Friday, 11 March 2011

The Practical Guide to Enterprise Architecture



The Practical Guide to Enterprise Architecture
| 2003-11-15 00:00:00 | | 0 | Software Architecture


In A Practical Guide to Enterprise Architecture, six leading experts present indispensable technical, process, and business insight into every aspect of enterprise architecture. You'll find start-to-finish guidance for architecting effective system, software, and service-oriented architectures; using product lines to streamline enterprise software design; leveraging powerful agile modeling techniques; extending the Unified Process to the full software lifecycle; architecting presentation tiers and user experience; and driving the technical direction of the entire enterprise. For every working architect and every IT professional who wants to become one.

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In support of the heading, let's take a look at presented viewpoints. There is nothing besides famous 4+1 and a slight variation on the theme.

EA leaped forward during last 5 years, leaving presented material far behind.

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A Practical Guide to Enterprise Architecture (James McGovern)
To Whom It May Concern,


I have purchased `A Practical Guide to Enterprise Architecture` for my class which has already started on the 01/05/2009, I have waited for this book because it is vital in my research, and I have yet to receive it. It is paid for, I would like to receive my book or I would like to be reimbursed, and if not, I will be very please to use other services.


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A Practical Guide to Enterprise Architecture (Coad Series)

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A very poor book on EA
About 4 pages of this book concern Zachman. The rest of the book largely avoids any enterprise architecture topic.


The confused authors, and some reviewers here, do not understand the difference between enterprise architecture and software architecture.


The title of this book mimics the very popular PDF document `A Practical Guide to Enterprise Architecture`, written for government EA practice. It may seem odd, but US government practice is at the forefront of EA because the organizations are huge and the IT budgets massive. Look for this PDF file on the CIO council website or www.egov.gov. This begs the question of if the authors wanted to steal from the popularity of the earlier work and take advantage of those without a deep knowledge of EA- such as most programmers.


Missing from the book are things like TOGAF, FEAF, DODAF. Also missing is the practical list of artifacts in Scott Bernard's EA3 book. Come to think of it, get Scott's book, DODAF vol 1 & 2, the PDFs at www.egov.gov under the EA link, FEAF v 1.1 (PDF) and you will be far ahead of this confused mishmash of OO religion and EA misinformation.


I've been doing this for about 20 years, so I may be entitled to an opinion.

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The title is misleading. The book is NOT a practical guide to Enterprise Architecture
The title 'A Practical Guide to Enterprise Architecture' led me to expect a book that dealt with the processes, challenges and techniques for creating an ENTERPRISE architecture. It does not. The book is about various technology frameworks. The Contents lists Systems Architectures, Solution Architectures and Service Oriented Architectures but not Enterprise Architecture. Enterprise Architecture is skimmed over in the Preface. The book barely touches on Zachman and Spewak and Hill. It ignores FEAF, TEAF, TOGAF, PERA, C4ISR, the Clinger-Cohen Act and other ENTERPRISE stuff completely. Enough said. Whatever this book is, is it is NOT a practical guide to ENTERPRISE Architecture. The book may be of use to technical architects designing solution-frameworks to support an Enterprise Architecture.

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Outstanding Enterprise Architecture Book
I picked up this book today to get a some input on a pending Enterprise Architecture effort I am pursuing for a large organization. This book blows me away with a straight forward evaluation of a number of enterprise architecture approaches. It gives examples of methods to sell enterprise architectures to customer organizations. One of the greatest difficulties in enterprise architecture is communicating its value to lay people. This book does a great job of spelling things out in simple English. I am an experienced Enterprise Architect. I have been in the field for about 5 years. This book is practical and provides a number of excellent ideas for people in the trenches trying to solve true enterprise problems that span process, data, information, technology, applications/systems, and information assurance architectures. This book is a must have for practicing Enterprise Architects. This is a practical guide and not a pseudo-intellectual academic treatise. This gets 5 stars from me. Bravo!


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Vector Analysis: A Text-Book for the Use of Students of Mathematics & Physics: Founded Upon the Lectures of J. W. Gibbs



Vector Analysis: A Text-Book for the Use of Students of Mathematics & Physics: Founded Upon the Lectures of J. W. Gibbs
Josiah Willard Gibbs,Edwin Bidwell Wilson | 2010-02-24 00:00:00 | Nabu Press | 462 | Mathematics
This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.
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Gibbs was one of the few great American mathematical physicists. In this book you will find a complete treatment of dyadic operators that is noticeably absent from most books that came after it.

It was Gibbs himself, along with Oliver Heaviside that turned away from Hamilton's quarternion algebra and decided to invent the vector calculus that every physics student since then has learned and used in their careers. I believe that if they did not do this, then physics would have only been accessible to very few of the most brilliant, because almost no one was ready for quarternions or Clifford Algebra that we now see used today. Vector Calculus was the "midwife" of mathematical physics and analytical geometry, and because of its physically intuitive quality, it enabled "the rest of us" to learn this, the finest of the sciences.

I heartily recommend this book and urge its complete study.

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Intellectual Property Management: The Role of Technology-Brands in the Appropriation of Technological Innovation (Contributions to Management Science)



Intellectual Property Management: The Role of Technology-Brands in the Appropriation of Technological Innovation (Contributions to Management Science)
Klaus Jennewein | 2004-10-15 00:00:00 | Physica-Verlag HD | 404 | Economics

The book investigates the interplay of brand equity and technological assets at the corporate level. In a grounded theory approach it develops a model of how companies in technology intensive industries can improve the appropriation of the returns of their intangible technological assets with the help of brand equity and thus improve their competitiveness. The theoretical discussions are supported by two extensive case studies on Bayer Aspirin and Cisco Systems as well as an extensive econometric analysis. The developed model points out how the strategic relevance of immaterial technological assets and brand equity develop along the technology-life-cycle and indicates how companies can, by an integrated technology and brand equity management, appropriate the returns of their initial technological advantage in the long-run. The implications of the findings for business companies as well as researchers are clearly revealed.



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The Hellenistic Settlements in Europe, the Islands, and Asia Minor (Hellenistic Culture and Society)



The Hellenistic Settlements in Europe, the Islands, and Asia Minor (Hellenistic Culture and Society)
Getzel M. Cohen | 1996-11-02 00:00:00 | University of California Press | 494 | Ancient
This compendium provides historical narratives, detailed references, citations, and commentaries on all the cities founded or refounded in Europe, The Islands, and Asia Minor during the Hellenistic period. Organized coherently in more than 180 entries, it is one of the most significant reference works in the field of Greek history to be completed in the past decade.

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Sams Teach Yourself Windows Script Host in 21 Days



Sams Teach Yourself Windows Script Host in 21 Days
| 1999-07-23 00:00:00 | | 0 | Windows


Thomas Fredell hits a home run with Teach Yourself Windows Scripting Host in 21 Days. This book tells you what you need to know to build valuable utilities with the Windows Script Host (WSH, formerly the Windows Scripting Host). He explains the WSH object model, how to write programs with it, and how to run those programs. The material on VBScript and JScript won't teach you the languages, but it provides enough information to clarify structure, syntax, and other basics for programmers who work with many languages at once.

