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1. Apple Script: The Missing Manual
by Adam Goldstein
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Asin: 0596008503
Catlog: Book (2005-02-01)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Sales Rank: 5784
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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From newspapers to NASA, Mac users around the world use AppleScript to automate their daily computing routines. Famed for its similarity to English and its ease of integration with other programs, AppleScript is the perfect programming language for time-squeezed Mac fans. As beginners quickly realize, however, AppleScript has one major shortcoming: it comes without a manual.

No more. You don't need a degree in computer science, a fancy system administrator title, or even a pocket protector and pair of nerdy glasses to learn the Mac's most popular scripting language; you just need the proper guide at your side. AppleScript: The Missing Manual is that guide.

Brilliantly compiled by author Adam Goldstein, AppleScript: The Missing Manual is brimming with useful examples. You'll learn how to clean up your Desktop with a single click, for example, and how to automatically optimize pictures for a website. Along the way, you ll learn the overall grammar of AppleScript, so you can write your own customized scripts when you feel the need.

Naturally, AppleScript: The Missing Manual isn't merely for the uninitiated scripter. While its hands-on approach certainly keeps novices from feeling intimidated, this comprehensive guide is also suited for system administrators, web and graphics professionals, musicians, scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and others who need to learn the ins and outs of AppleScript for their daily work.

Thanks to AppleScript: The Missing Manual, the path from consumer to seasoned script has never been clearer. Now you, too, can automate your Macintosh in no time. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars AppleScript, the Missing Manual - Highly Recommended
Title: AppleScript, The Missing Manual
Author: Adam Goldstein
Publisher: Pogue Press/O'Reilly & Associates, February, 2005
ISBN: 0-596-00850-3

Reviewed by: Curt Blanchard, Tucson Macintosh Users Group

Apple introduced AppleScript in 1993 as a way of automating repetitive Mac chores. Over the years, it has evolved to the point where nearly everything the Mac does can be scripted. Instead of arcane programming code, AppleScripts are written in English partly because its roots are in HyperCard. However, getting the terminology and syntax right requires a good, clear understanding of the AppleScript language. Once again, O'Reilly Press rides to the rescue with another in their excellent Missing Manual series. This at-your-own-pace book begins with the basics of everyday scripting tasks and takes the reader through lists, network scripting, databases and ends with a very detailed power-user section.

This approachable book is written in an enthusiastic, good-humored style (funny, even); important with a subject as intimidating as this. The examples and thoughtful tutorials are exceptionally clear. The author, AdamGoldstein deserves special mention - he's only 17 years old! In his foreword, David Pogue tells about meeting Goldstein when he was only 14 and how impressed he was. He has already been involved in several O'Reilly books even though he's still a high school student in New Jersey. There can be no questions about his bright future. If you are new to AppleScript or an old hand, this well written book is highly recommended.

--Curt Blanchard
Tucson Macintosh Users Group

5-0 out of 5 stars AppleScript: The Missing Manual
AppleScript: The Missing Manual provides hands-on experiences to learn scripting. This is truly the "Missing Manual" for those wanting to automate their Macintosh. As with other Missing Manuals on-line scripts are available with the author providing step-by-step guidance.

The Overview explains Script Menu, how to use the Script Editor, and guides readers into the world of Scripting. Readers modify existing scripts and write their first AppleScript.

This Missing Manual enables readers build proficiency by modifying existing scripts in preparation to enter each new chapter. The author helps novices gain confidence as their skill level matures. With this publication readers are empowered to advance their skill level at their own pace.

For those wanting to maximize benefits of a Macintosh, AppleScript: The Missing Manual is a must have.

5-0 out of 5 stars REVIEW: AppleScript, The Mising Manual
Book Review: AppleScript: The Missing Manual
By Frank Petrie

Author: Adam Goldstein
Publisher: Pogue Press/O'Reilly
Price: $24.95 USD
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Power-User
Rating:Five out of Five stars

Do you work for your computer or does your computer work for you? I should hope its the later. If not, you might want to pick up a copy of AppleScript: The Missing Manual and show your Mac who's the boss.

Another entry in the ever popular 'Missing Manual' series , Mr. Goldstein, the teenage founder of GoldfishSoft, manages to take you from an overview of AS's underpinnings in Panther (OS X.3) to as far as you care to get involved with the Script Editor.

There's examples of some of the most common repetitive functions accompanied with scripts, thorough explanations, graphics and sidebars.You are also instructed how to download the "Missing CD," which contain all of the examples and exercises from the book.

The book is broken down into four major sections:

* AppleScript Overview - where the glaze is wiped from your eyes and all your fears dissipated
* Everyday Scripting Tasks - actual hands-on scripting with applications that you probably use on a daily basis
* Power-user Features - learn how to get the most out of your scripts so your computer does the work while you sit out side on the porch experiencing daylight
* Appendixes - Part One, lists OS X friendly scriptable programs; Part Two, how to move your old HyperCard scripts into AppleScript; Part Three - references to more books and websites

The author writes in such a calming voice that actually makes this manual a page turner! You'll be amazed at how easily you learn AS as he builds upon each successive lesson. And if you've never delved into scripting functions for your Mac, you'll be amazed at just how powerful this unheralded application can be. And how much you'll want to roll up your sleeves are get immediately to work.

This may be the push that you need to start getting under the hood and fine tuning your machine to be the Mac of your dreams.

Pros: Easy to read and follow; be the envy of your friends by knowing the meaning of boolean

Cons: This could be the start of a major addiction; I'm old enough to be the author's father


©2005 Frank Petrie - Freelance writer, Macsimum News contributing editor, Curmudgeon

4-0 out of 5 stars easy to understand language
AppleScript used to be for fairly mundane operations. It rose partly in response to DOS and unix machines having their scripting languages for automating various tasks. Well, as the Mac OS grew, so too did the scope of AppleScript. Now Goldstein shows how you can easily use it for automating many manual tasks in OS X. Unsurprisingly, since this is Apple we are talking about, the Script Editor and Script Menu facilities are very cleanly designed.

As for the language itself - it is far more readable than a unix shell script or the latest Microsoft batch files. This is both good and bad, depending on your point of view. It is good in that a new user of AppleScript, who perhaps is not from a technical background, can understand it more easily. So AppleScript can outreach to a broader audience. However, if you do end up learning it, the verbosity can be a little tiresome. Experienced programmers tend to prefer brevity.

