The Weekend Navigator 2nd Edition

Author: Robert Sweet
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 0071760415
Format: PDF, ePub
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Read what the the U.S. Power Squadron and the U.S. Coast Guard trust as the definitive authority on electronic navigation, now updated with the latest electronic technologies and methods The Weekend Navigator teaches you how to navigate using today's tools and methods, including the latest technologies such as smart phones. While electronic navigation is here to stay, author Bob Sweet recognizes that they are still based on traditional charts and piloting skills, and he combines the two to pass along to you a solid understanding of all the principles of marine navigation. In addition to its continued ground-breaking instruction for the now-digital process of navigation on board power- and sailboats, Sweet helps you understand recent options for chartplotters, less expensive handheld GPS units, smart phones, and the navigation possibilities presented by phone apps. New to this edition is a section entitled "Ooops," which provides an insightful collection of boating accident tales resulting from common GPS and chartplotters no-nos. Using The Weekend Navigator, you can get on the water right away and learn to navigate in an afternoon with GPS; master chart-and-compass piloting while, not before, he or she departs; plot courses and fix positions on paper or electronic charts; and more.

Die Kunst der JavaScript Programmierung

Author: Marijn Haverbeke
Publisher: dpunkt.verlag
ISBN: 3864911915
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Das Buch ist eine Einführung in JavaScript, die sich auf gute Programmiertechniken konzentriert. Der Autor lehrt den Leser, wie man die Eleganz und Präzision von JavaScript nutzt, um browserbasierte Anwendungen zu schreiben. Das Buch beginnt mit den Grundlagen der Programmierung - Variablen, Kontrollstrukturen, Funktionen und Datenstrukturen -, dann geht es auf komplexere Themen ein, wie die funktionale und objektorientierte Programmierung, reguläre Ausdrücke und Browser-Events. Unterstützt von verständlichen Beispielen wird der Leser rasch die Sprache des Web fließend 'sprechen' können.

Das Ziel

Author: Eliyahu M. Goldratt
Publisher: Campus Verlag
ISBN: 3593423596
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Ein Roman über Prozessoptimierung? Geht das? Das geht nicht nur – das liest sich auch spannend von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite. Eliyahu M. Goldratts "Das Ziel" ist die Geschichte des Managers Alex Rogo, der mit ungewöhnlichen und schlagkräftigen neuen Methoden in seinem Unternehmen für Aufsehen sorgt. Der Klassiker unter den Wirtschaftsbüchern, der das Managementdenken weltweit umkrempelt, wurde jetzt erweitert um den wichtigsten Aufsatz des Autors, "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants": Pflichtlektüre für Manager – und fesselnder Lesestoff.

