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VII.1 Jan.-Feb. 2000
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By Bob Hughes
Addison Wesley Longman

A source of inspiration, as well as practical advice for designers of interactive computer-based media, Dust or Magic is written for programmers, writers, artists, animators and interface designers, and for the people who teach and work with them.

Dust or Magic offers:

  • Tools for organizing projects and managing time and energy.
  • Tips on creating and managing the most efficient teams.
  • An insightful perspective on the history of the medium.
  • A solid conceptual framework for tackling creative work projects.
  • Examples of successful projects and proven techniques for creative work.

back to top  Mastering Enterprise JavaBeans

By Ed Roman
Wiley Computer Publishing

Providing a standard means of developing enterprise-level Java applications, Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) comes with built-in services like database access, security, and transaction monitoring. EJB enables programmers to simply write business software and connect it with the EJB services it needs to work. Filled with practical tips and techniques, Mastering Enterprise JavaBeans explains how EJB works and details EJB applications building.

Mastering Enterprise JavaBeans comes with a CD-ROM, which includes sample source code, EJB specification and supporting code from JavaSoft, demos of EJB servers, and links to other sources.

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Edited by Robert Jacobson
The MIT Press

"A wonderful resource compendium on the diverse landscape of information design. From theory to practice, the book is truly an effort in the 'design of understanding.'"
— Clement Mok, Chief Creative Officer, Sapient

A collection of insights and predictions regarding the youngest of the design disciplines, this volume includes visions of how information design can be practiced for the benefit of both information consumers and producers.

Contributors: Elizabeth Andersen, Judy Anderson, Simon Birrell, Mike Cooley, Brenda Dervin, Jim Gasperini, Yvonne M. Hansen, Steve Holtzman, Robert E. Horn, Robert Jacobson, John Krygier, Sheryl Macy, Romedi Passini, Jef Raskin, Chandler Screven, Nathan Shedroff, Hal Thwaites, Roger Whitehouse.

back to top  Techno Romanticism: Digital Narrative, Holism, and the Romance of the Real

By Richard Coyne
The MIT Press
A Leonardo Book

The computer, thought to represent the pinnacle of technological accomplishment, is strangely mired in eighteenth and nineteenth century romanticism, posits Richard Coyne in Techno Romanticism: Digital Narrative, Holism, and the Romance of the Real. His book examines the digital age's obsession with romantic narratives, from McLuhan's utopian vision of social reintegration by electronic communications to the claims of cyberspace to offer new realities.

"This book provides the most comprehensive philosophical and cultural context for understanding information technologies that I have ever seen," N. Katherine Hayles of the University of California in Los Angeles, opines on the book jacket.

While many books have addressed the rationalist aspects of information technology, its romantic aspects have received less attention, according to Coyne, Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. But romanticism is as pervasive in this technological era as ever. As Coyne asserts in his introduction: "Ancient myths of a transcendent reality of the whole and the parts caught in a cosmic antagonism have been transformed through Neoplatonism, rationalism, romanticism, and the technologies of an age enamored with the primacy of information."

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Learning Debian/GNU Linux
Bill McCarty
O'Reilly & Associates, 1999
ISBN 1-56592-705-2

Michaelson Buchanan
Computing McGraw-Hill, 1999
ISBN: 0-07-134618-x

Building Web Sites with XML
Michael Floyd, Ben Lomand
Prentice Hall PTR (ECS Professional), 1999
ISBN 0-13-086601-6

Core PHP Programming
Leon Atkinson
Prentice Hall PTR (ECS Professional), 1999
ISBN 0-13-020787-X

Core Web 3D
Aaron Walsh and Justin Couch
Prentice Hall PTR (ECS Professional), February 2000
ISBN 0-13-085728-9

Essential Java Script for Web Professionals
Dan Barrett, Dan Livingston, and Micah Brown
Prentice Hall PTR (ECS Professional), 1999
ISBN 0-13-013056-7

Essential PERL 5 for Web Professionals,
Micah Brown, Chris Bellew, and Dan Livingston
Prentice Hall PTR (ECS Professional), 1999
ISBN 0-13-012653-5

Understanding Web Development and Protocols
J. Page Duffy, and Arlyn Hubbell
Prentice Hall PTR (ECS Professional), 1999
ISBN 0-13-025844-X

Dynamic Web Programming: Using Java, JavaScript and Informix
Graham Harrison
Prentice Hall PTR (ECS Professional), 1999
ISBN 0-13-086184-7

Data on the Web: From Relations to Semistructured Data and XML
Serge Abiteboul, Peter Buneman, and Dan Suciu
Morgan Kaufmann, 1999
ISBN 1-55860-622-X

Designing and Implementing Web Sites Using Microsoft FrontPage 98
David Karlins
Prentice Hall PTR (ECS Professional), 1999
ISBN 0-13-014117-8

Essential Flash 4 for Web Professionals
Lynn Kyle
Prentice Hall PTR (ECS Professional), 1999
ISBN 0-13-014327-8

Internetworking Multimedia
Jon Crowcroft, Mark Handley, Ian Wakeman
Morgan Kaufmann, 1999
ISBN 1-55860-584-3

The Unofficial Guide to LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ Robots
Jonathan B. Knudsen
O'Reilly & Associates, 1999
ISBN 1-56592-692-7

User Friendly
O'Reilly & Associates, 1999
ISBN 1-56592-673-0

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