But there is a countervailing point. The nice thing is that OS X is a full unix variant. Complete with various unix scripting languages. So you have several choices of languages besides AppleScript.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners
I saw Adam do a presentation on AppleScript at the O'Reilly booth during MacWorld SF '05 and was so impressed that I bought the book. As webmaster of "Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes", I'm frequently asked to recommend a good AppleScript book for beginners and this is it. It covers everything you need to know to get started AppleScripting right away, and will even teach some old hands new tricks. I highly recommend it. ... Read more

2. Unlocking Medical Terminology
by Bruce Wingerd
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Asin: 0130488402
Catlog: Book (2005-03-23)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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3. Oxford English Dictionary on CD-ROM (Windows)
by Edmund Weiner
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Asin: 0195215737
Catlog: Book (1999-12-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Sales Rank: 710193
Average Customer Review: 2.37 out of 5 stars
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The Oxford English Dictionary (Second Edition) on Compact Disc provides unprecedented ways to fully explore the resources of the most authoritative dictionary of the English language.Easy access to more than 2.4 million illustrative quotations provides an invaluable record of the language, tracing the various uses of each word through the centuries.The OED2 CD-ROM offers an unparalleled historical perspective that will be of great interest to specialists and general readers alike.

However you use the OED--for scholarly research, as a detailed reference work, or purely for enjoyment--the compact-disc edition will enable you to explore this marvelous resource at a depth which does justice to its encyclopedic potential.

The new OED2 CD-ROM will contain the complete text of the 20-volume OED Second Edition presented in an improved user-friendly environment utilizing a web-browser interface.The new OED2 CD-ROM has improved design of screen layouts: entry display, search mechanisms, on-screen help to vastly increase ease-of-use and minimize user support problems.

Simple searches can be conducted from a variety of starting points--such as headword alone, headword filtered by part of speech or date, phrases, variant forms, pronunciation, Greek words, etymology, quotation (text, author, title), definition (text), and free-text searching for the occurrence of a word or words anywhere in the Dictionary.

Complex searches are supported by a powerful yet flexible query language that was specifically designed for this edition of the Dictionary. Questions which might have taken years of patient research using the printed edition can now be answered in seconds. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Computer 'rape' (for lack of a better term)
Excuse the title, but I can't think of a better description of what this does to a modern computer...

I have experimented further about performance and security problems with this implementational abomination:

1) I tried running it from one Windows XP Pro account (it seriously degraded subsequent program loading of the program I use most) and then logging on to a different account on the same machine (obviously) But NOT running OED from this second account). It is not enough that this thing messes up the first account but, it degrades the entire computer so that I have to reboot after each time I use it, if I want my computer to be usable. Hence the title: Computer 'rape'.

2) But there is more. This is from the OED website as of 2003-12-30:

Is the CD-ROM compatible with Windows XP?

Yes, version 3.0 of the CD-ROM is fully compatible with Windows® XP, although you will need LOCAL ADMINISTRATOR RIGHTS to install and run the OED on this platform.

Note the final clause - 'RUN'. It will not run in a non-priveleged account (ie a 'limited account')(I just tried it and I got a nastygram). Being logged on as an administrator (to use this thing) is probably about the best possible way to guarantee that sooner or later your computer will be infected with a virus, trojan, worm or whatever else is lurking out there on the Internet and to lose everything on your computer. After using good Anti-Virus and Firewall software, absolutely the single most important thing that you can do is to be logged in on a non-privileged account. Of course, now, you can't use the OED and if you want to use it, it needs to be run in a privileged account and you are exposing yourself to total disaster. Hence the title: Computer 'rape'.

3) I went today to the OED website hoping (wishful thinking) that this problem would be finally addressed. No way.

Since to use this program requires me to expose my computer to every pest on the Internet I have decided to no longer use it. It just isn't worth the (very real) risk of losing everything on my computer (or worse).

Now, obviously, if you don't connect to the Internet (or any other Network, for that matter) and you are not concerned about the usefullness of your computer for performing any other tasks, then the OED is a useful and usable resource.

1-0 out of 5 stars CDROM v3.0: Five star content - ZERO star software

I used the title from another review for the title of my review since it so totally appropriate.

I have been using this product since May, 2003 so I am obviously familiar with it.

BEWARE OF THIS PRODUCT! (Because of CD-Zilla or whatever lousy software this is)

For a long time I have been noticing strange performance problems loading programs: sometimes they would load quickly (this would be after a boot followed by a load/exit of the program then a load again of the program for this load timing test) and sometimes they would be continually loading 2.5-3x more slowly. I finally traced this to the usage of OED CDROM v3.0. Specifically, once I use the OED and EVEN AFTER I EXIT IT, my program loading performance is seriously degraded until I reboot.

Sorry folks, this software is a loser. I did not buy a high performance computer so that OED could degrade it to an arthritic turtle. Vote with your mouse and go somewhere else.

This refers to LOADING a program NOT running it in case you misunderstand me. The loading time goes from an nice, interactive two seconds to a bogged down six seconds. I might be doing these loads several times a minute so this degradation is totally unacceptable. I want to work, not wait.

5-0 out of 5 stars OUP Listened.
At least in my experience--the support at OUP was great. There were a few things I did to help:
*Practice good tech support practices as a consumer.*
1. I noticed and reported via telephone any snags I encountered so that support would have a record of it.
2. I used telephone instead of e-mail.

They sent me an unencrypted set (so I didn't need any CDs or controversial software) when they couldn't solve the OED's incompatibility with my very strange confidentiality/personal encryption software. (PGP--99.9% of you do not use such things.)

A word, though:

For the majority of users, the OED will work just fine. OED v.3 is much improved.. it is actually a wonderful piece of software that acts exactly like M-W's software except with full-text search and wild cards, and excellent online help. Double-clicking on words is now supported, and you can press ENTER and get right to a definition--two of my pet peeves are now fixed.

The ability to run it off the hard drive means that it is fast and responsive.

If anything, C-dilla needs to clean up their act.. and provide better documentation to innocent engineers and support teams.

As long as you follow these instructions, you should be fine.

1. After installing and before launching the OED, insert your *data* CD (2.0 for the upgrade version, 3.0 otherwise.)
2. There will be a "Wait screen" telling you C-dilla is being installed.. it should go away automatically, and it will ask you again within 90 days.

It's really that simple.

And with world class support, how can you go wrong? 45 minutes of my time on the telephone gave me years worth of pleasure.. and as I said, I am a minority.


