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Boxing's Greatest Fighters
Bert Randolph Sugar
1592286321
January 2006
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Review
“Bert Sugar is far more than a connoisseur of the Manly Art. He is one of the foremost sports historians alive.”--The Boston Globe


Effective Com
Don Box
0201379686
Dec 1998
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Book Review
Effective COM opens with a chapter devoted to the migration from C++ to COM programming, presenting five "attitude shifts" that C++ coders need to undergo to program successfully with COM. It starts with a discussion of defining interfaces in the Interface Definition Language (IDL), and then moves on to a discussion of the unique distribution challenges of COM-based systems. The authors also discuss other differences, such as exception calls.

The next chapter presents tips pertaining to the all-important interfaces in COM. Both the big picture and some precise details are covered to help you implement your interfaces safely, as well as the implementations and the particular challenges that COM presents. The authors emphasize "defensive coding"--pointing out dangerous assumptions and offering suggestions for producing...



Maus: A Survivor's Tale - 2 Volume Boxed Set
Art Spiegelman
0679748407
November 1993
Paperback
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Book Description
Volumes I & II in paperback of this 1992 Pulitzer Prize-winning illustrated narrative of Holocaust survival.

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Volumes I & II in paperback of this 1992 Pulitzer Prize-winning illustrated narrative of Holocaust survival.


Getting Things Done: The Art Of Stress-Free Productivity
David Allen
0743520343
January 2002
Compact Disc
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Book Review
With first-chapter allusions to martial arts, "flow," "mind like water," and other concepts borrowed from the East (and usually mangled), you'd almost think this self-helper from David Allen should have been called Zen and the Art of Schedule Maintenance.

Not quite. Yes, Getting Things Done offers a complete system for downloading all those free-floating gotta-do's clogging your brain into a sophisticated framework of files and action lists--all purportedly to free your mind to focus on whatever you're working on. However, it still operates from the decidedly Western notion that if we could just get really, really organized, we could turn ourselves into 24/7 productivity machines. (To wit, Allen, whom the New Economy bible Fast Company has dubbed "the personal productivity guru," suggests that instead of meditating on...



Essential XML
Don Box
0201709147
July 2000
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Book Review
XML is often treated as the next pop standard in markup, but seldom in depth as a set of software development specifications. Essential XML digs deep into XML, examining its capabilities as an underlying data-exchange format. This book is for serious software developers who are comfortable with technical terminology.

Right from the start, the book addresses XML as a data format and not a presentation mechanism. It is the belief of the authors that XML handcoding by humans will fade away as XML becomes increasingly a low-level standard for providing communication between applications. The entire book revolves around the XML Information Set (InfoSet), an XML specification that the authors feel is underexamined by most XML aficionados. The InfoSet defines XML documents in terms that are independent of syntax.

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Essential .NET, Volume I: The Common Language Runtime
Don Box
0201734117
November 2002
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Book Description
What Happened? In 1998, Microsoft held a Professional Developer's Conference (PDC) in San Diego. COM luminary Charlie Kindel stood up in a general session and proclaimed "no more GUIDs-;no more HRESULTs-;no more IUnknown." He and Mary Kirtland proceeded to show the basic architecture of the CLR, then known as the COM+ Runtime. Later in the session, Nat Brown and David Stutz stood up and demonstrated cross-language inheritance using Visual Basic and Java. Attendees actually went home with CDs containing primitive versions of compilers that could reproduce this very odd demonstration. It is now February 2002, and this technology has finally shipped in release form. There are two days that will forever demarcate the evolution of the Microsoft platform. On July 27, 1993, Windows NT 3.1 was released, marking the...


2006 Getting in Touch with Your Inner Bitch Box Calendar
Sourcebooks, Incorporated
1402205252
May 2005
Box Calendar
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Book Review
I read this book on the way to my last job interview. And I got the job. Now, I'm not saying that I was successful by being a bitch, but being in touch with my needs and goals was certainly a help. This humorous look at why women don't get what they need and want uses cartoons by Nicole Hollander (Sylvia) to illustrate strategies for "getting over toxic niceness" and saying what you really mean. Perhaps the world would be a nicer place if we all stopped fretting over the "B" word.