The best parts of this book are the examples, written using an even mix of JScript and VBScript. Fredell provides explicit (and adaptable) programs that show how to use the WSH with Microsoft Office, Internet Information Server (IIS), and SQL Server, as well as for user administration tasks in Windows 98 and Windows NT 4. The book goes into great depth on the relationship between the WSH and ActiveX Data Objects (ADO)--a powerful connection that's not possible to simulate with shell scripting. The inclusion of scripts that manipulate Active Directory file systems will wow Windows 2000 users (and those who plan to be). --David Wall

Topics covered: Building utilities with Windows Script Host (WSH); VBScript and JScript; and using WSH with Office, Internet Information Server (IIS), and SQL Server.

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It took me 2 Months though,,it will really teach you Sript Hosting,,per se,,. Just be patient and eager enough to learn step by step,,.

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Good starting book
I have read this books (majority of chapters) and found this books gives a good overview of the WSH. I think it is good starting book. I recommend to do a cursory read on this book and get more specialized books on specific topics.


Check also the Microsoft website for good presentation on WSH,,.

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/webcasts/archive.mspx

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This is a good purchase!
For a programmer who has used VB, Java, or any ASP, this book will boost your skills incredibly with a minimal learning curve. It shows the basics of the WSH objects and an overview of VBScript and JScript within the first few chapters- it is worth buying the book just for those chapters alone.

If you are not familiar yet with the concepts of OOP and looking at object models, you might need a primer found in another book before looking into WSH. It is built purely on objects that your code will refence and it can be a bear to take on unprepared.

It will be interesting to see how the .Net framework will integrate the objects in WSH- there is a significant chance that little in this book will be completely valid after Windows XP and Visual Studio .Net have become standard. Nevertheless, this book is an invaluable tool to the Windows programmer who wants to simplify life by automating as many tasks as possible.

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Great Book!
This book is a great intro to Windows Script Host. A definate must-have for scripting newbies.

Some reviewers here complain some of the scripts dont work, but that's because WSH has been updated since then. After you purchase the book, you can download the scripts from the author's website.



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Good learning tool - but you really have to want it
The biggest problem with the WSH and VBScript is that it is marketed as being a powerful but simple `macro` language. Nothing could be further from the truth. VBScript is essentially VB without the forms and graphics. VBScript is just as powerful, has the same controlling capabilities, and uses almost all the same commands and syntax as VB. To think of writing scripts for the WSH as anything less than programming is a mistake.

When I first got this book, I read a ways into it, decided I didn't have the time or energy to go on, and put it aside. Had I written a review at that point, it would not have been favorable. Then I learned more about the WSH, what it was and what my expectations should be, what a person could do with it - and I picked it back up, and really applied myself. And apply yourself you must for this book. The first 154 pages of this 600 page book teach you the syntax and structure of VBScript (and some JScript). It's a little dry, and easy to get lost in. But once you have that down, the rest of the book can really open things up and show you quite a bit.

Besides an introduction to the language, the book covers `upgrading` your old batch files, writing logon scripts for users, automating network tasks, SQL server, IIS server, as well as showing you how to use ActiveX objects for the file system, CDO, ADO (Database), etc. The book even goes so far as to touch on ADSI scripting for Windows NT and Windows 200 Active Directory.

Even though at this point in time the book is a little out-dated (written in the Windows NT 4 time), it is still a good learning tool. Not so unlike other `,,. in 21 days` books, the average person won't complete the book in that time, and you learn just as much correcting the errors in the code and doing the workshop material as you do from the actual guided lessons. If you're looking for a scripting solution that is quick and easy, WSH and VBScript isn't it, and neither is this book. If you're looking for a powerful automation tool for network and services automation, and you're willing to spend the time it will take to complete this book, then this could be the title for you.


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Business Plans Kit For Dummies, 3rd Edition



Business Plans Kit For Dummies, 3rd Edition
Steven D. Peterson, Peter E. Jaret, Barbara Findlay Schenck | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | For Dummies | 384 | Management
Discover the ins and outs of constructing a great business plan

When you’re establishing, expanding, or re-energizing a business, the best place to start is writing your business plan. Not only does writing out your idea force you to think more clearly about what you want to do, it will also give the people you work with a defined road map as well.

Business Plans Kit For Dummies, 3rd Edition has been updated to give you the very latest information on the changing economy and its impact on business plans; dealing with venture capitalists; getting start-up money in any economy; incorporating social and ecological responsibility issues; and developing a plan conducive to marketplace changes and advancements.

* Refreshed examples and data sources for planning
* Updated “ten top plans” section
* CD includes new forms, worksheets, and resources

If you’re a small business owner looking for expert guidance and friendly tips on developing and implementing a strategic plan to help your business succeed in an uncertain economy, Business Plans Kit For Dummies has you covered!
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Student Solution Manual for Essential Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences



Student Solution Manual for Essential Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences
K. F. Riley,M. P. Hobson | 2011-02-28 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 270 | Mathematical Physics
This Student Solution Manual provides complete solutions to all the odd-numbered problems in Essential Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences. It takes students through each problem step-by-step, so they can clearly see how the solution is reached, and understand any mistakes in their own working. Students will learn by example how to select an appropriate method, improving their problem-solving skills.

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The Templar Conspiracy



The Templar Conspiracy
Paul Christopher | 2011-01-04 00:00:00 | Signet | 400 | Fiction Other
The author did an excellent job creating vivid descriptions of the many, varied settings, and the action scenes felt realistic. There were brief, graphic descriptions of gore during some of the fight scenes.

This novel was the fourth in the series, but you don't need to have read the previous novels to understand this one. However, this one does spoil what happened in previous novels.

There was some bad language. There was no sex. Overall, I'd recommend this novel to people who enjoy James Bond type stories.
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Slip of the Knife: A Novel



Slip of the Knife: A Novel
Denise Mina | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Back Bay Books | 384 | Fiction Other
SLIP OF THE KNIFE by Denise Mina is a murder/mystery fiction set in 1990 Glasgow, Scotland. It is well wrtten with detail. Is is a gripping read with a great plot. It has suspense, mystery, is complex, it has action and brutality, good and evil. The main character is gutsy, and determined to find out who and why ttwo of her friends where murdered. At first I had trouble getting into it due to some to the language different, but once I figued it out I enjoyed the book. The secondary characters carry the story and give great insight into the plot. If you enjoy suspense, mild violence, fast paced, and fascinating female character you will enjoy this one. This book was received for review and you can find more details at [...].
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Stray Dog of Anime: The Films of Mamoru Oshii



Stray Dog of Anime: The Films of Mamoru Oshii
Brian Ruh | 2004-06-12 00:00:00 | Palgrave Macmillan | 240 | Movies
Upon its US release in the mid-1990s Ghost in the Shell, directed by Mamoru Oshii, quickly became one of the most popular Japanese animation films, or anime, in the country. Despite these accolades, Oshii is known as a contrarian within anime, a self-proclaimed "stray dog", with a unique cinematic vision. Working in both live-action film and animation, directing everything from absurdist comedy to thrillers to meditations on the nature of reality, Oshii defies the confines of genre and form. Stray Dog of Anime is the first book to take an in-depth look at his major films, from the early days working on Urusei Yatsura to Avalon, his most recent feature. Ruh details Oshii's evolution as a director, paying special attention to his personal style and symbolism, resulting in a unique guide that will appeal to anime fans and cineastes of all kinds.

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I wrote a review of the book "Cinema of Mamoru Oshii: Fantasy, Technology and Politics by Dani Cavallaro", describing it as "comprehensive, even if a bit dense." Well, Brian Ruh's book "Stray Dog of Anime" accomplishes the same goal that Cavallaro set out to accomplish, only minus the thick academic language. This is not a slight to Cavallaro's work, which should help bring Oshii's genius into the line of sight of Western Academia. However, for the rest of us who appreciate an intelligent yet more accessible style of writing, there is Ruh's book.



