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The Quatermass Collection: The Quatermass Experiment / Quatermass 2 / Quatermass & the Pit [DVD]
The Quatermass Collection: The Quatermass Experiment / Quatermass 2 / Quatermass & the Pit [DVD]
Dvd ~ Reginald Tate
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Immortal classic, 1 Dec. 2015
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Immortal classic, precursor of modern TV series, with a lot of Geist


Building Expert Systems in Prolog (Springer Compass International)
Building Expert Systems in Prolog (Springer Compass International)
by Dennis Merritt
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars A forgotten, old classic., 1 Dec. 2015
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Instead of expert systems think business oriented or support.


Badass: Making Users Awesome
Badass: Making Users Awesome
by Kathy Sierra
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Childish in style, but the best on the subject of learning and user focus, 1 Dec. 2015
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New. Childish in style with its cartoons, but they help reinforce the subject, although it could have been written clear and concise with just text, and you can easily pick up from where you left. I find the lack of a bibliography more disturbing. There's science behind the subject, and the sources should have been listed.


Being Erica
Being Erica
Price: £15.36

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection of songs from the first season, 1 Dec. 2015
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This review is from: Being Erica (Audio CD)
Perfectly wrapped


Principles of Program Design (APIC)
Principles of Program Design (APIC)
by M. A. Jackson
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, old library book — nearly as new, 1 Dec. 2015
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Arrived in the condition, I expected, and as advertised. It was an old library book, hardback, and as such in a good condition, nearly as new with only stamps on title page and slightly yellow paper due to age. Not bad for a 3 decades old book. It was wrapped very well in protective bubble plastic wrap.


Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns
Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns
by Kent Beck
Edition: Paperback
Price: £41.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Not only for Smalltalk, 5 Aug. 2013
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but also for polymorphic messages and object-oriented programs in general. The book is worth it for not only the short, succinct code examples, where Smalltalk really shines, but also for the preface and introduction, which goes straight to the point, how perception of programming and its role shapes how you think about and approach the activity of programming. I have found its examples useful not only in the context of other object-oriented programming languages, but even for programming languages in other paradigms, and programming in general. It is not just about "low-level design" or programming idioms, but how you think about your day-to-day activities in programming. It does this without becoming philosophical, and instead does it by showing code examples with just enough explanation to get an understanding of the rest.

I have found it much better the later book "Implementation Patterns" by the same author, which is just a lexicon of low-level idioms, which any programmer knows by heart, i.e. by doing, and doesn't stir the reflexions of the art of programming that this book does. It is difficult to pin-point the significant difference between the two books, but this one seems more pure hearted, not afraid, neither conventional nor industrial or dry, more fun, and coherent like a hard diamond in language, style, and examples. It is simply beautiful without being fashionable or flashy. While being a lexicon, it is more like a great disposition of small articles where the organization is as important as the content, and it has some of that flavor that the old Basic introductions of the 1980'ies had, the flavor of curiosity, fun, inspiration, and it leads by example and encouragement rather than dictating and advising in a misguided professional tone that so many other books do.

It reminded why programming is enjoyable when you leave out everything else that doesn't add to its fullfillment and satisfaction.


Structured Design: Fundamentals of a Discipline of Computer Program and Systems Design: Fundamentals of a Discipline of Computer Programme and Systems Design
Structured Design: Fundamentals of a Discipline of Computer Program and Systems Design: Fundamentals of a Discipline of Computer Programme and Systems Design
by Edward Yourdon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £53.19

5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, 5 Aug. 2013
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After some decades in the industry I have reached a point where revisiting this ideas, problems, and concepts in this book (and others) shows that we are still dealing with a lot of the same problems concerning construction of programs for computing machines. No other book lines up all the fundamental, underlying concepts and problems as well as this one.


Kent Beck's Guide to Better Smalltalk: A Sorted Collection (SIGS Reference Library)
Kent Beck's Guide to Better Smalltalk: A Sorted Collection (SIGS Reference Library)
by Kent Beck
Edition: Paperback
Price: £49.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 5 Aug. 2013
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Sure, it has its flaws like severe typing or printing mistakes, but they don't stand in the way of getting to the fundamental thoughts that have guided object-oriented design and construction and computing discipline in general. It is valuable to go back to the roots and revisit them again and hold them up against current practices to see how strong they are over the long term. It is also worth the attention for the history of ideas that were not brought forth so strongly for maybe coincidental reasons, and they may be worth taking into consideration again.


Advanced Data Structures
Advanced Data Structures
by Peter Brass
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £53.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Advanced data structures and algorithms, 4 May 2013
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Yes, it is more advanced with amortization analysis, and a few other things thrown in, e.g. from functional programming, but you also get all those that your introduction book didn't have or went over quickly. This is a good 2nd book after an introductory book.


The Go Programming Language Phrasebook (Developer's Library)
The Go Programming Language Phrasebook (Developer's Library)
by David Chisnall
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.71

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for learning and looking up idioms, 4 May 2013
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I really like the size of the book, and was somewhat worried that it would reflect badly on the quality of the content. It's not just a small reference of the Go programming language. It walks through all the idioms and other cookbook stuff - the phrases - that you would typically use Go for, and can be used as a reference for these phrases. Excellent!


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