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The New World of Mr Tompkins: George Gamow's Classic Mr Tompkins in Paperback
The New World of Mr Tompkins: George Gamow's Classic Mr Tompkins in Paperback
von Russell Stannard
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 94,58

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Fun discussion of modern physics for the non-scientist, 21. Juni 2000
The results of many of the theories of modern physics are often very hard to grasp since they operate on such a different scale from most people's everyday lives. This book solves that problem by tinkering with the physical constants of the universe to bring them into the realm of human experience: the theory of relativity is described through a narrative set in a universe in which the speed of light is only 30 miles per hour, the topology of space is explained using a universe which is only a few hundred yards in length, and the complex interactions of subatomic particles are narrated from the points of view of the particles themselves. While the social and emotional struggles of quarks and leptons may not give the reader nearly as much mathematical rigor as other overviews of modern physics, they are certainly much more entertaining and provide an intuitive grasp even for readers who don't understand the underlying theories discussed.
This is a great book for anyone interested in modern physics, and a terrific introduction for junior high or high school students who might have the opportunity to study physics later in life.


Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Guide: The Definitive Reference (Classique Us)
Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Guide: The Definitive Reference (Classique Us)
von Danny Goodman
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Great manual on portable modern HTML, 1. Juni 2000
While this book may be a bit intimidating for first-time web authors, it is an incredibly useful manual for those who know the basics of HTML and need a reference to newer features and standards.
The first section is an extremely well-written overview of modern HTML: the history and philosophies behind CSS, javascript, the Document Object Model, and the designs of the two major browsers, as well as some excellent examples of writing portable code to access these features from different platforms and browsers. The clarity of the writing here is a very pleasant surprise from what is really just a reference manual and simply doesn't need to be this good. This section alone is probably enough to bring most "tag-only" authors up to date on the newer dynamic technologies.
It is the reference sections, however, for which most readers will buy this book, and they are excellent. There are comprehensive listings of HTML tags (including rendering behavior as well as scriptable attributes), javascript primitives, and DOM structures. Most importantly, every entry in the reference section is labelled very clearly with which browser and/or standards versions support it, a crucial piece of information to cross-platform authors which is left out of many similar books.
All in all, this book may be the only reference a developer really needs on his bookshelf for writing dynamic HTML. The only major complaint I have is that the author is (understandably) very script-centric, and never sufficiently discusses the down side of using heavily scripted pages when static pages or server-side scripts may suffice.


More Effective C++: 35 New Ways to Improve Your Programs and Designs
More Effective C++: 35 New Ways to Improve Your Programs and Designs
von Scott Meyers
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 39,95

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Terrific coverage of advanced C++ techniques, 19. Dezember 1999
While Meyers' first book, _Effective C++_, described fundamental concepts of C++, this book covers substantially more advanced techniques. These are not the heavily-designed strategies described in _Design Patterns_ or _Advanced C++: Programming Styles and Idioms_, but more lightweight and fundamental C++ features, including the specifics of memory allocation, exception handling, stack-based classes, and operator overloading. These are features of C++ which can be ignored at first but soon become key everday programming elements and important design considerations once well understood.
The material covered here separates the casual or novice C++ hobbyist from the true programmer.


Effective C++: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Designs, Second Edition
Effective C++: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Designs, Second Edition
von Scott Meyers
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Terrific coverage of fundamental C++ techniques, 19. Dezember 1999
An absolutely terrific book focusing on basic C++ and object-oriented programming techniques. A crucial book for anyone new to C++ to read.
While _Effective C++_ is an important and fundamental part of any C++ programmer's library, truly advanced C++ engineers are likely familiar with most or all of the techniques presented here (dynamic allocation, constructors, basic coding style, etc.). Scott Meyers' second book, _More Effective C++_, covers significantly more advanced techniques which the experienced programmer may not have encountered in everyday code and which may be more instructive. It is only in deference to that book that I have given this one 4 (or, if I could, 4.9) stars.


