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release date: Apr 05, 2013
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Karel J Robot: A Gentle Introduction to the Art of Object-Oriented Programming in Java

Karel J Robot is an introduction to computer programming for novices. It uses the Java programming language to introduce the principles of object-oriented programming. It is the latest version in the Karel The Robot series, originally developed by Richard Pattis. It is a true successor to the original, emphasizing problem solving in a simple but "Turing Complete" and interesting virtual world.

Karel J Robot stresses problem solving rather than language syntax. It has been shown to be an effective learning environment for novice programmers. A student able to do the exercises in this book, or one of its companions, is truly on his or her way to a deep understanding of programming.

Learn to write sophisticated Java code in a few weeks. It is not a comprehensive treatment of Java, but emphasizes problem solving using objects, writing classes, and developing skill in algorithmic and polymorphic thinking. It goes beyond thinking of computing as just "if" and "while".

The advantages pointed out by reviewers of Karel J Robot follow:

Karel J Robot is an excellent introduction to modern computer science, without letting students get overwhelmed by the details of a programming language (even though it is real Java). KJR provides a framework for understanding Object-Oriented Programming from the very beginning. Students are encouraged to develop problem-solving skills by producing projects that solve very complex problems with a relatively small set of tools.
Don Slater, Carnegie-Mellon University

I have been successfully introducing students in grades 9 through 12 to programming using Karel for the past twenty years and Karel J Robot is the most effective version yet. Students love it! They find principles of OOP (class design, constructors, methods, inheritance, polymorphism) come naturally to them, even before they learn about control structures. They discover recursive solutions without ever being taught recursion. Best of all, Karel is gender neutral --- both girls and boys are so involved and excited that I have to push them out the door and on to their next class when the period ends.
Kathy Larson, Kingston High School, Kingston New York

Karel J Robot: A Gentle Introduction to the Art of Object-Oriented Programming in Java takes you on a well-sequenced and thoughtful journey through the essential concepts in a first semester computer science course. Experience computer science at the level that it is most inspiring – the conceptual level. The visual environment will help you teach and your students learn because everyone will have immediate visual feedback, enabling them to see what they are doing. You will leave the Karel world with a deep understanding of polymorphism, inheritance, abstraction, modularization, and step-wise refinement, to name just a few topics. If you are an AP Computer Science teacher, you have just found the perfect guide to help ensure you do not lose sight of the forest (i.e., computer science) through the trees (i.e., the details of the language).
Dave Wittry, Troy High School

Karel J Robot provides an uncluttered setting for laying the foundation for all of the key OO concepts. The perfect "starter" for understanding objects, OO design and OO programming.
Michael Goldweber, Xavier University

