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XML Pocket Reference
XML Pocket Reference
von Robert Eckstein
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent and concise...but XML moves fast, 25. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: XML Pocket Reference (Taschenbuch)
This concise reference is excellent in its coverage of XML, Namespaces, XSL, XLink, and XPointer. It doesn't mention XPath and XSLT explicitly, because when it was written (mid-1999) they hadn't been separated out from XSL (but they are covered under XSL).
There are a couple of areas which could be improved:
-- It's a bit annoying that it assumes that XML is primarily an extensible HTML: a way of representing documents whose appearance will be specified using XSK stylesheets. Although this is misleading, and ignores the tremendous value of XML for data interchange, it doesn't diminish the value of the reference material; still, it colors the examples and the general approach.
-- Pointers to Web resources would have been useful. (e.g. oasis-open.org).
I hope that O'Reilly plans to revise this useful reference frequently while XML continues to evolve rapidly. In the meantime, it will be useful to check the w3.org site regularly.


Proofs and Refutations: The Logic of Mathematical Discovery
Proofs and Refutations: The Logic of Mathematical Discovery
von John Worrall
  Taschenbuch

5 von 5 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen The fundamental work on what mathematics really does, 22. Mai 2000
Definitions, examples, theorems, proofs -- they all seem so inevitable. But how did they come to be that way? What is the role of counterexamples? Why are some definitions so peculiar? What good are proofs?
In this brilliant and deep -- yet easy to read -- book, Lakatos shows how mathematicians explore concepts; how their ideas can develop over time; and how misleading the "textbook" presentation of math really is.
Fascinating for anyone who has seen mathematical proofs (even high-school Euclidean geometry) and essential for anyone studying mathematics at any level.
(I wrote this review in 1996, before Amazon kept track of reviewers' names... some additional notes:)
If you'd like to read more discussion about Lakatos and the intellectual context of P&R, you'll be interested in Brendan Larvor's "Lakatos: An Introduction".


JavaScript Objects (Wrox Press)
JavaScript Objects (Wrox Press)
von Tom Myers
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Thinking clearly in a scripting language, 9. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: JavaScript Objects (Wrox Press) (Taschenbuch)
Your code can benefit from object-oriented programming even if your language doesn't support it directly. Javascript provides more support for O-O programming than (say) C, although much less than Java.
JSO shows you how to write client-side applications in object-oriented Javascript. It leads you through useful examples using the technique, demonstrating that you can do many sophisticated and useful things with this 'scripting' language.
For very experienced programmers, this will at times be a slow, but most developers will benefit from the close attention to the code.
JSO doubles as a concise introduction and reference to Javascript, covering it better in 80 pages than those bricks in the bookstore do in 1200.
The strength of this book is also its weakness. Since it focusses on client-side functionality, its example of client/server Web programming is unrealistically tilted towards providing all functionality on the client. But, given the current state of the art, I can't think of a better way of doing this without spending too much time on server-side issues. Along the same lines, the current incompatibilities among implementations force it to be browser-specific (Internet Explorer).
Overall, this is probably the best book on client-side Javascript programming -- as long as you don't care about cross-browser compatibility.


Python Essential Reference (New Riders Professional Library)
Python Essential Reference (New Riders Professional Library)
von David M. Beazley
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Model programmer's reference for a clean, practical language, 9. Januar 2000
This excellent reference concisely covers the Python language and libraries. It is a model of what a reference should be: well-produced, tightly written, comprehensive without covering the obsolete or arcane. I even like the small type face.
Peter Leopold's pompous 'official' review is off the mark in a variety of ways. For instance, the reason there aren't comparisons to other languages is precisely that this is _reference_, not advocacy or tutorial.
Leopold's ill-tempered criticisms of the language itself are hardly relevant to the quality of the book; they also happen to be incorrect. Python _does_ support bytecode-only distribution. Python _is not_ a cleansed version of Perl. Python _is not_ only for quick and dirty projects.
Python _does_ provide the abstraction mechanisms and libraries to solve serious problems in a maintainable way, as long as execution efficiency isn't paramount.


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