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Sanctuary, Vol. 1
Sanctuary, Vol. 1
von Sho Fumimura
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Disturbing, brilliant, 15. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Sanctuary, Vol. 1 (Taschenbuch)
This is a story of two people who set out to change japan (and to some extent, the world) by unwaveringly sticking to their principles, using both Japanese politics and its underworld.
The plot details the intricate maneuverings of the two; there is little violence. Their opponents are not weak (mentally, in power, or in integrity), and their friends sometimes carry liabilities. The characters are as believable as those in any of the best western novels (the plot is far more western than eastern); this seems more like a novel that just happened to be drafted in graphic form.
Unfortunately, westerners should be cautioned that manga often contains graphic depictions of rape, which is usually treated in a humorous light. This book should be docked for that, but I'll leave it be.
The only other manga I've read is Crying Freeman, so I'm not very biased towards manga.


On Lisp: Advanced Techniques for Common Lisp
On Lisp: Advanced Techniques for Common Lisp
von Paul Graham
  Broschiert

5.0 von 5 Sternen Impressed, 5. April 2000
Finally I found out why people like Stallman consider Lisp the most 'powerful' language in existence. This book does a very good job explaining the mode of thinking that lisp programmers use; in other words, it's a very introspective book.
It is aimed at people who know how to use the language already; for an intro, you may wish to look at his book _ANSI Common Lisp_.
About macros: It is an important feature of the language. If you eventually decide that macros are harmful, it is best to been shown macros' full strength so you can make such an informed decision.
If you don't know what macros are, they're just sort of a shorthand you define, that gets expanded to its full form. It may be a bad idea to use often in normal programming for languages like C or Java, but Lisp is sufficiently different that macros may be very useful in making code that generates more code.


The Art of Electronics
The Art of Electronics
von Paul Horowitz
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 116,41

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Nicked for a flaw, 2. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Art of Electronics (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Art of Electronics is an extremely complete and detailed tome on the subject. It seems to have everything in terms of theory and practice you might wish to know about the subject, including the various pathologies of components.
However, there is a glaring error which mars the book. This is not a book for a neophyte. The opening chapters promise to define things 'later' like the concept of ground (which it never does), and rigorously applying the rules they give fails to explain the circuits. It is not a rigorous book in the sense that not everything follows from the information they give, and you end up having to take much on faith.
However, its other chapters are very good; it goes to higher abstraction layers than just the electronics, when for example they explain processors and assembly language. It is a heavy book, and they did not waste any space.


The Feynman Lectures on Physics, 3 Vols.
The Feynman Lectures on Physics, 3 Vols.
von Richard P. Feynman
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Impressive..., 31. März 2000
I almost find it a duty to review this book, just in case people click on reviewers' names to find out what good books there are they might not have ordinarily found. This book comes from the perspective of someone who really had a passion for this world and the strange things that exist in it, changing our directions, mocking us as we are blind and literally grasping mysteries all the time.
Probably not great for directly learning all the little tactics of "doing" physics. Then again, it is those who are truly interested in what they do, who will learn these tactics themselves. Sometimes all a teacher must do is impart passion and give a person enough knowledge to know what she or he needs to learn. In some sense, Feynman said this in his preface. In any case, if you are looking to be inspired, to turn your head to something that may prove itself more interesting than school may have made it out to be, then take a look.


Linux in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference (Nutshell Handbook)
Linux in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference (Nutshell Handbook)
von Ellen Siever
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Strong reference, 31. März 2000
Other reviews make strong cases for rating this book at less than five stars. But after a certain point in using computers, one wants the hard side of a tradeoff between leanness and information. I just looked at my copy and wondered if it could tell me what a 'symbolic link' is. I ended up running "man ln" and "info ln" to understand the difference between a hard and soft link. Not very user-friendly, especially since the concept is as simple as Windows shortcuts.
Any fairly new user who tried running "info ln" would be in a little world of pain, as well. It executes the text-mode emacs editor, and I imagine people would try typing 'C' and 'h' to get help, instead of Ctrl-h.
But all that aside, I think this book deserves the 5 stars because it's perfect for its very useful role. Its chapter on CVS is better than entire books on the subject, since you just have to look at a page of reference, instead of plodding through some nightmare book that makes CVS seem more profound than it is. The chapters on shell programming get you into the thick of the subject pretty quickly. (My one beef with the book is where it says csh programming is 'bad for your health' without explaining why. C shell lacks some capabilities for file handling. But that's probably only very important for sysadmins, and it's even very unmaintainable for them to use deep shell programming anyway.)
This sounds like a review against the book, which is good. I just wish to define what this book is not, since that is what is greatly important for a reference.


