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Object Thinking

release date: Feb 11, 2004
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Object Thinking
In OBJECT THINKING, esteemed object technologist David West contends that the mindset makes the programmer—not the tools and techniques. Delving into the history, philosophy, and even politics of object-oriented programming, West reveals how the best programmers rely on analysis and conceptualization—on thinking—rather than formal process and methods. Both provocative and pragmatic, this book gives form to what’s primarily been an oral tradition among the field’s revolutionary thinkers—and it illustrates specific object-behavior practices that you can adopt for true object design and superior results. Gain an in-depth understanding of: Prerequisites and principles of object thinking. Object knowledge implicit in eXtreme Programming (XP) and Agile software development. Object conceptualization and modeling. Metaphors, vocabulary, and design for object development. Learn viable techniques for: Decomposing complex domains in terms of objects. Identifying object relationships, interactions, and constraints. Relating object behavior to internal structure and implementation design. Incorporating object thinking into XP and Agile practice.

A Brief Illustrated History of Art

release date: Jan 01, 2017
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A Brief Illustrated History of Art
A Brief Illustrated History of Art charts the history of art all the way from Prehistoric art through Classical art, through the Renaissance, to Cubism, Surrealism, and the modern art of today. With stunning stunning full-color images and illustrations, this beautiful book is sure to fascinate and charm the young reader.

Project Sponsorship

release date: Jan 01, 2010
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Project Sponsorship
The role of project sponsor is critical in large projects during the development of the business case, for governance and assurance and as the person who decides that the project should continue or close at any stage. Here, David West explains the roles and skills that lie at the heart of effective sponsorship.

Reason and Sexuality in Western Thought

release date: May 06, 2005
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Reason and Sexuality in Western Thought
This book traces the genealogy of ideas of reason, self and sexuality in the West, opening the way to a richer and more diverse understanding of sexual experience. Western philosophy and religion have distorted and continue to distort our experience of sex and love through three far–reaching constellations of reason, self and sexuality. Thinkers like Plato, Aquinas and Kant helped to fashion an ascetic ideal of reason hostile to bodily pleasures and sexual diversity. By contrast, philosophical hedonism advocates a less demanding conception of rationality and defends sexual pleasure. But this approach of thinkers like Hume, Bentham, La Mettrie and de Sade is still one–sided and limiting. A third constellation, Romanticism avoids the limitations of both forms of rationalism, but in the name of a religion of love and passion that ultimately threatens the integrity of the self. In Reason and Sexuality in Western Thought, a richer understanding of sexual experience is traced to a dissident philosophical tradition. In their different ways Montaigne, Spinoza, Hegel and Kierkegaard, Marcuse and Foucault contribute to a more holistic, multi–layered and open conception of reason, sexuality and the self. This book will be essential reading for all students of philosophy and gender studies.

Tractors and Other Farm Machines

release date: Jul 15, 2017
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Tractors and Other Farm Machines
Farms are as important as ever, even in our high-tech world. Without them, we wouldn�t have produce, dairy, or meats! Readers of this engaging book will see how technology and nature combine to yield delicious harvests. They�ll get an inside look at the anatomy of tractors and other farm machines, learning their different parts and processes. Simple language breaks down complex principles and systems into manageable chunks of information. Intricate illustrations show readers the insides of these incredible mechanisms, encouraging curiosity for science and technology!

Horace Odes 3

release date: Jan 01, 2002
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Horace Odes 3
The three books of Horace's Odes were published in 23 BC and gained him his reputation as the greatest Latin lyric poet. This book provides the Latin text (from the Oxford Classical Text series) of the third book together with a new translation by David West which attempts to be close to the Latin while catching the flavour of the original. There is also a commentary which explains the poems aimed at students of Latin literature and Roman history, whether or not they know Latin.

Helicopters

release date: Jul 15, 2017
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Helicopters
Get to the chopper! Readers will take off on an exploration of helicopters in this enthralling book on the mechanics behind these peculiar aerial vehicles. How do helicopters take off, soar through the skies, and land? Readers will learn these engineering secrets and other key concepts. Accessible language ensures they are able to process complex material, and detailed illustrations both entertain and educate. Comprehensive diagrams give readers a look at helicopters� insides, inspiring them to get excited about science and technology. This visually rich, informative take on a high-interest topic is sure to be a valuable addition to any library.

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Social Movements in Global Politics

release date: Jan 30, 2014
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Social Movements in Global Politics
Social Movements in Global Politics is a timely new account of the unconventional, ‘extra-institutional’ activities of social movements. In the face of impending global crises and stubborn conflicts, a conventional view of politics risks leaving us confused and fatalistic, feeling powerless because we are unaware of all that can be achieved by political means. By contrast, a variety of recent social movements, ranging from those of women, gays and lesbians and anti-racists, to environmentalists, the Occupy movement and the Arab Spring, demonstrate the enormous potential of political action beyond the institutional sphere of politics. At the same time, religious fundamentalists, racial supremacists and ultra-nationalists make clear that movements are not necessarily progressive and are often at odds with one another. West highlights the many ways in which national and global institutions depend on a broader context of extra-institutional action or what is, in effect, the formative dimension of politics. He explores some of the major contributions of social movements: from the genealogy of liberal democratic nation-states, sixties’ radicalism and the ‘new social movements’ to the politics of sexuality, gender and identity, the politicization of nature and climate, and alter-globalization. The book also considers current theoretical approaches and sets out the basis for a critical theory of social movements. This is a fresh and original account of social movements in politics and will be essential reading for any students and scholars interested in the challenges and the unpredictable potential of political action.

Lost in the Bermuda Triangle and Other Mysteries

release date: Dec 15, 2011
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Lost in the Bermuda Triangle and Other Mysteries
Shares stories and legends, including Bigfoot, the Bermuda Triangle, and the Loch Ness monster.
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