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Want to know more about American military history? U.S. Military History For Dummies presents concise and revealing accounts of all of the nation's armed conflicts from the French and Indian War to Iraq. It explains how the U.S. military is organized and how its branches operate, both independently and together.This straightforward guide examines the causes for each of America's wars and reveals how these conflicts have shaped the nation's borders, society, politics, culture, and future. You'll meet heroes, cowards, patriots, and traitors; relive great battles; and get a taste of what combat is really like, as you discover:How the French/Indian war sowed the seeds of the Revolutionary WarWhy America's battle for independence didn't end at YorktownEarly U.S. wars against Indians, tax cheats, and piratesThe War of 1812: guaranteeing U.S. sovereignty"Manifest Destiny" wars that stretched America from sea to shining seaWhy the American Civil War could not be avoidedThe Spanish American War and the U.S. as an emerging global powerWhy World War I failed to "make the world safe for democracy"How World War II changed America's role in the worldKorea and Vietnam: hot wars during the Cold WarFeaturing important insights on technological, political, and social changes that transformed the way America fights its wars U.S. Military History For Dummies is your key to understanding the evolution of the most powerful military force in history.
A hard-hitting look at achieving financial freedom by avoiding excessive borrowing and spendingIf you don't actively resist America's culture of debt, you'll end up precisely where the government, banks, and big business want you to be: indentured servitude. The mistakes people make with their money are basic, and avoidable, and unless you understand what they are, you're probably going to repeat them. What you need is someone who can shed light on the obstacles we face and show you how to avoid getting tripped up by them.Financially Stupid People Are Everywhere shows how society is rigged to take as much of your wealth as possible, and simple ways you can resist. It investigates, explains, and offers advice for all those who have fallen into debt, taken a second mortgage, been trapped by credit cards, or found themselves unable to get ahead.Discusses what you can do to stop the destructive cycle of borrowing and spendingIllustrates the four major tenets of getting money rightHighlights how to avoid the many ways that government, banks, and big business try to trap you with debtTo secure your financial future, you must break the dangerous cycle of borrowing and spending, and learn how to guard your wealth against corporate ploys. Financially Stupid People Are Everywhere leads you down the only proven path to financial freedom.
These days, more than ever, you need an edge to win the job, the sale, or the contract that you want. And once you have it, keeping it is part of the job. You're always selling yourself, getting re-hired everyday with everything you do and say.The Art of Business Seduction elevates your game by allowing you to recognize what's essential in getting noticed for the right reasons and by the right people. You'll get powerful tools you can use immediately, includingA Strategic Communication planThe no-fail, four-step L-WAR process (Listen, Watch, Anticipate, React)Real-life exercises you can implement over thirty consecutive days that will then become a winning part of your routine and lifestyleYour secret weapon in today's business struggle, The Art of Business Seduction peels away the hype to give you the unadorned facts on what will drive your continued, consistent success.
Thoroughly revised and updated, this fourth edition of the classic hands-on resource offers a comprehensive review of all the facets developing teaching portfolios. This new edition will contain new perspectives and ideas; an expanded section on web-based electronic teaching portfolios ; a sample of colleges and universities that shows how they have implemented portfolios; real-world teaching portfolios of twenty-one faculty members and a report from a university provost on what he looks for in a portfolios submitted for promotion.
