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Code Complete
Code Complete
by Steve McConnell
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 33.22
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great S/W guide got better, July 18 2004
This review is from: Code Complete (Paperback)
The book Pragmatic Programmer by Hunt and Thomas fell to the second spot on my most-frequent "read list" since receiving this new version of Code Complete, though they both serve slightly different goals with overlap.
CC2 is a great one-stop 'place' to go to when you want a great excuse to apply Stephen Covey's 'Sharpen The Saw' principle. This updated version has some great, fun to read and expert instruction on designing from scratch, whether it's OO, writing better routines, psuedocode, nested loops, or at the higher level: agile methods, etc..
His approach of talking to you, the programmer, is ideal: not too much humor, and an easy to read, but professional approach in the way he donates the contents of his brain: i.e. McConnell's lengthy experience in the field.
I read just a couple of paragraphs in a chapter before work one morning, and the advice I picked up saved so much time that same day. And it wasn't even specific to coding instruction. It was a piece of advice on a philosophy on how he personally determines how much upfront design he should settle on before coding.

Books like these are a little hard to muster up motivation once you first buy it and get the book on your shelf. Our motivation to do something comes from the picture in our head, or how something sounds, and at first you can't see how much good it will do to start spending precious time on it, as compared to some brand new book on a specific language that looks impressive to know.
But the truth is: refreshing your overall S/W construction techniques gives you so much more of your life back, because you will have way less bugs and a lot more fun maintaining the high-quality code you are now writing because of CC2.
I mentioned already that he covers OO, but I wanted to emphasize the excellent material he offers in this area. I am now seeing the benefit of measuring the quality of your classes by this guideline: are they true Abstract Data Types. ( rather than just trying to use the syntax that the language provides to its potential).
Great job on a pretty thorough re-write of a S/W development staple.

Ultimate Secret To Getting Absolutely Everything
Ultimate Secret To Getting Absolutely Everything
by Michael Hernacki
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different angle at making Law of Attract. more effective, Dec 22 2003
Many of the reviewers who gave a low rating might have read the principles from a more limiting perspective, and I can see how that might happen. If most of the material that they had read before this one was based more on pragmatic everyday goal-setting advice, they just really won't catch on.
After reading this book over three years ago, and then reading material on Quantum physics-mind connection, as well as the effects of thoughts and emotionalized focus on the actual physical manifestation of things, I got the message on the second read.
I loved not only Hernacki's personal story, but also the way he presented the concepts of how you can easily block the outpicturing of your goals by having a hesitant, or worse, attitude relating to taking steps toward the goal.
If I could sum up the reason why I mention in my listmania list why this is unusual among metaphysical books, it's in the way he instructs how to avoid projecting mental blockers into the Universe (which affect physical reality). These blockages are caused by you picturing in your mind possible painful steps you think you might have to take toward your objective, and then putting your foot down refusing to do that one possibly painful thing. The Law of Attraction is neutral, and pays attention to any hesitant energy.
If you emotionally agree to yourself that you are - body, mind, and soul - willing to do *anything*, you most likely won't have to do *most of the work* toward your goal. It's a paradox.
It's worth reading the book to elaborate for you what I'm summarizing here. He includes quotes by Emerson, and the really good quote by Goethe (Providence moves with you when you show boldness), to help support his points.

Thought Vibration or the Law of Attraction in the Thought World
Thought Vibration or the Law of Attraction in the Thought World
by William Walker Atkinson
Edition: Paperback
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The core of how your thoughts and feelings affect your life., Oct. 5 2003
If anyone has not read this gem of a book, just because it's a century old, you're missing out on a really good thing. I actually ordered the softcover from Amazon, because I had to have it a more portable easier to read format. Wasn't satisfied with just having the online text that is available easily through a search on the web by using his name and title.
He clarifies really nicely, the concepts of how to never resist the negative, opposing thoughts that come into your mind, and how to just simply focus on what you want. It's amazing, how in 1906, he puts things so well in line with what I had already been reading in more current works.
Also the area of deservingness is very well explained, in a humorous but home-hitting way.
I think the most important concept he covers is his emphasis on how important it is to keep your energy on just one objective, and to never waver in your attention to it, and he uses the analogy of a lover flirting with others instead of his/her mate. Flirting with other potential goals, i.e. indecision, leaves your main goal to respond in kind by taking a step backwards.
( recommend Message of a Master by John McDonald for an 80-page reminder of the importance of one-pointedness)
Atkinson's quote on worry: "You do not need to fight Worry - that isn't the way to overcome the habit. Just practice concentration, and then learn to concentrate upon something right before you, and you will find the worry thought has vanished. The mind can think of but one thing at a time, and if you concentrate upon a bright thing, the other thing will fade away. There are better ways of overcoming objectionable thoughts than by fighting them. Learn to concentrate upon thoughts of an opposite character, and you will have solved the problem."