5-0 out of 5 stars Is Version 3.0 all it's cracked up to be?????
I purchased the "Oxford English Dictionary Second Edition on CD-ROM Version 3.0" with a nervous heart.
I am a lover of the English language and sometimes sit and read the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) for hours at a time (I have the 2 volume compact edition). However I am advancing in years and can no longer suffer the small type of said "Compact Edition."
I really wanted something easier to read but do not have the room nor the money to purchase the 20 volume set, thus I jumped on the information super highway and zoomed over to [...]read through [...] "customers reviews" and was disappointed to learn that OED had a "C-dilla copy protection program" that reportedly ruined an otherwise beautiful product!
I was crushed and appalled that OED would cripple such a wonderful work with an overbearing and abusive "protection program."
Months went by and I eventually gathered up enough courage to buy the "OED Second Edition on CD-ROM Version 3.0" despite everything I had read.
After receiving item in the mail, I quickly installed the entire 2 disks onto my hard drive so I would NOT have to dig up the CD-ROM every time I wanted to look up a ord.
Installation was a breeze and I had no problems at all.
When I clicked on the icon to use the program for the first time, it required me to install the "data CD" for verification. After doing so the program operated flawlessly.
I have used the "OED 3.0" many times and it has never again asked for such verification, but I have been informed that it will ask for said disk once every 90 days (or 4 times a year). This to me is no big deal and a small price to pay for all 20 volumes plus the search capabilities allowed in version 3.0.
While the computer is not as intimate as curling up with the book, it is much more efficient to simply type in a word and BAM the definition is before your eyes. Not to mention that many times while looking up a word, I often run into other words that I also need/want to look up. If I had the 20 volumes set I would be trekking back and forth digging out the correct book, then thumbing through thousands of pages to find a particular definition!
With the "OED 3.0" all one needs to do is double click on any given word in the definition of interest and again BAM, you are at the new definition!
This allows one to cover considerably more material in the same amount of time.
Actually I find I read the OED more now than I did before because I don't get thumb weary turning the pages.
All in all, do yourself a favor and buy a copy of the "OED 3.0," it seems to this consumer that they have worked out all the major issues giving us a fine product.

1-0 out of 5 stars OUP will not help you with C-Dilla software
I have to recommend that NO ONE buy this product until the OUP solves the C-Dilla license management problem. Like other reviewers I bought the product in good faith only to find that the C-dilla copy protection simply doesn't work. It fails to authenticate the disc and when you try and get help from the OUP they ignore you. I even wrote to the Managing Director, Ivon Asquith, who fobbed me off back to the technicians, who then did nothing. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT, you'll be wasting your money. ... Read more

4. Newton's Telecom Dictionary: Covering Telecommunications, Networking, Information Technology, Computing and the Internet (20th Edition)
by Harry Newton
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Asin: 1578203090
Catlog: Book (2004-02)
Publisher: CMP Books
Sales Rank: 6321
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Newton's Telecom Dictionary helps technology and business professionals stay on top of the ever-changing network, telecom, and IT industry. The tech industry hype has cooled dramatically, but nonetheless new telecom and networking technology and services continue to be adopted at a rapid pace, and new terms and acronyms sprout just as quickly. Industry guru Harry Newton explains technical concepts in non-technical language that anyone in business can understand, making it an essential reference tool for anyone involved with telecom and IT systems and services. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Sine Qua Non
If you don't have the latest Newton's, you're not doing telecom.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must for People Dealing with Telecom
Harry Newton is now on the 18th Edition of his renowned dictionary. Having worked in the telecommunications industry for 4 years, I can vouch for how valuable this reference has been for me.

Newton covers all the acronyms, standard terms, slang, etc. that anyone would ever be exposed to in the telecommunications world. These are not just standard definitions. Newton goes in depth for those terms that require extensive explanation. The definition for "Frame Relay" is approximately a page and a half. Even more impressive, you come away with a solid, basic understanding of Frame Relay.

What separates Newton's from other efforts is the extensive nature of the work, and the humorous approach to writing many of the definitions. For example, Newton's definition for "Intelligent Phone" starts off with "When the Bell operating companies get bored they occasionally fantasize about applications for the networks they provide." Believe me, if you have ever had to work with a Bell operating company (Southwestern Bell, Bell South, etc.) you'll get a lot of laughs from this kind of stuff.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply The Best
I'm not sure what more can be said in praise of Harry Newton's Telecom Dictionary, but I'll try.

This oversized book is a whopping 859 pages. I don't want to even guess at what it weighs in at. It really is more of a telecom encyclopedia than a dictionary, and goes into extensive detail describing many words, phrases, acronyms and concepts. Many of the definitions take up an entire page, or more. It is absolutely crammed with useful information.

As if being the largest telecom dictionary isn't enough, Harry packs the book with his own style of telecom humor and wit. It's probably the only dictionary you will find that will make you laugh out loud. Harry is the premiere comedian of the telecom industry, and provides the only dictionary in the world that you will be tempted to read from cover to cover. Harry's writing style is uniquely his, and actually makes learning boring telecom definitions a fun experience.

Besides general telecom definitions, you will also find many terms relating to computers, computer telephony, the Internet, investing, electronics and more. An amazing accomplishment. You will not only understand what a word means when you read the definition, but will likely understand the concept behind it as well. This book goes well beyond the definitions provided in any other dictionary of its type. No other dictionary in the telecom, computing or electronics industries comes anywhere close to Harry Newton's Telecom Dictionary in either scope or depth.

The book is currently in its 18th edition, and is still going strong. It has three brand-new sections: 119 Best Money-Saving Tips: How to Save on Telecom, PC and Internet Expenses, Hot and New in Telecom: Best Ideas, Products and Industry Directions, and Disaster Planning: How to Maximize the Reliability of Your Telecom Network. This book truly belongs on the bookshelf of everyone in the telecom industry. It's worth every penny, and is pound-for-pound the best telecom book I have ever read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Newton's Telecom Dictionary by Harry Newton
This book is perfect for computer enthusiasts, business owners who utilize computers and telecommunications, scientists, a wide
constituency of educators, computer programmers, web designers and just about anyone who may need to understand computerese in simple English. Important definitions are listed; such as, ADCU, back lobe, card cage, isochronous distortion, etc. There are strategies to minimize calling charges by utilizing prepaid cards for national and international calls. Important computer user groups may be accessed at:

The book is a solid investment for any computer professional, teacher, computer user group or business person.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the one
I use this book all the time. This is the perfect reference book for every engineer working in the Telecomm field ... Read more

5. Microsoft Internet & Networking Dictionary
by Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
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Asin: 0735618135
Catlog: Book (2002-08-28)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Sales Rank: 260388
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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With today's fast pace of innovation in networking and on the Internet, new technical terms appear constantly. This handy pocket-sized dictionary-a subset of the terms found in the popular, recently updated Microsoft Computer Dictionary, Fifth Edition-promises to keep people up-to-date on the latest terms they need to know. It includes more than 3,000 of the most important terms about the Internet and networking, and it also provides appendixes of Internet country codes and domains, common file extensions, and Instant Messaging emoticons and acronyms. It's the ideal Internet and networking reference for home, office, school, or wherever the latest technology takes you! ... Read more

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Yes, this "Microsoft Internet & Networking Dictionary" did cover the most important networking and Internet terms. Its appendixes harbour updated Internet codes and domain names. But, with just over three-thousand entries, no non-beginner would pay serious attention to it.
Its greatest strength lies in being both elaborate and portable. However, many common high-tech jargons and Programming acronyms were excluded: thus ensuring that the book remains palatable only to inexperienced learners. ... Read more

6. Academic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology
by Chris Morris
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Asin: 0122004000
Catlog: Book (1992-01-15)
Publisher: Academic Press
Sales Rank: 313416
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The Academic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology is the most comprehensive, authoritative dictionary of science available. Covering 124 fields of science, the Dictionary will make a handsome addition to your reference collection.

