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MySQL: Step-By-Step
MySQL: Step-By-Step
MySQL: Step-By-Step by Step. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
The Long Walk
The Long Walk
The Long Walk by Stephen King, Kir. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 2031 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Dark Descent
The Dark Descent
The Dark Descent by Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, et al.. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 41 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Programming Grails
Programming Grails
Programming Grails by Burt Beckwith. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Results of teaching materials for vocational and technical education software talent training mode reform project: a relational database with SQL language (with CD-ROM)(Chinese Edition)
Results of teaching materials for vocational and technical education software talent training mode reform project: a relational database with SQL language (with CD-ROM)(Chinese Edition)
Results of teaching materials for vocational and technical education software talent training mode reform project: a relational database with SQL language (with CD-ROM)(Chinese Edition) by HUANG XU MING. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Grid Computing - GRID 2002
Grid Computing - GRID 2002
Grid Computing - GRID 2002 by Manish Parashar. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
Become an Awesome Software Architect: Book 1: Foundation 2019
Become an Awesome Software Architect: Book 1: Foundation 2019
This is perhaps the most effusive review I ever wrote (most of my past reviews are on Amazon.com)

I am a startup entrepreneur. I used to dabble with some programming many, many years ago. I started a healthcare startup a couple of years ago. Over the first few months, we breezed through the streamlining our medical processes and fine tune them. We did all that using off the shelf tech-solutions. Then time came where we had to build our own tech stack or we wouldn't be growing.

Probably because it had been a long time since I worked on technology, or/and even back then, I hadn't worked on any major projects, I had been dithering over building the technology. When I realized that I was not being very bright, I bought a bunch of books on Software Architecture and started reading them. They weren't much helpful. When I look back now, I realize that they were far too advanced for me. I hadn't been in touch with technology for more than 15 years by now.

Then I stumbled on to this awesome book. Read it from cover to cover in just one sitting!

In just one day, this book changed everything. I went from not knowing where to start to having a detailed description of good practices. Here are some examples:
- Language: Use one with strong typing
- Framework: Don't let it trap you
- Database: Use CQRS; ditch CRUD
- SOLID Principles
- Managing latency
- Managing error recovery
- Logging
- Setting up and using CDN
- Microservices, setting up, pros and cons
- APIs
- Batch processing
- Multi-tenancy
- Runtime infrastructure
- Scalability
- Redundancy
- Traffic Management
- Security
- Testability
- Reducing complexity

Obviously, this book didn't make me an expert in any of these subjects. But for the first time, I have become aware of many of them. I now know where I need to acquire additional information. What mistakes I should avoid. What kind of talent I should go look for.

It has been about 20 days since I finished reading this book. Between then and now, I finished scoping out an MVP, located a tech-lead and started the production process. As an added bonus, I have enough understanding now to build this system to handle volumes in millions. And building the system into a multi-tenancy one.

Other than help me take the project off the ground, I think this book saved me from lots of future heartbreak. If I sound like I drank a bottle of Kool-aid, well, it is my true excitement showing through. Very, very rarely did a book made so much of difference.
Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders
Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders
There have been critics who have written reviews on here that this book is no different than going online and printing out all of the shareholders letters and there are others that say that you should pick up Lawrence Cunningham's version because that version is editorialized and I am here to tell you that I have done all three, not because anyone has told me or I recommended it, but because I have thoroughly entrenched myself in the study of Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger and Berkshire Hathaway and I will tell you this edition and book is an outstanding treasure and amazing addition to anyone's library, full of awesome information and knowledge about the inner workings of Berkshire Hathaway. I'm actually very sorry I didn't get it much, much sooner. I cannot recommend this book strongly enough...10 STARS!!!!!
Invest like Warren Buffett, Be the Intelligent Investor: A Guide to Investing from Life & Business Lessons, Wit & Wisdom of Warren Buffett Portfolios, Stocks, and Businesses
Invest like Warren Buffett, Be the Intelligent Investor: A Guide to Investing from Life & Business Lessons, Wit & Wisdom of Warren Buffett Portfolios, Stocks, and Businesses
I have read this book thoroughly! I liked it very much. I find it very interesting, catchy and inspiring. Many people can learn from Warren Buffett, from his experience and knowledge. The most important thing for reaching happiness and success is hoping for that and believing in yourself. One must have courage ad faith in himself. This book can teach that not always the knowledge can help to become a successful man, but also one's courage, faith and strength. Warren Buffett is a great role model for all those, who want to become successful in business and in life.
The Little Yellow Book: Quotations from Chairman Xi Dada (COLLECTOR'S EDITION) (Over-Tone Collection)
The Little Yellow Book: Quotations from Chairman Xi Dada (COLLECTOR'S EDITION) (Over-Tone Collection)
I received this book and I believe it's a great medium to encounter President Xi's Thought. However, as an English-only addition without the original Chinese text I feel it is not as helpful as it could be. For instance, Mao's red book has a side by side Chinese and Englis (or German or Spanish) translation. So this would be helpful especially for people who may be using this book academically, to engage with Chinese-speakers, and for Chinese study. So if the publishers could get in touch with me when a bilingual version comes out, that would be outstanding. Thanks.
The Scrum Fieldbook: A Master Class on Accelerating Performance, Getting Results, and Defining the Future
The Scrum Fieldbook: A Master Class on Accelerating Performance, Getting Results, and Defining the Future
Indeed, another great book by JJ Sutherland! Some of the notes / new perspectives / action items I took away:

