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Clever Algorithms: Nature-Inspired Programming Recipes By Jason Brownlee
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This book provides a handbook of algorithmic recipes from the fields of Metaheuristics, Biologically Inspired Computation and Computational Intelligence that have been described in a complete,... More > consistent, and centralized manner. These standardized descriptions were carefully designed to be accessible, usable, and understandable. Most of the algorithms described in this book were originally inspired by biological and natural systems, such as the adaptive capabilities of genetic evolution and the acquired immune system, and the foraging behaviors of birds, bees, ants and bacteria. An encyclopedic algorithm reference, this book is intended for research scientists, engineers, students, and interested amateurs. Each algorithm description provides a working code example in the Ruby Programming Language.< Less
The ABCs of Workflow for E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12 By Karen Brownfield et al.
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Workflow is Oracle’s E–Business Suite tool for modeling business processes. Workflow combines procedures performed by the computer with a system of notifications that allow humans to... More > better direct the computer how to proceed. This book provides a very thorough explanation of the various components of Workflow. You’ll learn step by step how to develop and test custom Workflows, and how to administer Workflow using OAM, the Workflow Management screens, and Oracle Diagnostics. This book also explains how the underlying tables store the data generated by Workflow, and how to perform the setups required for a few of the most commonly used Oracle Workflows. The book also includes SQL scripts and sample procedures that we use at Solution Beacon to assess and solve Workflow problems, as well as DBA topics like cloning considerations and partitioning Workflow objects.< 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
Formatting Legal Documents With Microsoft Office Word 2007 By Jan Berinstein
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This book helps legal staff use Microsoft Office Word 2007 to prepare pleadings, contracts, estate plans, and other complex documents. The author, an expert legal word processor and computer trainer,... More > starts by examining Word's "logic," the key to mastering the program. She offers tips for getting Word 2007 to work more like older versions, for customizing the program, and for using keyboard shortcuts. She goes on to provide step-by-step instructions for working with case captions, inserting a pleading footer, aligning text with pleading line numbers, setting up a style for indented quotes, creating and generating a Table of Contents and a Table of Authorities, tracking changes, and comparing documents. She also covers everyday features such as headers and footers, automatic numbering, indents, and footnotes. In addition, she touches on the issue of metadata and explains how to use Word 2007's "Document Inspector" metadata removal tool. The book is filled with pragmatic tips, tricks, and workarounds.< Less