What's interesting is that Ruh's book captures the same format as Cavallaro's, walking the reader through Oshii's work in chronological order. Ruh follows a helpful outline approach that offers an introduction, description, synopsis and, finally, analytic commentary on each film. Ruh's dissection of each film is presented in a conversational format that is without pretense. Readers like myself will especially appreciate the Oshii interview excerpts throughout the book. In fact, I bought both books hoping to find not just a critical look at Oshii's films, but also some insight from the man himself. It's always a good feeling to come across an outside view of a movie or film director that is in line with my own. I really appreciated how Ruh takes notice of Oshii's maturation through each film, with Patlabor 2 being something of a pivotal point in Oshii's more subdued yet enriching approach to how dialog and mood is captured and conveyed in his films.



Unfortunately, my favorite Oshii film -- Innocence -- was not yet finished at the time of the publishing of this book, so you won't find any discussion about this film. But it is a minor miss for an otherwise well written, comprehensive inspection of Oshii's other works.



If you can afford it, buy this book and Cavallaro's together.

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The Therapeutic Community: Theory, Model, and Method



The Therapeutic Community: Theory, Model, and Method
George De Leon PhD | 2000-04-07 00:00:00 | Springer Publishing Company | 472 | Compulsive Behavior

This volume provides a comprehensive review of the essentials of the Therapeutic Community (TC) theory and its practical "whole person" approach to the treatment of substance abuse disorders and related problems. Part I outlines the perspective of the traditional views of the substance abuse disorder, the substance abuser, and the basic components of this approach. Part II explains the organizational structure of the TC, its work components, and the role of residents and staff.

The chapters in Part III describe the essential activities of TC life that relate most directly to the recovery process and the goals of rehabilitation. The final part outlines how individuals change in the TC behaviorally, cognitively, and emotionally. This is an invaluable resource for all addictions professionals and students.


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In this book George De Leon has set the bar very high for all future academic work on therapeutic communities. He provides the historical perspective as well as all current research up to the time of its publication. Both theory and practice are explained in detail. If you want to learn about the therapeutic community model, this is the book to read. Clearly, with its over 90% success rate, the therapeutic community model is the gold standard for addiction treatment across the world.
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I have been working in the addiction treatment field for over 20 years, including in the Therapeutic Community setting. This book is the best overview of the model ever done. It provides a balance of the theory behind the philosophy and interventions of the TC, while also speaking to the specific activities which take place. If you really want to read about the premise of this approach, this book is the place to start.
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As a rank amateur, a square who volunteers at a 'half-way house' for indigent returning ex-offenders and recovering addicts, I have found this book of immense value in suggesting ways in which group living can be combined with 'self help' and even cognitive-emotional-behavioral therapy as a positive force for personal change. But it also told me much more than I wanted to know about the details involved in running a large scale program with significant financial and residential resources and a professional staff. Its relatively brief discussion of the "stages of change" can be complimented by the excellent "Group Treatment for Substance Abuse, a Stages-of-Change Therapy Manual," by Mary Velasquez and her colleagues.I hope this author soon turns his considerable experience and expertise and abilities as a clear exponent of complex ideas to the problems faced by programs run on a shoe string, with no professional staff, but attempting to serve persons with problems and life circumstances exactly like those of the typical TC resident.

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The Shifting Grounds of Conflict and Peacebuilding: Stories and Lessons



The Shifting Grounds of Conflict and Peacebuilding: Stories and Lessons
John W. McDonald | 2008-08-07 00:00:00 | Lexington Books | 362 | Political
The Shifting Grounds of Conflict and Peacemaking contains the professional life lessons of Ambassador John W. McDonald and offers his insight into international issues, providing frank and informed discussion on the environment, women's rights, the global water crisis, sustainable resources, international development, and, above all, peace.

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Tracking Reason: Proof, Consequence, and Truth



Tracking Reason: Proof, Consequence, and Truth
Jody Azzouni | 2008-01-01 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press | 256 | Philosophy
As with most of Azzouni's writings, apparently, this book spans topics in metaphysics, logic, philosophy of mathematics and semantics, and should be of interest to anyone working in either of those disciplines. It could, with some justification, be claimed that this broad interests is also one of the weaknesses of the book - not that Azzouni necessarily tries to bite more than he can chew, but the book displays a certain tendency to be slightly all over the place - at once.

The first part argues for a certain kind of deflationism about truth, and spends much time on the exact regimentation needed (especially defining his anaphorically unrestricted quantifiers able to quantify into both sentential and nominal positions), including an interesting but perhaps not wholly convincing take on the semantic paradoxes. The second part is devoted to the role of mathematical proof, and the third part brings the previous two together (sort of) in an account of consequence as truth-preservation. To me, part I is the most important - it advocates views which might sound, at first, quite - shall we say - idiosyncratic, but Azzouni's arguments are penetrating and thought-provoking and whether or not they are successful, at least brings several new and important considerations to the issues.

On the whole, this is an entertaining and well-written book - but it has a tendency to go off on all sorts of slightly tangential issues (again, at once!), and it is sometimes a little unclear exactly where we are located in the flow of arguments. Still, this is a refreshing, thought-provoking and valuable addition to the topics. And note: Whatever way you usually read books: Do not miss the footnotes here! Often, important steps are, for some reason or other, relegated to footnotes, and crucial distinctions sometimes appear here rather than in the main text.
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Literature and Material Culture from Balzac to Proust: The Collection and Consumption of Curiosities (Cambridge Studies in French)



Literature and Material Culture from Balzac to Proust: The Collection and Consumption of Curiosities (Cambridge Studies in French)
Janell Watson | 2000-01-28 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 240 | History
Janell Watson shows how the sudden prominence given to curiosities and collecting in nineteenth-century literature signals a massive change in attitudes to the world of goods, which in turn restructured the literary text according to the practical logic of daily life, calling into question established scholarly notions of order. She traces the phenomenon from Balzac, who introduced it to canonical literature, through Flaubert, Zola, Rachilde and Lorrain, to Proust. Her study makes an important contribution to the literary history of material culture.

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Line Communication System



Line Communication System
| 2006-12-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Miscellaneous


Contains an advancement of telecommunication switching, a brief history of computer communication system, crossbar switching system and traffic engineering and frequency division switching.


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Infrastructure at the Crossroads: Lessons from 20 Years of World Bank Experience



Infrastructure at the Crossroads: Lessons from 20 Years of World Bank Experience
World Bank | 2006-09-15 00:00:00 | World Bank Publications | 164 | Company Profiles
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This book contains important notes about World Bank experience on infraestructure sector that help every people engaged in infraestructure projects, especially in emerging countries.

