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The Linux Programming Interface: A Linux and UNIX System Programming Handbook

Posted by admin | Posted in Professional & Technical, Science | Posted on 28-11-2010-05-2008


1593272200 : The Linux Programming Interface: A Linux and UNIX System Programming Handbook
ISBN: 1593272200

Author: Michael Kerrisk

The Linux Programming Interface is the definitive guide to the Linux and UNIX programming interface?the interface employed by nearly every application that runs on a Linux or UNIX system.

In this authoritative work, Linux programming expert Michael Kerrisk provides detailed descriptions of the system calls and library functions that you need in order to master the craft of system programming, and accompanies his explanations with clear, complete example programs.

You’ll find descriptions of over 500 system calls and library functions, and more than 200 example programs, 88 tables, and 115 diagrams. You’ll learn how to:

  • Read and write files efficiently
  • Use signals, clocks, and timers
  • Create processes and execute programs
  • Write secure programs
  • Write multithreaded programs using POSIX threads
  • Build and use shared libraries
  • Perform interprocess communication using pipes, message queues, shared memory, and semaphores
  • Write network applications with the sockets API

While The Linux Programming Interface covers a wealth of Linux-specific features, including epoll, inotify, and the /proc file system, its emphasis on UNIX standards (POSIX.1-2001/SUSv3 and POSIX.1-2008/SUSv4) makes it equally valuable to programmers working on other UNIX platforms.

The Linux Programming Interface is the most comprehensive single-volume work on the Linux and UNIX programming interface, and a book that’s destined to become a new classic.

Praise for The Linux Programming Interface

“If I had to choose a single book to sit next to my machine when writing software for Linux, this would be it.” ?Martin Landers, Software Engineer, Google

“This book, with its detailed descriptions and examples, contains everything you need to understand the details and nuances of the low-level programming APIs in Linux . . . no matter what the level of reader, there will be something to be learnt from this book.” ?Mel Gorman, Author of Understanding the Linux Virtual Memory Manager

“Michael Kerrisk has not only written a great book about Linux programming and how it relates to various standards, but has also taken care that bugs he noticed got fixed and the man pages were (greatly) improved. In all three ways, he has made Linux programming easier. The in-depth treatment of topics in The Linux Programming Interface . . . makes it a must-have reference for both new and experienced Linux programmers.” ?Andreas Jaeger, Program Manager, openSUSE, Novell

“Michael’s inexhaustible determination to get his information right, and to express it clearly and concisely, has resulted in a strong reference source for programmers. While this work is targeted at Linux programmers, it will be of value to any programmer working in the UNIX/POSIX ecosystem.” ?David Butenhof, Author of Programming with POSIX Threads and Contributor to the POSIX and UNIX Standards

“. . . a very thorough?yet easy to read?explanation of UNIX system and network programming, with an emphasis on Linux systems. It’s certainly a book I’d recommend to anybody wanting to get into UNIX programming (in general) or to experienced UNIX programmers wanting to know ‘what’s new’ in the popular GNU/Linux system.” ?Fernando Gont, Network Security Researcher, IETF Participant, and RFC Author

“. . . encyclopedic in the breadth and depth of its coverage, and textbook-like in its wealth of worked examples and exercises. Each topic is clearly and comprehensively covered, from theory to hands-on working code. Professionals, students, educators, this is the Linux/UNIX reference that you have been waiting for.” ?Anthony Robins, Associate Professor of Computer Science, The University of Otago

“I’ve been very impressed by the precision, the quality and the level of detail Michael Kerrisk put in his book. He is a great expert of Linux system calls and lets us share his knowledge and understanding of the Linux APIs.” ?Christophe Blaess, Author of Programmation systeme en C sous Linux

“. . . an essential resource for the serious or professional Linux and UNIX systems programmer. Michael Kerrisk covers the use of all the key APIs across both the Linux and UNIX system interfaces with clear descriptions and tutorial examples and stresses the importance and benefits of following standards such as the Single UNIX Specification and POSIX 1003.1.” ?Andrew Josey, Director, Standards, The Open Group, and Chair of the POSIX 1003.1 Working Group

“What could be better than an encyclopedic reference to the Linux system, from the standpoint of the system programmer, written by none other than the maintainer of the man pages himself? The Linux Programming Interface is comprehensive and detailed. I firmly expect it to become an indispensable addition to my programming bookshelf.” ?Bill Gallmeister, Author of POSIX.4 Programmer’s Guide: Programming for the Real World

“. . . the most complete and up-to-date book about Linux and UNIX system programming. If you’re new to Linux system programming, if you’re a UNIX veteran focused on portability while interested in learning the Linux way, or if you’re simply looking for an excellent reference about the Linux programming interface, then Michael Kerrisk’s book is definitely the companion you want on your bookshelf.” ?Loic Domaigne, Chief Software Architect (Embedded),

