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Skylanders Swap Force Series 3 - Hyper Beam Prism Break
Skylanders Swap Force Series 3 - Hyper Beam Prism Break

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 May 2016
This is amazing. It's great!!!!!! :)


Hibernate in Action: Practical Object/Relational Mapping
Hibernate in Action: Practical Object/Relational Mapping
by Gavin King
Edition: Paperback
Price: £40.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Not exciting - but indispensable!, 14 Jan. 2011
I've been spoilt the last few months with some extremely readable (relatively speaking, of course!) programming textbooks. This book on the other hand is soundly rather than excitingly written. It covers the source material thoroughly and clearly, and has improved my knowledge not only of Hibernate but also more general issues of database and software design.
An excellent purchase if you are a developer wanting to know more about persistence strategies in general and Hibernate in particular, but probably not the one for your beach holiday!


Beginning Java Game Programming, Second Edition
Beginning Java Game Programming, Second Edition
by Jonathan S. Harbour
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not for total beginners, 3 Jan. 2011
Overall this is a pretty good book and certainly more readable than many computer textbooks! It does a a good job of explaining some of the fundamental concepts of games programming, and demonstrating how a sophisticated-looking game can in fact be programmed fairly simply(contrary to the opinion of one reviewer, the code examples I have tried so far have worked fine and been easy to install). BUT (and it is a big but!) I would not recommend it as a tutorial for beginners to Java. It simply does not explain the basic concepts of Java in enough detail to fill that role, and in fact in my view the early chapters fall awkwardly between two stools; they contain basic information that is unnecessary for those with some Java experience, while not providing enough to provide a good grounding for rookies. For a complete beginner who wants to program games, I would suggest 'Python Programming for the Absolute Beginner' by Michael Dawson.


Python Programming (Third Edition)
Python Programming (Third Edition)
Price: £20.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 20 Nov. 2010
I can only agree with the feedback other reviewers have provided; this is probably the most accessible programming book of any sort I have come across. I already program in other languages, but I can also see that this book would be the perfect introduction for a complete beginner. The style is easy and often humorous, without being trite. Each new concept is illustrated with well-chosen, simple programming examples. New ideas are introduced quite slowly, but because the book is a pleasure to read, this isn't a problem even for those who are familiar with many of the ideas already - you just keep on reading!
All in all, the author is to be congratulated on an excellent book.


Java Reflection in Action
Java Reflection in Action
by Ira R. Forman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £31.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A Useful Introduction to Java Reflection, 14 Aug. 2010
Clearly written, with easy-to-follow examples - generally a very good introduction to Java Reflection for developers who are already conversant with Java but wish to know more about this increasingly-important subject.


Just Testing
Just Testing
Price: £7.24

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Ash, 24 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Just Testing (Audio CD)
For me, the Wishbone Ash albums made with Laurie Wisefield have stood the test of time better than those of the Ted Turner 'Argus' era. Lyrically and musically, this is a mature album by a band at the height of their powers, with great guitar work by Wisefield and Powell, strong songs and imaginative arrangements. The bass work in particular pulls it all together, and when Martin Turner left after this album his contribution was sorely missed.


Agile Java Development with Spring, Hibernate and Eclipse
Agile Java Development with Spring, Hibernate and Eclipse
by Anil Hemrajani
Edition: Paperback
Price: £34.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction, 6 Jan. 2010
The reviews for this book were so varied that I decided to break the habit of a lifetime and puit in my own twopenny-worth!
On the whole, I come down on the side of those who rated it highly. The writing is clear and accessible and it does pretty much what it sets out to do, which is provide an overview of some exciting and complex technologies. It does not profess to be a comprehensive reference or a complete 'how-to'. Instead it uses a sample project to provide examples and insight into how these technologies work together, and as such it fills an important niche. Those wanting to pursue Spring, Hibernate and Eclipse further will no doubt want to buy further reference works, but this book will get them started and inform their subsequent approach.
In my view, money well spent!


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