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100 vocabulary words kids need to know



100 vocabulary words kids need to know
Kama Einhorn & Jackie Glassman | 2004-01-01 00:00:00 | Scholastic | 256 | For Children
Continuing the successful "Scholastic 100 Words" line of exciting new language arts workbooks, this product focuses on 100 essential words kids need to know by 5th grade. Colorful art and photographs illustrate the 256 pages of lively activities, including reading and writing practice, comprehension, critical thinking exercises and word puzzles. Includes special dictionary pages and dictionary skill tips and colorful bookmarks with vocabulary-building tips.
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Advances in Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, Part II



Advances in Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, Part II
Mohammed J. Zaki, Jeffrey Xu Yu | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Springer; 1st Edition. edition | 520 | Computer Science
This book constitutes the proceedings of the 14th Pacific-Asia Conference, PAKDD 2010, held in Hyderabad, India, in June 2010.
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100 Simple Secrets of Happy Families: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It (100 Simple Secrets Series)



100 Simple Secrets of Happy Families: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It (100 Simple Secrets Series)
David Niven | 2004-04-01 00:00:00 | HarperOne | 224 | Self-Help
The Simple Science of a Happy Family

From raising children to getting along with in-laws, what do people with close and loving families do differently than those with strained or unfulfilling relationships? Sociologists, therapists, and psychiatrists have spent entire careers investigating the ins and outs of family dynamics, yet their findings are inaccessible to ordinary people, hidden in obscure journals to be shared with other experts. Now, David Niven, the international bestselling author of THE 100 SIMPLE SECRET series has collected the most current and significant data from more than a thousand of the best scientific studies on families and then spelled out the findings in plain English.

The advice is based not on one person's unique experiences or opinions, but offers for the first time the research of noted scientists studying average American families. These findings have been boiled down to one hundred essential ways to find and maintain love, joy, and satisfaction in all family relationships. Each statistic is accompanied by a true story about a real family showing the results in action.

Don't Forget the Past: Parents who share stories of family history with their children create higher levels of concern for family members and increase the likelihood of their children's happiness.

No Price Tag: Once basic necessities are met, the increasing economic status of one's family has zero effect on the likelihood of feeling satisfied with life.

Let Every Opinion Be Heard: Senior citizens having trouble living in their own homes are 84 percent more likely to be satisfied with their housing situation if they feel as if their concerns are an important part of selecting a new home or facility.

The Greatest Gift: Life satisfaction is 72 percent more likely among those who feel content with their family life.
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I have enjoyed every title by this author, and this one is no less. Buy a stack nad give them to your family! Start a reading / support group!
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I am a sucker for research. I don't like to think about gurus sitting around in a cave somewhere dreaming things up. Niven's series of books offers substance to what he offers. Empirical studies aren't a sure thing, but they're a lot better than most of what's out there on the market. Families have never been an easy puzzle to figure out, but this book takes us up the mountain.



I'd recommend this to anyone who is in a family and is open to new ideas. Great read.
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This book is a pleasant and inspirational read. It's a good book to pick up and put down, as each chapter is independent of one another and takes only a few minutes to read. I question its claim that it is based upon "the research of noted scientists," as a quick scan of its reference pages show that a high percentage of the studies cited come from doctoral dissertations. Hardly the stuff that "sociologists, therapists, and psychiatrists have spent entire careers investigating".



I questioned some of the more startling claims made by Dr. Niven based upon some of these dissertations, but even going to the universities' websites, I was unable to obtain copies of the original papers in order to determine the accuracy of his interpretation, and indeed of the studies themselves. A search of the authors of the dissertations did not indicate that they had gone on in any way to distinguish themselves in their field.



So, that being said, I have found it an enjoyable book to read, but one that I will not be relying upon for necessarily accurate information or statistics. I give it a 4 for enjoyment and a 2 for credible research.

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Viking Rus: Studies on the Presence of Scandinavians in Eastern Europe (The Northern World, V. 12) (No. 12)



Viking Rus: Studies on the Presence of Scandinavians in Eastern Europe (The Northern World, V. 12) (No. 12)
Wladyslaw Duczko | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Brill Academic Publishers | 290 | Medieval
This volume deals with one of the most controversial issues in writings about early medieval history: the presence of Scandinavians, known as Rus, and their impact on Eastern Europe during the Viking Age. These studies give for the first time an extensive and detailed picture of the Norse population in the East by using, besides written narratives, a wide range of archaeological sources. The seven chapters survey the background, then depict the first Norse centres and sites of Norse colonists in the north-western Russia; further chapters contain information about the great number of settlements in the Volga region and, finally describe the activities of a group of Rus that resulted in creation of the principality of Kiev. With the help of numerous illustrations the contents of the book clarify many problems and support the conclusion that in the East real Norse societies existed that were an important and natural part of the Scandinavian värld.

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Voltage-Gated Calcium Channels (Molecular Biology Intelligence Unit)



Voltage-Gated Calcium Channels (Molecular Biology Intelligence Unit)
Gerald Werner Zamponi | 2005-02-10 00:00:00 | Springer | 377 | Anatomy

Voltage Gated Calcium Channels is the first comprehensive book in the calcium channel field, encompassing over thirty years of progress towards our understanding of calcium channel structure, function, regulation, physiology, pharmacology and genetics. This book balances contributions from many of the leading authorities in the calcium channel field with fresh perspectives from risings stars in the area, taking into account the most recent literature and concepts. This is the only all encompassing calcium channel book currently available and is an essential resource for academic researchers at all levels in the areas neuroscience, biophysics, and cardiovascular sciences, as well as to researches in the drug discovery area.



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Lost Empire: A Fargo Adventure



Lost Empire: A Fargo Adventure
Clive Cussler | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Putnam Adult | 416 | Fiction
Cussler and Blackwood's second adventure to feature husband-wife treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo deviates little from the familiar formula of the first in the series, Spartan Gold. When Sam and Remi find a huge ship's bell on a dive off the Tanzanian coast, they must work to find a way to recover it without running afoul of the Tanzanian government. Meanwhile, Mexican president Quauhtli Garza, a staunch nationalist, knows that this bell comes from a former Confederate ship that sank off the east African coast after the Civil War. Garza fears the discovery of a missing piece of a Quetzalcoatl statuette, which was aboard the ship, will undermine his grip on power. Once Garza dispatches his henchman to Tanzania to deal with the Fargos, the novel devolves into a standard chase thriller. Uninspired dialogue ("I love adventure as much as the next gal, but there's something to be said for good food and a warm bed with clean sheets," Remi tells Sam) doesn't help.
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Art of Seduction



The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Art of Seduction
Janet O'Neal | 1998-01-01 00:00:00 | Alpha | 352 | Sex
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You're no idiot, of course. You've heard that oysters are a great aphrodisiac, know that everybody looks better in candlelight, and can wink without making it look like something got caught in your eye. But when it comes to putting these talents together and seducing the one you want, you feel like cupid without a bow and arrow. Don't hang up your wings just yet! The complete Idiot's Guide to the Art of Seduction is here to teach you the tricks of the trade. In this Complete Idiot's Guide, you get:


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You're no idiot, of course. You've heard that oysters are a great aphrodisiac, know that everybody looks better in candlelight, and can wink without making it look like something got caught in your eye. But when it comes to putting these talents together and seducing the one you want, you feel like cupid without a bow and arrow. Don't hang up your wings just yet! The complete Idiot's Guide to the Art of Seduction is here to teach you the tricks of the trade. In this Complete Idiot's Guide, you get:
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* Paperback: 352 pages
* Publisher: Alpha; 1 edition (December 7, 1998)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 0028627385
* ISBN-13: 978-0028627380
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How to: Nina Hartley's Guide to Making Love to Women


How to: Nina Hartley's Guide to Making Love to Women
Nina Hartley's | 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Video (tutorials, how-to, etc.)
A lusty lesson in satisfying a woman’s desire to the fullest. Perfect for a man or a woman who is interested in improving the act of love with their woma. Nina Hartley’s Making Love To Women teaches you how to set the mood for lovemaking, warm her up with sensuous foreplay and stimulate her most erogenous zones. See Nina demonstrate the act of love with Tina Tyler in a joyous celebration of lust as Jewel Valmont and Chris Cannon savor their own carnal explorations. Nina’s naughty seduction of Ian Daniels is both erotic and educational! Learn what women really want with these step-by-step lessons sure to expand your lovemaking experiences.
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Microwave and RF Product Applications