release date: Jul 11, 1995
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Karel The Robot: A Gentle Introduction to the Art of Programming
Uses a creative approach to teach the basic skills and concepts of programming quickly. This edition offers excellent insights into problem solving and program design processes. It will also improve comprehension of such computer science considerations as loop invariants and recursion. Includes 60 color line drawings.
release date: Jul 17, 2017
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Diffusing Essential Oils (Witchwood Estate Collectables) (Volume 2)
Since doing my certificate in Clinical Aromatherapy in the early 2000s, I must have read dozens of aromatherapy books, ranging from heavy texts for the professional practitioner to introductory ones for the layman. But I don't think I've seen a better resource for the lay user than this one. T. Ormiston-smith. Mother Nature's medicine cabinet. In ancient times, the plant kingdom provided our earliest ancestors with the natural healing powers derived from nature. Extracts and essences from plants and flowers were prized for their medicinal, spiritual, aromatic, and therapeutic value, including beauty benefits. Aromatic plants, essences, and oils have traditionally been used during religious ceremonies and observances, beauty care and perfumes, food enhancement, and preservation. Aromatic plants were the basis for herbal and botanical medicines and remedies for thousands of years - they still are. In fact, they’re the root of today’s modern pharmaceuticals. And as lifestyles rapidly changed to meet everyday challenges, and technology progressed in leaps and bounds, herbal knowledge soon fell by the wayside. During the past century, as the side effects of many chemically based drugs come to light - not to mention the exuberant costs, natural healing has come full circle and has gradually found its way back into our homes. The Western World is standing up and taking notice. People are educating themselves about the wonderful uses and benefits of using essential oils, herbs, and spices. Mother nature's medicine cabinet is back, invoking endless remedies and in some cases, cures - without the side effects. Granted. Natural healing may not replace the family doctor or chemically manufactured drugs entirely, but it certainly is a healthy alternative to consider when thinking about your health, beauty, wellbeing, and fitness regime. Discover the many benefits to diffusing essential oils to achieve optimal health and wellbeing in your home and workplace. Diffusing essential oils can help you study better, sleep better, enhance your moods and put you in the mood... Essential oils and pregnancy. Essential oils and children. There is also a section about essential oils for pets – which ones to use and which ones to avoid. Bonus: Includes medicinal herbs and their uses.
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release date: Jun 08, 2017
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Designing and Leading a Successful SAR: A Guide for Sex Therapists, Sexuality Educators, and Sexologists
This professional guidebook and training manual introduces the Sexual Attitudes Reassessment and Restructuring (SAR) training program for professionals working in the broad field of sexology. The authors, who have led 43 SAR training programs in seven different countries, provide an overview of the history and modern day context of SARs in the first part of the book. In Part II, they provide a toolkit for creating your own SAR, using 21 photocopiable workbook pages, handy checklists, and practical tips. Part III focuses on lessons learned from past SARs and future predictions for cutting-edge SARs. This book is necessary reading for clinicians and educators who wish to offer SAR training programs or integrate “The SAR Approach” into their practice.
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release date: Jan 29, 2008
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The Neighborhood: Memories of an Oklahoma Boyhood
At the turn of the twentieth century and in the four decades after, the Oklahoma town of Ponca City bustled with energy as Native Americans and the pioneers who made the Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893 saw the influx of another era where oil would be the driving force for a young state. Amidst this background, a neighborhood full of children enjoyed a Never-Never Land as they explored the world around them. The joy they shared as they fished, played games and explored their surroundings during the Depresssion, Dust Bowl, and days preceding World War II remains with them to this day. Robert Clark Jr. was one of those privileged children, his father being an executive for Marland Refining Company. He was one of a handful of boys who freely roamed the 300 acre estate of E.W. Marland - a principal player in the oil industry. Mr. Clark has woven his memories into pleasurable tales peopled with a cast of local characters. These stories will bring back many memories to those who lived in this era, and those who grew up hearing about the times. It is an oft times humerous tale, as well as a poignant stroll through a community and region that might have been enjoyed in your own backyard, no matter where you lived in small town America. The Neighborhood will appeal to history buffs, the general populance and to all those who just enjoy a good read. It is the heyday of the oil boom, Depression, and Dust Bowl days of the Twenties and Thirties. The voices matured, as did some of their owners' forms of entertainment, but tucked deep down in the very soul of the boys who lived in the Acre Homes addition, an upscale area of the oil refining town, there forever remains a youthful joy of friends remembered before the events of World War Two changed their lives forever.
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release date: Jun 22, 2020
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Object features many previously unpublished works by Mapplethorpe from his early career from 1969 to 1973. Primarily using appropriated imagery from magazines in mixed-media collage and assemblage pieces made up of spray paint, fabrics and found objects like potato bags, beer cans and cookie bags along with a few examples of his own first forays into photography using his newly acquired Polaroid camera in 1970. Beautifully designed by Dimitri Levas with an original text Robert's Hands by Patti Smith. "He had the hands of an artist. Prominent veins, adroit, with a slight tremble. Not the tremble of impairment, but of anticipation. One could feel his heart beating within those hands, pumping excitedly as he circled his work, the true objects of his desire." Patti Smith
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release date: Jan 01, 2001
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Voices of the Poor: Volume 2: Crying Out for Change (World Bank Publication)
A multi-country research initiative to understand poverty from the eyes of the poor, the Voices of the Poor project was undertaken to inform the World Bank's activities and the upcoming World Development Report 2000/01. The research findings are being published in three books:

