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D. Further Resources

Alan Beaulieu O'Reilly Media ePub

Now that you have finished reading this book, you should be well on your way toward proficiency with the SQL language. Since I decided to be a bit more aggressive with the depth of coverage in this book versus a typical introductory book, your grasp of some of the topics might still be a bit hazy. This is a good thing, since, in my opinion, the purchase of a technical book that requires only a single read is a waste of money. I hope that you will reread certain chapters and continue to experiment with the sample database until you have a solid grasp of the concepts.

The next step to take on your journey depends on your particular goals. After having worked with many people over the years, I would guess that you probably fall into one of the following categories:

You are a programmer (or are working on a computer science degree) with little or no prior database knowledge, and you either want to broaden your skill set or have been asked to help out with the database aspects of a project.

You are not a programmer but have been asked to work on a reporting or Business Intelligence project at your company, possibly including the installation and administration of a BI server such as Business Objects, Actuate, Microstrategy, or Cognos.

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3. Understanding Regular Expression Syntax

Dale Dougherty O'Reilly Media ePub

When a young child is struggling to understand the meaning of an idiomatic expression, such as "Someone let the cat out of the bag," you might help by explaining that it's an expression, and doesn't literally mean what it says.

An expression, even in computer terminology, is not something to be interpreted literally. It is something that needs to be evaluated. An expression describes a result.

In this chapter, we are going to look at regular expression syntax. A regular expression describes a pattern or a particular sequence of characters, although it does not necessarily specify a single exact sequence.

While regular expressions are a basic part of UNIX, not everyone has a complete understanding of the syntax. In fact, it can be quite confusing to look at an expression such as:

which uses metacharacters or special symbols to match a line with one or more leading spaces. (A square box, , is used to make spaces visible in our examples.)

If you use any UNIX text editor on a routine basis, you are probably somewhat familiar with regular expression syntax. grep, sed, and awk all use regular expressions. However, not all of the metacharacters used in regular expression syntax are available for all three programs. The basic set of metacharacters was introduced with the ed line editor, and made available in grep. Sed uses the same set of metacharacters. Later a program named egrep was introduced that offered an extended set of metacharacters. Awk uses essentially the same set of metacharacters as egrep.

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5. iTunes Power Moves

J. D. Biersdorfer O'Reilly Media ePub

Now that you've seen how easy iTunes makes converting your favorite CD tracks into small, great-sounding files, it's time to get down to some serious listening and tune-tweaking. Here, you can do things like assign star ratings to songs and albums, share music with other folks on your network, and even add album artwork to your tracks.

You'll also learn how to use iTunes as editor: the program gives you the tools to even out wildly jarring song volumes, edit out boring on-stage banter on live recordings, and apply preset or custom equalizer settings to tracks. And once you get everything tuned up to your liking, you'll learn how to add, delete, and manually manage the music on your iPod.

Finally, you'll learn how iTunes can help with a vitalbut often ignoredpart of music management: backing it all up for safe-keeping in case your hard drive croaks and takes all your songs with it.

Although there's no way to give a song two thumbs up within iTunes, you can assign an album or each song in your collection a star rating (one to five). Then you can use your personal ratings to easily produce nothing but playlists of the greatest hits on your hard drive.

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The Romanian Pavilion

Jean Lahor Parkstone International PDF

translated in exquisite taste, the memories of a profound past, including memories of ancient peasant houses or old-fashioned country churches with bell towers.

A beautiful illustration will be that of Kalewala by Akseli Gallen-Kallela, whose mural paintings for this pavilion revealed a mystical genius haunted by heroic and divine legends.

The Romanian Pavilion

Romania, which owes its artistic heritage to the East and to the Greek Orthodox church, was taking back its memories, its dispersed fragments (as did Hungary), in order to forge a new art, at least in its architecture. The queen of Romania (simultaneously a respected poet, artist and queen) presided over and contributed more than anyone in her country to this positive restoration of national tradition. Not only in the architecture of churches, buildings and houses, currently sometimes splendidly decorated with oriental polychrome, but she also contributed in the exquisite art of embroidery decorating the costumes that remain so colourful in many regions of Romania, and which is being abandoned and will perhaps soon disappear regardless of what is done with those other still cherished remains of the past, popular song and dance.

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4.6 Implementing Spell Checking in Your Windows and Web Apps with NetSpell

James Avery O'Reilly Media PDF

4.6

Reflector.Diff in a Nutshell

Reflector.Diff is still in beta development, as is evidenced by its 0.75 version number.

The exported differences do not currently contain an indent level, and including documentation currently requires the selection of side-by-side versioning in the Reflector options. In addition, better multithreading support would help to improve the responsiveness for large nodes. Improvements to address all of these issues are on the drawing board for the next release, but since this tool is a hobby, releases are, unfortunately, fairly widely spaced.

Still, for its purpose, Reflector.Diff is pretty useful. Looking at differences between assemblies is an edge case, with few applications beyond research. The original purpose of the tool was to assist its author in finding changes between .NET 1.1 and .NET 2.0

Framework assemblies, which is why the support for non-Framework assemblies is a bit of an afterthought. Furthermore, since a primary goal of the tool is to support all Framework versions, the tool must be developed in .NET 1.0, which limits the ease of adding some additional functionality.

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