Key Features
* Approximately 124,000 fully defined entries, not counting abbreviations--the largest range of vocabulary ever compiled in a science dictionary
* Compete coverage of 124 fields of science and technology, including Computer Science, biotechnology, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Molecular Biology, Ecology, Behavior, Astronomy, Geology, and more
* "Windows," boxed essays for each of the 124 fields, offering a brief definition of each areaits meaning, history, and implicationsby such prestigious scientists as Michael DeBakey, Stephen Jay Gould, Linus Pauling, Roger Revelle, and Jonas Salk
* Completely up-to-date definitions in such dynamic fields as Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Biotechnology
* Extensive cross-references throughout to link overlapping or equivalent entries and guide readers to the preferred terms
* More medical terms overall than any other general scientific dictionary now available
* More coverage of subfields of medicine, including Oncology, Radiology, Hematology, Cardiology, and Toxicology
* Pronunciation guides for difficult or phonetically irregular terms
* Etymologies giving the origin of important scientific terms
* Definitions that are supplemented by examples of current usage
* Abbreviations and proper names defined in the body of the text, rather than in an appendix, for easier reference
* A complete appendix of frequently consulted scientific data, including standard weights and measures and the periodic table
* A Chronology of Science listing all important milestones in the history of science from 1400 to the present
* Nearly 2,000 detailed illustrations and technical photographs, including 24 pages of color plates
* Definitions reviewed for accuracy by a panel of eminent scientist
* A single-volume, 8 ½" x 11", double-column format with boldfaced entries that offer the ready easy access to definitions
* Lightweight, acid-free paper
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Boasting of more than 2,400 pages of well-illustrated references and definitions, this "Academic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology" offers a fantastic value. It provides all you need in a single-volume. It is accessible and versatile. Its authority is unquestionable.
However, it biggest sin is that since 1992 it surfaced, Academic Press has failed to revise and keep it up-to-date. Also, the weight of this book is so heavy that having a CD-ROM version of it is necessary. Nevertheless, I still appreciate its value.

5-0 out of 5 stars Erath Science through AP College Physics and beyond!
I have used this book to define every scientific term and vocabulary word assigned since freshman year in Highschool. It is a complete refrence for every aspect of the Congnitive Sciences. If you were stuck on a desert island this book will help you do everything from convert sand into a seaworthy ship to finish your honors chemestry report on the ionization of Calcitrate. What is Thermal Latency? It has the meaning as used in 8 fields of science, from Thermal Dynamics to Engineering. The book even has illustrations and models. ... Read more

7. Oracle SQL*Plus : The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition
by Jonathan Gennick
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Asin: 0596007469
Catlog: Book (2004-11-01)
Publisher: O'Reilly
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Despite its wide availability and usage, few developers and DBAs have mastered the true power of Oracle SQL*Plus. This bestselling book--now updated for Oracle 10g--is the only in-depth guide to this interactive query tool for writing SQL scripts. It's an essential resource for any Oracle user.The new second edition of Oracle SQL*Plus: The Definitive Guide clearly describes how to perform, step-by-step, all of the tasks that Oracle developers and DBAs want to perform with SQL*Plus--and maybe some you didn't realize you could perform. With Oracle SQL*Plus: The Definitive Guide, you'll expertly:

  • write and execute script files
  • generate ad hoc reports
  • extract data from the database
  • query the data dictionary tables
  • customize an SQL*Plus environment
  • and much more
It also includes a handy quick reference to all of its syntax options and an often-requested chapter on SQL itself, along with a clear, concise, and complete introduction.This book is truly the definitive guide to SQL*Plus. It's an indispensable resource for those who are new to SQL*Plus, a task-oriented learning tool for those who are already using it, and an immediately useful quick reference for every user. If you want to leverage the full power and flexibility of this popular Oracle tool, you'll need this book. ... Read more

8. Computer Desktop Encylopedia, 9th Ed.
by Alan Freedman
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Asin: 0072193069
Catlog: Book (2001-09-24)
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Sales Rank: 35038
Average Customer Review: 4.93 out of 5 stars
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Now you can have access to more than 10,000 up-to-date and accurate terms--at your fingertips--with this updated edition of this highly-acclaimed desktop encyclopedia. And, the fully-searchable CD-ROM contains more than 5000 bonus definitions and illustrations. Packed with mini-tutorials, quick tips, tricks, and how-to information, this comprehensive computer reference is a must-have for everyone--no matter what your level of expertise. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best technology reference ever!
Also available on CD rom, updated quarterly!! I use this as much as any other application on my PC. Book is wonderful. CD-ROM is even better. Highest marks. Incredibly complete. From mainframes to Public Telephony. Incredibly up-to-date. Kudos to the computer language company!!

Here's what they say about Mac OS X:

Mac OS X
(Mac OS 10) Apple's next-generation operating system that is the successor to Mac OS 9. OS X runs legacy Mac applications (OS 9 and previous) as well as applications written for OS X. OS X Server was introduced in 1999, and the client version came out in 2001. OS X Server includes WebObjects, a development system for creating server applications accessible by any Web browser. OS X's new user interface is called "Aqua."

Entirely UNIX based and POSIX compliant, OS X adds protected memory, pre-emptive multitasking, multithreading and symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) to the Mac world. The rich set of UNIX commands also becomes available to Mac users. The heart of OS X is the open source "Darwin" kernel, which includes an enhanced BSD 4.4 operating system and Mach 2.5 microkernel.

Mac OS X natively supports three programming interfaces: (1) Classic (previously known as Blue Box) is the Mac Toolbox, which is the legacy Mac API (OS 9 and previous), (2) Cocoa (previously known as Yellow Box) is an enhanced version of the OpenStep API from NeXT, and (3) Carbon is an enhanced version of the Mac Toolbox for OS X. See Rhapsody and NeXT.

5-0 out of 5 stars Probably the best PC Encyclopedia ever written
And too bad it's out of print. While this book will not teach you how to use a PC, it will define every computer related (and often electronics) term you can imagine. I was surprised on some of the really obsecure terms this book contained that I didn't expect it to mention. I got this book used and after reading over some of it, I'd say this is a must have on any nerd's desk as the it compares up there with as good as an internet search for explanations of PC related terms.

Unlike most other computer dictionaries/encyclopaedias in its class, the inclusion of a companion CD-ROM gave this "Computer Desktop Encyclopedia" a comfortable jump-start in the superiority contest.
The book (and its attached CD-ROM) covered, in the most definitive way, all the important terms and acronyms that apply to today's computer and networking technologies. Hardware, software, and allied peripherals were adequately represented.
It is descriptive and well-illustrated, and included all the commonly used file extensions. With over ten-thousand terms and definitions, its scope is rich: in comparison to what exist now.
This computer encyclopedia ranks among the best currently on sale. However, potential buyers may be frustrated (at the moment) by its limited availability.