- Patterns and anti-pattern content
- Scrum itself does nothing. All it does is unleash the greatness that lives in each of us
- Backlog refinement is where Scrum lives or dies
- Incremental approach reduces the cost of changing your mind
- stats on decision latency
- good examples of non-software dev Scrum, from a restaurant to a Navy explosive ordnance disposal unit
- “Priorities” was not even a word until the 1940s
- MVB- minimum viable bureaucracy
- Scrum emergency procedure steps

.... and so much more!

What’s missing? JJ’s autograph (which I have in his first book from my CSM cert training with him 😎)

I purchased the audiobook to listen to in the gym & car, then the hard copy for more study / note taking. Highly recommended!

Keep up the great work, JJ!
Google Plus Basics
Google Plus Basics
Google Plus Basics by Goran Zinic. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Larry Page" category.
DK Biography: George Washington: A Photographic Story of a Life
DK Biography: George Washington: A Photographic Story of a Life
I would give it 2 stars, but does have excellent pictures, as is the custom of DK books, so I suppose it deserves a 3 overall, but no more. This is, overall, NOT a good kid's biography of George Washington.

I am a Chinese American, recently naturalized, and in preparation of homeschooling my kids I got this book with high expectations. I've always known that Washington was voted unanimously into presidency, and I want to know why - what is so great about this guy?

I finished the book and cannot tell you why. The book never explained it, except the author hints here and there that the people thought highly of Washington for no apparent reason:

"The new commander was an instant American idol...Congress voted him a gold medal and Harvard University awarded the unschooled general an honorary doctor's degree before he had commanded a single battle." (p.45)

The latest trend in historical studies appears to be an overwhelming interest in digging up dirt of previously respected figures. While slow to praise, this book is quick to point out that Washington "swore...till the leaves shook on the trees" (p.64) on one occasion according to some observer, and "Washington was known to pay slaves who volunteered to have teeth yanked out and used in his dentures." (p.80)

Is it really necessary to report that some guy heard Washington swore one time? And does it make sense to yank teeth out of people - if one needs human teeth for dentures, why not get it out of corpses?

In the end, the book makes sure you know that "Washington was no saint...no military genius, and he lost many more battles than he won." (p.115) Trust me, by the time you get to the end, your brain will not be thinking of Washington as a saint at all, so the sentence is worthless except to reveal the author's goal: to dispel any misconceptions out there that might consider Washington a saint.

The book is crummy because it messed up on page 71. I can't imagine DK making such a fatal publishing error. The last line of p.71 reads

"to surprise Cornwallis at Yorktown. Washington himself"

Washington himself what? I turned over the page and read the first line:

"Martha was there, and so were her son, Jacky."

I guess I'll never know what Washington himself did. I am a fan of DK publishing, as they always come up with top quality work, but this book is seriously shaking my faith in them. Hopefully it is an isolated incident.
Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau
Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau
As folksinger/playwright Michael Johnathon explains in his introduction to his play, almost everyone has at least heard of Thoreau, and probably know one or two of his most famous quotes. But in this fast-paced age of short attention spans & countless digital distractions, coming to a rich, thoughtful work like "Walden" could may prove daunting for many readers. especially younger ones. So how is it best done?

This short play is a charming introduction to both the man & his thought. Without dumbing down anything, author Johnathon has written of Thoreau's final two days in his cabin at Walden, before he left to return to the world of everyday human life. It's surprisingly humorous, verging on warm-hearted comedy at first ... but this is a wise move on the author's part, as it makes the literary giants Thoreau & Emerson into flesh-&-blood human beings, rather than stiff, remote figures solemnly intoning Wise Wisdoms To The Ages.