Pages: 1552
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: No Starch Press Year: 2010


Hitler’s First War: Adolf Hitler, the Men of the List Regiment, and the First World War

Posted by admin | Posted in Professional & Technical | Posted on 28-11-2010-05-2008


0199233209 : Hitler's First War: Adolf Hitler, the Men of the List Regiment, and the First World War
ISBN: 0199233209

Author: Thomas Weber

Perhaps no individual in modern history has received more intensive study than Adolf Hitler. His many biographers have provided countless conflicting interpretations of his dark life, but virtually all agree on one thing: Hitler’s formative experience was his service in World War I. Unfortunately, historians have found little to illuminate this critical period. Until now.

In Hitler’s First War, award-winning author Thomas Weber delivers a master work of history–a major revision of our understanding of Hitler’s life. Weber paints a group portrait of the List Regiment, Hitler’s unit during World War I, to rewrite the story of his military service. Drawing on deep and imaginative research, Weber refutes the story crafted by Hitler himself, and so challenges the historical argument that the war led naturally to Nazism. Contrary to myth, the regiment consisted largely of conscripts, not enthusiastic volunteers. Hitler served with scores of Jews, including noted artist Albert Weisberger, who proved more heroic, and popular, than the future F?hrer. Indeed, Weber finds that the men shunned Private Hitler as a “rear area pig,” and that Hitler himself was still unsure of his political views when the war ended in 1918. Through the stories of such comrades as a soldier-turned-concentration camp commandant, veterans who fell victim to the Holocaust, an officer who became Hitler’s personal adjutant in the 1930s but then cooperated with British intelligence, and the veterans who simply went back to their Bavarian farms and never joined the Nazi ranks, Weber demonstrates how and why Hitler aggressively policed the myth of his wartime experience.

Underlying all Hitler studies is a seemingly unanswerable question: Was he simply a product of his times, or an anomaly beyond all calculation? Weber’s groundbreaking work sheds light on this puzzle and offers a profound challenge to the idea that World War I served as the perfect crucible for Hitler’s subsequent rise.

Pages: 416
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA Year: 2010


The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Posted by admin | Posted in Entertainment | Posted on 28-11-2010-05-2008


159285849X : The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
ISBN: 159285849X

Author: Brene Brown

‘This important book is about the lifelong journey from ‘What will people think?’ to ‘I am enough.’ Brown’s unique ability to blend original research with honest storytelling makes reading The Gifts of Imperfection like having a long, uplifting conversation with a very wise friend who offers compassion, wisdom, and great advice.’
?Harriet Lerner, New York Times best-selling author of The Dance of Anger and The Dance of Connection

‘Bren? Brown courageously tackles the dark emotions that get in the way of leading a fuller life; read this book and let some of that courage rub off on you.’
?Daniel H. Pink, New York Times best-selling author of A Whole New Mind

‘Courage, compassion, and connection: Through Bren?’s research, observations, and guidance, these three little words can open the door to amazing change in your life.’
?Ali Edwards, author of Life Artist

In The Gifts of Imperfection, Bren? Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted living?a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.

Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we’d no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can’t keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn’t everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?

In The Gifts of Imperfection, Bren? Brown, Ph.D., a leading expert on shame, authenticity and belonging, shares what she’s learned from a decade of research on the power of Wholehearted Living ? a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.

In her ten guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough, And to go to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging.

Pages: 260
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Hazelden Publishing Year: 2010


Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN? Examination (Saunders Comprehensive Review for Nclex-Rn)

Posted by admin | Posted in Health, Mind & Body | Posted on 28-11-2010-05-2008


1437708250 : Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN? Examination (Saunders Comprehensive Review for Nclex-Rn)
ISBN: 1437708250

Author: Linda Anne Silvestri RN MSN PhD

There is a reason Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN? Examination has been called “the best NCLEX exam review book ever.” You’ll find everything you need to review for the NCLEX exam under one cover – complete content review and over 4,500 NCLEX examination-style questions in the book and on the free companion CD! Don’t make the mistake of assuming the quality of the questions is the same in all NCLEX exam review books, because only Silvestri’s Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN? Examination includes the kind of questions that consistently test the critical thinking skills necessary to pass today’s NCLEX exam. And, what’s even better is that ALL answers include detailed rationales to help you learn from your answer choices, as well as test-taking strategies that provide tips for how to best approach each question. It’s easy to see why Silvestri is THE book of choice for NCLEX examination review. But don’t just take our word for it – read any customer review or ask your classmates to see why Silvestri users believe that there’s nothing else like it!