5-0 out of 5 stars computer desktop encly
This book makes a complicated machine like computer very easy to understand

5-0 out of 5 stars This is A 5* book
The best thing I love about this book is the writing style of Prof. Freedman and how easily and clearly it can crystallize, the otherwise complex computer terminology, components and concepts. The explanations used here are vivid. I have owned a copy since 1997 and I have never been disappointed with anything that I needed to look up, for instance 'kludge' is described here as - "Also spelled 'kluge' and pronounced 'klooj'. A crude, inelegant system, component or program. It may refer to a makeshift, temporary solution to a problem as well as to any product that is poorly designed or that becomes unwieldy over time."

It will be hard to obtain better explanations than they are written in here.

There are several other similar Encyclopedias around which I have never looked at, because I had no need to look for another Encyclopedia. ... Read more

9. Computer Science and Communications Dictionary (2 Volume Set)
by Martin Weik
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Catlog: Book (2000-12-31)
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The Computer Science and Communications Dictionary is the most comprehensive dictionary available covering both computer science and communications technology. A one-of-a-kind reference, this dictionary is unmatched in the breadth and scope of its coverage and is the primary reference for students and professionals in computer science and communications.

The Dictionary features over 20,000 entries and is noted for its clear, precise, and accurate definitions. Users will be able to: Find up-to-the-minute coverage of the technology trends in computer science, communications, networking, supporting protocols, and the Internet; find the newest terminology, acronyms, and abbreviations available; and prepare precise, accurate, and clear technical documents and literature. ... Read more

10. Microsoft Computer Dictionary, Fifth Edition
by Microsoft Press, Microsoft Press
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Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Not for the novice!
I am as many of the reviewer's should know by now an ardent supporter of Microsoft and their products. However, this product/book in question, i.e., Microsoft Press Computer Dictionary by Microsoft Press (Editor) , was much more difficult to understand. The dictionary is aimed towards people whom have a wast understanding of computer related technology and terminology. A novie would easily be rattled and unnerved by the arbritrary terms and technology presented in the mentioned title. However, for a computer dictionary per se it serves its intended function without fault.

3-0 out of 5 stars GOOD, BUT NOT THE BEST VALUE
Yes, this edition of "Microsoft Computer Dictionary" has been revised and updated, when compared to the previous editions. Its 10,000 entries centered on software, hardware, and internet terms. They are easy to understand. But the fact that Microsoft stopped adding attached CD-ROMs (with this edition), without any significant price reduction is irritating. It depicts the company's insensitivity to the consumer needs.
However, this is not a bad dictionary to use, if you will tolerate this latest arrogance. It contains some new acronyms on XML, Xbox, tablet PCs, and wireless network. But, be aware that there are other computer dictionaries in the market, which offer much more for less money: including attached CD-ROMs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
I get a bit nervous at the idea that a company like Microsoft would get into the business of Computer Dictionaries out of concern for a conflict of interest - that perhaps words specific to competitors might be left out or altered. However, there is something compelling about the idea of a dictionary of computer related words written by people who are in the business of using those words, and I do find this edition to be fairly balanced.

Consider the entries on Netscape Navigator and Linux:

"Netscape Navigator n. The widely used family of Web browser programs, made by Netscape Corporation. Versions of Netscape Navigator are available for the Windows and Macintosh platforms, and for many varieties of UNIX. Netscape Navigator, which is based on NCSA's Mosaic Web Browser, was one of the first commercially available Web browsers. In 1999, Netscape Corporation was purchased by America Online."

"Linux n. A version of the UNIX System V Release 3.0 kernel developed for PCs with 80386 and higher -level microprocessors. Developed by Linus Torvalds (for whom it is named) along with numerous collaborators world-wide, Linux is distributed free, and its source code is open to modification by anyone who chooses to work on it, although some companies distribute it as part of a commercial package with Linux-compatible utilities. The Linux kernel works with the GNU utilities developed by the Free Software Foundation, which did not produce a kernel. It is used by some as an operating system for network servers and in the 1998/1999 timeframe began to gain increased visibility through support from vendors such as IBM and Compaq."

All in all, this dictionary is comprehensive and precise, and I highly recommend it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Microsoft Computer Dictionary , Fifth Edition by MICROSOFT P
I personally think that as far as Computer Dictionaries go this is an excellent one , but I must WARN YOU.... If you looking for the accompanying CD that came with all the past versions , YOUR OUT OF LUCK.... I think portability is a big factor and having the book on CD in the field is much easier than lugging the desktop book around.. EITHER "MICROSOFT" PRESS IS GETTING REALLY CHEAP OR BILL IS GETTING PARANOID OVER ALL THE LAWSUITS AND DECIDED TO SAVE SOME MONEY , I DON'T KNOW.. I DO KNOW THAT I GIVE THIS BOOK THREE STARS BECAUSE OF THIS , OTHERWISE I WOULD HAVE GIVEN IT A HIGHER RATING... So be AWARE of this.......

4-0 out of 5 stars Comp Dictionary
Using it while studying for Certifications. Have always found what I eas lookig for in it! Every serious computer enthusiast needs a reliable resource library. Add this one to yours. ... Read more

11. e.encyclopedia
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Catlog: Book (2003-10)
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Respected educational publisher DK partners with the world's leading online search engine Google to create the innovative e-encyclopedia, a hefty, heavily illustrated hardcover reference book for young scholars that also refers its readers to their exclusive, kid-friendly web site. Featuring more than 2,000 full-color images, the book covers nine major subject areas: Space, Earth, Nature, Human Body, Science and Technology, People and Places, Society and Beliefs, Arts and Entertainment, and History. Each of the 600 entries provides illustrations and brief, easily digestible tidbits of information about everything from why the Rhine River is so important to Europe to what the brain is made of. If a grey "e" button is visible on the page, that means a treasury of online resources will be available when you search the DK/Google web site for the designated keyword--links that include animations, videos, sound buttons, virtual tours, interactive quizzes, databases, timelines, or real-time reports.

Say you want to learn about rockets. You look it up in the index and find it called out in bold for page 101. Here you'll see a photograph and a brief description of a rocket and how it works. You'll also find the gray "e" button, signaling you to type in "rockets" as a keyword into the given web site. Once you do that, you'll find the following kid-friendly links: 1) How do you launch a rocket from a spinning planet? 2) Launch the space shuttle into orbit beside the ISS, and 3) Visit a rocketry and space flight gallery. Children are also directed towards downloadable images and more directories of related links. Subjects such as metamorphosis provide less-satisfying results, as the page gives the briefest of explanations and a ladybug larva-adult diagram, but no keyword link to the special web site. Still, this useful book offers the possibility of hours of browsing, both on and off-line, giving kids a rich, multimedia learning experience while assuring parents of a kid-safe Internet zone. (Ages 8 and older) --Karin Snelson ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars If you know google, you don't need this book
This is a book for parents and children who are completely in the dark about google. It's the largest, most used search engine out there. Quite frankly, who doesn't know about Google at this point in time. Also, the links mentioned in this book that will be "maintained" and "monitored" and etc.--shouldn't parents be monitoring the sites that their children visit? Does anyone know the involvement and the amount of manpower this will take for a company to monitor ALL of these links? Next to impossible..yet only time will tell. What happened to good-old-fashioned Make Way for Ducklings? What about time away from "the web". DK is really for youngsters who can't read. YES, DK books are full of gorgeous pictures, but that's about...this is a hyped up title. You don't need it. Two stars for effort...I guess they are trying to keep up with technology?

