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Open Office Basic
by James Steinberg

Apache Open Office is the leading open-source office software suite. It features word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics and databases. It is available for all major operating systems. Open Office has the ability to automate features using recorded and manually created macros, created using a number of different programming languages. This book concentrates on one of those languages OpenOffice.org Basic. This book starts by giving an overview of the language and its structure, before detailing the various commands and functions that are available in OpenOffice.org Basic.

The Linux Command Line
by William E. Shotts, Jr.

You’ve experienced the shiny, point-and-click surface of your Linux computer—now dive below and explore its depths with the power of the command line.

The Linux Command Line takes you from your very first terminal keystrokes to writing full programs in Bash, the most popular Linux shell. Along the way you’ll learn the timeless skills handed down by generations of gray-bearded, mouse-shunning gurus: file navigation, environment configuration, command chaining, pattern matching with regular expressions, and more.

In addition to that practical knowledge, author William Shotts reveals the philosophy behind these tools and the rich heritage that your desktop Linux machine has inherited from Unix supercomputers of yore.

As you make your way through the book’s short, easily-digestible chapters, you’ll learn how to:

* Create and delete files, directories, and symlinks
* Administer your system, including networking, package installation, and process management
* Use standard input and output, redirection, and pipelines
* Edit files with Vi, the world’s most popular text editor
* Write shell scripts to automate common or boring tasks
* Slice and dice text files with cut, paste, grep, patch, and sed

Once you overcome your initial "shell shock," you’ll find that the command line is a natural and expressive way to communicate with your computer. Just don’t be surprised if your mouse starts to gather dust.

A featured resource in the Linux Foundation’s "Evolution of a SysAdmin"


Thinking in Java
by Bruce Eckel

Thinking in Java should be read cover to cover by every Java programmer, then kept close at hand for frequent reference. The exercises are challenging, and the chapter on Collections is superb! Not only did this book help me to pass the Sun Certified Java Programmer exam; it’s also the first book I turn to whenever I have a Java question.”
–Jim Pleger, Loudoun County (Virginia) GovernmentMuch better than any other Java book I’ve seen. Make that ‘by an order of magnitude’…. Very complete, with excellent right-to-the-point examples and intelligent, not dumbed-down, explanations…. In contrast to many other Java books I found it to be unusually mature, consistent, intellectually honest, well-written, and precise. IMHO, an ideal book for studying Java.”
–Anatoly Vorobey, Technion University, Haifa, Israel “Absolutely one of the best programming tutorials I’ve seen for any language.”
–Joakim Ziegler, FIX sysop “Thank you again for your awesome book. I was really floundering (being a non-C programmer), but your book has brought me up to speed as fast as I could read it. It’s really cool to be able to understand the underlying principles and concepts from the start, rather than having to try to build that conceptual model through trial and error. Hopefully I will be able to attend your seminar in the not-too-distant future.”
–Randall R. Hawley, automation technician, Eli Lilly & Co. “This is one of the best books I’ve read about a programming language…. The best book ever written on Java.”
–Ravindra Pai, Oracle Corporation, SUNOS product line “Bruce, your book is wonderful! Your explanations are clear and direct. Through your fantastic book I have gained a tremendous amount of Java knowledge. The exercises are also fantastic and do an excellent job reinforcing the ideas explained throughout the chapters. I look forward to reading more books written by you. Thank you for the tremendous service that you are providing by writing such great books. My code will be much better after reading Thinking in Java. I thank you and I’m sure any programmers who will have to maintain my code are also grateful to you.”
–Yvonne Watkins, Java artisan, Discover Technologies, Inc. “Other books cover the what of Java (describing the syntax and the libraries) or the how of Java (practical programming examples). Thinking in Java is the only book I know that explains the why of Java: Why it was designed the way it was, why it works the way it does, why it sometimes doesn’t work, why it’s better than C++, why it’s not. Although it also does a good job of teaching the what and how of the language, Thinking in Java is definitely the thinking person’s choice in a Java book.”
–Robert S. Stephenson Awards for Thinking in Java 2003 Software Development Magazine Jolt Award for Best Book
2003 Java Developer’s Journal Reader’s Choice Award for Best Book
2001 JavaWorld Editor’s Choice Award for Best Book
2000 JavaWorld Reader’s Choice Award for Best Book
1999 Software Development Magazine Productivity Award
1998 Java Developer’s Journal Editor’s Choice Award for Best Book

Thinking in Java has earned raves from programmers worldwide for its extraordinary clarity, careful organization, and small, direct programming examples. From the fundamentals of Java syntax to its most advanced features, Thinking in Java is designed to teach, one simple step at a time.