The French Advance 2nd Edition Sam Collins 2006

Author: Everyman Chess Publishers, plc
Publisher: Bukupedia
Format: PDF, Mobi
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PREFACE I Most of my friends have a hard time believing that chess has its own literature. The rest have similar problems believing that there can be more than about ten chess books. The American IM John Donaldson recently showed me an English translation of Philidor's L'anafyse deJ echecJ from 1750, under the charming title Che.r.r anafyJed; or, inJtructions by which a perfoct knowledge 􀀹f this noble game mr!J be in a Jhort time acquired, and it's almost impossible to explain why such a volume isn't sufficient to dispose of the matter: '\'\'s your book about?' 'An opening. Tt looks at a position which comes up after three moves.' 'What if the position doesn't come up?' 'You'd need another book.' Opening monographs put unique pressures on an author, and not only to justify his contract to sceptical friends. When working on broader projects, an omission of a relevant move or a superficial analysis of a key position can always be excused by a reference to 'spatial considerations'; namely that a complete description of more than one opening simply isn't possible within the confmes of a single volume (or rather it is possible, but at the expense of depth, verbal explanation or selection of the best variations). Opening monographs provide no similar place to hide. You buy a whole book on one line and you deserV-e that book to be the best thing ever published on that line, period. Methodology I'm not sure how relevant or necessary a description of my working practices is, but T m1ght as well share. When undertaking this book, l was scared of it being one of two things: 7 French A dva n c e 1) A Database Dump ln any line with over 1000 games (the French Advance easily qualifies), it's entirely possible to write a whole book with no annotation. Such projects make it difficult, however, to convince a publisher of one's genius. A more sophisticated way of doing basically the same thing is to SL;pplcmcnt this method with a few Fritz suggestions while annotating by result, such as 'White wins and therefore White was better out of the opening'. 2) A Cut and Paste I don't think I'm giving too 1.;_uch away by saying that the decades of analysis by lsraeli GM Lev Psakhis dominate the literature of the Advance Prench. Cicero's comment about Caesar's war dispatches ('several fools have been pleased to primp up his narrative for their own glorification; but every writer of sense has given the subject a wide berth') probably applies to about 50% of all chess writing. And it's not just Psakhis - John Watson and Mikhail Gurevich are both authoritative, and there are other good authors (not least Tony Kosten who wrote this volume's predecessor). Defer to these guys too often and a book becomes redundant; an unnecessary compilation of the thoughts of other people. I wasn't so worried about writing a database dump as any half-decent player should be able to come up with something reasonably instructive to say about a given position. The cut and paste really did concern me, however, in that my assessments of positions could be dominated by previous texts and ChessBase annotations. Therefore, the first draft of this book was written without reference to any previous notes by anyone (myself included!). Only once I had struggled with each position myself did I consult previous sources to sec what they thought. The result (I hope) has been more original analysis and explanation than would have otherwise have been the case. Game Selection While I drew on a range of sources for this book, most of my time was spent dealing with Mega Database 2005. 27,790 games in the French Advance are contained in that database, and 1 won't lie to you, I'm not going to play through 27,790 games. I made a working assumption that only games between good players were worth including, and so I created a more manageable database of about 1,500 games where both players were rated at least 2400. This has been supplemented in certain instances where necessary for a proper explanation of the lines, but these additions have been kept to a minimum: firstly, because almost all worthwhile theory is generated by and contested between good players and, secondly, because an idea can look unrealistically attractive when it's tried in 'Grandmaster versus Random Punter, Weekend Congress 2005'; it's best to assume your opponents will play sensibly, and such one-sided examples are dangerous. The reader may notice that an overwhelming majority of the main games are white 8 Pre fa c e wins. This isn't because White actually achieves these ridiculous percentages, but rather because I believe the majority of my audience will be looking to play this line with White, and accordingly the book is about what White should do rather than what he shouldn't. That said, Black has as many chances to generate counterplay in this line as. in any other, and 1 think it is possible to construct an excellent black repertoire after 3 eS on the sole basis of the material in this book. Consumer Protection Introductions to opening monographs often take the form of a hard sell. You have a problem and I have a solution. Moreover, my solution is in some way better than everyone else's. Let's look at everything everyone wants from an opening and see if the French Advance gives it to them: A Slight Advantage Maybe, maybe not. The French is a good opening, and it's extremely re::iilicnt. Black tends to have quite a wide choice, and when one system is under threat, he can switch to another. It's fair to say that there are more lines in this opening which lead to an advantage for White than which lead to an advantage for Black, but, as Tal pointed out, the notion of a 'slight advantage' is rather nonsensical- a posicion is either a win or a draw, and everything in between is basically a question of personal preference. Avoidance