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It Ain't Half Hot Mum - Complete Collection [DVD] [1974]
It Ain't Half Hot Mum - Complete Collection [DVD] [1974]
Dvd ~ Windsor Davies
Price: £17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 19 Feb. 2014
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This is a series that is sometimes forgotten about when reminiscing about the "good old days" of BBC comedy series, but in my opinion it was one the funniest. Consistently good over all the series.


Alan Partridge : Knowing Me, Knowing You/Knowing Me, Knowing Yule - Complete BBC Series [1994] [DVD]
Alan Partridge : Knowing Me, Knowing You/Knowing Me, Knowing Yule - Complete BBC Series [1994] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Steve Coogan
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Price: £2.33

5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, 19 Feb. 2014
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This was such a funny, well put together series such that I'm sure some people would have tuned in originally (before the character became well known) not realising that is is a spoof.

Still holds up after the years.


Java EE 6 Development with NetBeans 7
Java EE 6 Development with NetBeans 7
by David R. Heffelfinger
Edition: Paperback
Price: £29.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction, 19 Feb. 2014
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This is a good introduction to the subject, and clear even if you're not experienced in NetBeans or JavaEE. I did find that the latest version of NetBeans has slight dialogue changes compared to the screenshots but for the most part you can work around this with no difficulty.

I recommend this book.


Learning Joomla! 3 Extension Development-Third Edition
Learning Joomla! 3 Extension Development-Third Edition
by Tim Plummer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.15

5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 19 Feb. 2014
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This is such an improvement over using the Joomla provided online tutorials.It covers plugins, modules and components in that order so that each chapter builds upon the previous ones.

Easy and clear so I recommend this book.


C# Design Pattern Essentials
C# Design Pattern Essentials
by Tony Bevis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.95

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide to design patterns, 24 Mar. 2013
This book is an adaptation of the excellent Java version with all examples and explanations converted for C# programmers. As well as covering all 23 patterns as described in GoF there are some additional ones too, and a good chapter that shows how to combine some of the common patterns into a simple example application.

PROS
- Covers all 23 GoF patterns (not all books do this).
- Very simple and clear examples.
- Examples follow a common theme.
- Covers MVC and other useful patterns beyond GoF.
- Only assumes basic knowledge of C#.
- Useful appendix showing a "pattern on a page" for quick reference once you become familiar.
- The best patterns book for beginners that I have seen, and also useful for non-beginners.

CONS
- No one book on the subject can provide all the information you will ever need, so other resources/books may also be beneficial in learning different ways of applying patterns.
- Some minor typographical errors, although there is an errata page on the publisher's website.

Overall, I highly recommend this book. It is clearly and concisely written and covers a subject that all C# programmers should know and have on their bookshelf.


Java Design Pattern Essentials - Second Edition
Java Design Pattern Essentials - Second Edition
by Tony Bevis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide to design patterns, 24 Mar. 2013
I previously reviewed the first edition of this book and found it very good, and this second edition is even better. There are a couple of additional chapters now, including an easy to follow worked application that shows how to combine some of the more common patterns which nicely supplements the individual pattern chapters.

PROS
- Covers all 23 GoF patterns (not all books do this).
- Very simple and clear examples.
- Examples follow a common theme.
- Covers MVC and other useful patterns beyond GoF.
- Only assumes basic knowledge of Java.
- Useful appendix showing a "pattern on a page" for quick reference once you become familiar.
- The best patterns book for beginners that I have seen, and also useful for non-beginners.

CONS
- No one book on the subject can provide all the information you will ever need, so other resources/books may also be beneficial in learning different ways of applying patterns.
- Some minor typographical errors, although there is an errata page on the publisher's website.

Overall, I highly recommend this book. It is clearly and concisely written and covers a subject that all Java programmers should know and have on their bookshelf. There is also a C# version of the book by the same author.


Machine Nature: The Coming Age of Bio-inspired Computing
Machine Nature: The Coming Age of Bio-inspired Computing
by Moshe Sipper
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent non-technical introduction to the subject, 15 April 2012
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This book is an excellent introduction to artificial intelligence aimed at a general readership. It is therefore very suitable for those just wanting a non-technical overview of this fascinating subject.


Java Design Pattern Essentials
Java Design Pattern Essentials
by Tony Bevis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple and clear, 1 Sept. 2010
I rather liked this book. It is essentially an introductory work that uses simple Java programs to illustrate the principles and application of design patterns. The writing style is clear and seems to get to the point without waffle. It also has the advantage of covering all 23 of the GoF design patterns, although some of these, like Interpreter, are not often needed in practice. But it's good to have them all referenced in a single work, and the examples all seem to make sense on first reading. Another thing I've not seen in other works is that all of the pattern examples revolve around one common theme, that of a car manufacturer, so you can more easily see how different patterns are used for different purposes. This is certainly an improvement on the original GoF examples.

There is also a nice worked example for the MVC pattern, which is very useful considering most applications have a GUI somewhere and seeing how some of the other patterns interrelate to achive MVC is quite instructive.

Simple UML diagrams supplemented by an appendix for those unfamiliar, though they are easy to pick up. There also an appendix with a handy 'pattern on a page' summary which would be useful as a bried reminder.

You do need to be comfortable with Java as the book assumes some knowledge of how to code and basic OOP concepts. The code makes use of up to date Java features such as enums and the for-each construct.

The book is not perfect of course. I spotted a couple of minor typographical errors, though they don't really detract, and there's no mention of patterns for EJBs for example. But if you're new to the subject or been left confused by other explanations then this might just give you what you need to get started. It's not the longest book on the subject, though I guess this is reflected in the price.

Overall, a good introduction to the subject and a good price. Recommended.


This Truckin' Life: The Reminiscences of a Truck Driver
This Truckin' Life: The Reminiscences of a Truck Driver
by Laurie Driver
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Okay Read, 27 May 2009
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Bought this mainly on the strength of previous reviews, one of which turns out to be by the author himself (the cheeky trucker!).

Takes a while to get going, and while some of the anecdotes are amusing there's nothing I found laugh out loud funny. All in all an okay read, but don't expect Oscar Wilde.


RAC 200 GPS Unit (UK & Ireland)
RAC 200 GPS Unit (UK & Ireland)

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars To Balance Other Reviews, 18 July 2007
Seeing some of the other reviews which give this a very poor rating, I thought I would balance things up a bit (but only a bit!). In fairness, this is my first ever Satnav, which was received as a present, so I have no others to compare against. However, I find it to be a satisfactory unit and will address my experiences in respect of the criticisms:

1. It's true that the printed manual isn't great, but there's a much more detailed manual available on the supplied CD which lists all the functions.

2. Contrary to another review, there ARE safety cameras installed, but I understand why people might miss them as for some daft reason they're called "Red Lights" on this unit! (I suspect it may be a result of translation from another language).

3. I've had the unit lock-up a couple of times but on both occasions it's been in the exact same location, so maybe a GPS reception problem? I found the reset button worked, though.

It is one of the cheaper units out there, so I guess you get what you pay for. For my needs it's fine.


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