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Schweitzer, Martin
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Melbourne, Australia
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- 10 of 21 reviews

   Blockchain basics: a non-technical introduction in 25 steps
Drescher D.,  Apress, New York, NY, 2017. 255 pp. Type: Book (978-1-484226-03-2)

Although blockchain is, among other things, a promising new technology, there is also a lot of hype surrounding it. Its proponents have suggested that it can do everything from tracking tuna to ending world poverty....

Oct 26 2017  
  Logic, mathematics, and computer science: modern foundations with practical applications (2nd ed.)
Nievergelt Y.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2015. 391 pp. Type: Book (978-1-493932-22-1)

Probably my first observation of this book was that, like many Springer books, it’s hardcore. I do not mean that the material is particularly difficult or intractable, but that the book does not pander to the reader. There is no breezy humor...

May 9 2016  
  From mathematics to generic programming
Stepanov A., Rose D.,  Addison-Wesley Professional, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2015. 320 pp. Type: Book (978-0-321942-04-3), Reviews: (1 of 3)

I first started programming in C++ in the early 1990s. At that stage, C++ was a better C. C++, or C with objects as it was known in its earliest days, has always supported object-oriented programming. However, it was only later that support for te...

Jan 22 2015  
  An introduction to number theory with cryptography
Kraft J., Washington L.,  Chapman & Hall/CRC, 2013. 572 pp. Type: Book (978-1-482214-41-3)

Over 50 years ago, the mathematician Leonard Dickson said, “Thank God that number theory is unsullied by any application.” As it turns out, much later, number theory formed the basis of many, many applications. In particular, it underl...

Jun 25 2014  
  Unix and Linux system administration handbook (4th ed.)
Nemeth E., Snyder G., Hein T., Whaley B.,  Prentice Hall PTR, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2010. 1344 pp. Type: Book (978-0-131480-05-6)

At over 1,200 pages, this is a very big book. The copy I was sent to review is a 20th anniversary edition. The fact that a book on an operating system is still current after 20 years is a testament to both the operating system and the book (by com...

Dec 22 2010  
   Elements of programming
Stepanov A., McJones P.,  Addison-Wesley Professional, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2009. 288 pp. Type: Book (9780321635372), Reviews: (1 of 3)

There is an old joke: “There are 10 types of programmers: those who understand binary and those who don’t.” Similarly, one could say that there are those programmers who will appreciate this book and those who won’t....

Apr 27 2010  
   Programming: principles and practice using C++
Stroustrup B.,  Addison-Wesley Professional, 2008. 1272 pp. Type: Book, Reviews: (2 of 2)

I have taught a number of short courses on C++ to various groups of people. I am often asked to suggest the one necessary book on C++. This particular textbook is appropriate for people with no prior programming experience. Its author, Bjarne Stro...

Jun 10 2009  
  C++ standard library practical tips
Reese G.,  Charles River Media, Inc., Rockland, MA, 2005. 576 pp. Type: Book (9781584504009)

This book, which presents 100 tips, can be regarded as a set of recipes or a cookbook. As such, we can expect it to meet the following criteria: it should have good examples that are accurate, and use current coding conventions; the examples shoul...

Jun 22 2006  
  Contemporary cryptography (Artech House Computer Security Library)
Oppliger R.,  Artech House, Inc., Norwood, MA, 2005.Type: Book (9781580536424)

In order to appreciate this book, I think it is necessary to look at the preface and see the goals that the author has set out. First, Oppliger mentions that the book’s intended audience is computer scientists, engineers, and mathematici...

Sep 7 2005  
   Higher-order Perl: transforming programs with programs
Dominus M.,  Morgan Kaufmann Publishers Inc., San Francisco, CA, 2005.Type: Book (9781558607019)

There is an informal hierarchy of languages in many people’s minds. At the top of this hierarchy are the “pure” languages, such as Lisp. At the next level come the compiled languages, such as C++ and Java. Finally, at the bottom ...

Jul 22 2005  
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