  • The classic object-oriented introduction for beginners and experts alike, fully updated for Java SE5/6 with many new examples and chapters!
  • Test framework shows program output.
  • Design patterns are shown with multiple examples throughout: Adapter, Bridge, Chain of Responsibility, Command, Decorator, Facade, Factory Method, Flyweight, Iterator, Data Transfer Object, Null Object, Proxy, Singleton, State, Strategy, Template Method, and Visitor.
  • Introduction to XML for data transfer; SWT, Flash for user interfaces.
  • Completely rewritten concurrency chapter gives you a solid grasp of threading fundamentals.
  • 500+ working Java programs in 700+ compiling files, rewritten for this edition and Java SE5/6.
  • Companion web site includes all source code, annotated solution guide, weblog, and multimedia seminars.
  • Thorough coverage of fundamentals; demonstrates advanced topics.
  • Explains sound object-oriented principles.
  • Hands-On Java Seminar CD available online, with full multimedia seminar by Bruce Eckel.
  • Live seminars, consulting, and reviews available. See www.MindView.net

Download seven free sample chapters from Thinking in Java, Fourth Edition. Visit http: //mindview.net/Books/TIJ4.


IText in Action
by Bruno Lowagie

Imagine a publisher who wants to “stamp” his ebooks on the fly with the name of the buyer (to discourage sharing). Such a publisher would (and we know one who does) use iText for the task. Developers looking to enhance web- and other applications with dynamic PDF document generation and/or manipulation will find this book unique in content and readability. Based on ongoing examples that encourage learning “in action,” they will finally understand PDF and learn how to build applications that produce professional, high-quality PDF documents. While the basic functionality of iText is easy to acquire, iText in Action lowers the learning curve for more advanced functionality. It explains how to use iText to create/manipulate PDF documents on-the-fly in one or more of the following situations:

  • Due to time or size, the PDF documents can’t be produced manually
  • The content of the document must be calculated or based on user input.
  • The content needs to be customized or personalized.
  • The PDF content needs to be served in a web environment.
  • Documents are to be created in “batch process” mode.

    All the examples are written in Java, but they can be easily adapted to .NET by developers using one of the .NET ports: iTextSharp (C#) or iText.NET (#J). While iText is a free Java library and the examples are written from the point of view of the Java developer, nine out of ten examples can be run by .NET developers with only minimal changes.

    Purchase of the print book comes with an offer of a free PDF, ePub, and Kindle eBook from Manning. Also available is all code from the book.


PageMaker 7 for Windows and Macintosh
by Ted Alspach

Adobe PageMaker 7.0 delivers the features you’ve asked for: seamless integration with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, the ability to merge text and images from database and spreadsheet applications, and ways to view and create PDFs–and even open and edit QuarkXPress documents–directly in PageMaker, to name just a few.PageMaker 7.0 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guidetakes you step-by-step through these and all the other key features of this award-winnning page-layout stalwart.

Novices and pros alike will find this an indispensable guide to the latest version of PageMaker. If you’re new to the program–or to page layout entirely–you can start with PageMaker basics: its desktop environment, creating a new document, and working with layouts, margins, and palettes. You’ll never get lost in dense text or jargon. The book’s clear, concise directions and plentiful screenshots ensure that you stay on track. Those who’ve worked with previous versions of PageMaker can use the page tabs to delve into more advanced topics, like the intricacies of type management, working with graphics, and putting the finishing touches on files for output in print or on the Web.


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