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A Key to Whitehead's Process and Reality
A Key to Whitehead's Process and Reality
von Donald W. Sherburne
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 35,04

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5.0 von 5 Sternen This key really works, 23. Dezember 1999
This book is the place to start if you want to understand Whitehead's Process and Reality. Sherburne has done a masterful job of explaining Whitehead's many neologisms.
Process and Reality is one of the masterworks of 20th century philosophy, however its terminology make it hard to comprehend.
Sherburne's book makes Process and Reality accessible even to non-philosophers.


The Science of Programming (Monographs in Computer Science)
The Science of Programming (Monographs in Computer Science)
von David Gries
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 80,20

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent book on writing correct programs, 22. Dezember 1999
The book provides an excellent introduction to logic and then shows how by using the language of logic and mathematics to specify pre-conditions and post-conditions one can develop provably correct programs from these pre-conditions and post-conditions.
I have used the methods in this book to develop advanced algorithms in Computer Graphics which could not have been developed in any other way.
The book is both a tutorial and reference. It is clearly written and organized.
When I first read this book, it was as though a bolt of lightning had struck me. Applying its methods, I became a much better programmer. I went from someone who struggled to get the code right to someone who always got the code right. For the first time I understood what programming was all about. I read the book on vacation while my wife and I were staying at my father's home in Sag Harbor New York and it was one of the most incredible intellectual adventures of my life. I'll never forget the smell of the sea and the sand and the logic going off like lightning flashes inside my brain.


Exploring Java (Java Series)
Exploring Java (Java Series)
von Pat Niemeyer
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent introduction to Java, 22. Dezember 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Exploring Java (Java Series) (Taschenbuch)
This book is well-written and clearly organized.
It is not a comprehensive reference manual on Java (though such a manual at this point would be around 25,000 pages.)
It explains difficult concepts clearly, such as inner classes and the Java event model.
I hope it is updated to cover Java 1.2.


A Practical Guide to Solaris
A Practical Guide to Solaris
von Mark G. Sobell
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen From beginner to expert, a great book, 22. Dezember 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: A Practical Guide to Solaris (Taschenbuch)
Sobell has provided an invaluable Guide to Solaris.
It is well written, clearly organized and as its title suggests has a wealth of practical information.
For the newbie it covers things like logging in and out, changing your password, and commands like lst, rm, and and more.
It covers the Solaris (and UNIX) utilities: things like cp, sort, diff, compress, tar.
It discusses the Solaris Filesystem, mkdir and cd, etc.,
It tells how to use the shell and do shell programming.
It has information on using and configuring X Windows and CDE. I don't do this often and I find these sections indispensible.
It has tutorial information on networking commands such as ping, finger, automount.
It covers mail programs like pine, and editors including vi and emacs.
It covers three shells, Bourne, C shell, and Korn shell.
It has an invaluable chapter on programming tools: the C compiler and dbx as well as information about the arcane subject of building shared libraries.
It has information on system administration, disk capacity planning/partitioning, scheduling tasks, administering network services, and many other administrative tasks.
It has Appendices on Regular expressions, Help, Security, and the Posix Standards.
It is a comprehensive book, useful for both tutorial and reference.


CJKV Information Processing: Chinese, Japanese, Korean & Vietnamese Computing
CJKV Information Processing: Chinese, Japanese, Korean & Vietnamese Computing
von Ken Lunde
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Bible for dealing with Asian character sets, 22. Dezember 1999
The programming world owes Ken Lunde a debt of gratitude for his masterful book on issues of internationalization.
The information he has gathered is not easily found and it is indispensible.
Internationalization is one of the hardest of all computer problems. Thanks to Ken Lunde's book one can approach this task, forewarned and forearmed.


JBuilder 2 Bible, w. CD-ROM
JBuilder 2 Bible, w. CD-ROM
von Eric Armstrong
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Will get you started with JBUILDER, 22. Dezember 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: JBuilder 2 Bible, w. CD-ROM (Taschenbuch)
This book will not help you learn Java, AWT or the JFC. There are better books on all these topics.
What this book will help you do is use the JBUILDER IDE.
Unfortunately, the Borland tutorials that come with the JBUILDER product provide more confusion than light.
This book comes to the rescue teaching you how to use the IDE to do things.
Other than that, it is not useful as a reference or a Java learning tool.
However, it will get you started with the IDE and for that I give it 5 stars.