Microwave and RF Product Applications
Mike Golio | 2003-01-01 00:00:00 | CRC; 1 edition (June 27, 2003) | 440 | Electrical Engineering
The field of microwave engineering has undergone a radical transformation in recent years, as commercial wireless endeavors overtook defense and government work. The modern microwave and RF engineer must be knowledgeable about customer expectations, market trends, manufacturing technologies, and factory models to a degree that is unprecedented. Unfortunately, most of the available literature does not reflect this fact, but remains focused on high-performance, low-volume applications. Microwave and RF Product Applications helps resolve that deficiency. Editor Mike Golio culled its chapters from his bestselling RF and Microwave Handbook, incorporated critical updates contributed by the original authors, and organized the chapters into a practical, tightly focused reference. A complete table of contents at the front of the text makes finding specific answers quick and easy, and detailed lists of references in each chapter provide convenient access to the relevant expert literature. For engineers in industry, government, or academia, Microwave and RF Product Applications provides insight and information that may be outside their area of expertise. For managers, marketers, and technical support personnel, it builds a better understanding of the fields that drive and are affected by their decisions.


Table of Contents:

Sect. I Introduction
1 Introduction
Sect. II Applications
2 Cellular Mobile Telephony
3 Nomadic Communications
4 Broadband Wireless Access: High Rate, Point to Multipoint, Fixed Antenna Systems
5 Digital European Cordless Telephone
6 Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN)
7 Wireless Personal Area Network Communications: An Application Overview
8 Satellite Communications Systems
9 Satellite-Based Cellular Communications
10 Electronic Navigation Systems
11 Microwave and Radio Frequency (RF) Avionics Applications
12 Continuous Wave Radar
13 Pulse Radar
14 Electronic Warfare and Countermeasures
15 Automotive Radar
16 New Frontiers for Radio Frequency (RF)/Microwaves in Therapeutic Medicine
Sect. III System and Electromagnetic Simulation
17 System Simulation
18 Numerical Techniques for the Analysis and Design of Radio Frequency and Microwave Structures
Sect. IV Underlying Physics
19 Maxwell's Equations
20 Wave Propagation in Free Space
21 Guided Wave Propagation and Transmission Lines
22 Effects of Multipath Fading in Wireless Communication Systems
23 Electromagnetic Interference (EMI)
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Electrochemistry in Light Water Reactors: Reference Electrodes, Measurement, Corrosion and Tribocorrosion Issues (EFC 49)



Electrochemistry in Light Water Reactors: Reference Electrodes, Measurement, Corrosion and Tribocorrosion Issues (EFC 49)
Damien Feron,Rik-Wouter Bosch,Jean-Pierre Celis | 2007-05-11 00:00:00 | CRC Press | 216 | Engineering

This important volume discusses key issues surrounding the development of high temperature reference electrodes and other electrochemical techniques. First, the book reviews the latest developments in the use of reference electrode technology in both pressurized water and boiling water reactors. The authors then explore different types of corrosion and tribocorrosion and the ways they can be measured using such techniques as electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Topics covered across the book include in-pile testing, modelng techniques and the tribocorrosion behavior of stainless steel under reactor conditions.



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Natural English Upper Intermediate Student's Book and Listening Booklet



Natural English Upper Intermediate Student's Book and Listening Booklet
Ruth Gairns | 2003-01-01 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press | 1 | English
Natural English Upper Intermediate is a general English course with a spoken syllabus of easy to remember natural English phrases, 'wordbooster' vocabulary activities and extended task-centred speaking exercises
The student's book contains a listening booklet including extra listening and pronunciation activities designed to help learners improve their listening skills. The teacher's book contains specially devised lesson plans and six 'how to...' teacher development chapters to support the teacher.

Natural English contains cartoons by Claire Bretecher featuring her character Agripinne.
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Songs, Roars, and Rituals: Communication in Birds, Mammals, and Other Animals



Songs, Roars, and Rituals: Communication in Birds, Mammals, and Other Animals
Lesley J. Rogers,Gisela Kaplan | 2002-03-15 00:00:00 | Harvard University Press | 224 | Zoology
From the calling macaw and the roaring lion to the dancing lyrebird, animals all around us can be heard and seen communicating with each other and, occasionally, with us. Why they do so, what their utterances mean, and how much we know about them are the subject of Songs, Roars, and Rituals. This is a concise and very readable, yet comprehensive, introduction to the complexities of communication in animals. Rogers and Kaplan take us on an exciting journey through communication in the animal world, offering insights on how animals communicate by sight, sound, smell, touch, and even electrical signaling. They explore a wide variety of communication patterns in many species of mammals and birds and discuss in detail how communication signals evolved, how they are learned, and what song and mimicry may mean. An up-to-date account of the science of animal communication, this book also considers modern concepts (such as that of deceptive communication) and modern controversies, primarily those surrounding the evolution of human language and the use of symbolic language by apes. It concludes with a thought-provoking look at the future of communication between humans and animals.

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Oscilloscope Techniques


Oscilloscope Techniques
Alfred Haas | 1958-01-01 00:00:00 | TAB Books | 224 | Electrical Engineering
Talks a little bit about how oscilloscopes work, but this is mostly a guide on how to make measurements with a 'scope. Practical examples of measurements made on audio, radio, and TV circuits. Even includes info on how to use a 'scope as a curve tracer for vacuum tubes and semiconductors, and to make swept measurements.
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Career Programmer, The: Guerilla Tactics for an Imperfect World



Career Programmer, The: Guerilla Tactics for an Imperfect World
| 2002-01-20 00:00:00 | | 211 | Programming


Conquer the problems that all professional programmers routinely face, regardless of language, operating system, or platform Improve your ability to deliver solid code, on time and under budget, in even the most uncooperative environments Master the self-defense techniques that you need to shield yourself, your project, and your code from corporate politics, arbitrary management decisions, and marketing-driven deadlines

Unrealistic schedules, unstable releases, continual overtime, and skyrocketing stress levels are legendary in the software development industry. Unlike traditional occupations such as accounting or administration, the software business is populated by programmers who are as creative and passionate about their work as musicians or artists. For most, it is a complete surprise when they enter the business world and find that internal politics, inept management, and unrealistic marketing drive the process rather than a structured and orderly approach based on technical issues and quality.

The Career Programmer explains how the individual programmer or project manager can work within the existing system to solve deadline problems and regain control of the development process. Care is taken to offer proven, practical, and hands-on solutions that are designed to work when confronted with the political and chaotic realities of the business environment. Issues are addressed from the points of view of both the programmer and project manager, and steps are shown in all perspectives, from large-scale teams down to projects with a single developer. For the individual programmer or project manager, the end results are less overtime, less stress, higher-quality software, and a more satisfying career.

`The Career Programmer: Guerilla Tactics for an Imperfect World is a gem of wisdom in a sea of dry, academic books on the software development process.`
&emdash;Bill `BanzaiBill` Lowry

`Not only does this remarkable book go over, in gory detail, every one of these issues (and many more), but it does so with an experienced view 'from the trenches' designed to empower us, the lowly developers, with the ammunition and knowledge we need to deal with these issues effectively, to become better software architects for it, and most importantly, to be able to defend our turf and our jobs. `
&emdash;Peter Bromberg, eggheadcafe.

