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Rails Rescue Handbook By Mike Gunderloy
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Rails is a powerful development tool for web applications - but that power can lead inexperienced developers astray. If you're working on a Rails project gone bad, the targeted advice in this ebook... More > will get you back on track quickly.< Less
Cloud: Seven Clear Business Models By Timothy Chou
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Based on a series of lectures at Stanford University this book discusses cloud computing from a business perspective. It serves as an excellent, easy-to-read, introduction for anyone who builds,... More > sells or purchases application, platform, compute&storage or data center cloud services. The book is full of examples and stories from many of the leaders in the field. You'll be amused to even find a story about Brad and Angelina. This is the 2nd edition.< Less
Dissecting SQL Server Execution Plans By Grant Fritchey
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Every day, out in the various discussion boards devoted to Microsoft SQL Server, the same types of questions come up again and again: Why is this query running slow? Is my index getting used? Why... More > does this query run faster than this query? My response is the same n in each case: have you looked at the execution plan? Execution plans provide a wealth of information on how your queries are being executed by SQL Server, and are a vitally important tool for anyone who writes TSQL to access data in a SQL Server database. My goal with this book was to gather as much useful information on execution plans as possible into a single location, and to organize it in such as way that it provided a clear route through the subject. Written and tested for SQL Server 2005, I guide you right from the basics of capturing plans, through their interpretation, and then on to how to use them to understand how you might optimize your SQL queries, improve your indexing strategy, spot some common performance issues, and more. < Less
Change The Code, Keep The Text: Computer Code As Creative Expression By Gavin Jocius
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Is computer code a form of expression or simply a machine operation? For some computer programmers, the process of finding an idea, developing it, and sitting down to write code is the same as... More > traditional creative writing. Under the advisory of famed postmodern literary critic, N.Katherine Hayles, Gavin Jocius examines code as a form of digital expression, similar to creative writing or art, where programmers are free to put creative thought into their work and display written words on a computer screen in imaginative ways. As we become more dependent on technology, the division between machine and human language decreases, thus forcing us to consider the possibilities this opens for the future. Also visit http://www.changethecode.com for more info.< Less