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I. M. Wright's "Hard Code": A Decade of Hard-Won Lessons from Microsoft (Best Practices)
I. M. Wright's "Hard Code": A Decade of Hard-Won Lessons from Microsoft (Best Practices)

Get the brutal truth about coding, testing, and project management—from a Microsoft insider who tells it like it is. I. M. Wright's deliberately provocative column "Hard Code" has been sparking debate amongst thousands of engineers at Microsoft for years. And now (despite our better instincts), we're making...

Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution
Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution
Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution is a fascinating look at the raging debate that is its namesake. Filled with writings from the central players--from Linux creator Linus Torvalds to Perl creator Larry Wall--the book convinces the reader of the overwhelming merits of freeing up the many iterations of software's source...
Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman's Crusade for Free Software
Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman's Crusade for Free Software
In 1984, Richard Stallman launched the GNU Project for the purpose of developing a complete UNIX-like operating system that would allow for free software use. What he developed was the GNU operating system. (GNU is a recursive acronym for "GNU's Not UNIX,'' and it is pronounced guh-NEW. Linux is a variant of the GNU operating system.) This...
Computational Intelligence: An Introduction
Computational Intelligence: An Introduction
Can computers be intelligent?

This question causes even more debate than the definitions of intelligence do.

Computational intelligence is the study of adaptive mechanisms to enable or facilitate intelligent behaviour in complex and changing environments. As such, computational intelligence encompasses artificial neural networks,...

Managing and Using MySQL (2nd Edition)
Managing and Using MySQL (2nd Edition)

Programmers have always put together software on their own time to "scratch their own itches." Until the 1990s, however, programmers lacked distribution mediums for mass marketing their creations. The Internet changed that and gave life to grass-roots software distribution philosophies that have challenged those of the software...

Intelligent Paradigms for Healthcare Enterprises: Systems Thinking
Intelligent Paradigms for Healthcare Enterprises: Systems Thinking
This compendium brings together leading researchers in the fields of Intelligent Systems and healthcare aiming at medical engineers, healthcare managers and computer scientists worldwide. This book is an overview of intelligent paradigms and strategic investments that might payoff for the healthcare enterprise. Specifically, the reader will get...
Copy, Rip, Burn: The Politics of Copyleft and Open Source
Copy, Rip, Burn: The Politics of Copyleft and Open Source
From downloading music and movies to accessing free software, digital media is forcing us to rethink the very idea of intellectual property. While big companies complain about lost profits, the individual has never enjoyed such freedom and autonomy. Berry explores this debate in a concise way, offering an ideal introduction for anyone not versed...
The Artful Universe Expanded
The Artful Universe Expanded
Our love of art, writes John Barrow, is the end product of millions of years of evolution. How we react to a beautiful painting or symphony draws upon instincts laid down long before humans existed. Now, in this enhanced edition of the highly popular The Artful Universe, Barrow further explores the close ties between our aesthetic appreciation and...
Targeting Treatment of Soft Tissue Sarcomas (Cancer Treatment and Research)
Targeting Treatment of Soft Tissue Sarcomas (Cancer Treatment and Research)
The last decade we have witnessed a major change in the development of new techniques and agents for the treatment of cancer in general, and for soft tissue sarcomas in particular. The important achievements of molecular biology research have changed the landscape markedly. Increasingly subtypes of soft tissue sarcomas are shown...
Europe in Crisis: Bolt from the Blue?
Europe in Crisis: Bolt from the Blue?

This book analyzes the European Great Recession of 2008-12, its economic and social causes, its historical roots, and the policies adopted by the European Union to find a way out of it. It contains explicit debates with several economists and analysts on some of the most controversial questions about the causes of the crisis and the policies...

Promoting Sustainable Electricity in Europe: Challenging the Path Dependence of Dominant Energy Systems
Promoting Sustainable Electricity in Europe: Challenging the Path Dependence of Dominant Energy Systems
This is a timely and comparative assessment of initiatives to promote renewable electricity sources (RES) in eight European countries. Carried out by the ProSus research programme at the University of Oslo in cooperation with leading research institutions in each country, the study focuses on the promotional schemes used to foster RES in Austria,...
Electronic Monitoring in the Workplace: Controversies and Solutions
Electronic Monitoring in the Workplace: Controversies and Solutions

Due to the use of new technologies, coupled with the fact that there is an increasing amount of work being done online, whether on the Internet, intranets, LANs or other networks, extensive employee monitoring by employers is inexpensive and easy. Employers have legitimate concerns about the efficiency of their employees and the quality of the...

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