5-0 out of 5 stars Keywords for finding information are highlighted
This unusual 'e.encyclopedia' highlights any subject where you can get extra information on the web - reports, video footage, and even sound recordings. It's organized so keywords for finding such information are highlighted, making it easy for students to use this e-dictionary in conjunction with the computer - but the visual displays and color paired with the basic facts are plenty to also make this stand along as a superior reference. Highly recommended: a visual and practical treat illustrating the positive marriage between reference book and Internet.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Innovative Encyclopedia
"The key aim with e.encyclopedia is to give kids the best resources on paper and online." ~Sue Grabham

Since 99% of public schools in the United States claim to have internet access and more than half of all school-age children are using the internet for homework, e.encyclopedia takes homework to the next level.

This book presents information on everything from Space Observatories to Philosophy. There are annotated maps, charts and timelines. It also has "information keyword buttons." They are little gray dots with white words or white words highlighted in gray. They are easy to find and are blended in all over the pages. When looking at information on volcanoes, I find a button with the word: volcanoes and a highlighted word: Lava.

By entering the site URL to a special area of the DK/Google site, you can find more detailed information. Then, you type in the keywords to find additional information, real-time reports, satellite images, virtual tours and databases. There are also downloadable images and just about everything kids need for homework and projects.

So, say you are researching Ancient Greece and have traveled through this book arriving at say pg. 376. There, you will find a picture of The Parthenon, information on amphitheaters and even a picture of an Athenian coin. To access additional information, you go to the "DK/Google" site and type in the keyword: "Ancient Greece." This takes you to a page with more options.

Explore everyday life in Ancient Greece
Important sites in Ancient Greece
Find out more about the Ancient Greeks
Examine Ancient Greek Artifacts

Then you click on "Explore everyday life in Ancient Greece" and are transported into a page from the history channel. So, in this way, you can find information super fast. It does seem they have made every effort to make links to only reputable sites so parents won't have to worry about children encountering inappropriate material. There are links to more than 1,000 useful sites.

So, do you have to pay extra to use the e.encyclopedia website?

No, it is free. The website address is located on the first page of the book. Once you purchase the book, the website is free.

This book covers a wide variety of subjects including: Earth, Nature, Science and Technology, People and Places, Society and Beliefs, Arts and Entertainment, History and the Human Body.

I think they have gone out of their way to make this kid friendly, however, even adults might be interested in finding many of the links. I found the section on seeing how an embryo develops in the womb to be rather fascinating. The section on new materials was quite interesting. Could seaweed be used to make a new plastic? Apparently there is material called "Seagel" that is made from agar and is the lightest solid.

You will also find answers to the following questions:

Are mountains still growing?
What causes tides?
How do scientists use the Quantum Theory?
Why is a swimming pool deeper than it looks?
Who were the first philosophers?
How are Musical instruments categorized?
What is a nanomachine?
Who really invented the World Wide Web?
How does the Internet Work?

DK excels in the illustration department. You will find a toucan peering out of the page on pg. 233 and beautiful full-color illustrations on every page.

Picture highlights: The picture of the Hindu Marriage. What a dress! Loved the picture of the nanorobots and the pictures for the diatonms were rather pretty. Also, who knew a pollen grain was so beautiful. The photography is spectacular.

DK & Google have joined forces to make homework fun. There is so much information here, I could spend hours just looking through page after page. e.encyclopedia will give your children a basic overview of our life on earth. Not only will children find these facts intriguing, once they find a subject of interest, they can take their knowledge to the next level by continuing their research online.

What a brilliant idea! ... Read more

12. Dictionary of Computer and Internet Terms (Barron's Business Dictionaries)
by Douglas Downing, Michael A. Covington, Melody Mauldin Covington, Catherine Anne Covington
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Catlog: Book (2003-02)
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Computer technology is constantly developing, which is why this title has undergone a complete revision, making it a virtually brand new quick-reference book for all computer users. The authors have expanded it to include more than 2,500 alphabetically arranged computer-related terms and definitions. They emphasize what they call the ?human side? of computing, explaining terms as well as defining them in clear non-technical language wherever possible. Filled with enlightening illustrations, diagrams, and tables. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Recommended
Barron's Dictionary of Computer and Internet Terms is a good computer/internet dictionary and rather inexpensive. Although there are not some updated terms in the dictionary, I'm sure they will be included in the next edition. I believe the context is comprehendable for beginner computer users up through near-advanced computer users.

4-0 out of 5 stars YOUR EARLY COMPANION
If you are an average computer (or Internet) user whose requirements include a portable Computer/Internet Dictionary, I will recommend this one. It is handy, concise, and easy-to-use. But, if your computer knowledge is advanced, it will be wise to look for something else. This dictionary will not be of much benefit to you. It has a beginner's outlook; and offers a modest 2,500 definitions.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I teach computers and this is one of the recommended requirements for my students. There are acronyms, terminology, history, pictures, etc. in this book. Highly recommended.

2-0 out of 5 stars Annoying...
As a general computer dictionary I would rate this as 3/5 stars. Although, all-in-all, this is suppose to be an up to date terminology reference for Internet terms as well...not really up to date in that department unfortunately either. As for a programmers reference...look elsewhere! For example, there is a definition for CORBA; but no definition for COM or COM+! Not very well thought out...look to another book for a more complete vocabulary.


13. The Designer's Lexicon: The Illustrated Dictionary of Design, Printing, and Computer Terms
by Alastair Campbell
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Catlog: Book (1999-12-01)
Publisher: Chronicle Books
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The digital revolution has brought with it a dizzying multiplication of new styles and techniques in the field of graphic design-not to mention a whole new professional jargon. The Designer's Lexicon is the only cross-disciplinary technical dictionary that captures this rich and often confusing profusion of design-speak. It is packed with over 4000 terms that cover the broad pectrum of practices a modern designer must be familiar with: traditional graphics, pre-press, photography, printing, typography, and computers. Four hundred color diagrams and illustrations visually supplement the definitions. With a sturdy concealed spiral binding that reduces wear-and-tear, The Designer's Lexicon exemplifies the criterion designers seek most in a reference book-utility. For established professionals navigating new design terrain, as well as students, production managers, and printers, this is an essential dictionary for a new century. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An education in itself
I have a fairly minimal background in graphic design, except for a two week class I took when I was 12 (I'm 24 now). Other than that, I'm just computer literate and I learn things quickly. This book gave me a wealth of knowledge in an easy to digest form- Running into terms in your Adobe help files that you don't recognize? Get out the lexicon. Talking to a printer and you don't want to sound like an idiot? Get out the lexicon. Everyone from beginners to pros should have this book. The definitions are simple but precise, with examples of the more difficult terms to make them easier to understand. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars A definite reference book worth owning!
Have you read about the story of a designer who went for an interview with a design company and was not considered because they didn't know terms such as "gutter" or the difference between "seriff" and "sans-seriff".

