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How to Talk to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere
How to Talk to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere
by Larry King
Edition: Audio CD
9 used & new from $11.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Modest-less, July 27, 2013
Shallow text from shallow interviewer.
No suspenders will keep it from falling flat.

Oh, and it won't help you to talk to anyone,
leaving alone anytime-ness and anywhere-ness.

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PS.: No, not blue D, however, Charlie Rose is
far superior at what he's doing.


The Well-Grounded Java Developer: Vital techniques of Java 7 and polyglot programming
The Well-Grounded Java Developer: Vital techniques of Java 7 and polyglot programming
by Benjamin J. Evans
Edition: Paperback
Price: $35.25
72 used & new from $19.79

7 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Deeper in the woods, the darker it gets, March 27, 2013
Like those straight 5 reviews ... as useful as
web likes.
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Anyway, this is good solid work of 3.5
(Amaz can't grasp differences between
neighboring rating "shades", hence, 3).

Ch. 3, while not destructor, is distractor.
Reads like medicine prescription: administer JSR-330
every time you release poorly designed implementation.
(Maybe, instead, spend time addressing cause ?)

Maybe its my thickness: will try to find time for
another attempt to grasp salutariness of 330.

Ch. 4 examples, as the authors insightfully admits,
has "lots of scaffolding in the listing", complicating
complex enough issues even further. In-line graphics
is hardly of any help (say, fig. 4.8).

Ch. 5 is not worth reading, if it is your introduction
to java.lang.invoke: try other sources (which I didn't
find plenty or very useful, including Java Tutorial).
By any measure, 5.2.1 example and, say, fig 5.5 on
invokedynamic are not helpful in understanding topic.

The more I read, the less I'm impressed with the book.

Thank you for your time.


The Well-Grounded Java Developer: Vital techniques of Java 7 and polyglot programming
The Well-Grounded Java Developer: Vital techniques of Java 7 and polyglot programming
by Benjamin J. Evans
Edition: Paperback
Price: $35.25
72 used & new from $19.79

5 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lesser and lesser impressed, March 27, 2013
Like those straight 5 reviews: as useful as web likes.

Anyway, this is good solid work of 3.5: Amaz can't grasp
differences between neighboring rating "shades", hence, 3.

Chapter 3, while not destructor, is distractor.
Reads like medical indications: administer JSR-330
every time you release poorly designed implementation.
(Maybe, instead, spend time addressing cause ?)

Usefulness of @Singleton (p. 73) beats me:
"... indicates to developer how threadsafe class should be ...
scope indicates that you need to make sure that class is thread-safe"
(note @Override is compiler's indication; @Singleton - developer's).
How's that better / different from well documented class ?

Ch. 4 on memory model ("A Synchronizes-With action B, then A
Happens-Before B") is superficial and hardly makes developer's
everyday life easy (~er).

Ch. 5 on classloaders promised to demystify
ClassNotFoundException vs NoClassDefFoundError, but failed
to deliver, ending up being of questionable value.

Ch. 6 starts with a surprising definition of latency (6.1).

Book definitely has room for improvement(s).

Thank you for your time.


Java 7 JAX-WS Web Services
Java 7 JAX-WS Web Services
by Deepak Vora
Edition: Paperback
Price: $17.99
33 used & new from $12.88

2.0 out of 5 stars Do it once, do it twice ..., March 13, 2013
This is ... bad.

Can think of a case, with a stretch, where such
an "instruction set" might help:
a need to enable someone to key in a primitive
code in NetBeans without an understanding of why
or what; just-do-it type of activity.

Not suitable for anything beyond, IMO.
Which is very subjective, of course.
Feel free to disagree.


Star Schema The Complete Reference
Star Schema The Complete Reference
by Christopher Adamson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $39.27
57 used & new from $27.90

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, worth your time ... and money, February 17, 2013
Good 4.
The only aspect separating it from 5 - examples
(and corresponding figures; ex.: 17-9, p. 424)
Orders, proliferating the book, both placed and
shipped, are hardly worth analytical context the
author puts them within.
There are subtleties I disagree with the author
(which did not affect rating):
1. facts do not describe processes, but, rather,
their outcomes (as, for example, order value is
hardly a process attribute).
2. while sales and shipment are indeed separated
in time, their distinction as 2 processes depends
on the viewpoint of the actor: if payment is the
only thing the actor is interested in, than the
above distinction becomes irrelevant.

This is my very subjective opinion. Feel free to
disagree.


Java The Complete Reference, 8th Edition
Java The Complete Reference, 8th Edition
by Herbert Schildt
Edition: Paperback
Price: $32.82
49 used & new from $16.19

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poky examples, February 1, 2013
Provided supply of tutorials of various kind is plenty,
another reference might be justified in context of
illustrative reusable examples, "building blocks".

Instead same, from times of his C++ complete references,
printf turned into println examples.


Effective Negotiating: Strategies for Successful Negotiating on 6 Audio CDs
Effective Negotiating: Strategies for Successful Negotiating on 6 Audio CDs
by Dr. Chester Karrass
Edition: Audio CD
18 used & new from $18.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Very sales, November 4, 2012
This is a much narrower course than the title might be implying.

The author of this review is not in a capacity or position, for
that matter, to judge sales tactics.
However, in everyday life, provided negotiating advice is hardly
*effective* : most often we find ourselves in "a published price list"
(using presenter term) situation, for which course offers no
effective recipe.
There are many questionable "what to do" lacking matching "how to do".

Hence the 3 star rating.

This is a subjective review, reflecting author's personal opinion.
You are welcome to develop and publish yours.

Thank you for your time !


Fotodiox Flash Snoot with 20 Degree Grids
Fotodiox Flash Snoot with 20 Degree Grids
Offered by fotodiox Inc.
Price: $9.95
2 used & new from $9.95

4.0 out of 5 stars On the money, November 2, 2012
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
You get more than what you bargained for.

It is lightweight, comes with the diffuser,
snoot and grid all-in-one.

There are 2 small inconveniences that bring
it down to 4: you have to
- keep it in a hard case when carrying around;
- compensate for a leak of light between the snoot
and the grid, when shooting macro; easily fixed
by a strip of scotch.

Overall: recommended.

Thank you for your time.


Fotodiox Flash Snoot with 10 Degree Grids
Fotodiox Flash Snoot with 10 Degree Grids
Offered by fotodiox Inc.
Price: $9.95
2 used & new from $9.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, October 3, 2012
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
Very nice: light, easy to manage, versatile.

2 minor concerns, but should not dramatically
affect your work:
1. fragile; if carrying around - box it.
2. leaking; if shooting macro, please, pay attention
to a potential leak of light between the longer
part of the honey-comb (grid) and the snoot;
easily fixable with a strip of scotch.

Thank you for your time !


Leading Change
Leading Change
by John P. Kotter
Edition: Hardcover
449 used & new from $0.01

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Naive, August 9, 2012
This review is from: Leading Change (Hardcover)
Primitive cartoon type characters participate in outdated and hardly realistic scenarios.
If you set all that within florid, but tiresome language environment you get the feel.

One thing is pointed right, however: managers are seldom leaders;
correction facilities do not inspire creativity.

If you consider this review subjective - it is. Feel free to develop your own opinion.

Thank you for your time.


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