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Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software
Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software
by Richard Helm
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say? Our lectures were built from this book and it's proven invaluable., 14 Jun 2014
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"If you only buy one book, this is it", our lecturer said and I have to agree. An entire section of a module later in the year turned out to have been based on it and with 'knowledge of design patterns' featuring in software engineering job specs, it really has been invaluable.

You have your structural, creational and behavioural patterns, with great advice for, for example, adapting an interface for a new class with features the old interface wouldn't have allowed; OK to me, it reads a lot like industry recognised hacking-together, but I'm told these are genuine real-World problems that you'll face in your careers and by following these patters will have more maintainable code, as future coders will recognise what your classes are doing. Even if you did have to hack it together.

One thing to note: the examples are in C++, but it translates well to any O-O language and the lessons are still valuable and there to be learned.

That's about all I can say, it's the most useful book I own.

Forza Motorsport 5 (Xbox One)
Forza Motorsport 5 (Xbox One)
Price: £39.85

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best looking game on XBox One + regular updates and free tracks make this a must have., 14 Jun 2014
Forza returns! With well over 200 cars 66 manufacturers. 17 tracks including some of my all time favourites: Long Beach, Nurburgring, Yas Marina, Silverstone, Road America, Indianapolis and of course, the Top Gear race track. Top gear features heavily in this game, with the 3 presenters introducing the specialist events, the cars available and the special digital stig challenges.

Yes, you read correctly, the Nurbergring is now in the game. No, I didn't have to pay for it either! I'm glad, the amount of DLC promised led me to believe I'd be paying for the 'ring, but so far it's not been as bad as feared. The cars available are widely varied and there's enough choice that the DLC doesn't make you feel like you're missing out, also it's not like Gran Turismo of old where it's roster included 20 types of used Honda Civic and the car packs are generally special editions. That said if they'd already made it when the game is released I would prefer they put it in the game, but I don't feel the game is any better or worse for it. The DLC cars don't offer any special advantage.

Looks wise it's mostly stunning. I say 'mostly' because there are some dull-looking tracks, namely Silverstone, which I'd have preferred wasn't overcast, but otherwise tracks like Prague and the Swiss Alps and newly added Nordschliefe are stunning and some of the behind the wheel views are incredible.

There's also variety to the types of race, with one-on-ones, old Project Gotham favourites like pass as many cars as you can in 2 laps, bowling and of course your normal circuits. AI is good too, based off of performance from real XBL members (including yourself!), which really adds to the general feel of the game. Personally I'm someone who can just spend hours doing time-trials, but racing is fun and the AI is surprisingly intelligent and often aggressive on the higher levels.

At launch, with the roster being what it was (Forza 4 had 500 vehicles) and with fewer tracks available I'd have given this 4/5, it was a good launch game, but it was lacking, but it's improved massively since then and at ~£35 it's definitely a game worthy of any Xbox One collection.

Samsung NC10 10.2-inch Netbook (Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, Windows XP Home, White) (discontinued by manufacturer)
Samsung NC10 10.2-inch Netbook (Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, Windows XP Home, White) (discontinued by manufacturer)

4.0 out of 5 stars A decent netbook! Available in Apple white., 15 Sep 2009
I've owned one for about 6 months now and it still works, despite being lugged around in a bag 5 days a week so that's a good sign. I can't really fault it much to be honest and apart from the smaller resolution and OS being a bit of a step backward technology-wise, it's a perfectly capable machine.

The NC10 is at the higher end spec-wise and if you aren't willing to pay the extra for a VAIO and its superior screen resolution this comes highly recommended. Just be warned, it does suffer from the usual setbacks that come with reduced processing power and you will likely need to buy an external CD drive at some point.

Overall 4/5. Not bad, it is one of the best netbooks available and this one has the bonus of looking a bit like it's made by apple.

Birthday Gift
Birthday Gift

4.0 out of 5 stars A nice peice of merch for fans of the Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer., 16 April 2009
This review is from: Birthday Gift (MP3 Download)
If you've only seen the film you might not fully understand what this is about as this CD is, brilliantly (I'm trying to remain unbiased, but I'm currently stuck into Eclipse and find the Saga completely engrossing) taken from the books. In particular 'New Moon' where, (without giving too much of the plot away) Bella begs Edward not to spend any money on her for her birthday. So, in keeping with his promise he gives her a mix tape. Not just any mix tape, but a CD containing his compositions that includes a song written by Edward especially for Bella (Bella's Lullaby), Esme's favourite song and Edward and Bella's shared favourite peice of music 'Clair De Lune'.