Winner of the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Quality Improvement-From the Shingo judges:This work has an extremely widespread application as the tools, techniques, and methods described are at a level that achieves the goals of Lean and operational excellence without tying them down to a specific industry or work stream. The book provides practical knowledge for lean champions, managers, and executives driving toward operational excellence enterprise-wide. The story format, and the presentation of this material was excellent, and the avoidance of lean and operational excellence jargon gives the book a wide appeal...it is a pleasure to read.The Sequel to the Influential "Lean" Business Novel Andy & MeThe Remedy is a compelling a business fable that shows how Lean quality improvement business practices--traditionally associated with manufacturing--can dramatically improve the service areas of your business-including design, engineering, sales, marketing and all processes in between. Written by Pascal Dennis, a leading Lean consultant, the story follows Tom Pappas and Rachel Armstrong, senior leaders at a desperate automotive company as they try to implement a Lean management system across an entire platform, the Chloe, a breakthrough "green" car. The future of the company is at stake. Can Tom and Rachel, supported by Andy Saito, a retired, reclusive Toyota executive, regain the trust and respect of the customer? Can a venerable but dying company implement Lean practices to every part of their business and learn a new, more effective way of managing?Shows you how to use the Lean quality improvement method to fix not just a manufacturing system, but an entire company, including management, design, marketing, and supply chainWritten by Pascal Dennis, author of four books on Lean practices and winner of the coveted Shingo Prize for outstanding research contributing to operational excellenceOriginally developed by Toyota, the Lean approach to quality improvement has gained a worldwide following and helped turn around enumerable struggling businesses
Warren Buffett is a legend primarily for his investment philosophy. He isn't concerned about the intricacies of the market, but instead focuses on the quality of the companies Berkshire Hathaway stands behind. Yet we know little about the leaders of the companies that Buffett handpicks.In Behind the Berkshire Hathaway Curtain: Lessons from Warren Buffett's Top Business Leaders, author Ronald W. Chan -- founder and CEO of Chartwell Capital -- offers a behind-the-scenes look into the careers of Berkshire Hathaway executives who have both directly and indirectly contributed to the conglomerate's success.Drawing on exclusive interviews from Berkshire leaders, Chan vividly describes how an exceptional group of managers has built a culture of achievement. With a keen eye for detail, he shows how their lessons can be applied for career success and personal fulfillment. Brimming with practical advice, the book will appeal to both executives and employees wanting to improve their leadership skills and work performance.Covering the career and life decisions of David Sokol of MidAmerican Energy, Cathy Baron-Tamraz of Business Wire, Dennis Knautz of Acme Brick, Randy Watson of Justin Brands, Stan Lipsey of Buffalo News, and many more, the book offers a wide range of business insights, philosophies, and strategies directly from leaders at the top of their fields.
Developing Android apps is a challenge: it's hard enough to write high-performing apps that run well, but you've also got to make them look good on a wide variety of Android devices. Fortunately, there are a many tools that take the pain out of developing Android, but they don't readily give up their secrets. To help with your user interface, the Android Graphical Layout Tools make laying out complicated Activities easy, and the HierarchyViewer does a great job of identifying complexity in your layouts. To help identify memory or resource issues you can use the Dalvik Debug Manager Service (DDMS) tools, which include TraceView and AllocationTracker. These make it easy to understand exactly where your application is allocating resources. There are tools to help simulate devices: the Android Virtual Device (AVD) tools. Lastly, there is a rich set of plugins for a variety of Integrated Development Environments that help streamline the development process:the Android Developer Tools (ADT) plug-ins. This book will guide you through the proper usage of all of these tools. It will describe in detail what each tool is designed to do, when and how to use them, and how to integrate them into your development workflow, making the development process less painful. This book will give you a better understanding of the variety of tools available, and empower your to design and deliver great Android Applications.
PDF is becoming the standard for digital documents worldwide, but it's not easy to learn on your own. With capabilities that let you use a variety of images and text, embed audio and video, and provide links and navigation, there's a lot to explore. This practical guide helps you understand how to work with PDF to construct your own documents, troubleshoot problems, and even build your own tools. You'll also find best practices for producing, manipulating, and consuming PDF documents. In addition, this highly approachable reference will help you navigate the official (and complex) ISO documentation. Learn how to combine PDF objects into a cohesive whole Use PDF's imaging model to create vector and raster graphics Integrate text, and become familiar with fonts and glyphs Provide navigation within and between documents Use annotations to overlay or incorporate additional content Build interactive forms with the Widget annotation Embed related files such as multimedia, 3D content, and XML files Use optional content to enable non-printing graphics Tag content with HTML-like structures, including paragraphs and tables
This pocket guide is the perfect on-the-job companion to Git, the distributed version control system. It provides a compact, readable introduction to Git for new users, as well as a reference to common commands and procedures for those of you with Git experience. Written for Git version 1.8.2, this handy task-oriented guide is organized around the basic version control functions you need, such as making commits, fixing mistakes, merging, and searching history. Examine the state of your project at earlier points in time Learn the basics of creating and making changes to a repository Create branches so many people can work on a project simultaneously Merge branches and reconcile the changes among them Clone an existing repository and share changes with push/pull commands Examine and change your repository's commit history Access remote repositories, using different network protocols Get recipes for accomplishing a variety of common tasks
