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Curad Mediplast Corn, Callus & Wart Remover Pads, 25 Pads
Curad Mediplast Corn, Callus & Wart Remover Pads, 25 Pads
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5.0 out of 5 stars does the job on a heal verruca, 18 Jan 2014
Do leave it 24 hours and cover with boots sports strapping to hold it down and keep the skin soft. You can shower with if strapped down one day than uncovered the next before a fresh application. Magic.


Neptune's Brood
Neptune's Brood
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5.0 out of 5 stars bitcoins, interstellar bust-out credit fraud, and space pirates, 23 July 2013
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This review is from: Neptune's Brood (Kindle Edition)
A masterful mashup of economic ideas folded into a hardcore scifi novel. Compelling characters, rich plot, great tech. I enjoyed reading a lot of earlier Stross books for their novel ideas and interesting universes. Yet this book really stands out for me as a masterful space opera comparable with an Ian M. Banks novel. Highly recommended!


Amazon Kindle Keyboard Lighted Leather Cover, Black (only fits Kindle Keyboard)
Amazon Kindle Keyboard Lighted Leather Cover, Black (only fits Kindle Keyboard)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Way too bright, 26 Jan 2012
I have bought two of these; one for my wife and one for my mother. They love them and would give them a five. I felt compelled to give a low review to point out to the manufacture their single fault: the lamp is way too bight. If your partner is reading in bed it is like they have a search light attached to their ebook. It paints the walls with structured light which swings around as the reader shifts about. On an aeroplane it is also too bight when the cabin lights are off. I would complain from three seats away or from behind and across the aisle. Why so much power when the bulb is less than a hands width from reading surface? At the very least it drains power faster than needed. These things are expensive and the manufacturer is making a killing but it is *not* a design classic because it is anti-social to people nearby who are trying to sleep. They need to fix this then they will have made a perfect product.


Spring Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach
Spring Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach
by Gary Mak
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars first class, a must own book, 14 Nov 2009
Spring is an extremely broad framework. This book was a real eye opener to see the wealth of things which the spring framework can do and how it makes it easier to integrate may other frameworks into your application. The format is a real winner particularly as it lays bare many advanced feature of the core framework that should teach anyone familiar with spring a new trick or two. It then serves as an excellent reference book to be able to pickup, jump to a recipe, and put it into practice in your own code very easily.


Effective Java: Second Edition
Effective Java: Second Edition
by Joshua Bloch
Edition: Paperback
Price: 24.49

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read book, 14 Nov 2009
I bought both the first and second editions of this book. I feel that this book has probably made the biggest contribution to my understanding of programming in any language, although it is very much a book about the corners of Java and the pitfalls of many of its advanced features. Whilst many books give advice which fits a particular situation this book gives authoritative detail that empowers you to make a call on whether the technique fits the given situation or visa versa. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to undertake any type of code review of Java - particularly your own code!


POJO's in Action: Developing Enterprise Applications with Lightweight Frameworks: Lightweight Frameworks for Enterprise Applications
POJO's in Action: Developing Enterprise Applications with Lightweight Frameworks: Lightweight Frameworks for Enterprise Applications
by Chris Richardson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 27.56

5.0 out of 5 stars a classic, 14 Nov 2009
I bought this book back in 2006 and recently read it again. After having been putting its advice into practice for a couple of years I can say that it is first class for enterprise Java developers who work on database record orientated web applications.

It would be great if the author could get around to doing a 2nd edition to update things in light of JPA and annotation driven spring. The first edition does not suffer from predating JPA as it shows how to use either JDO or hiberante so it is straight forward to apply its principles and techniques when using JPA. Likewise the xml spring configurations it uses are probably easier to explain to someone new to spring who will find it easy to move onto using annotations to configure large parts of spring.

I published a demo ajax driven web application as a front-end to the example source code from this book which can no doubt be found with any good search engine.


Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship (Robert C. Martin)
Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship (Robert C. Martin)
by Robert C. Martin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 31.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must for java developers, 14 Nov 2009
I bought this book and Implementation Patterns (Addison-Wesley Signature) at the same time and read them at the same time. The contrast could not be greater. This book has lots of examples and although much bigger is it is a real page turner. I failed to get anything but frustration out of the other book.

In the last day I attempted to put the books advice into practice on some security code. Get it working, then re-work it for clarity using the practical advice of the book. The book very much helped to spot complexity in the initial implementation and extensively refactor the code into something more obvious, easier to document and more re-usable.

There were a couple of minor things that I disagreed with. With the author putting so much down with a stamp of authority there is going to be at least one thing in the book for everyone to disagree with. That does not distract from giving it full marks though and recommending it one to read and possibly re-read.


Implementation Patterns (Addison-Wesley Signature)
Implementation Patterns (Addison-Wesley Signature)
by Kent Beck
Edition: Paperback
Price: 23.68

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a frustrating book, 8 Nov 2009
The book has a title which says 'patterns' and is a size, layout and style which is ideal for discussing generalized design patterns. It has very few code snippets, few concrete details and very few sections have even a single example. This would be okay if a little frustrating if the book were about design patterns; the absence of implementation detail could be explained as an attempt to avoid distraction from the general principles. The problem is that this is not a book about design patterns; it is a book about writing good code. As such the essay style of the book and lack of detail and examples is inappropriate to the subject covered and is the major factor in its failure to be value for money.

At its core this book says that code should be written to convey your intent to another programmers; not only the computer. If this is a new or novel idea to you then this book might be worth skimming through. Yet will need to read other books such as Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship (Robert C. Martin) to find practical advice on how to write good, clear, code. If you already know that good code is written to convey intent to other programmers then this book will be a great disappointment as it provides insufficient examples or practical details.


There Will Be Blood (Single Disc Edition) [DVD]
There Will Be Blood (Single Disc Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Daniel Day-Lewis
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Price: 3.93

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great film ruined by the horrible violins playing during the whole film., 5 Nov 2008
A great film ruined by the horrible violins playing during the whole film. If you buy this film turn on the English subtitles and then mute your TV. You wont miss the sound as it is not a SciFi that needs it. It is actually a really well done character based movie. You don't need the violins as the sets, costumes, acting and plot are very good. Maybe the directors cut will come out with an option to turn off those violins so that I can stand sit the whole film with the sound on.


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