The Odbc Solution: Open Database Connectivity in Distributed Environments/Book and Disk (Mcgraw-Hill Series on Computer Communications)
The Odbc Solution: Open Database Connectivity in Distributed Environments/Book and Disk (Mcgraw-Hill Series on Computer Communications)
von Robert Signore
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen The best book on writing ODBC applications, 22. Dezember 1999
With the ODBC API you are given a whole lot of notes? But how do you combine those notes to write a symphony? This is the only book on the market which really shows you how. It consists of a detailed ODBC reference and highly useful sample code that shows how to take the API calls and make an application out of them.
The calls are grouped in logical sequences, each call is thoroughly described, and then an example of a program that uses that call (and other calls) is given.
The writing is extremely clear. The presentation is excellent. The book is extremely well organized.
It does not assume any prior knowledge of ODBC though it assumes you know how to program C.
C is the only language used in the book. The use of ODBC in other languages such as Visual Basic is not discussed.
Though this book is old; I cannot recommend it too highly. I've used it before and I'll use it again.


Programming PYTHON: Object-oriented Scripting (Nutshell Handbook)
Programming PYTHON: Object-oriented Scripting (Nutshell Handbook)
von Mark Lutz
  Taschenbuch

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Not a good place to start, 22. Dezember 1999
This is one of O'Reilly's worst books.
In the introduction, where Mark is giving a demo the Python language, he gives Programming examples without explaining the constructs the programs use or how they achieve their goals in terms of those constructs. It is impossible to understand the points he is trying to make.
The editing of the book is just plain sloppy. The beginning is not what a beginning should be and I am so put off by the beginning I hesitate to read the rest of the book.
I'm not sure why O'Reilly let this book get to press. Most of the books I have from them are excellent.


Freud and Jung on Religion
Freud and Jung on Religion
von Michael Palmer M.D.
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 35,79

3.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent on Freud, Not so hot on Jung, 22. Dezember 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Freud and Jung on Religion (Taschenbuch)
The book provides a very informative overview of Freud's psychology.
The philosophical discussion is hardly in depth, for instance, the debate about how empirical Freud is was hardly touched upon.
He does examine in detail Freud's criticisms of religion. The author's reply to Freud's criticisms is devastating.
I found it interesting to learn that Freud was a Lamarckian. According to this book, Freud felt that the genetic theory of inheritance hadn't caught up to his theories. Science knew then and it certainly knows now that psychic trauma cannot be inherited. Freud's theory of iherited guilt feelings resembles in a way Augustine's theory of inherited Original Sin.
The Jung section was interesting but ultimately unsatisfying. He views Jung as a Berkleyian or Kantian idealist reducing everything to experience. I don't think this is fair to Jung. Jung's thought is not so one-dimensional.
My take on Jung is that the spiritual quest is fundamental and that the quest is mythic in scope. The occasional Berkelyian or Kantian window dressing Jung gives his quest are inconsequential and not important to Jung's thoughts. I can understand why those who would like to pigeon-hole Jung latch on to this aspect of his thought, but it is like dwelling on the frame of the Mona Lisa and forgetting about the content of the picture.
Jung regarded himself as trying to pursue a middle way in spirtual matters, not literal like the fundamentalists or reductionist like Freud or 19th century materialists. The author's arguments that Jung failed in this endeavor are not entirely convincing.
There are books that are more sympathetic to Jung and also better books in my opinion. I highly recommend -- Transformation of the God-Image by Edward F. Edinger and Jung and Christianity: the Challenge of Reconciliation by Wallace B. Clift. Wallace B. Clift is very critical of Jung's views that God has a dark side but is also very informative.
Having said all this; I must say Palmer's book was a very enjoyable read, a real page-turner in fact which is rare for a philosophy book, written extremely well and with great clarity.


An Introduction to Symbolic Logic
An Introduction to Symbolic Logic
von Susanne K. Langer
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 26,51

5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent introduction, 19. Dezember 1999
A truly wonderful introduction to symbolic logic. One of the best.
It covers boolean algebra, propositional calculus, and Russell and Whitehead's logistic.
A charming and delightful book.


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