Sun Spirit
Sun Spirit
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JOY Overdose, July 4 2003
This review is from: Sun Spirit (Audio CD)
I bought this CD on a whim after hearing it mentioned in a magazine article - forgot which - as a good CD for a pleasant ambience.
'Pleasant?' Talk about understatement.
You will want to tell others about it as soon as you hear the first four or five tracks. But then when you get to track 8, there will be a door opening inside you that is marked "To Heaven". Track 9, the last track, is the best on the CD, in my opinion, and the one that removes the usefulness of the English vocabulary to try to describe it. It's the most intoxicatingly ecstasy-promoting music I've heard.
There is an NLP (neurolinguistic progrmaming) technique that involves you thinking and feeling about a highly positive emotionally charged past event, and then you create a physical anchor such as applying pressure to a finger while thinking about it. (It's good for job interviews or other anxiety producing times.) Track nine is my background music when I go through the process of creating an anchor, and it works so well!

Curing Human
Curing Human
by M. Watkins
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get out of the Hive Mind forever, Feb. 6 2003
This review is from: Curing Human (Paperback)
If you want a good reason to finally let go of your everyday fears, anxieties, and just embrace the Real You which is always right NOW and Inside you, then just do it. After reading Curing Human,
I feel like I'm doing a disservice by not telling others the importance of making the hugest decision you can possibly make of all of your lifetimes (or your life if you believe in just one lifetime). This
decision is to go ahead and make every decision in every moment, based only on what Love would do. If you take away the crap that is ego, you're only left
with Pure Love which Spirit is.
There is a writer, whose name I won't mention, who said that you need to knock the legs out from under a belief so that you stop having reasons to believe in it.
This book in a very blunt-force way will remove any doubt from your mind, even if you had lingering doubts left after reading other works,
such as from Vernon Howard, that ego has any interest in your long-term growth, or even present moment happiness. In other words, there won't be even one
reason left in your mind of why you should allow the fear-based Ego to be in charge of anything you think, say, or do. There is no extra stuff that you have to weed through,
in this book, in order to get to the next point about the function of ego and that of Spirit. It's easy to read, and doesn't add anything unnecessary.
Several aspects of the book that I really liked:
- Some quotes from Spiritual mystics,
- The facts about Quantum Physics she provides (and our ability to control Reality),
- Her caution about how tricky Ego can be, and how important it is, to watch our thoughts and thus examine our beliefs, perceptions and attitudes constantly.
- The constant reminders of the cost of not making that all important decision to be the Love that you Already are without all of the gunk that is only a construct of fear-based Man
- Repetition of the fact that we are making a choice every moment of our life concerning who we are allowing to Take Charge inside us: Ego or Spirit. It's our choice.
If you want a relativiely small book that carries a compressed "punch" of how little your Soul and current desire for every-day Peace has to gain by aligning
with the ego in any way, this is your book. Read that last sentence again.
Everytime you read a statement in Curing Human about how destructive the ego is to the self and to the world, she will tend to balance it out with a positive message, such as this one:
"We'll discover that the ultimate truth about ourselves and existence is incredibly wonderful and so much better than the farse, only a psychotic psyche would prefer lies and illusions."
Remember, there's nothing to try to do to get to the real You, there are only things to discard.
M. Watkins wrote this book to impress upon you that you have been under a Spell and that the Real you is left only when you take away the "stuff" that humans have added

The Complete Q&A Job Interview Book, 3rd Edition
The Complete Q&A Job Interview Book, 3rd Edition
by Jeffrey G. Allen
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a LOT of work, but it gives you almost unfair advantage, July 27 2002
Being a computer programmer, I focused more on studying up on my C++ and SQL in order to do well on the technical tests during the interview. But when a question such as: "Why do you want to work here?" came at me on several interviews in one form or another, I probably invented another language in the process of trying to think something up - such was the babble that came out of my mouth. BUT WHAT WAS WORSE - was my body language. I'm sure it screamed: "total lack of confidence" to the interviewer.
Then I pulled my 1988 edition of the Q&A Interview book out from a box in my closet, and finally understood the point Allen was making with respect to putting all those answers into your subconscious so that they flllooowwww out very nicely without worry. And the important point is, It's NOT the answer at all! It's the physical calm of your facial expressoin, your lack of gestures, your stable unquivering voice tone that wins the interview.
The process of going through EVERY answer to the questions in this book, memorizing them, and then testing yourself in front of a mirror by answering your own questions from a tape recorder is grueling work, and at times very disheartening to do this day in and day out for a week while friends and family are enjoying their daily life employed.
But this work psychologically frees you up like nothing else on the day of the interview. Becuase it's like having a mind-meld machine laser a huge groove in your brain with the "action" vocabulary, so that you're ready for ANY question. All the questions in the book are in one way or another a variation of what you will be asked.
A side effect: you'll speak so confidently with recruiters/employers on the phone as well, and in person. You need this book, bottom line, if you're job hunting.
If you have distorted false beliefs about your self that further hamper your performance, check out "The Interview Rehearsal Book" by Gottesman in addition. This particular one will teach you about "Flash writing" which is basically automatic writing to uncover those skewed limiting beliefs about yourself.
An even better book on replacing deep-seated limiting beliefs is Nature of Personal Reality By Jane Roberts.
If you're in a crunch, however, and have an interview in three days, the Q&A Job Interview book will bring you over the top just enough or more to get the job.

Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting: The Astonishing Power of Feelings
Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting: The Astonishing Power of Feelings
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's the Universe, baby, and it's inside you., July 4 2002
Some previous readers have knocked this book down as unbelievable. One of their points of argument is that there are so many rich people who own corporations, etc, who never needed to read this book. But the thing is, some people had a different level of brainwashing. The beliefs that they grew up _already_, from their childhood, supported the actions they executed and the thoughts these achievers entertained. And these positive actions and constructive thoughts( about how creative and powerful they are inside ) can't help but make them jiggle most of the day with high vibrations. These negative reviewers need to remind themselves that they aren't INSIDE these other achiever's bodies, so how do they know that who's feeling what ?
If you think that this book is yet another hyped attempt at helping the way you feel so that you're just happier, or that the concepts are just too magical to be real, think about the New Testament: " As A Man Thinketh in His Heart, So Shall He Be". Neville's books, in a more difficult style to comprehend and not nearly as chatty as Lynn, will nonetheless convince you and make you realize: "Yes, mankind really is brainwashed. Look at this robber I'm looking at on the RealTV show, through the 7-11 camera,... that poor guy,... he thinks that he's just a puppet, and that these things on the outside are actually real, so he's got to get what's his because he believes he's powerless and he'll always be poor, and that he's somehow less than others."
I appreciate Lynn because she finally put this very readable material out there in the public and is making the importance of Putting Yourself into the Feeling State of Your desired Circumstances available to the public once again in a volume that Neville didn't achieve in the 50's (the Internet helps), though I prefer to read Neville.
For those who don't seem to be getting results, there is no violating the Universal Law of Attraction, anymore than there is violating Gravity. Make sure you're not subconsciously scared of the massive changes that can occur in your life through Creating. Make room for it. Know it. You are a Creator, but make sure that you see yourself as Deserving. If you're not, ain't nothin going to happen, or at least permanently.

Path of Least Resistance: Learning to Become the Creative Force in Your Own Life
Path of Least Resistance: Learning to Become the Creative Force in Your Own Life
by Robert Fritz
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars We are Made in the Image & Likeness, meaning we Create also, June 23 2002
The Path of Least Resistance is an awesome piece of work. It's a "manual" that belongs to the product of YOU the instant you learn how to read.
We do exist to create, you know. In one of his books, inspirational author Alan Cohen has a chapter named: Create or Die.
If you think this is just a specifically focused book of techniques for artists on ways of being "creative", such as brainstorming and doesn't apply to your life as a bus driver, or a waitress, or a doctor, you're wrong. We ALL create, everything from good relationships, to successful meeting outcomes, to careers, and yes... music and paintings and inventions and sculptures and books. As a matter of fact, Fritz eschews the notion of brainstorming and you'll see why in this book.
Basically, the first thought that'll crowd your mind as you complete the first chapter and then the second chatper, is that you have to read this repeatedly, because you want to soak these very profound, life-changing ideas into your psyche. It was hard for me to concentrate on the rest of the book during my first reading, because I was so excited about the implications of my expected change in thinking, and how I would tell others. What you'll learn is that being a reacter to problems doesn't result in peace of mind or success long-term. There are actual laws that he cites which explain the Structure of Tension which causes you to let go of all struggle and be powerfully pullled toward completion of ANYthing you want to accomplish.
In this book, he tells when you think of a goal, that you need to separate what your brainwashed mind think what is impossible, from what you reallly want. You'll see that the stress of repeatedly lying to yourself throughout your life about what you want can slowly but surely impact your health even! If you set goals that are based on what your fears tell you that you are limited to, but not what you *really want*, this wears on you physically.
Forget what your current environment or conditions tell you. THOSE DON'T MATTER! Just change to another "Structure" which leads to creation, not one that will swing you back and forth between struggles to fixing a problem, then...aaallllllmost getting there, but then the rubber band of the "Reactive" Structure pulls you back toward giving up on your faulty "fix-your-exterior" behaviors.
Fritz mentions that he studied Metaphysics in his life, but wasn't much interested in them; however, this topic can't avoided, and you'll see how when you are in the correct Structure of Creating, and you simply make a decision to create something, that this sets powerful acts of force in your favor. Between sessions of actually working on your project, like walking the dog or taking a shower, your subsconscious goes to work and pulls from the collective conscious of Man EXACTLY what you need to create what you decided to create. He includes this in the examples, but not in the way I'm describing it. Don't worry, he doesn't write with the scatter-brained style of this review. You'll get it, and you'll be grateful for his simple four-step guide to Creating
One more thing: Fritz discounts all self-help techniques such as affirmations or long term therapies. Personally, NLP along with EFT has been a godsend to my ability to function in interviews lately, and to eliminate strong negative emotions in some encounters and recommend Unlimited Power by A. Robbins and any book on EFT. But I see what he's talking about with respect to focusing more on just being the Creative Being that you were meant to be, rather making your life into a matter of long term therapy-seeking and inner-child healing.