  • Each question includes the correct answer, a complete rationale for all responses, and a test-taking strategy to help you develop techniques for locating the correct response.
  • Each question includes a page reference to an Elsevier textbook to allow for further research and study.
  • All alternate item-format questions are included, with multiple response, prioritizing, fill-in-the-blank, figure/illustration, chart/exhibit, and audio questions to prepare you for the wide variety of question types on the NCLEX-RN examination.
  • Organization by nursing content area provides a logical, effective review to use throughout your nursing program.
  • Pyramid Terms define key terms at the beginning of each major unit or chapter.
  • Pyramid Points within each chapter highlight content that is important in preparing for the NCLEX-RN examination.
  • Pyramid to Success sections provide an overview of major units or chapters and specific content related to the latest NCLEX-RN examination test plan.
  • Pharmacology is emphasized with 13 pharmacology chapters, a medication and intravenous calculation chapter, and a pediatric medication calculation chapter to reflect this priority content on the NCLEX exam.
  • Introductory chapters cover preparation for the NCLEX-RN exam, test-taking strategies, the NCLEX-RN exam from a student’s perspective, and transitional issues for the foreign-educated nurse.
  • A comprehensive exam consists of 265 questions that cover all content areas in the book and mirror the percentages identified in the NCLEX-RN examination test plan.
  • A companion CD allows practice in quiz, study, or exam modes, with questions selected from content area, integrated process, category of client need, or alternate item-format type.
  • Completely updated content is based on the new NCLEX-RN examination test plan, effective April 2010.
  • A total of 4,500 questions ensure that you’re thoroughly prepared for the content covered on the NCLEX-RN Exam.
  • New chapter on physical assessment highlights the key components of physical examination and health history often encountered on the NCLEX exam.
  • Audio and video questions on the companion CD provide experience with these new types of questions before the exam.
  • Unique! Audio review summaries included on the CD cover the three core areas of pharmacology, fluids and electrolytes, and acid-base balance.
  • Expanded coverage of prioritization, delegation, and nursing leadership and management provides critical information for these growing areas of nursing.
  • Unique! Priority Nursing Actions boxes outline and explain clinical emergent situations requiring immediate action, including detailed rationales and textbook references to help strengthen your prioritizing skills in clinical and testing situations.
  • Pyramid Alert boxes highlight important nursing concepts to help you focus on the content that is most frequently tested on the NCLEX examination.
  • Automatic software updates on CD make it easy to check for changes and updates throughout the life of the edition.
Pages: 1184
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Saunders Year: 2010


Zero Regrets: Be Greater Than Yesterday

Posted by admin | Posted in new used, Reference | Posted on 28-11-2010-05-2008


145160906X : Zero Regrets: Be Greater Than Yesterday
ISBN: 145160906X

Author: Apolo Anton Ohno

?Zero regrets. It?s a philosophy not just about sport but about life. School, business, academics, love?anything and everything. It?s complicated and yet not. You have to figure out who it is you want to be. Not what you want to be?who. There has to be a vision, a dream, a plan. Then you chase that with everything you?ve got.?

Over three consecutive Olympic games, Apolo Ohno has come to symbolize the very best of the competitive spirit?remaining equally gracious in victory and defeat, always striving to improve his performance, and appreciating the value of the hard work of training as much as any reward it might bring. In Zero Regrets, Apolo shares the inspiring personal story behind his remarkable success, as well as the hard-won truths and strategies he has discovered in good times and bad.

Raised by his single father, an immigrant from Japan who often worked twelve-hour days, the young Apolo found it difficult to balance his enormous natural gifts as an athlete with an admittedly wild, rebellious streak. After making a name for himself as a promising young speed skater, his career was almost over before it began when his lack of preparation caused him to finish last at the U.S. Olympic trials in 1998. A life-changing week of solitary soul-searching at the age of fifteen led him to recommit himself to his training, and at the 1999 world junior championships he won first place overall?one of the most remarkable turnarounds in sports history. From that moment on, the world of speed skating had a new champion and Apolo was on his way to legendary status.

Much more than an account of races won and lost, Zero Regrets is a compelling portrait of a father-and-son relationship that deepened over time and was based on respect, love, and unshakable faith in each other. For the first time, Apolo reveals what he knows about his long-absent mother; he makes us feel what it is like to face the best competitors on the planet with the eyes of millions of fans upon you; and he shares his secrets for achieving total focus and mental toughness, secrets that can be applied in situations well beyond sports. We learn the details of the unbelievably intense workout and diet that he endured while training for the 2010 Winter Olympics, a regime that literally reshaped his body and led to some of his most thrilling victories.

In this deeply personal and entertaining book, Apolo shows how we can all come closer to living with zero regrets. While Apolo?s own journey may be unique, the insights he has gleaned along the way have the power to help us all feel like champions every day.



Nine days after dropping me off, Dad came to pick me up.