Just Xml
Just Xml
von John E. Simpson
  Taschenbuch

2.0 von 5 Sternen Poorly structured, irrelevent content, 6. Dezember 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Just Xml (Taschenbuch)
This could have been a very solid book if the author had worked with a good editor. All the content seems to be there, but I fear one must read the book from cover to cover in order to find it.
Just as annoying as the structure is all the irrelevent, silly, and personal content included. Throughout the book whole pages are devoted to "B Alert"'s: reviews of low-budget movies the author has enjoyed (the only tie-in being that an XML language for building a movie database is this text's running example), and there are numerous references to unrelated personal experiences the author has had. Very distracting.
I think this book was an attempt by Prentice Hall to imitate the process which has been so successful for O'Reilly: hire technical people with real-world experience to write the manuals. Without strong editorial control, however, this process appears to fall apart. As much as I'd like to break away from the O'Reilly monopoly, I fear they are still the publisher to trust.


Literate Programming (Center for the Study of Language and Information Publication Lecture Notes, Band 27)
Literate Programming (Center for the Study of Language and Information Publication Lecture Notes, Band 27)
von Donald E. Knuth
  Taschenbuch

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Little more than javadoc, 6. Dezember 1999
This book focuses on commenting code in a structured language which can be parsed into documentation, an idea which has gained great popularity with the distribution of JavaDoc for java comments. There are various essays concerning structured programming and a detailed description of CWeb, an early JavaDoc-like system. I bought this book hoping for a guide to writing readable structured code and formalizing comment semantics, but those problems are not addressed in this text.


Genetic Algorithms in Search, Optimization, and Machine Learning
Genetic Algorithms in Search, Optimization, and Machine Learning
von David E. Goldberg
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Preis: EUR 75,99

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great introduction to the field, 16. August 1999
One seldom finds a book as well-written as this one. The underlying mathematics are explained in a very accessible manner, yet with enough rigor to fully explain the "partial schemata" theory which is so important to understanding when and where GenAlgs can be applied. It is the lack of coverage of this theory which causes so much misunderstanding and disappointment in the power of genetic algorithms.
But beyond the background math (which makes up a small part of the book) this is really a tutorial on implementing GenAlgs, and it is an excellent one. The sample code is great, and the implementations are developed throughout the book, allowing the reader to implement simple (but functional) algorithms after reading only the first few chapters, but building to very sophisticated and modern techniques by the end of the book.
A great find.


Internet E-mail Protocols, Standards and Implementation (Artech House Telecommunications Library)
Internet E-mail Protocols, Standards and Implementation (Artech House Telecommunications Library)
von Lawrence Hughes
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 135,86

1.0 von 5 Sternen Windows NT specific, poorly written, and not comprehensive, 16. August 1999
My initial complaint, which I realized within the first chapter, is that the author is *extremely* biased towards WinNT, not simply ignoring other platforms, but actually taking several pages to explain why they should all be ignored. He claims that Apple doesn't let programmers write compatible software and will sue those who try, and that the single newline character used on UNIX systems is an anachronism from when computers didn't have enough memory for the more correct CR LF sequence. (The first of which is clearly absurd and the second of which is directly contradictory to the universally accepted truth that CRLF is a holdover from teletype days.) This seems very strange since internet email is almost by definition a cross-platform (or even UNIX-specific) venture; and the newline comment is extremely worrying since this is a major issue in email which the author completely ignores.
Even for NT-specific programming this book doesn't seem useful. The author includes incredibly rudimentary material (including a section on how binary works and what bits are) yet jumps straight to rather sophisticated constructs with no explanation of those construts at all: I fear neither novice users nor experienced programmers would like this book.
The section on domain names consists of nothing more than instructions on configuring one specific WinNT DNS server. The protocol explanations include ridiculous side notes ("now is the time to clear your input buffers") which are clearly specific to the one product the authors claims to have written, yet not a single line of code appears in the book.
This book could at best have a been a decent compilation of RFC's, but the protocols are not detailed completely and there are multiple blatant errors. Any time saved by using this book instead of scrounging the internet will be lost ten times over in debugging time.
This is the first book I've ever returned to Amazon, and is the last one I will ever buy from this publisher.


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