An illuminating, if not in-depth, study of basic principles of programming practice.



Readers get a guided tour through the creation of a stripped-down server using the Java computer programming language in this slim volume devoted to illustrating the conceptual foundation of server-side programming.

Pared down to essential details, this book aims to guide beginning programmers through the creation of their own Web server in the Java language, starting with sockets: “[P]hysical electrical sockets are very simple. You plug something in, and you have a circuit. In the programming world, things are a bit more sophisticated.”  The book then works through progressively more advanced concepts (sessions, form processing, servlets), up to the creation of JavaServer Pages. Using clear, colloquial language and copious code examples—both in the text and in downloadable files—the book builds a foundation that allows readers to understand concepts by practicing actual, hands-on programming, rather than reading about theoretical constructs. Readers are expected to know the basics of Java programming before starting, as Prasad makes clear in the book’s introductory pages. However, although Java programming newbies may not find many code examples to be immediately clear, the accompanying text is generally easily digestible, and most chapters are short and simply explained. Although the audience for such a book may be relatively narrow—not only is a certain skill set and level of experience required, but also a particular mindset—readers who are familiar with any type of programming should be able to follow Prasad’s sturdy writing and clearly stated arguments. In both the code and the accompanying prose, the author demonstrates efficiency and clarity, two qualities necessary in the practice—and instruction—of programming.

An illuminating, if not in-depth, study of basic principles of programming practice.

Pub Date: Aug. 27, 2013

ISBN: 978-1492193937

Page Count: 186

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Nov. 14, 2013

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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