The Java(tm) Class Libraries, Volume 2: Java.Applet, Java.AWT, Java.Beans (Java Class Libraries)
The Java(tm) Class Libraries, Volume 2: Java.Applet, Java.AWT, Java.Beans (Java Class Libraries)
von Patrick Chan
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Powerful examples, 18. März 2000
Whereas the first volume concentrated on the normal data manip & movement classes required for normal, quick programming, this second volume is more about controlling the user interfaces through applets and multimedia manipulation.
The examples are very useful; some introduce basic game techniques such as "double-buffering" to demonstrate nontrivial applications of the classes. The descriptions at the beginning of each class/interface (and in the intro) are carefully written and informative. Meaty.
(If you're wondering what double-buffering is, it's just the practice of drawing an image in a buffer of memory, then copying the buffer to the screen's memory. Cuts down on flicker, since it's not taking time thinking while putting things directly to screen.)


Java Class Libraries, Vol.1: java.io, java.lang, java.math, java.net, java.text, java.util
Java Class Libraries, Vol.1: java.io, java.lang, java.math, java.net, java.text, java.util
von Patrick Chan
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen Underrated at 5 stars, 11. März 2000
Maybe it's unhelpful to say every java programmer needs this book Period, but it really is indispensable, at least in the first few weeks. When programming, nothing should really be vague, and this book has the advantage over the online Javadocs (at java.sun.com/products/jdk/1.2/docs/) for having the little implementation notes. For example, it mentions some tiny, fairly interesting things about Enumerations that aren't mentioned online.
On the other hand, the advantage of the Javadocs is that they are newer. I just looked at Enumerations while typing this, and noted that the Iterator interface may be a halfway interesting replacement. Important? I don't know, but much of programming is the accumulation of little things that strikes one in little ways.
And you can't cut & paste from the book, which is a much more reliable way of entering text than typing. But the examples are nice, and you can lug the thing around pretty well.


The Art of Computer Programming 1. Fundamental Algorithms (Kluwer International Series in)
The Art of Computer Programming 1. Fundamental Algorithms (Kluwer International Series in)
von Donald Ervin Knuth
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 57,95

5.0 von 5 Sternen Quite readable, 28. Februar 2000
I just looked at a review that called this book unreadable. I didn't peg it as unhelpful because buying books online, a person can buy a book that she/he didn't at all intend. This is a book that may help to truly understand an 'algorithm.' It is certainly possible to buy another book that doesn't look like a kindly written mathbook, but the machine language developed in this book, as well as every symbol and concept, is carefully explained. Without using convoluted language.


I, Asimov: A Memoir
I, Asimov: A Memoir
von Isaac Asimov
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 7,54

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A strong biography of a polymath, 26. Februar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: I, Asimov: A Memoir (Taschenbuch)
Perhaps Issac Asimov had a vigorous ego matched by cultivated insecurity; and of course there are such people in the world who enjoy seizing upon that. Whatever the case may be, Asimov's gift in stringing words together honestly and transparently is strongly in effect in this book, where he describes his thoughts about his entire world. As usual his execution is flawless because of that honesty -- his primary goal with his writing was to please himself, and he apparently had a difficult time fooling that audience.


The Java Programming Language (Java Series)
The Java Programming Language (Java Series)
von Ken Arnold
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Not terribly clear/concise, 22. Februar 2000
This is a pretty useful book, but the information is not presented as concisely and unambiguously as it should, for anyone's purpose. It occupies the No Man's Land between the Java Tutorial and the Java Specification/VM Spec, both of which are published online and well-written. Still, if you have a little cash, it certainly wouldn't hurt to have this text.


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