of Theory I used to think that this was just people being lazy and I still do to a certain extent, while appreciating that people have 'jobs' and 'families' which can cut into their analysis time. Anyway, it'::i fair to say that 3 eS has less established theory than 3 ltlc3, and probably less than 3ll:Jd2. That said, there's still a lot to know. Fashion The best chess players set the trends which everyone else follows. Kasparov has been the most obvious example here, generating surges of interest in his chosen variations before he ditches them and moves on to something else. The French Advance is less popular than its two rivals, but it does have some notable practitioners: Sveshnikov was the traditional standard bearer, but recently it has been used regularly by Grischuk, Nakamura, Shirov, Motylev .. .lots of good guys. Attacking Chances The Advance Prench is a relatively good opening for those who want to attack their opponent's king. The eS-pawn prevents the g8-knight from occupying its best defensive square and often Black delays castling. That said, in several main lines the white king doesn't castle either. I think it's a mutually difficult opening - neither side has particularly clear wayl:i to mobilize all their pieces and this necessitates some creativity from 9 French A dvance both players. I find this to be one of the opening's appealing characteristics, but others may disagree. Importance of 'Understanding' This is a concept which has become quite popular, although 1 don't fully get it. Strategic understanding is important, of course, but it doesn't compensate if you forget what move you're meant to make. You still need to remember your theory - in my most recent game with the opening, T got my move-order mixed up and lost horribly! Dictating the Position 1 think White has good chances t!> dictate the type of position in these lines. For one thing, it's impossible for Black to open the game quicldy. Difflcult strategic battles are the most common occurrence, and if you're happy with these then the line will suit you. Having said that, virtually every French Defence player T know says that the Advance variation is their favourite one to face because White commits himself so early. Ease of Study This is something which lots of people seem to want. However, 1 think it's fictitious as chess is a zero sum game, and if you play difficult theoretical openings that means your opponent has difficult theoretical problems to solve. It also means that your openings will be more interesting. One of the main attractions of the Prench Advance is that it's so difflcult for either side to get a real grip on what's going on, for the following reasons: 1) Complexity of the Resulting Positions Complexity isn't in the eye of the beholder, complexity is measured by the percentage of draws in a· given position. For any mainline opening, the higher the number of draws, the greater the chance that the resulting positions give rise to problems which are being solved by both players on a regular basis. The Advance has a very low drawing quotient, with the spoils being shared in just under one in four games (24%). This is lower than the Najdorf (27%), the Sveshnikov (29%) and the Botvinnik Semi-Slav (25%), all of which are noted for their difflculty. 2) Equality In these pages I'll write about the heroes of the Advance; men like Alexander Grischuk and Evgeny Sveshnikov whose enormous scores on the·white side of this opening have provided the basis for rich and fulfilling careers. And these tales will be true. However, you should know that virtually every French Defence player I've asked (granted, not that many) has named the Advance as their favourite variation to play against. Furthermore, White makes a mere 50% with the Advance in Mega Database 2005, compared to an average white score of 54'Yo, although once the players are both good (2400 or higher) White scores 55%. 10 Preface 3) Closure The centre is closed by White's third move. It can and often does open agdin, hut this doesn't detract from the fact that both . sides have enormous flexibility in deciding where to put their pieces: castling is often unnecessary or undesirable; knights make· arduous voyages to vulnerable squares, get kicked and make equally arduous return journeys; Black has a positional piece sacrifice on d4 which is almost impossible to correctly assess; White makes pawn moves on both sides of the board without having clearly established superiority on either; and the exact same pawn break which opens lines for the white rooks in one position opens lines for the black rooks in another. Theory is stated as of 1st January 2006. Best of luck with the opening and thanks for reading. Sam Collins, London, January 2006

TI Nspire For Dummies

Author: Jeff McCalla
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118075692
Format: PDF, ePub
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The updated guide to the newest graphing calculator from Texas Instruments The TI-Nspire graphing calculator is popular among high school and college students as a valuable tool for calculus, AP calculus, and college-level algebra courses. Its use is allowed on the major college entrance exams. This book is a nuts-and-bolts guide to working with the TI-Nspire, providing everything you need to get up and running and helping you get the most out of this high-powered math tool. Texas Instruments’ TI-Nspire graphing calculator is perfect for high school and college students in advanced algebra and calculus classes as well as students taking the SAT, PSAT, and ACT exams This fully updated guide covers all enhancements to the TI-Nspire, including the touchpad and the updated software that can be purchased along with the device Shows how to get maximum value from this versatile math tool With updated screenshots and examples, TI-Nspire For Dummies provides practical, hands-on instruction to help students make the most of this revolutionary graphing calculator.