In that call from the pay phone, I hadn?t said anything to him about what decision I had made. On the car ride back home, I told him. ?I want to try this,? I said.

?Are you willing,? he asked, ?to really put forth a true effort? From the bone??

I told my father: ?I want to skate.?

With clarity of purpose, everything suddenly seemed different. I didn?t just want to skate?I loved it. I realized, too, that while I had to want to buy into the training, the discipline, the self-sacrifice, I needed direction and guidance, too. You truly can?t get there by yourself. I needed not only to truly and profoundly depend upon Dad for help but also to welcome those?coaches, trainers, others?who could help me along the way. . . .

I was also making promises to myself and writing them in my journal:

I?m not going to mess it up this time. When I go home, I really am going to be the different person I decided in Iron Springs I would be. I know what I want to do. I want to be the best in the world.

I didn?t know quite yet how I would get there. But I was clear, and I had no doubt? that?s what I was after.

?From Zero Regrets

Pages: 304
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: Atria Year: 2010


An Awesome Book of Thanks!

Posted by admin | Posted in Children's Books | Posted on 27-11-2010-05-2008


193559737X : An Awesome Book of Thanks!
ISBN: 193559737X

Author: Dallas Clayton

Book Description: Inspired by the idea of being thankful for all that you have, An Awesome Book of Thanks! is a beautifully written, fantastically illustrated walk through a world of magical unicorns, robotic dinosaurs, and all of life’s simple moments, great and small. Crafted for children ages 0-1000, this timeless story is sure to be an instant classic, at home in the hands of anyone looking for the perfect reminder of just how beautiful life can be.

A Q&A with Dallas Clayton

Question: How did you start writing?

Dallas Clayton: I grew up writing zines, poems, journals, short stories–printing them myself and selling them to people on the street. That’s where I came from. I started doing that when I was 12 or 13, and like most things you start doing at that age, I didn’t really have any scope of how big of a part of my life it would become; it was just something I did because it was fun. I moved to Los Angeles when I was 18 and after a few months of going to shows, art galleries, markets, and performance spaces, people started offering me writing jobs. It was never something I’d planned on–it was just something that happened that way.

Question: How did you make the transition into children?s literature?

Dallas Clayton: I had never written a kids’ book before. Honestly, I’d never written any sort of book before An Awesome Book! But after my son was born I knew I wanted to write something for him while he was still young enough to appreciate it. So I started to write a kids? book a day and the first one I wrote was An Awesome Book! After I put it down on paper I stopped and thought, “Okay–what now?”

Question: People took to it?

Dallas Clayton: Well, the first pressing sold out in a week, then the second pressing sold out between when I ordered it and when it arrived, and then it just kept going. Pretty soon people were ordering so many copies that I basically had to change everything I was doing. I became a kids’ author overnight. I was shipping orders out of my house to people all over the world and every day something even crazier than the day before would happen. Getting letters from people all over the world, requests to come speak, people wanting me to collaborate with them–just tons of unexpected magic.

Question: What is the Awesome World Foundation?

Dallas Clayton: I started the Awesome World Foundation as a way for me to go on tour and read to kids and give back to all of the people who had supported me. Basically, whenever an author would read at my son?s school he would come home with this order form asking for a check to be sent in so he could buy the book. I always just pictured myself as the kid in the class who wouldn’t have had the money to buy the book, so I just thought “I made the book, I can give them away.” So I set up the Foundation to do just that: donate a book for every book sold. So now I travel around, reading to kids all over, giving away books. It’s really the best thing I could ever wish to do with my life. Pretty amazing.

Question: With all of the success of An Awesome Book!, What was your approach to following it up?

Dallas Clayton: Well, I just wanted to make something Awesome. People were so happy with the first one and that made me so happy, I knew making another book could only double that happiness. And after reading to so many kids and talking to them about their hopes and their dreams, I knew I wanted to talk about the idea of being thankful, like all of your aspirations are important but remember to be thankful for all of the small things we tend to take for granted. That’s the idea behind An Awesome Book of Thanks!–dream big, but be thankful for what you have.

Question: What are you hoping people take away from your books?

Dallas Clayton: I guess the same things I would hope people would take away from anything worth appreciating. To offer them a little break in their day to contemplate all the amazing possibilities that life has to offer. For me, kids’ books are just the same as any other art form–your goal shouldn’t be to tell a story, your goal should be to communicate an idea to try and share a theme, to give someone a bigger experience. All the authors that I grew up reading, all the classics I think did that. All the major forces in the modern kids’ world did that: Dr. Seuss, Walt Disney, Jim Henson–those are people whose ideas inspire me.

A Look Inside An Awesome Book of Thanks!
Click on the images below to see a few of our editors’ favorite pages from An Awesome Book of Thanks!

Pages: 84
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: AmazonEncore Year: 2010

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