Book Description
Yes, you know you have this aspect to your personality, so instead of trying to hide it (and it takes a lot of chocolate cake to keep her suppressed) why not celebrate her? After all, she's a source of power, energy, self-esteem and she keeps you from saying "yes" when you really mean "I...


Component Development for the Java Platform
Stuart Dabbs Halloway
0201753065
Dec 2001
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Book Description
This book is about developing components using the Java platform. In this book, the term component has a very specific meaning. A component is an independent unit of production and deployment that is combined with other components to assemble an application. To elaborate on this definition, consider the difference between objects and components. An object represents an entity in the problem domain, while a component is an atomic piece of the installed solution. The object and component perspectives are complementary, and good designs take account of both. Modern development platforms such as Java provide the infrastructure that developers need to create classes and components. To support object-oriented programming, Java provides encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism. To support components, Java...


Essential COM
Don Box
0201634465
December 1997
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Book Review
The Component Object Model (COM) is deep and extremely difficult, making it impossible to grasp the ideas behind this specification quickly or easily. Don Box, the author of Essential COM concedes that it took him six months of reading documentation, writing programs, and experiencing general puzzlement before he had his personal COM epiphany. Nonetheless, if you're a C++ programmer and you want your skills to continue to be relevant in a PC market dominated by Windows 95 and Windows NT, you need to get going down the path toward your own COM enlightenment. COM is the tool of choice for creating distributed and concurrent systems for modern Microsoft operating systems. If there's a book that will help you get a handle on the COM phenomenon, Essential COM is it.

Endorsed by object-orientation guru Grady Booch and Microsoft...



Web Services Architecture and Its Specifications
Felipe Cabrera
0735621624
Feb 2005
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2006 Easy Answer Science Box Calendar
Accord Publishing, Ltd.
1579392075
September 2005
Box Calendar
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Book Description
How long can a cockroach survive without its head? This calendar provides easy answers to hard-to-answer science and technology questions, covering a variety of topics from animals to weather. • Why do crabs walk sideways? • What causes popcorn to pop? • Why don’t karate chops on concrete break our bones?


Underworld
Don DeLillo
0684848155
June 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
While Eisenstein documented the forces of totalitarianism and Stalinism upon the faces of the Russian peoples, DeLillo offers a stunning, at times overwhelming, document of the twin forces of the cold war and American culture, compelling that "swerve from evenness" in which he finds events and people both wondrous and horrifying. Underworld opens with a breathlessly graceful prologue set during the final game of the Giants-Dodgers pennant race in 1951. Written in what DeLillo calls "super-omniscience" the sentences sweep from young Cotter Martin as he jumps the gate to the press box, soars over the radio waves, runs out to the diamond, slides in on a fast ball, pops into the stands where J. Edgar Hoover is sitting with a drunken Jackie Gleason and a splenetic Frank Sinatra, and learns of the Soviet...


Retro
Loren D. Estleman
0765343738
November 2005
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
"Have you noticed how often the word 'retro' occurs in today's advertising?" a white-shoe lawyer muses in Loren D. Estleman's Retro. "It's used to sell everything from ballpoint pens to wings of hospitals. These days, backward is the new forward." Which clues you in right away to the plot orientation of this short-fused 17th novel (after Poison Blonde) featuring Detroit private eye Amos Walker, a character who's always been nostalgic for the era of mobsters and molls and dialogue gritty enough to chip teeth.

Estleman here reaches all the way back to his first Walker book, 1980's Motor City Blue, in order to resurrect Beryl Garnet, a once-prominent whorehouse operator with a laugh "like Tinkerbell on crank," now in residence at an assisted-living facility. She hires the detective to find her not-too-bright adopted...


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