting information there, but I still found them not as complete as I had expected. So I checked Amazon to see if there were some good books. After reading reviews of different books, I had the impression that `iPod & iTunes: Missing Manual` was not just a good and complete book about the iPod. It was probably also the best around.


But when the book was delivered and I started reading it, I immediately noticed that I had stepped into that trap again: there are no good manuals for frequently updated hardware and software,,.


I should have sticked with trying things out by myself, perhaps checking some of the web sites once in a while.


Having read the book, I should say it's outdated (why bother about the old MusicMatch software for Windows?) and very superficial. I would have expected many more smart tricks (like how to create smart playlists). Overall, I think at most 10% of the book has some value. But to call this book a manual or reference is way too much honor for it.


I almost did not find any really surprising insights in this book. If you're not too stupid to be able to try out the iTunes software for yourself (going through all its (sub)menus once to see what it does), you don't need this book at all.


Anyway, this book proved to me (once again) that one should never buy books like these, unless it's your hobby to support their authors/publishers.


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