"Can Anyone Hear Us?" gathers the voices of over 40,000 poor women and men in 50 countries from the World Bank's participatory poverty assessments (Deepa Narayan, Raj Patel, Kai Schafft, Anne Rademacher, and Sarah Koch-Schulte, authors).

"Crying Out for Change" pulls together new field work conducted in 1999 in 23 countries (Deepa Narayan, Robert Chambers, Meera Shah, and Patti Petesch, authors).

"From Many Lands" offers regional patterns and country case-studies (Deepa Narayan and Patti Petesch, editors).

Voices of the Poor marks the first time such an exercise has been undertaken in so many developing countries and transition economies around the world. It provides a unique and detailed picture of the life of the poor and explains the constraints poor people face to escape from poverty in a way that more traditional survey techniques do not capture well. Each of the three volumes demonstrates the importance of voice and power in poor people's definition of poverty. Voices of the Poor concludes that we need to expand our conventional views of poverty which focus on income expenditure, education, and health to include measures of voice and empowerment.
release date: Oct 04, 2012
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Research on Service Learning: Conceptual Frameworks and Assessments (IUPUI Series on Service Learning Research)
The purpose of this work is to improve service learning research and practice through strengthening its theoretical base. Contributing authors include both well-known and emerging service learning and community engagement scholars, as well as scholars from other fields. The authors bring theoretical perspectives from a wide variety of disciplines to bear as they critically review past research, describe assessment methods and instruments, develop future research agendas, and consider implications of theory-based research for enhanced practice.

This volume, 2A, opens with chapters focused on defining the criteria for quality research.

It then moves on to research related to students, comprising chapters that focus on cognitive processes, academic learning, civic learning, personal development, and intercultural competence. The concluding faculty section presents chapters on faculty development, faculty motivation, and faculty learning.

Constituting a rich resource that suggests new approaches to conceptualizing, understanding, implementing, assessing, and studying service learning. Each chapter offers recommendations for future research. Research on Service Learning: Conceptual Frameworks and Assessment will be of interest to both new and veteran service learning instructors seeking to enhance their practice by integrating what has been learned in terms of teaching, assessment, and research. Staff and faculty who are responsible for promoting and supporting service learning at higher education institutions, evaluating community service programs, and working with faculty to develop research on service learning, will also find this volume helpful. For scholars and graduate students reviewing and conducting research related to service learning, this book is a comprehensive resource, and a knowledge base about the processes and outcomes of innovative pedagogies, such as service learning, that will enable them to locate their own work in an expanding and deepening arena of inquiry.

Volume 2B, sold separately, also opens with chapters focused on defining the criteria for quality research. It looks at community development, and the role of nonprofit organizations in service learning. It then focusses on institutions, examining the institutionalization of service learning, engaged departments, and institutional leadership. The final section on partnerships in service learning includes chapters on conceptualizing and measuring the quality of partnerships, inter-organizational partnerships, and student partnerships.
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release date: Sep 01, 2017
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Once Were Friends - A prologue (About Three Authors)
Once Were Friends is a 20,000-word prologue to Whoever Said Love Was Easy? When Becky's life begins to unravel around her ears faster than a kitten with a ball of yarn, she knows she can turn to her best friend for help. With a bottle of Vodka and a box of chocolates, there is nothing the best friends can't work through together. That was plan A. Becky desperately needs another bottle of Vodka, another box of chocolates, a bucket, and a plan B. Once were friends is a 20,000-word prologue to Whoever Said Love Was Easy?
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