Sure, many of us should know those terms but if you are an individual who wants to continue to learning these terms that printers or professionals tend to use and you are asking yourself in yourself "what the heck are they talking about?". Sure, no one will blame you if you were nodding off in your graphic design class or didn't really read that chapter on print terminology or just plainly forgotten the terms but the thing is, if you really want that job, don't want to look ignorant in front of certain people or if you don't want to continually badger that professional, printer or broker of terminology, then "the designer's LEXICON" is the book that you will find quite helpful.

The book is broken down to chapters for terms such as:

· Computer Terms
· Internet Terms
· Photography Terms
· Typography Terms
· Prepress Terms
· Paper Terms
· Printing Terms
· Finishing Terms
· General Terms

And to find these words, you are provided with a word finder which helps finding that word in a jiffy.

You know paper but you are asked by a client about satin laid paper, a printer wants you to ad a bleed, a designer asks you about glyphs or asks you about a pica size for print where you usually are working more with pixels, it's important to know these words and it's good to have a book that you can look to and get the definition quickly.

There are a few reference books that I highly recommend which include popular books such as "Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market", "Pantone Guide to Communicating with Color" to name a few, "the designer's LEXICON" is one of those books that is worth owning.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great reference tool for all in the graphics field
A great book for defining all those confusing terms in all the computer and design books. It clearly defines the terms you will come across in the design, layout, pre-press, and printing fields as well as offering many illustrations and diagrams or useful charts further explaining terms.

I looked long and hard to find it and for this price, EVERYONE who works in the field should own it!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Designer's Lexicon : The Illustrated Dictionary of
This book is useful to learn about graphic design. For another language speakers, (for example Japanese, French, Spanish. etc.) are interested in how to say the contents in English. And this book includes more recently topics. We can learn exactly meanings. ... Read more

14. New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology & Exegesis 5.1
by Willem A., Ph.D. VanGemeren
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The complete 5 volume set on one CD-ROM. ... Read more

15. Webster's New World Computer Dictionary, Tenth Edition
by BryanPfaffenberger, Bryan Pfaffenberger
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Comprehensive, authoritative – and user-friendly!

Whether you’re a computer novice or a computer professional, Webster’s New World Computer Dictionary is one of the most useful references you can buy.

It gives you clear and concise definitions for more than 4,750 up-to-date computer terms, including 250 that are completely new to this edition.

You’ll find current coverage of the latest standards and protocols in storage, memory, peripherals, and more–plus updated and expanded information on computer security, legislation, and computer and Internet technology. Cross-referencing throughout directs you effortlessly to related terms and concepts that help you understand more about a given subject and put it into a larger context.

From using e-mail and going on the Internet (attachment, computer virus, cookie, shopping cart) to buying or upgrading a computer (Ethernet, G4, Pentium 4, SDRAM) to boning up on terminology for a computer industry job (Advanced Encryption Standard, timecode editing, virtual private network), this invaluable resource gives you instant flip-and-find access to the information you need–from A (applet) to Z (zip drive). ... Read more

16. Oracle Data Dictionary Pocket Reference
by David C. Kreines
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Catlog: Book (2003-05)
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Oracle Data Dictionary Pocket Reference gives DBAs and developers at any level quick and easy access to the data dictionary in Oracle's latest database, Oracle9i.This pocket-sized book provides a complete list of the most commonly used tables and views in the Oracle9i data dictionary, intelligently arranged for quick reference. It also includes column names and descriptions for each of the tables and views, as well as helpful tips, warnings, and usage examples.O'Reilly's Pocket References have become a favorite among developers and database administrators everywhere.By providing a wealth of important details in a concise, well-organized format, these handy books deliver just what you need to complete the task at hand. When you've reached a sticking point in your work and want to check your facts quickly, the Oracle Data Dictionary Pocket Reference is the book to have close by. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Superfluous book, better read ORACLE docs (reference guide)
"ORACLE Data Dictionary Pocket Reference" describes (most of) the ORACLE data dictionary views. This book sorts the DD views according to subjects e.g. "Replication". Normally for each view you will find a sentence about the contents of the view and the columns with datatype and not null constraints (if present). For some views you will see a little longer explanation.

I am a big fan on O'Reilly books and I own at lot (50+) O'Reilly books. From my point of view this book is superfluous and it should not have been printed. This book does not provide any detailed information about the columns of the views. The semantics of the data in the views is not explained at all. There is no information how to join the DD views to get the result you need. At one place the book states that you can join V$PROCESS and V$SESSION to find some more information about a session but it does not say how to join those view (V$SESSION.paddr = V$PROCESS.addr).

This book does not add any information that can not be found in the ORACLE "Reference" manual. It actually provides less information. Most of the information can be extracted from ORACLE itself (DICT table and SQL*PLUS describe on the view). The ORACLE documentation can be read online and is more detailed.

I did not find any big error in this book. The form, printing and index are of the normal O'Reilly high quality. This is worth 3 stars from me. However I will probably not look into this book again.

3-0 out of 5 stars OK for quick reference
It lists about everything. It gives the table or view name and the column name and type. For the most part, it gives a one sentence description for the table/view. That's the extent of the details. ... Read more

17. Elsevier's Dictionary of Information Technology
by J. P. Hoepelman, R. Mayer, J. Wagner
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. Information Technology is a rapidly developing field in an international and multilingual environment with its own new and quickly evolving terminology. This dictionary fills the need for a multilingual reference work to simplify the exchange of knowledge between organizations and research groups of different nationalities, and to provide a basis for beginners in fields of Information Technology.

The dictionary contains over 4,500 English terms from several fields of Information Technology (Computer Science and related fields). Each term is listed with a definition, synonymous terms, its translations into French and German, and with cross references to other terms in the dictionary. Different meanings of a term are distinguished where necessary.

The dictionary aims at a wide audience, ranging from technical translators who need to find translations for recent terms only used and, more importantly, defined in scientific articles, to computer ... Read more

18. The Dictionary of Standard C
by Rex Jaeschke
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19. Macromedia Flash MX 2004 ActionScript 2.0 Dictionary
by Macromedia, Flash Experts
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Catlog: Book (2003-11-03)
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Average Customer Review: 2.58 out of 5 stars
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If you're a true Flash master--and we're betting you are--you know that the real power behind the throne in Macromedia's wildly popular Web animation software is its programming language: ActionScript 2.0. Offering a more robust programming model and better object-oriented programming support than ever before, ActionScript 2.0 allows you to take your Flash MX 2004 designs to new levels--if, that is, you know how to make full use of it. This volume, from the folks behind the software, makes sure that you do! In this highly cross-referenced dictionary, you'll find detailed descriptions of every ActionScript operator, keyword, statement, action, property, function, object, component, and method. What's more, an invaluable chart will help you locate definitions for symbolic operators or methods even when you don't know the object or component class. To top it all off, Macromedia has rounded up a posse of Flash and ActionScripting luminaries to contribute articles on a range of topics--from converting ActionScript 1.0 to ActionScript 2.0 to using design patterns in Flash.

