Ryan de Laplante

Helpful votes received on reviews: 67% (10 of 15)
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada


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Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Negle&hellip by Gail A. Eisnitz
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Red pill or blue pill?, April 24 2011
In the movie The Matrix, taking the red pill meant you will learn what's really going on in this world. Taking the blue pill meant you go back to your ignorant but happy life. Reading this book is like taking the red pill. You can't unlearn this. The main takeaway points for me are:

1) A shockingly high percentage of cows and pigs are fully conscious as they have their throat slit, skin peeled off their head, legs cut off, tail cut off, scalded, etc. The cows scream, try climbing the wall, flail around, and one employee said he saw cow tears. On page 130 it says 25% - 30% of the cows are butchered alive according to one plant employee. Many employees say that this happens… Read more
J2EE¿ Connector Architecture and Enterprise Applic&hellip by Rahul Sharma
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
When I picked up this book I did not know much about the Java Connector Architecture (JCA), other than what it is for. In the first 40-50 pages the author is extremely repetitive, possibly assuming that most readers would not be reading full chapters and jumping straight to specific paragraphs. The API reference in the back of the book was very helpful. It is the javadoc for the JCA interfaces. In the end I successfully implemented a JCA resource adapter that uses communication libraries that I had written earlier.

This book covers the 1.0 version of the spec. Version 1.5 is out now. I did not need most of the new functionality for my resource adapter, so I found everything in… Read more
Designing With Web Standards by Jeffrey Zeldman
Designing With Web Standards by Jeffrey Zeldman
4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I learned HTML back in 1994. I barely updated my HTML skills until a couple years ago where I picked up very basic CSS but all my HTML was still table based, font tags, etc.. everything you could do that's bad according to XHTML. I decided that now is the time to update my skills. I hear from many people and reviews that this is -THE- book to buy to learn web standards. 150 pages into the book, he is STILL trying to sell me on the idea to use web standards! Jesus, I bought the book already! I bought this book expecting to learn the latest XHTML tags and some CSS. Instead it was a lot of hot air and wasted time. Sure I learned a bit, but I'm sure I would have gotten more out of some… Read more