The Way to the Kingdom
The Way to the Kingdom
by James Jennings
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Your soul will erupt into thru-the-roof Vibrations with this, May 31 2002
This review is from: The Way to the Kingdom (Paperback)
Benner (the real name) is more known for his Impersonal Life classic, which I keep re-reading over and over to get better insight.
However, this book, Way to the Kingdom, will in a simpler language SOOO impress upon on you the importance of not allowing, not only thoughts that don't agree with the Truth (which is that there is only Abundance and Health), but also Feelings, into your consciousness. You will walk away from your first reading of the chapter: "As a Man Thinketh from his Heart", with the Knowing, not a flimsy belief, but the Knowing that you've always had it! You've always had the Way to the Kingdom. And that is the complete, to the level of your Soul and Heart consciousness, KNOWING that the secret to finally entering your own Heaven is the simple, but yes difficult, decision to not allow any non-Truth feelings or thoughts of guilt, anger, poverty, envy, self-pity, etc thoughts into your consciousness with any length of attention.
Yes, you've heard it before, but not in such a soul-enriching way as Benner's/Jennings book. And the thing is, he's one of the few spiritual writers who emphasizes the Feeling state you're in, versus just thinking Rightly. It's so important to watch how you're vibrating overall. Any bad feelings are false and are of this world.
Appearances don't matter! Your intellect of course wants your attention and to make you believe that outside appearances matter.
You will be reminded that that the "tramp" thoughts on which you allow your attention to remain are really just selfish thoughts, and that just reflect your own doubt about the Father in you.
As you succeed in "letting His Love motivate and vitalize every one [your thoughts] of them, so that they may be worthy and acceptable in the Father's sight," you will then be cleared of that gunk and be able to hear the voice from the Divine Mind that tells you how to act, what to say, and what to do in order to experience the Heaven and abundance that is naturally yours.
He will convince you that Life is as simple now, as it was then -- 1933 - and that is to "yield your consciousness over wholly to Him, so that no thoughts ever enter your mind that are not all beautiful, all good and all perfect."
There is no reason not to.
We're all beams of light, individualized from the One Light, who have forgotten WHO WE ARE. We'd rather adopt our beliefs and attitudes and illusions from the news or the latest reality-based show, than to really listen to what's inside. If you really listen to what comes from inside the next time you're in a quiet room, you'll be able to tell what is True and what is a false belief handed over to you that you accepted.
I felt it necessary to add another review so that you have enough to go on.

The Heart of the Soul: Emotional Awareness
The Heart of the Soul: Emotional Awareness
by Gary Zukav
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Precisely, Dec 19 2001
If you have the Power of Now by Eckart Tolle and this transformed your life, then you would enjoy this too. It's Zukav's brilliant contribution to the overall importance of knowing what your body is feeling as often as possible while you're awake. ( for those who choose the unabridged audio version, if you like the way Zukav says: "precisely" as much as Oprah does, Gary gets this word in more than a couple of times ).
H.O.F.S. over and over reminds you that EVERY circumstance you encounter that trigger emotions, you can choose to end the cycle of these circumstances and learn the lesson by being conscious of what area of your body is experiencing. So it's an exhilirating reminder that bad stuff that happens that forces your choice of being conscious, or just reacting, can really be good, because this is the evolution of your Soul! Zukav points out the many people in our culture who use food, workaholism, or excessive busy-ness at home doing things as a way to avoid having to experience emotions and allowing their attention on that. This turns to disease if this goes on long enough.
This book also gets into the chakras, and Linda Francis, Gary's "spiritual partner", punctuates each chapter with an exercise to apply what Gary so eloquently explains. If you have Seat of the Soul, and/or Power of the Now, this is definitely recommended.
I struggle to give it 5 stars, because I don't equate it with books like my favorite: Neville's Resurrection, but it deserves more than 4 stars.

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