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Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey
Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey
by Alison Wearing
Edition: Paperback
Price: $19.24
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE BIG DEAL YOU WOULD EXPECT, January 21, 2003
I expected the adventures of these Canadian tourists, (Alison and Ian), to be a thrilling story, but ended up with a charred piece of meat. The story was poorly coordinated. Some earlier narrated issues, which were revived over and over again instigated boredom.
Also, the adventurers made no effort in detailing how a typical day in Iran looks like, instead they were exacerbating on how they took (unfair) adventage of their host's hospitality and trust.
In a nutshell, this is not the book to look for, if your interest is to know more about the Iranian culture. It is just a piece of volatile fun (for those thatit will amuse).
Not something that I would recommend with enthusiasm!


The Boilerplate Rhino: Nature in the Eye of the Beholder
The Boilerplate Rhino: Nature in the Eye of the Beholder
by David Quammen
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.95
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars RIDE A RHINO!, January 21, 2003
Reading the fascinating twenty-six essays that make-up this book is the closest I have come to riding a rhino. David Quammen's fantasies are exhilarating; and he knows how to pen them down.
The lives of these essays revolved around those of octopus, beetles, and bats: before assuming a cosmic dimension.
This book is a fine collection of fictions, which will please most fantasy lovers.
However, some parts of it appeared more or less shallow. Still, it's worth the time that any willing reader would like to invest on it.


At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor
At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor
by Gordon William Prange
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.13
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CANDID AND PLEASURABLE, January 21, 2003
"At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor" is one of the few books which presented the story of Pearl Harbor without partialities. Every page of this well-structured piece reminds one that several years of dedicated research were concluded before its author went to work.
If you are in interested in knowing the truth about the U.S.-Japan relations before and after the 1941 Pearl Harbor attacks, then, this book will be very useful for you. It provided all the details that you would ask for. But most importantly, it presented both sides of the story without any form of bias. The book's chronological outlook is superb. It is a pleasurable piece to read.


HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition
HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition
by Chuck Musciano
Edition: Paperback
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A SATISFACTORY RESOURCE, January 19, 2003
First and foremost, this edition of "HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide" is a well-written book. The use of simple language throughout the chapters make them very comprehensible. I really appreciate the way it handled the cascading style sheets, tables, forms, and so on.
However, I cannot understand the reason why the authors of this book included all the tags and attributes, and then decided to exclude all the attribute values. For this reason, I would not recommend it for anyone who is still learning the basics of HTML.
Intermediate (and advanced) learners should pay closer attention to it. It simplified both the Syntax and the Semantics. Also, the extensive coverage it gave Internet Explorer 6, Netscape Navigator 6.0, JavaScript, and a host of others, are satisfactory.
Overall, this textbook will prove a useful resource for any HTML non-beginner.


HTTP: The Definitive Guide (Definitive Guides)
HTTP: The Definitive Guide (Definitive Guides)
by David Gourley
Edition: Paperback
Price: $37.53
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EASY LIFE FOR WEB PROGRAMMERS, January 19, 2003
If you are looking for a comprehensive book with thorough coverage of HTTP, take a break now. You have found one. Congratulations!
This well-structured guide provides a superior analysis of both HTTP Protocol and its method of defining all those rules that our Webs obey.
Using the very concept of Web technologies which HyperText Transfer Protocol, (HTTP), supports, David Gourley and his colleagues explained all those behind-the-scene principles that make this protocol the universal wonder that it is today.
There is hardly any essential HTTP information that is not in this book. Even the very latest technologies, as well as their subsequent Web applications are included.
"HTTP: The Definitive Guide" is one reliable companion, that will make life easy for Web Programmers.


Windows XP Pro: The Missing Manual
Windows XP Pro: The Missing Manual
by David Pogue
Edition: Paperback
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE FINE MANUAL THAT "MISSED" IN EVERY 'XP' PACKAGE, January 19, 2003
The best quality of this book is that it combined the best of everything: it harnessed the best aspects of a step-by-step method with that of a detailed exposure. A welcomed combination! It is a hard-to-resist text if your goal is to conquer "Windows XP Professional" without any skin-pain.
This is one of the few books that presented a well-balanced information: not too much, but never too little. Everything about it is comprehensive. Its authority is unquestionable. Indeed, this is the type of manual that users would have loved Microsoft to include in their 'XP' package.
Only if Mr Gates would listen to us!


Mac OS X Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition
Mac OS X Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition
by Chuck Toporek
Edition: Paperback
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A REASONABLE AND DEPENDABLE HANDBOOK, January 19, 2003
This reasonably edited pocket guide was designed for two groups of 'Mac' learners: those who have limited time to invest on a more detailed textbook and those who simply need a handy mini reference.
Either way, this edition of "Mac OS X Pocket Guide" fulfills its obligations. The book is very straightforward. No unnecessary detail will be found in it. In fact, this book is so compact and concise that an average reader can finish reading its entire chapters in less than three hours with full comprehension. Fast readers will accomplish that much earlier.
This is the book to invest on, if your need includes a quick and reliable memory refresher. In a very short time, it will familiarize its reader with all the important issues about the new Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar software.
It is a reasonable and dependable handbook which every 'Mac' stalwart should benefit from.


Sendmail
Sendmail
by Bryan Costales
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'SEND' YOUR 'MAIL' WITH SOME COMFORT, January 19, 2003
This review is from: Sendmail (Paperback)
This versatile well-illustrated book is detailed enough as to take the place of a reference text. It has kept pace with all the evolving versions of the software (up to the 8.12 edition). A whole chapter on Spam and Anti-Spam has been added to this latest edition. Other new additions include elaborated chapter on Performance Tuning; as well as expanded coverage of Vacation and Makemap. Every new option as regards the software (version 8.10 through 8.12) was included. At the same time, the simplistic outlook of the book remained unchanged. This is a good text to own, although that some of its details are really unnecessary.


Object-Oriented Programming with Visual Basic .NET
Object-Oriented Programming with Visual Basic .NET
by J. P. Hamilton
Edition: Paperback
Price: $26.92
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TRULY OBJECT-ORIENTED, January 19, 2003
As the name indicates, the contents of this book are truly object-oriented.
It has all the lessons that learners would need in order to comprehend the various options and applications that Visual Basic .NET offers. This book provided exemplary guides, which would encourage learners to endure some self-tests. It anticipates problems and helps provide solutions that programmers can count on. Almost everything about it is positive.
However, its information are not as detailed as some experts would like them to be. Again, anybody who has poor knowledge of Visual Basic 6.0 will not find this book easy. Its writer assumed that its readers are already familiar with VB 6.0.
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Java Nio
Java Nio
by Ron Hitchens
Edition: Paperback
Price: $26.48
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SOUND KNOWLEDGE-SHARING TOOL, January 19, 2003
This review is from: Java Nio (Paperback)
What Ron Hitchens did with this book is complete knowledge-sharing. "Java NIO" is just over three-hundred pages, yet, it is big enough to supply developers all the important tuition they need in order to improve their perfomances. This book clearly outlined the best ways of exploiting the I/O capabilities of the newly introduced Java 1.4 version.
It also analyzed the NIO APIs in the most comprehensive way. The interest which the contents of this book arouse makes it an important text for developers and enthusiasts alike. Very few complaints will ever go against it. The only one I have is that it may not be too friendly with beginners.


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