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Cracking the Coding Interview: 150 Programming Questions and Solutions
Cracking the Coding Interview: 150 Programming Questions and Solutions
by Gayle Laakmann McDowell
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful if your skills have become rusty, 21 Feb. 2014
After working for one employer for a number of years I found myself looking for a new job when my contract ran out. I for one benefited greatly from the section on data structures and algorithms. I thought I knew what a hash map was, but when this book suggested I implement one, it was the first time I really thought about what a hashcode meant. I think if you consider yourself an "expert" you will find it too easy, but for most people of "intermediate" ability, its a great refresher. Clearly you need to read other material to revise your skills in addition to this, but I think it covers gaps you won't think about otherwise.


EasyAcc® 25 Watts 5V / 5A 5 Port USB Charger with 5-Foot Power Cord Multi Port USB Portable Charger battery Wall charger for iPhone, iPad, Samsung Tab, iPod, Smartphones, 5V Tablets, Bluetooth Speakers & Headset
EasyAcc® 25 Watts 5V / 5A 5 Port USB Charger with 5-Foot Power Cord Multi Port USB Portable Charger battery Wall charger for iPhone, iPad, Samsung Tab, iPod, Smartphones, 5V Tablets, Bluetooth Speakers & Headset

5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says it should, 20 Jan. 2014
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Wanted to declutter the extension socket to remove some of the chargers we have and this does what we want. Two Ipad twos and an android phone happily charging from one socket.


A Dangerous Method [DVD]
A Dangerous Method [DVD]
Dvd ~ Keira Knightley
Price: £4.00

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible. Why is Keira a star?, 28 April 2013
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I rented this film from Lovefilm, so the one positive thing I can say is that at least I didn't buy it.

Keira Knightley can't act. I don't know what was worse: her accent (which is meant to be Russian, in case you were wondering) or her portrayal of mental health issues.

The only reason I can think of buying this is as a gift to someone you don't like much but are nevertheless obliged to buy for. Buying this would be less obvious than buying socks.
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Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets: Surviving the Public Spectacle in Finance and Politics (Agora Series)
Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets: Surviving the Public Spectacle in Finance and Politics (Agora Series)
by Will Bonner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start, then pretty good, 8 July 2010
I borrowed this from the library and overall am glad I did. The first few chapters almost made me give up. The "Do-gooders gone bad" and "Love in the age of viagra" chapter felt a bit try hard. The book improves with lots of interesting facts and unusual viewpoints. Later chapters about American Imperialism and financial bubbles were worth a read. I don't know if I would read it a second time, so maybe one to borrow not buy.


The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance
The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance
by Paul Strathern
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.38

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating for art or political historians, 6 Nov. 2009
Read this as I had heard about the Medici family but knew little.

They really were pivotal around the 15th century. Reading the names of the artists they sponsored and the power struggles they faced was fascinating. Hadn't known the papacy was bought like this before.


XML and Perl
XML and Perl
by Mark Riehl
Edition: Paperback
Price: £30.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of the subject, 17 Sept. 2007
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Perhaps the books full title should have been "An introduction to XML with Perl".

I disagree with the review that said it was more XML in general with perl as an example language. The author does assume you know a bit about XML and perl, but that you need examples of how to use them together. It does not claim to be a full reference, and does refer the reader to other documentation.

As someone who knows a bit of perl and XML but now faces using them together at work, I would recommend this book, especially as it seems there are few books out there on the subject. I would say its a very good starter to the subject and worth reading.


Chi Running: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-free Running
Chi Running: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-free Running
by Danny Dreyer
Edition: Paperback

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 21 Aug. 2007
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As a 30-something trying to get fit again, I was scared to run again due to problems with my knees. Before I read this book, running had become laboured and every so often one of my knees would start complaining.

Having read this book once and starting to focus on changing just a couple of things, i.e. lifting my feet and stopping my knees from pronating (ie turning out), I have just come back from a run that I normally return feeling shattered, but instead feel like I have just warmed up.

Thats just after following 2 tips - what will I run like when I have used the book for longer?

Note the book doesn't promise to be a "quick fix" - you should buy this with the expectation you will have to put work in but it looks like it is worth it.


The Java Developers Almanac 1.4, Volume 1: Examples and Quick Reference: v. 1 (Java (Addison-Wesley))
The Java Developers Almanac 1.4, Volume 1: Examples and Quick Reference: v. 1 (Java (Addison-Wesley))
by Patrick Chan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to read, 5 Aug. 2007
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I have a number of Java books, and these (vol1 and 2) are on the pile that don't get read. I like books that are intuitive to use. These aren't. It reads like a phone book.

The website is excellent, so I bought the book unseen on Amazon. Waste of money. Just keep using the website instead.


The Pragmatic Programmer
The Pragmatic Programmer
by Andrew Hunt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.79

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good common sense. Useful more for Java UNIX bods though, 3 Aug. 2007
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As a Java UNIX bod I quite liked this book. The authors clearly come from an "Open Source is Best" background, but much of what they say applies to all languages.

It does have quite a lot of common sense in it, but as other reviews have said it helps you to think about them. My gut feeling is its a book worth borrowing, but possibly not worth buying as you are unlikely to refer to it often.


Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design: A Brain Friendly Guide to OOA&D
Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design: A Brain Friendly Guide to OOA&D
by Brett McLaughlin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £29.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well thought out book, 3 Aug. 2007
I have become quite a fan of Head First books as they are very easy to read in short periods of time, whilst still giving you useful information. The book does use Java for all its example code, but I am sure the principles would apply to other OO languages. Most of the book has little code in it as it does say its best to delay coding as long as possible so you can iron out design issues ahead of time.

I studied an MSc that was supposed to cover OO design and UML - I wish I had seen this book at the time as it was much clearer and more practical than my uni notes or the suggested textbooks.


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