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EMF: Eclipse Modeling Framework (Eclipse (Addison-Wesley))
EMF: Eclipse Modeling Framework (Eclipse (Addison-Wesley))
by Dave Steinberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: 28.10

2.0 out of 5 stars As useful as a chocolate fireguard, 24 Feb 2012
I suspect most people won't come to this book thinking "Eclipse is a really good thing and, look, it can do modelling as well"; they'll come to it because a project (in the real world) demands that they use EMF and they need to get up to speed on the concepts, techniques and practice as quickly as possible. Unfortunately my experience so far with this book is that this isn't the book to help with that. The authors clearly have their own view of what a 'model' is and what it's used for, but 'model', like 'architecture', is one of the most over used words in the technical vocabulary and the book would benefit from a clear (and relatively short) exposition of the meaning that applies here. Then we get down to details. All the way through chapter 2 there are examples of 'model' and 'code' which are supposed to be equivalent and generated from each other, with the clear implication that Eclipse/EMF had automated the translation, but it wasn't until my 2nd reading of the chapter that I spotted that actually doing this had been put off until chapter 4. Why not have a simpe, example and actually - for real - walk through it so those people who are doing this for a living, and to a timescale, can get started and see what is actually going on. Where's the 'Hello World!' example?

Would I recommend this book: no, except there doesn't seem to be any real alternative.

Xenophon ..., Volume 3
Xenophon ..., Volume 3
by Xenophon
Edition: Paperback
Price: 22.61

1.0 out of 5 stars Wish I hadn't bothered, 19 Jan 2012
This review is from: Xenophon ..., Volume 3 (Paperback)
This book is a reproduction of the second volume of the Loeb Xenophon Anabasis. I wish that somewhere in the description I'd seen that because the Loeb edition itself is cheaper, and because the text of this reproduction is largely unreadable (both English and Greek), especially in books IV and V.
A bit more information on these reproductions would be VERY USEFUL Amazon! I was expecting a volume of Brownson's translation, as used on the Perseus website, not this.

Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy)
Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy)
by John Heil
Edition: Paperback

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview, 5 Oct 2005
This book offers a very good overview of a wide and intricate subject. the only lack is a more detailed historical context - there's very little between Descartes and the 20th century. Was nothing written about philosophy of mind for a period of >300 years? (That was rhetorical by the way!)
The book does just what it says on the cover: it introduces a contemporary view of the philosophy of mind. It does it very well, but if you want a historical perspective as well (as I confess I would have welcomed) look elsewhere.

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