And once the viewer has accepted these characters as people not unlike themselves, with similar foibles & uncertainties & hopes, the rest of the play explores Thoreau's approach to the world, with its emphasis on simplicity, reflection, and love of Nature. It's amazing how much of this speaks directly to the present day -- more so when we're informed by the author afterwards that the majority of the dialogue is taken from actual quotes by Thoreau & Emerson themselves.

The package as a whole is a lovely design. It includes a second disc of songs inspired by Thoreau, a 24-page study guide for students & teachers, and several extras on the DVD itself: the making of the play, an interview with a Thoreau scholar, and so on. All in all, you couldn't ask for a better way of opening the eyes & minds of the curious to the vision of one of our best & most enduring literary lights -- not just as an historic figure, but as a living presence whose worldview is even more urgent today -- recommended!
Ghirardelli Milk & Dark Chocolate Gift Basket All Ghirardelli, All Delicous, All the Time! Reusable Metal Basket After All the Chocolates Are Gone by Wine Country Gift Baskets
Ghirardelli Milk & Dark Chocolate Gift Basket All Ghirardelli, All Delicous, All the Time! Reusable Metal Basket After All the Chocolates Are Gone by Wine Country Gift Baskets
Got this as a gift for a friend. The first impression I had taking it out of the box was: "wow, this thing is SO light!!". Seriously, I couldn't believe how light it was! Everything was inside a tin can and still it felt like I was holding an empty box. After you remove all the packaging, you'll end up with MAYBE a pound of actual chocolate! And for that you pay $32?? Super not worth it. Can't tell you how it tastes or anything as it was a gift. The presentation was nice, so that's the only positive and if you're looking for a gift in a pinch it may work but even so -- super overpriced. Definitely do NOT get this for yourself as you'll surely be disappointed with the quantity.
green sprouts Cool Calm Press | Soothes aches, bumps, & bruises with cold therapy | Filled with non-toxic gel, Flexible when frozen, Reusable
green sprouts Cool Calm Press | Soothes aches, bumps, & bruises with cold therapy | Filled with non-toxic gel, Flexible when frozen, Reusable
I bought three of these for my 4 year old daughter. She falls a lot and needed some boo boo ice packs. I had a few that did not hold up, my daughter chewed through them.

I am confused why these have reviews written for children, that is why I bought them. If you look at the picture, which I did not noticed until I received the three of them, they clearly state for ADULT USE. But yet on the back is a mother holding the pack over a young toddlers head. If they are for adults, why does the picture show a toddler with the pack? I am thinking the company fears they might be sued so advertise it as adult only but know parents are going to buy it for their children. I have not had an issue with them and think they are perfect for my daughter. They freeze well and when she is done with it, we wash is off with soapy warm water and place it back in the freezer.

I am happy with them but think the marketing of the item is confusing, mainly the box.
EPULY Cell Phone Stand, Adjustable Angle Height Phone Holder Dock for Desk, Compatible with All Mobile Phones, iPhone, Switch, iPad, Tablet (up to 10 inch), Silver
EPULY Cell Phone Stand, Adjustable Angle Height Phone Holder Dock for Desk, Compatible with All Mobile Phones, iPhone, Switch, iPad, Tablet (up to 10 inch), Silver
Delivery:
I was supurised to get the product next day of the order. The Product was packaged well and no damages.

PROS:
• Perfect for video chatting, eliminating the stress placed on your hands and arms from constantly switching back and forth during long chat sessions, and providing a hands-free environment
• Perfect for using it as a charging stand next to the bed side
• No more struggling to lean the phone on the side of a wall during video chat, only to have it fall down moments later
• Big bottom padding stabilizes the stand, preventing it from sliding and providing a sturdy foundation when adjusting the angle viewing point or during phone usage
• Big bottom silicone soft pad prevents not only scratching the base of the stand, but also the base of where the stand is placed
• Multiple viewing angles allows versatility to adapt to any environment, whether it'd be standing up, lying down, or just sitting, placing the screen exactly where desired
• Aluminum material is thick, strong, and durability is high, while also being fairly lightweight
•Whoever designed this device is a genius. I am more than pleased with this stand. Very sturdy, very well made and nice color choices
•I own a iPhone xs with an Otter Box protection.
•A good buy and quite reasonable in price

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