I do enjoy relaxing to classical music and I'm no connoisseur, but this is extremely easy on the ears. It's an excellent peice of reading music and really helps add to the atmosphere when reading a Twilight book (or any good book for that matter). I personally paired it with the film's OST in a playlist.

It's a testament to the book's popularity that this has been brought to life and I've enjoyed it very much. Definitely one for the fans :)

Girl Next Door, The [2004] [DVD]
Girl Next Door, The [2004] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Emile Hirsch
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.75

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a teen comedy. It's much more than that!, 14 Jan 2006
I don't like the way this movie was marketed as a teen comedy. YES it has the jocks and the losers but I wouldn't class this as a teen comedy at all. It's so much deeper and really much more of a love story / adventure because that's what happens.
The first 1/4 is pretty much your average Teen comedy and was mostly what you saw in the trailers. Hard working kid with no time for fun meets hot girl next door who just happen's to be a porn star with his loser mates talking about "banging" hot chicks and not getting any. Thats the plot overall but that doesn't make an enjoyable movie in my eyes. In fact I only watched this when a friend had it on DVD and let me borrow it. I didn't exactly go out my way to watch this. Now it's one of my favourite films.
This is because of where the film takes you and how much you can relate to what's happening. How many of you have felt your working to hard when you're young and not having much fun? How many of you have seen the perfect girl and wanted her so bad you'd do the craziest stuff? Half the "stuff" that happens through the film (especially the ending) you wouldn't have predicted from watching the first 1/4 and I want to tell you all the "stuff" but that would really spoil the first viewing (there will be more).
The film is almost perfectly made, the kids are all excellent and the two stars have sparks practically flying off them when they are together. The music is spot on and the twists and turns will take your emotions on a roller-coaster ride.
This film is perfect for watching alone, with friends or with your girlfriend because its "feel-good", "funny" and really "deep" and really deserves better credit as it's more than just an above average teen comedy. It fully deserves your attention.
Also: The extras on this dvd are really good quality. Theres more than just the usual trailers and making of. Unlike most films they add to the next veiwing as well as making your experience more enjoyable.

FIFA 06: Road To Fifa World Cup (Xbox 360)
FIFA 06: Road To Fifa World Cup (Xbox 360)
Offered by sicodaddy
Price: £29.99

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only plus is online, 7 Dec 2005
I'll explain my reasoning behind this...
I just got my 360 with prg3 and started playing old games however, some didn't work so I tried them all including the old fifa 2003 (the last fifa I bought before switching to pro evo) and had alot of fun just messing around.
Playing pro evo for so long has raise alot of flaws kanomi's masterpice such as bad defending and auto switching players and this has none of it (although defending is hit and go but it is a diferent game so I'll get to the point).
I soon found I hadn't played on pgr3 in 2 days and asked myself why did I by a 360 if I'm not going to use it so decided on getting fifa 06 over xbox's pro evo 5. Big mistake!
My first impressions were "WOW". The presentation is typically high class for EA. The commentary is brilliant (i was playing a scotland - england match and they started talking about past games and analysing everything and it felt both accurate and really helped keep the fantasy alive). The graphics are pretty good (so they should be!) and the game seems pretty refined since 2003 and online is really good fun.
Then the unforgivable happened. Not only did I find just how much features are missing but a really bad glitch happened, I shot just wide and the game said it was a goal. That is terrible and even if it is a 1 in a million chance of it happening. It happened on the day I got it and I'm glad I kept the reciept.
Usually It feels good playing in real kits with real stars and ace commentary. But look through the presentation and you have a real rushed title that should be avoided. Either wait till EA gets its act together or buy pro evo 5 on xbox.

Offered by funfair games
Price: £5.00

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What could've been..., 4 Jan 2005
This review is from: DRIV3R (PS2) (Video Game)
Dissapointing at best.
Survival has lost it's edge. Take a ride just isn't fun anymore, AI is terrible and so are the none driving bits.
I knew this beforehand and still bought it, Why?
I guess I had too.
Driver 2 was soo good. It's the sole reason me and so many others bought it.
I strongly advise you to rent it if you haven't already bought it.
You already bout it? you feel silly don't you?