Mining big data requires a deep investment in people and time. How can you be sure you're building the right models? With this hands-on book, you'll learn a flexible toolset and methodology for building effective analytics applications with Hadoop. Using lightweight tools such as Python, Apache Pig, and the D3.js library, your team will create an agile environment for exploring data, starting with an example application to mine your own email inboxes. You'll learn an iterative approach that enables you to quickly change the kind of analysis you're doing, depending on what the data is telling you. All example code in this book is available as working Heroku apps. Create analytics applications by using the agile big data development methodology Build value from your data in a series of agile sprints, using the data-value stack Gain insight by using several data structures to extract multiple features from a single dataset Visualize data with charts, and expose different aspects through interactive reports Use historical data to predict the future, and translate predictions into action Get feedback from users after each sprint to keep your project on track
Create dynamic business intelligence (BI) solutions for SharePoint faster and with more capabilities than previously possible. With this book, you'll learn the entire process--from high-level concepts to development and deployment--for building data-rich BI applications with Visual Studio LightSwitch, SQL Server 2012, and a host of related Microsoft technologies. You'll learn practical techniques and patterns necessary to use all of these technologies together as you build an example application through the course of the book, step by step. Discover how to solve real problems, using BI solutions that will evolve to meet future needs. Learn the fundamentals of SharePoint, LightSwitch, and SQL Server 2012 Get a solid grounding in BI application basics and database design principles Use LightSwitch to build a help desk app, including data model design and SharePoint data integration Build a tabular cube with Microsoft's Business Intelligence Semantic Model (BISM) Dive into the data visualization stack, including Excel and SQL Server Reporting Services Create reports with Excel Services, Report Builder, and PowerView Use tips and tricks for setting up your BI application development environment
Responding to the demand for more in-depth Grails coverage that goes beyond the typical use cases, this book helps experienced developers understand the motivation behind the core ideas of this web development framework. You'll learn Grails best practices for building and deployment, debugging and problem solving, creating and using Grails plugins, as well as testing, security, performance, scaling, tuning, and monitoring. In the process, you'll focus on technologies that Grails uses and integrates with, including: Spring, Hibernate, and relational and non-relational (NoSQL) alternatives to Hibernate Java Enterprise Edition technologies such as EJBs, JMS, and JNDI REST, SOAP, Spring Integration, and Apache Camel
Full Coverage of All Exam Objectives for the CEH Exams 312-50 and EC0-350Thoroughly prepare for the challenging CEH Certified Ethical Hackers exam with this comprehensive study guide. The book provides full coverage of exam topics, real-world examples, and includes a CD with chapter review questions, two full-length practice exams, electronic flashcards, a glossary of key terms, and the entire book in a searchable pdf e-book.What's Inside:Covers ethics and legal issues, footprinting, scanning, enumeration, system hacking, trojans and backdoors, sniffers, denial of service, social engineering, session hijacking, hacking Web servers, Web application vulnerabilities, and more Walks you through exam topics and includes plenty of real-world scenarios to help reinforce concepts Includes a CD with an assessment test, review questions, practice exams, electronic flashcards, and the entire book in a searchable pdf
The current literature compartmentalizes the complex issue of water and wastewater into its discrete components; technology, planning, policy, construction, economics, etc. Considered from the perspective of sustainability, however, water in the urban environment must be approached as a single resource that can be continuously reused and recycled. This book will be the first to capture all of the current work on this idea in a single, integrated, plan for designing the water-centric cities of the future. From new construction to the retrofitting of existing systems, this book presents the case for a new urban relationship to water, one with a more sustainable connection to the environment and the hydrological cycle. Through case studies of successfully planned and built systems around the world, the book will educate the reader about the need for a new approach to urban water management, and make the case that these changes are not only possible but imperative.
Sooth away stress, banish pain, and share the language of touch with the healing powers of massageWhat reduces pain, enhances athletic performance, job efficiency, improves the circulation, raises immune efficiency, promotes the healing of tissues, increases the functioning of the skin, enhances focus and emotional balance, and improves appearance? Right, massage! So what are you waiting for?Discover how to knead your way to relaxation and wellness with this fun guide to the art of massage. With the help of numerous step-by-step hands-on photos and illustrations, Massage For Dummies, 2nd Edition shows you, move by move, how to harness the healing power of touch. In no time you'll master the basics and learn how to give and receive a therapeutic massage.25% new and expanded content in this editionCovers an array of techniques, from Swedish to Deep Tissue and sports massage to self-massageThe newest strokes and techniques that can relieve specific painful conditionsHands-on and extremely practical, Massage For Dummies, 2nd Edition shows you how to integrate massage and its benefits into your everyday life.
The ultimate guide to investor relations Your one-stop resource for everything pertaining to your company's dealings with the investment community, Running an Effective Investor Relations Department provides investor relations professionals with essential day-to-day information. From creating and properly communicating a company's investment story, to dealing with both the sell side and buy side of the investment community, to providing guidance, and the form and frequency of that guidance, this authoritative resource covers it all. Addresses every possible area of the investor relations professionIncludes chapters covering disclosure, forward-looking statements, guidance, event management, and twenty other topics Other titles by Bragg: The Vest Pocket Controller, Accounting Best Practices, Sixth Edition, and Just-in-Time Accounting, Third EditionPractical and thorough, this book offers the world-class guidance you need to effectively manage your investor relations department.
