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Java Programming on Linux with CDROM
Java Programming on Linux with CDROM
von Nathan Meyers

3.0 von 5 Sternen Valuable for description of Java development tools, 7. Januar 2000
Java Programming on Linux by Nathan Meyers is a valuable addition to your Java bookshelf, if you work on LINUX.
The introduction is a very good overview of Java and explains why Java (despite the hype) is not much used to program GUIs and why its main use is on the server.
It also explains where you can't use Java.
It is not really the tutorial. It takes the approach of diving into long program listings. The coverage of Java classes is about what you'd get by using the SUN online documentation (which is better).
So I wouldn't use the book to teach yourself Java or as a Java reference.
Here is where the book shines: setting up Java on LINUX and using the large number of tools that are available on LINUX for Java programming.
The book takes the approach of running programs and showing their output almost without commentary, but it is the only book I know of that will show you what is out there on LINUX if you want to do Java development.

Complete Works
Complete Works
von Plato
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 56,38

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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the great books of all time, 31. Dezember 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Complete Works (Gebundene Ausgabe)
In ancient times, Plato was regarded as one who writes most beautifully, and even in translation his mastery comes forward.
Reading this book, you are at the beginning of philosophy. There are beautiful dialogs concerning the most profound questions anyone can ask.
An advantage of this particular book is that for a reasonable price you can own Plato's complete works in modern scholarly translations. The volume is skillfully edited and there are handy notes.
Plato is one of the few philosophers who can be read for pleasure. His influence on Western thought is immense. As Whitehead says, subsequent Western philosophy is just footnotes to Plato.
Here are some of the works collected in this volume -
Apology - Socrates defense of his life
Phaedo - a defense of the immortality of the soul
Euthyrpo - a criticism of the Divine Command theory of ethics
Republic - the ideal commonwealth, what is justice, theory of ideas
Meno - the recollection theory of knowledge
Timaeus - Plato's story of the creation of the universe, his cosmology

The Philosophy of History (Great Books in Philosophy)
The Philosophy of History (Great Books in Philosophy)
von G.W.F. Hegel
Preis: EUR 8,99

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hegel's most accessible introduction to his thought, 31. Dezember 1999
Philosophy of History is Hegel's most accessible introduction to his thought.
The introduction and preface are the most valuable parts of the book.
Much of the book is only of historical interest. His history of Greece, Rome, Israel and the Germans cannot be taken seriously anymore. There are racist and jingoist views in this book that seriously date it.
On the other hand, the book clearly expresses Hegel's spiritual philosophy of an evolving God who learns from the history of the world that is his thought.
For those who are looking for an introduction to Hegel that is written in his own words, this book is invaluable.

Avenger (Star Trek (Unnumbered Hardcover))
Avenger (Star Trek (Unnumbered Hardcover))
von William Shatner
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen Adventure at its best for those who love action, 31. Dezember 1999
William Shatner is my favorite novelist. He knows how to write action stories that are also very thought-provoking. Shatner's name on a book means that you are going to have a quality read.
Avenger is one of his best, thoroughly enjoyable. It is the end of the Trilogy that began with Return. It also preceeds the new series that begins with Spectre.
Kirk, Spock, and Picard must solve the problem of the virogen plauge that is wrecking the Federation. Loose ends from previous Star Trek novels and movies are tied up.
The book leaves one with a lot to think about with regard to ecology and eco-terrorism. The Federation by homogenizing environments puts the galaxy in danger of being overcome by disease.
The story is also very moving and has a surprise ending I will not reveal.

Windows NT Shell Scripting
Windows NT Shell Scripting
von Tim Hill
Preis: EUR 27,17

5.0 von 5 Sternen Awesome book. Invaluable Information, 27. Dezember 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Windows NT Shell Scripting (Taschenbuch)
I come to NT shell scripting from a UNIX background. This book gave me the information I needed to know to write effective NT shell scripts.
At first I tried to use my old DOS manuals but the scripts I wrote didn't work since things have changed. This book gave me the updated information I needed to accomplish my tasks.
It is clearly written and extremely well organized. The book serves as both tutorial and reference.