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Good Read for the Corporate Programmer
Let me start by saying that I was torn between 3 and 4 stars - call it 3.5. There's some very good content in here, but in my opinion, it gets lost in all of the words. I would have preferred if this had simply been a bit shorter and to the point. This is definitely geared toward people in similar situations to the author, i.e. a programmer working inside of a large company, maybe as a contractor, probably in the IT department. Since my career has been drastically different, I've had some similar issues, but many different ones.


What's good:

- The sooner you realize who runs the show, the sooner you can come to grips with what to do with the information. Is your company run by the programmers? Then you won't have some of the problems that Christopher describes, but you will have others.

- The range of the book is fairly good, from QA, requirements, marketing, and management.

- There are good pointers in here about diplomacy and working with the other powers in your company.


What's not so good:

- The chihuahua jokes. They're just not funny and repeating them as a running gag makes them simply tiresome. If there's a third edition, I'd cut them out.

- It gets repetitive. There's constant talk about the fact that you love to write code and that's all you really want to do. You must also fight, fight, and fight for QA.


All in all a good read, just not a great one.

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Perspective from one in the known
This book is nothing about programming skills. It is about the life as a programmer. I think this is a very good read.


Most likely one's career experience will be very different from other people's. It highly depend on the specific individual. Possibly no one approach works for every one.


Bare in mind that this is just one man's perspective. The good thing about the book is that it makes you aware of the things besides just the technical skills, in case you are not aware of those yet.


Although one could possibly get by ignoring these issues all together, chances are it will be in you advantage to know the `soft skills` very well.


I have enjoyed this book and it does not take much time at all.

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Pragmatic approach to dealing with business people
This book does a few things well and trhen does them well again. It is humourous, readable and funny ,, oh and practical too. Some what a cross between Dilbert, How to win friends and influence people and the one minute manager series.


This book sets up its chapters to mirror a typical development project scenario from inception to delivery. Each chapter looks at managements needs verses developer needs and how to manage the process of ensuring both sides get what they want.


Chris Duncan rightly points out the coders tend be artists who want to code great code in a perfect environment with little regards to the financial relaities of business. He conversely points out that business people (who pay us to code ) have agendas based on making a profit (which keeps us in paid employment) and that neither side is wrong. His basic approach is, 'Developers live in a business environment dedicated to making money. business managers pay the bills, they call the shots. Get over it and learn how to become saavy enough to survive this reality'.


He also points out that business managers tend to set the development deadlines, decide on the scope, create the scope creep and then fire those who fail to meet their demands. He believes that is our fault as coders for not communicating in an understable way that business managers understand and can relate too. If we can become saavy enough to talk to them in ways they understand ($ and cents) then we have a better chance of managing our projects through to a successful, and non-burn out, completion while also maintaining a life along the way.


Using this as his base line he then gives a set of anecdotes, ideas, stories and humourous observations on the mis-communications that occur between managment (who pays for projects) and the coding teams (who develop the projects). It uses a commonly recognised cast of characters to show how various people interact and where the gaps are that cause long hours of coding to meet impossible deadlines and unstoppable scope creep can occur. he then gives some pragmatic ideas on how to avoid, plug, disarm or minmise these problem areas so both sides have a win / win situation.



What this book doesn't do.


1 - It doesn't attempt to give a magical cure for all develop project ailments in the corporate world, rather it tries to give guidence on the best way to deal with those ailments in a way that meets managmeents needs and avoids personal burnout.


2 - This book is not a book designed to make you a better project manager. It is a book designed to help you be a better coder working in the business world. Become more business needs aware and you will become a better coder. You may even get your life back.


3 - It does not espouse a new project development methodology and it does not give negative ways to sabotage, goof off or earn money for nothing. Rather it looks ways of lubricating the interactions between managmeent and coders so both sides get what they want.


It is funny, readble, accurate and disturbingly familiar (expecially the VDU through the fourth floor window scenario ,,. I am sure I never told my shrink about that particular fantasy).


So why a four and not a five? I worked in the Govt sector doing project development and unfortunately this book was of no use to me in that situation. govt managers ar not money minded and generally have no accountability so the ideas her present no leverege points that help in that situation. Had the book been called The CORPORATE Programmer: Guerilla Tactics for an Imperfect World, Second Edition (Expert's Voice) then the fifth star would have applied. Sorry chris but no one is perfect ;-)

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Recommended reading for programmers new and old
Being a good coder has a lot to do with activities other than writing code. Don't get me wrong, I love learning about and experimenting with new products and technologies and my idea of the perfect day involves coffee, headphones, my code editor, and a good juicy coding challenge. In fact, sometimes I think it's the programming that's the easy part of this job. It's all the non-coding stuff that is so hard to master. This is what The Career Programmer: Guerilla Tactics for an Imperfect World, Second Edition is all about. This book is about improving every aspect of your programming job except the coding itself (actually, it might do that too.) The topics in this book are the things we tend not to talk about because we're always focused on learning about the next acronym.


Are you one of the many programmers out there who do it for fun? Maybe you're just considering getting into programming? Maybe you're getting tired of corporate life and considering options. This book will help you consider what you're doing and quite possibly cause you to make some positive changes in your career. Whatever your situation, why not make the most of it?


While I liked this book very much, I do think Duncan painted an overly pessimistic picture of the corporate world at times. That said, all his points were very valid, even those that were a bit over the top.


Check out the sample chapter on the Apress site to get a feel for the author's writing style. Just to give you a flavor for the book, here are a few of my favorite section/chapter titles.

- So You Thought You'd Just Be Coding All Day, Eh?

- Why People Run Businesses and Pay Programmers

- Taking Control of Your Time

- Preventing Arbitrary Deadlines

- Getting Your Requirements Etched in Stone

- Preparations for Effective Information Gathering

- The Myth of the Eight-Hour Day

- Controlling Your Destiny


Duncan tells it like it is (or, at least, how it can be at times.) His writing style is enjoyable and easy to read. And, there are more than a few Chihuahua jokes. One can never have too many of those,,. Highly recommended reading!

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A realistic view of the world of programming as an occupational choice
Not a typical book from Apress but definitely appropriate for their audience, The Career Programmer teaches the highly skilled programmer the non-technical skills involved in getting a job or starting a career as a contract programmer. Contained within the pages of the book is a distillation of the stuff you did not learn in college but need to know to work in the real world. Some of the problems the author examines include working in an imperfect world with unrealistic deadlines and expectations, dealing with changing expectations, estimating techniques, keeping the project under control, getting a job versus flying solo, and how to do either. In the real world good coding skills are simply not enough to survive. You have to learn to deal with corporate politics. The Career Programmer, Second Edition is highly recommended to those who are or want to become programmers for a living.


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The Algorithmic Beauty of Plants (The Virtual Laboratory)



The Algorithmic Beauty of Plants (The Virtual Laboratory)
Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz,Aristid Lindenmayer | 1996-03-27 00:00:00 | Springer | 228 | 3D Graphics
This book is the first comprehensive volume on the computer simulation of plant development. It contains a full account of the algorithms used to model plant shapes and developmental processes, Lindenmayer systems in particular. With nearly 50 color plates, the spectacular results of the modelling are vividly illustrated. "This marvelous book will occupy an important place in the scientific literature." #Professor Heinz-Otto Peitgen# "The Algorithmic Beauty of Plants will perform a valuable service by popularizing this enlightening and bewitching form of mathematics." #Steven Levy# " ... the garden here is full of delights and an excellent introduction to L-systems, ..." #Alvy Ray Smith, IEEE Computer Graphics and its Applications#
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A beautiful book with excellent color plates; it gives a precisely mathematical, yet not arcane, presentation of the ways botanical forms can be generated algorithmically. This gives insight into real plants and a fun set of computational tools to play with.