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1-0 out of 5 stars Total ripp off [zero stars]
First of all, I am not that much of a review writer, but feel I have to add to the reviews above. I bought this book before the reviews above were written. If only I had waited. Anyway: why is this a ripp off?
1. it should have come with the software in the first place as the new help function within flash is totally unusable, and the documentation was far from complete.
2. it is full of mistakes, and the only erratum is the updated helpfunction with the software.
3. it was published at the time that even Macromedia knew that the documentation with their software was far from complete AND full of errors. Never could understand why they would repeat that unforgivable error in a book and dare ask money for it.

As a sidenote: the docs with the software are updated in the meantime, so you might as well put your printer to work if you need a printed copy. Don't waste your money on this book.


5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
Finally a really easy to use quick resource for Action Script. O'reilly's was good but, stopped at 1.0.
This is an excellent book for 25 bucks and it's actually easier to use than the Help section of Flash. Buy it before they raise the price!

3-0 out of 5 stars Lots of room for improvement
This tome is basically two books mashed together. The first being a set of Flash articles while the second is THE actual Actionscript 2.0 dictionary. While seemingly through, when you actually need to use it the index will fail you and you will need to look either at the dictionary table of contents (starting on page 411) or thumb through the second half of the book.

Note: You won't find much information on any of the various components that come with Flash. This is a purely Actionscript 2.0 dictionary. Another area that is missing is any details concerning the professional features of Flash MX 2004 like slides and forms.

The two good things about this book are that it is relatively inexpensive and there are numerous examples.

3-0 out of 5 stars Worth the cheap price
While most of this book is the same material that comes with Flash in the help panel, there are also several articles in the beginning of the book. Of these articles, there were a couple that were REALLY good, changing the way I think about programming in Flash. A few of the other articles however seemed to be of less quality and not well thought out. Either way for the things I learned, it was certainly worth the cost.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not with someone else's barge pole...
Let me start off by saying that I knew before buying this book that the overwhelming majority of the material was a regurgitation of the online help information within Flash MX 2004 itself. Indeed, my main reason for buying was to have a hard copy of this information that I could plonk on my desk and refer to when necessary.

The biggest issue with this book is that the reference section seems not to be indexed at all, and neither do these pages have tabbed edges. In addition, the version of the documentation this is based on is full of errors and has some gaping holes that have since been fixed in the online help documentation. All these combine to make the book completely unusable as a reference.

Secondly, the articles are a complete waste fo time if you've done any basic reading up on the subject matter on the internet. You can find more helpful information on Flash MX 2004 and ActionScript 2.0 on the major Flash community sites, written by real community leaders that actually know what they're talking about. Admittedly I didn't buy the book for the articles, but had I done so I would have been severely disappointed.

At such a low price, I didn't expect a lot from this book and was prepared to forgive a few minor niggles. What I've now got is a moderately expensive door stop, and I would recommend heartily that anyone thinking about buying this book think again. If I could have given this book zero stars, I would have done, so I'm now waiting for the Moock/O'Reilly book on ActionScript 2.0 and OOP, which is what I should have done in the first place. ... Read more

20. The Computer Glossary: The Complete Illustrated Dictionary (Computer Glossary (Book and CD Rom), ed 8)
by Alan Freedman
list price: $29.95
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Asin: 0814479782
Catlog: Book (1998-04-01)
Publisher: Amacom Books
Sales Rank: 150876
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The seventh edition is substantially expanded with over 6,000 computer terms. This dictionary covers basiccomputer vocabulary, graphics and multimedia terminology, and a sampling of cyberslang and Internetterms, plus programming, networking, UNIX, and PC jargon. Profiles on industry leaders and historichappenings make this glossary interesting as well as useful. Definitions are tailored to the type of word.Basic terms are defined in layman's language while the specific technical jargon is defined with moretechnical terms. Comprehensive cross-referencing gives you quick access to what you're looking for. ... Read more

Reviews (6)

3-0 out of 5 stars Not Excellent, Not Worse
Buying this 458 pages, 9th Edition book is a better decision. The book is made with not superior paper, but its not bad at all. This is a great book but sometimes you will see that you can't find a word listed. For example, I can't find "software monitor", though they have listed hardware monitor. Then there are many words which are used in conjunction with databases like you cant find what is "pessimistic locking" and what is "optimistic". If anyone say that this book does not cover those topics to which I can't find the meanings and words, then I would say that why is the name of this book "The Computer Glossary. THE COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED DICTIONARY". I think when it's written that it's a COMPLETE DICTIONARY, then it should be complete. On the other hand the book features thousands of the terms and words used and the thing is like about this book is that there are diagrams which are in good quality printing, not at every page but worth enough. The excellent part is that there is a Multimedia CD-ROM version attached in the end of the book, which works great. You can just type the word and you will instantly get the meaning in real time. And all the contents in the CD are exactly those as are in the book. So if you just install the CD you will not even need to open the book. The CD comes with great printing and copy features, which I was not expecting. You can capture full screen or particular text and print it from the inside of the software. Just click on a picture (also listed in CD) and it will automatically prompt for printing. There are many other cool features also which should that it was developed by keen interest. Overall this is a good book and especially the CD but if more terms can be added to it, it can become "the excellent book". Now I have listed the cons and pros, its up to you people there to buy it or not. Enjoy reading!

3-0 out of 5 stars Could Be Better
As with any other computer terminology book I've browsed through, it seems that this book has terms that some others don't, and other books have some terms that this one doesn't.Also, another book will give a betterdefinition of a certain term than this one may.Or vice versa.Thesolution...?If you really want to have as much of a database of comuterterms as possible, have two or more books.A book with the mostdefinitions may not be the best, because the definitions may not bedescriptive be careful!Keep in mind, new terms are coming outevery day rendering the book obsolete.Finding a good website of computerterminology may be an additional method of finding what you need if itisn't in a book.The layman's language and general thouroughness of thisbook does make it a good choice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great tohave around!
This is one of the most comprehensive glossaries around, I have seen nothing else for the price that even comes close. Every MIS shop should have one for quick reference.

2-0 out of 5 stars This book is incomplete in it computer jargon.
Many times I have read other updated computer books and have not found them listed in this glossary.I am an intermediate computer user that reads other computer architect books.If the word is listed it will oftengive a very good explaination.I have many times learned things from thisbook that the authors from other computer books didn't make clear.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, provides a thorough understanding!
This book is better than all the rest.I checked out an even more expensive book, and it didn't even come close. It seems like there isn't a term missing and its EASY to understand too! A must buy. ... Read more

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