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The Manga Guide to Databases
The Manga Guide to Databases
by Mana Takahashi
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Kawaii Guide That Is Surprisingly In Depth, 3 May 2010
This book, despite it's 'comical' appearance, is much more than a superficial pamphlet on database structure and querying - it is, in fact, very in depth and mindful of a best-practice approach to creating, organizing, and using databases. It comes with very clear descriptions and plenty of examples and quiz questions to help you get a firm grasp of the concepts.

Well worth picking up, and the perfect gift for the otaku geek in your life.

Beginning Java ME Platform (Expert's Voice in Open Source)
Beginning Java ME Platform (Expert's Voice in Open Source)
by Ray Rischpater
Edition: Paperback
Price: 24.89

2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely NOT the Beginning..., 3 May 2010
Despite professing to be a beginner's guide, the first thing that strikes you about this book is the assumed knowledge. A peek at the back cover reveals that it is, in fact, an intermediate course in Java and not designed with a newcomer to the language in mind. Another review suggests that the book Apress recommends you read before this still doesn't answer everything, and if this is anything to go by, I believe them.

What's more, the book wastes a lot of pages by showing you the code output generated by a WYSIWYG creator without discussing it - why bother taking up six pages of code only to assume that I know what it means and not to discuss it anywhere?

A very poor guide overall. I long for the Wiley Bible series.

Building iPhone Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript: Making App Store Apps Without Objective-C or Cocoa
Building iPhone Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript: Making App Store Apps Without Objective-C or Cocoa
by Jonathan Stark
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.09

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, guiding you through the process of app creation without C/Cocoa, 3 May 2010
Having spent the past year learning HTML, CSS, JavaScript/jQuery, PHP and MySQL, when I came up with an idea for a smartphone app I was a bit daunted by the idea of learning not one, but at least three different programming languages in order to make my app work on the major smartphone platforms.

However, this book teaches you how to create apps using web scripting languages and then compile them into Object C using PhoneGap so that you can package your apps for sale in iTunes. PhoneGap offers this same functionality for several other platforms, too. The book is brief and if you have any experience coding dynamic websites, you will get through the examples in no time. The real areas this book stands out are 1) showing you how to add distinctive iPhone styling and gloss to your apps and 2) guiding you through the less-than-intuitive process of compiling them with PhoneGap.

All in all, it's a very clearly written book and all you need to create native C apps without knowing a single line of C.
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Ajax Bible
Ajax Bible
by Steve Holzner Ph.D.
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive, tedious title, 14 Jun 2009
This review is from: Ajax Bible (Paperback)
I have been learning JavaScript and a host of other web design related languages in the last few months and I ordered the Ajax Bible in the hopes that it would tie a few loose ends together, particularly about complex interactions between JavaScript and PHP.

The book starts well, introducing you to the fundamentals of JavaScript and how to make XMLHTTPRequests. Then for the next 300 pages, the same one idea is used in a variety of equally pointless examples.

It is common practice to begin any programming language introduction by teaching the user how to display a "hello world!" message on the browser. But there should be progress beyond this point. Instead, this book tells you how to do it in a dozen different ways.

Once you have mastered the XMLHTTPRequest, you are then introduced to a dozen or so frameworks, each functioning simply to abstract you from the very simple process and asking you to learn as many new syntaxes as frameworks. This is pointless, since you have by now created your own framework or could do with incredible ease, and then you wouldn't have to go to the bother of downloading someone else's script library and including it in every Ajax application you write.

The JavaScript Bible is a good book and will teach you the fundamentals much more solidly than this oversized brochure.

A very disappointing release from the usually excellent Wiley Bible range.

Bowling For Columbine [DVD] [2002]
Bowling For Columbine [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Documentary
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 2.79

17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Re: Long Island Reviewer:, 23 April 2003
I read your review with disbelief, having been delighted to see so many 5 star ratings of this movie. Moore in no way tries to influence the viewer, he asks others for their views and he simply places them beside statistics and information which may or may not discredit the view we have just heard. He is most definately not a maker of propoganda for the above reason. What the movie does show is that the proliferation of firearms isn't the issue, it is the attitude of Americans, such as Charlton Heston, towards the possession and use of firearms, and the sense of fear which the media creates, which are primarily to blame. Canada was a perfect example. I believe the numbers were 7 million guns to 10 million homes, and only 1 death by shooting in the memory of the locals (perpetrated by a resident of Detroit with a gun made in Minnesota). That speaks for itself, and Moore does not put words in his movie's mouth. To watch the movie and leave with anything but praise for his questioning style and film structure is unthinkable to me. This is not propoganda, it is simply hard to recognise the truth anymore. Read Stupid White People, it will give you nightmares.
To everyone else, I strongly urge you to watch this movie and all others of Michael Moore. His style is riveting and shocking, and it may just change some opinions of Marilyn Manson (of whom I am a fan).

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