Learn to Fly [CD 1]
Learn to Fly [CD 1]
Offered by vinylandcds
Price: £5.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpeice by Dave Grohl, 4 Jan 2005
This review is from: Learn to Fly [CD 1] (Audio CD)
What can I say? I've heard people say they don't like the foo fighters because their music is too perfect. This is my second favourite song from the album "nothing left to lose" which is packed full of great songs and learn to fly is definately a classic in many ways.

AS a single it's put together with alot of care with 2 really good songs that aren't from the album: Iron and Stone and have a cigar. It's even better with the ability to put it together on HDD.
To any fan of rock music and the foo fighters this is a must.

Need For Speed: Underground 2 (Xbox)
Need For Speed: Underground 2 (Xbox)
Offered by Bonkers4Bargains!
Price: £17.43

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Burger king in a game that's "underground"?, 4 Jan 2005
I am trying to be very carefull with my words as it's hard to critisize a game that is as widely acclaimed as nfs:Ug2
While I really have enjoyed playing with the huge amounts of car parts, vinyls and paints I really don't want to encourage EA to make games the way they are. It's more than cheeky the way they use NOS in a similar way to burnout and the attempt at free roaming.
It's all nice this on paper being underground and stuff but It's incredibly mainstream stuff.
It's more Chav culture than tuner culture.It has no cops, product placement and a playlist desperately trying to appeal to everyone with snoop dog remixing a song with need for speed obviousely mentioned. It's really annoying, especially with burger king even having an unlockable decal. I also don't apreciate being called "dawg" all the time by certain characters.
I'm sounding realy negative here aren't I? I shoudn't be, the choice of cars is fantastic, you start with a focus, early 90's corrola, 106, etc and move onto hardcore jap imports like supras and skylines. The new 350Z is there too. There's also A H2 Hummer and other OTT 4X4's to mod.
The racing is a little touch and go as the game engine doesn't have a solid feel and cars feel realy light especially during bumps with other racers round corners.
Still the game isn't bad, Out of the need for speeds it's not the worst (It's better than no.2) it's just the equivilant to swearing in a song so more people will buy it. There's also online play so you can show off your all rulling 1.8 corsa and listening to players wtf when you cream their beefed up evos and rx7's.
I'd defiantly recommend you to at least try this game and maybe cheat a little as the fun is in making ordinary cars look awesome.
I miss the good old days with beautifull supercars, country roads and cops with texan accents yelling "dewnt let mah caytch ya Speeeeedung agayen!"

iAudio M3 Colour Sound MP3 Player with Cradle 40GB
iAudio M3 Colour Sound MP3 Player with Cradle 40GB

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The FUTURE..., 4 Jan 2005
This is the way forward. Radio DJ's have let go of personal record collections after they put them on hard drive. It has a line in cable for recording out of a headphone socket and an in-built microphone for memos. It can also hold virtually any kind of file (video, word documents, etc.)
This is the I AUDIO, it is a 40gig HDD (Hard Disk Drive) music player (think IPOD). It's like an MP3 player only on a much bigger scale.
I got the 40g instead of the 20g as in this era of gadgets and new technology that even though I can't fit anywhere near 5,000 songs (that's the 20g) at the minute I knew I'd never be satisfied if I didn't have the "next one up".
There is a 60gig Ipod but I've heard bad things about reliability and sound. And a friend had a sony 20g for £270 but I wasn't convinced as £250+ is alot of money. So I shopped around and found this beauty for £30 cheaper than a sony with 1/2 the memory.
I asked myself "do I need this?" Of course I didn't, I just wanted it... ALOT. So I bought it
Got It home and it's AWSOME! Not only can it record to ogg. which compresses more than mp3 but I've put a cassete onto it. I didn't know you could do that, it's alittle tricky and you have to listen to it the whole way through (pressing stop and record) or you end up with one huge song.
Even better (and more importantly) it looks fantastic! I'm not sure how hard I can drop it but it feels sturdy, doesn't skip, you can hear it sometimes if it's right next to you. It has an easy to use menu and the most impressive feature... It's the cheapest (as far as I know) 40g player around. Top value for money and an exellent gadget. 5 stars fully recommended to anyone.

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