God And Evil: An Introduction To The Issues
God And Evil: An Introduction To The Issues
von Michael L Peterson
Preis: EUR 28,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent introduction to subject, 24. Dezember 1999
The book is short only 134 pages but in its brief compass it provides an excellent introduction to the Problem of Evil.
The book argues very effectively that the nature and extent of Evil does not provide sufficient evidence to conclude that the God of traditional theism (good, all-knowing, and all-powerful) does not exist.
A course on Philosophy of Religion should probably balance the course with a book that argues more negatively.
The chapters are
1 The Problem of Evil and It Place in Philosopy of Religion 2 The Logical Problem of Evil 3 The Function of Defense 4 The Probabistic Problem of Evil 5 The Problem of Gratuitous Evil 6 The Task Of Theodicy 7 The Existential Problem of Evil
Amongst the philosophers discussed are Hume, Mackie, Plantinga, Flew, George Schlesinger, Walter Kaufmann, Paul Draper, Augustine, Hick, and Whitehead.

File Structures: An Object-Oriented Approach with C++
File Structures: An Object-Oriented Approach with C++
von Michael J. Folk
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent introduction, 24. Dezember 1999
The book is an excellent introduction to what goes on inside databases.
I used an earlier edition of this book when I was suddenly put in the position of writing database internals, and I had to modify and improve the B-tree code of a database.
While the book is not advanced, it gave me an understanding of how B-trees work which helped me master this assignment. After reading this book, I was able to read more advanced articles in the database literature.
The discussion in the book is extremely clear. The content is fascinating and it gives you a solid introduction to topics that are basic to modern computer systems.
The book will not make you an expert (you have to have suitable mentors and suitable reading of the literature for that) but it will get you off the ground which is all you should expect from an introductory book.
You have to recognize that the code and algorithms are not industry quality - they are teaching quality - they do not have all the optimizations one would expect to use in industry; the code in the book is designed to make the concepts clear.

Introduction to Probability (Addison-Wesley Advanced Series in Statistics)
Introduction to Probability (Addison-Wesley Advanced Series in Statistics)
von Harold J. Larson

5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent Introduction to Probability, 24. Dezember 1999
This book provides an excellent introduction to Probability Theory.
It only requires high school algebra and calculus.
It covers both discrete and continous probabilities.
It has an exceptionally clear discussion of distribution functions and how they are used to define discrete and continous probabilities.
Its discussion of Random Variables is also very clear.
While the book requires knowledge of Calculus, it is for the absolute beginner in Probability Theory. It does not assume any prior knowlege of the subject.
The explanations are clear and easy to follow.
The exercises are useful and help establish mastery of the subject.
The book is eminently suitable for college students after they have had their first calculus course.
Understanding probability theory is important to a number of disciplines, both in science and business. This book is not just written for those who aspire to be mathematicians but those who need to have an understanding of probability theory in non-mathematical careers.

Transformation of the God Image: Elucidation to Jung's "Answer to Job" (Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts)
Transformation of the God Image: Elucidation to Jung's "Answer to Job" (Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts)
von Edward F Edinger

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent in-depth treatment of Jung's most famous book, 24. Dezember 1999
Jung has said that Answer to Job is the one book he wrote he wouldn't change.
Answer to Job covers more than psychology, it is a book of poetic dimensions. It is notoriously hard to understand.
Edinger's work opens up the contents of Answer to Job. Every page of this wonderful little book is brimful of insights taking one from appreciation of Answer to Job to understanding.
Edinger has a gift for expressing complex ideas in simple concrete terms. He is a master educator. Jaffe has done a masterful job of converting Edinger's lectures into a book.
The book will give you a greater understanding of Jung, his spirtual quest, and Jungian spirtuality.
Jung is one of the twentieth century's greatest scientific, spiritual and cultural forces. Edinger helps one get more from Jung's rich mythopoeic and psychological insights.
The book is a paragraph by paragraph discussion of Jung's Answer to Job with additional material drawn from other writings of Jung and additional authors.

Process and Reality (Gifford Lectures Delivered in the University of Edinburgh During the Session 1927-28)
Process and Reality (Gifford Lectures Delivered in the University of Edinburgh During the Session 1927-28)
von Alfred North Whitehead
Preis: EUR 15,80

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Foundational work for Process Theology, 23. Dezember 1999
Whitehead's book is a seminal work on freedom and becoming. His neologisms make it a difficult read but with help from Sherburne's "Key" even a beginner can make a lot of sense out of what Whitehead is saying. This is where Process Theology got its start.
The book is essential for anyone interested in freedom, creativity and a modern philosophy of becoming.
I have problems with the book's optimism. The values specified in the primordial beginning seem to me to be more interested in certain differential equations than in any kind of human flourishing.
I recommend the book highly as an ambitious, interesting, and systematic approach to doing philosophy in the grand old sense.

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