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Core Java: Advanced Features v. 2
Core Java: Advanced Features v. 2
by Gary Cornell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £38.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Java programmer's must-have, 26 Dec. 2010
As the title says, this book covers advanced features of the Java programming language and platform, so this is not a book for absolute beginners.
The book mainly focuses on advanced Graphical User Interface programming with Swing and AWT covering tables, trees, progress bars, image manipulation, drag-and-drop, etc. It also covers some interesting networking, databases and distributed programming topics but to fully appreciate them, it might be useful to acquire some theory about them.
In my opinion, the two most interesting chapters are :
* Security : by reading this chapter, you should be able to establish secure connections and build a licensing/activation system to protect your applications.
* JNI : you know C or C++ and want to expand Java platform functionnalities (ex: using your operating system API)? This chapter tells you have to do so.
So this is a very good book, targeted to those who have experience in Java and in computer science in general.

The Beyondness of Things
The Beyondness of Things
Price: £13.25

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Work, 26 Dec. 2010
If you've loved "Out Of Africa" or "Dance with Wolves" (Academy Award winning film scores), then you will love "The Beyondness of Things".
This is one of the best classical music album I've ever listened to. Some of the musics are very relaxing like "Kissably close", others can make you feel more nostalgic ("Gifts of Nature"). I've already enjoyed John Barry's work on film soundtrack, but through "The Beyondness of Things" and "Eternal Echoes" which have been composed for orchestra, John Barry has really achieved an outstanding work.

Database Management Systems
Database Management Systems
by Raghu Ramakrishnan
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 26 Dec. 2010
This book really covers all the fundamentals topics of database management systems. It first explains how databases are used by introducing the entity-relational model, relational algebra and SQL programming and then describes how databases are constructed. Topics like memory management, indexing for DBMS, query processing and optimization, transactions, distributed databases are covered in depth.
Moreover, this books comes with a huge library of very interesting exercises.
A reference for anyone taking a database course.

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