I discovered this book years ago, as a teenager, and just bought a copy to relive its pleasures.
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The beauty of plants has attracted the interest of mathematicians for centuries. Plants have many conspicuous geometric features such as symmetry in their leaves, rotational symmetry in their flowers, and then there are the interesting helical arrangements of pine cone scales. This book examines two factors that organize plant structures and therefore contribute to their beauty. The first is the simple elegance of the rules which describe plant development in relation to time. The second is self-similarity as characterized by Mandelbrot.



This book applies the basic idea inherent in recursive graphics programming to modeling natural organic phenomena to the greatest degree of accuracy possible. This book uses L-systems, which is a method of specifying rules that enables very complex ideas to be expressed in a very exact way. The book contains no information on specific programming language implementation. However, the L-system specification is given in enough detail that an implementation of a basic L-system compiler should be attainable by most programmers with a talent for efficient algorithms implementation and sufficient motivation. All of the graphics are done using either two or three dimensional turtle commands, which are also easily adapted to fit into whatever compiler you choose. Efficient display routines will require some work, and as most of the algorithms described produce very large amounts of data, speed is very important for all shapes apart from the most basic structures.



The results of using an L-system is quite impressive. The book contains many photographs of computer generated trees using L-systems that are almost identical to their natural counterparts. The book is very well written, with lots of examples and many illustrations. It starts off as quite easy reading, but by the time it reaches sections on the simulation of internal balancing of cellular structures, the math gets very complex. Although you need an interest in artificial life, graphics, and fractals to find this book interesting or even just comprehensible, you probably also need some skill in the analysis and design of algorithms to make any of the ideas contained in the book a reality. The table of contents is:



1. Graphical Modeling Using L-systems 1

2. Modeling of Trees 51

3. Developmental models of Herbaceous Plants 63

4. Phyllotaxis 99

5. Models of Plant Organs 119

6. Animation of Plant Development 133

7. Modeling of Cellular Layers 145

8. Fractal Properties of Plants 175



A. Software Environment for Plant Modeling 193

B. About the Figures 201

C. Turtle Interpretation of Figures 211
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The color plates are quite extraordinary. Knowledge of math helps, but the book pretty much starts at Ground Zero. It is quite useable for those wishing to implement the plant modeling systems described (which is why I purchased it).

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Broadband Mobile Multimedia: Techniques and Applications (Wireless Networks and Mobile Communications)



Broadband Mobile Multimedia: Techniques and Applications (Wireless Networks and Mobile Communications)
| 2008-06-03 00:00:00 | | 0 | Telecommunication


Multimedia service provisioning is believed to be one of the prerequisites to guarantee the success of next-generation wireless networks. Examining the role of multimedia in state-of-the-art wireless systems and networks, Broadband Mobile Multimedia: Techniques and Applications presents a collection of introductory concepts, fundamental techniques, the latest advances, and open issues in this important area.

Divided into four sections, the volume begins with an introduction to various broadband wireless multimedia systems. Using video as an application example, it then focuses on the routing and cross-layer design issue of multimedia communication over multihop wireless ad hoc and sensor networks. The next section discusses issues related to multimedia communications over WLANs?a dominant part of today?s broadband wireless access networks. The book concludes with recent developments in quality-of-service (QoS) provisioning mechanisms and other enabling technologies, including middleware, mobility management, scheduling, and power control.

With numerous illustrative figures and extensive references, this useful technical guide gives in-depth treatments of basic topics, a solid overview of cutting-edge advances, and a representative sampling of important research outcomes.


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The Rough Guide to Russian Dictionary Phrasebook 3



The Rough Guide to Russian Dictionary Phrasebook 3
R G | 2006-01-01 00:00:00 | | 304 | Dictionaries
The Rough Guide phrasebook will have you speaking Russian as soon as you arrive. This fully-revised third edition includes 16-pages of additional scenario material, from asking for directions and paying the restaurant bill to checking local train times and ordering a shot of vodka. Recorded by native speakers, the scenarios are available as downloadable audio files either to your computer or iPod – perfect for practising your pronunciation. With A-Z English to Russian and A-Z Russian to English translations, this pocket-sized phrasebook is like taking along your own personal translator!
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Medical Biochemistry



Medical Biochemistry
John Van Pilsum | 1986-04-15 00:00:00 | University of Minnesota Press | 120 | Anatomy
Medical Biochemistry was first published in 1986. A good knowledge of biochemical analysis is essential for today's health-care practitioners, who, with their patients, face a widening array of laboratory tests to aid in diagnosis. The requisite biochemical methods and principles are best understood if medical students perform their own experiments, yet most currently available laboratory manuals are intended for general biochemistry courses and lack the clinical orientation that could make them useful in a medical context. John Van Pilsum and Robert Roon have designed this laboratory manual specifically to introduce first-year medical students to clinical methods in biochemistry and to help them understand basic biochemical principles as they are applied top medical practice. Each chapter in Medical Biochemistry is devoted to a basic set of related problems and includes, along with laboratory procedures, a clear and readable introduction, a list of selected references, and questions. All of the experiments call for procedures that are used routinely in most clinical laboratories. The areas covered include: electrophoresis of blood proteins, enzymes as diagnostic indicators, lactate dehydrogenase isozymes, the determination of glucose, blood lipids, experiments with nucleic acids, inheritable diseases and genetic engineering, the use of radioisotopes in clinical biochemistry, glycosylated hemoglobin, steroid hormone formation, immunoelectrophoresis of serum proteins, radioimmunoassay of thyroxine, serum electrolytes and carbon dioxide, and the lecithin-sphingomyelin ratio of amniotic fluid. The contributors, besides Van Pilsum and Roon, include: Marilyn H. Koenst, John D. Lipscomb, James B. Howard, Esther F. Freier, Ivan D. Frantz, Denise M. McGuire, Howard C. Towle, Dennis M. Livingston, Ronald D. Edstrom, Robert P. Changler, Frank Ungar, Maureen A. Scaglia, James F. Koerner, and Charles W. Carr.

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Aging and the Heart: A Post-Genomic View



Aging and the Heart: A Post-Genomic View
José Marín-García | 2007-12-19 00:00:00 | Springer | 574 | Internal Medicine

In this book, the genetic and molecular basis of cardiovascular aging is examined in detail and a comprehensive assessment given of the bioenergetics changes occurring in human and animal models of cardiac aging. Both current diagnostic and future therapeutic modalities are presented, giving this book a dual-pronged approach. Cardiac aging, like aging in general, is a complex process involving numerous cellular and molecular changes. This book sheds new light on the phenomenon.


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AGING AND THE HEART--A POST-GENOMIC VIEW

By Jose' Marín-García



The heart is a tough organ: a marvelous mechanism that, mostly without

repairs, will give valiant pumping service up to a hundred years.

Willis John Potts, MD, American surgeon, 1895-1968

THE QUEST FOR THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH HAS CONTINUED

from time immemorial. Although one cannot live as a perpetual

young person, in recent years there has been tremendous

interest in prolonging duration or longevity, with the

necessary caveat of preserving the quality of life. Antiaging

(looking younger) and longevity (living longer) are 2 common

contemporary themes in popular culture. Now that the

Human Genome Project (a global 15-year initiative culminating

in 2003) is completed and there has been an ongoing

research initiative in molecular cardiology, the quest for

understanding the scientific mechanism of general aging--

particularly cardiac aging--has commenced.

The human genome comprises 20 000 to 25 000 proteincoding

genes in the chromosome and is composed of more

than 3 billion nucleotides. The implications of these developments

can potentially be revolutionary, eg, they could lead

to increased availability of genetic testing for gene-related

medical disorders and interventional genetic therapy (gene

engineering) to avoid or minimize these conditions in offspring.

Numerous biotechnology methods, including proteomics

(which applies the techniques of molecular biology,

biochemistry, and genetics to analyze the structure,

function, and interactions of the proteins produced by the

genes) and recombinantDNAand other techniques, are being

used to study the structural and functional changes in cardiac

cells in several pathologic states as well as in aging, both

general and cardiac.

Jose' Marín-García, director of the Molecular Cardiology

and Neuromuscular Institute in Highland Park, New

Jersey, and author of Aging and the Heart, has written

a comprehensive and authoritative book about cardiac

senescence in the postgenomic period. The book deals

with a complex issue and, though lucidly written, is necessarily

a highly technical text, particularly for the nongeneticist.

While the average life expectancy in the United States was

a mere 47.3 years in 1900, it had increased to 77.9 years by

2004 and is expected to further increase to 79.2 years by

2015, thanks to improved health care, nutrition, and standard

of living, as well as lifestyle changes. Age-dependent

degenerative changes with anatomical and functional derangements

in cells, leading to cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis,

malignancy, degenerative joint disease, dementia,

and diabetes and other disorders, compromise quality

of life in aging populations.

Theories of general and inevitable aging are thoroughly

discussed in the first chapter; aging of the human heart and

vasculature is then tackled in subsequent chapters. A unique

feature is the summary bullet points section at the end of

most chapters, following the "Conclusion" section and enumerating

the salient and important points to remember.

Novel genes can be introduced into cardiac cells using

several vectors, including viral constructs and DNAcontaining

plasmids. Stem cells from embryos and adults

have been implanted in the defective myocardium to

enhance repair and improve contractility. These stem

cells include adult cardiac stem cells and endothelial progenitor

cells, which are diminished with senescence and

can potentially play a reparative and regenerative role in

various cardiac pathologies. Other emerging therapeutic

modalities include individualized drug therapy and use of

nutrients based on genomics (eg, nutrigenomics and

pharmacogenomics).

A tantalizing prospect in the near future is "personalized"

medicine, which will take into account the molecular

understanding of disease based on a person's unique clinical,

genetic (DNA-based), genomic, and environmental information

and thus optimize preventive strategies including

drug therapy on a proactive level and in a customized

fashion. At the core of personalized medicine lies the information

gathered through a comprehensive data set derived

through the disciplines of genomics (sequence of human

genome), transcriptomics (gene expression profiles), proteomics

(protein expression assay), and metabolomics--

also called metabonomics (assay of metabolic derangements)

--all of which will help in devising methods for

individualized care.

The last chapter, "Aging and the Frontier Ahead," finishes

on an optimistic and positive note with the suggestion

that "possible reversal and/or retardation in aging and

perhaps more importantly more effective treatment of agingassociated

diseases may become a reality within the next decade

or two."

The book is extensively referenced and thoroughly

researched. The bibliographies provided after each chapter

are exhaustive, and the end of the book includes an

ample glossary section defining the plethora of acronyms

used throughout. Despite being highly technical and

using special genetics terminology, the book is a good

read that deals with an exciting new chapter in the annals

of scientific exploration that potentially can have an

epoch-making impact on human longevity and better cardiac

health. As stated in a quotation mentioned by the

author in the book's preface, "Time will pass, inevitably/

Death will follow, consequently/After a healthy and productive

aging, hopefully."

M. Saleem Seyal, MD

River Cities Cardiology

Jeffersonville, Indiana

msaleemS@aol.com

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©2008 American Medical Association. All rights reserved. (Reprinted) JAMA, September 3, 2008--Vol 300, No. 9 1083

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Handbook of Petroleum Refining Processes



Handbook of Petroleum Refining Processes
Robert Meyers | 2003-10-02 00:00:00 | McGraw-Hill Professional | 900 | Engineering
Handbook contains the latest technologies in the field of petroleum refining processes. Provides a detailed description and review of process chemistry and thermodynamics, product and by-product specifications, wastes, and emissions. Expanded to include 50% new material. Previous ed: c1997. DLC: Petroleum--Refining--Handbooks, manuals, etc.
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This book was clearly written by a process engineer not a production engineer. A previous handbook, "Petroleum Processing Handbook," by Bland and Davidson is a perfect contrast to this text. Bland and Davidson wrote about processing details only someone familiar with refinery and oilfield practices would know intimately. None of these details are shared in this handbook.



In contrast, Meyer's handbook covers all the new technology from a developer's point of view. The detail is excellent, complete with tables showing who is using this technology worldwide and what product breaks can be expected from its employment. Meyer's book is useless to anyone new to oil refining but may be useful in the library of an old hand.



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Of the roughly 30 books I've purchased and studied over the past year on related subjects, this is without question the worst. It is essentially a collection of several hundred extremely elementary articles, mostly written at newspaper level. All give the impression that the corporate patent attorneys were standing over the authors' shoulders to make sure they didn't say anything important. It is a black mark on McGraw-Hill's reputation. The main reason I didn't return it was that some of the articles provide useful references to the patent and professional literature. Of course, there are some useful data scattered throughout the haystacks, particularly for the business managers, but the book takes up far too much valuable shelf space. -F. David Doty, PhD.
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I am interested in this particular technology and, naturally wondered if this was the book I was looking for. This book is a hardcover textbook from McGrawHill and contains clear,concise text with the right balance of general knowledge, technical discussion and charts/diarams. From only a knowledge of basic chemistry to advanced degrees in Sciece and Engineering, this book satisfies all! It is impecable in quality and content and,well worth the cost and, was delivered promptly.
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This handbook provides short (10 pages per process typically) descriptions of widely used chemical processes. The level of detail is appropriate for anyone with a technical backround.
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The U.S. Experience with No-Fault Automobile Insurance: A Retrospective


The U.S. Experience with No-Fault Automobile Insurance: A Retrospective
James M. Anderson, Paul Heaton, Stephen J. Carroll | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | RAND Corporation | 192 | Misc
No-fault automobile-insurance regimes were the culmination of decades of dissatisfaction with the use of the traditional tort system for compensating victims of automobile accidents. They promised quicker, fairer, less-contentious, and, it was hoped, less-expensive resolution of automobile-accident injuries. This monograph considers how these plans have fared.
To many commentators and policymakers in the 1970s, it appeared as though no-fault automobile insurance was a genuinely superior policy innovation that would displace conventional tort-based automobileinsurance regimes. More than 30 years later, no-fault has lost much of its popularity among insurers and consumer groups. What happened?
This monograph provides an overview of the experience in the United States with no-fault automobile insurance and the factors that led to its decline in popularity among insurers, consumer groups, and legislatures. We explore the history of no-fault and examine its performance relative to other approaches for automobile-accident compensation. We draw from a variety of data sources, including qualitative interviews, surveys, and administrative databases, to evaluate the successes and failures of no-fault and consider its likely future in the United States.
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