An A to Z options trading guide for the new millennium and the new economyWritten by professional trader and quantitative analyst Euan Sinclair, Option Trading is a comprehensive guide to this discipline covering everything from historical background, contract types, and market structure to volatility measurement, forecasting, and hedging techniques.This comprehensive guide presents the detail and practical information that professional option traders need, whether they're using options to hedge, manage money, arbitrage, or engage in structured finance deals. It contains information essential to anyone in this field, including option pricing and price forecasting, the Greeks, implied volatility, volatility measurement and forecasting, and specific option strategies.Explains how to break down a typical position, and repair positionsOther titles by Sinclair: Volatility TradingAddresses the various concerns of the professional options traderOption trading will continue to be an important part of the financial landscape. This book will show you how to make the most of these profitable products, no matter what the market does.
Want to create devices that interact with the physical world? This cookbook is perfect for anyone who wants to experiment with the popular Arduino microcontroller and programming environment. You'll find more than 200 tips and techniques for building a variety of objects and prototypes such as toys, detectors, robots, and interactive clothing that can sense and respond to touch, sound, position, heat, and light. You don't need experience with Arduino or programming to get started. Updated for the Arduino 1.0 release, the recipes in this second edition include practical examples and guidance to help you begin, expand, and enhance your projects right away--whether you're an artist, designer, hobbyist, student, or engineer. Get up to speed on the Arduino board and essential software concepts quickly Learn basic techniques for reading digital and analog signals Use Arduino with a variety of popular input devices and sensors Drive visual displays, generate sound, and control several types of motors Interact with devices that use remote controls, including TVs and appliances Learn techniques for handling time delays and time measurement Apply advanced coding and memory handling techniques
HTML5 is revolutionizing the Web, and now it's coming to your ebook reader! With the release of the EPUB 3 specification, HTML5 support will officially be a part of the EPUB standard, and publishers will be able to take full advantage of HTML5's rich feature set to add rich media and interactivity to their ebook content.HTML5 for Publishers gives an overview of some of the most exciting features HTML5 provides to ebook content creators--audio/video, geolocation, and the Canvas--and shows how to put them in action. Learn how to:Intersperse audio/video with textual content Create a graphing calculator to display algebraic equations on the Canvas Use geolocation to customize a work of fiction with details from the reader's locale Use Canvas to add interactivity to a children's picture book
<p>What is EPUB 3 discusses the exciting new format that is set to unleash a content revolution in the publishing world. Laden with features the printed page could never offer--such as embedded multimedia and scripted interactivity--EPUB 3 will forever change what a book can be. This article walks you through the format and puts it in its place in the digital landscape, explaining why EPUB 3 is set to become the new global standard for ebooks as it also becomes the new accessible standard for ebooks.</p>
Among the many different approaches to "templating" with Perl--such as Embperl, Mason, HTML::Template, and hundreds of other lesser known systems--the Template Toolkit is widely recognized as one of the most versatile. Like other templating systems, the Template Toolkit allows programmers to embed Perl code and custom macros into HTML documents in order to create customized documents on the fly. But unlike the others, the Template Toolkit is as facile at producing HTML as it is at producing XML, PDF, or any other output format. And because it has its own simple templating language, templates can be written and edited by people who don't know Perl. In short, the Template Toolkit combines the best features of its competitors, with ease-of-use and flexibility, resulting in a technology that's fast, powerful and extensible, and ideally suited to the production and maintenance of web content and other dynamic document systems. In Perl Template Toolkit you'll find detailed coverage of this increasingly popular technology. Written by core members of the technology's development team, the book guides you through the entire process of installing, configuring, using, and extending the Template Toolkit. It begins with a fast-paced but thorough tutorial on building web content with the Template Toolkit, and then walks you through generating and using data files, particularly with XML. It also provides detailed information on the Template Toolkit's modules, libraries, and tools in addition to a complete reference manual. Topics in the book include:Getting started with the template toolkit The Template language Template directives Filters Plugins Extending the Template Toolkit Accessing databases XML Advanced static web page techniques Dynamic web content and web applications The only book to cover this important tool, Perl Template Toolkit is essential reading for any Perl programmer who wants to create dynamic web content that is remarkably easy to maintain. This book is your surefire guide to implementing this fast, flexible, and powerful templating system.
An interactive guide to successfully trading in today's marketsMastering the Art of Equity Trading Through Simulation is a guidebook to interactive computer trading simulation designed to provide participants with hands-on experience in making tactical decisions and implementing them in different market environments-from continuous order drive markets to call auction markets, and from dealer markets to dark liquidity pools.By showing traders how to operate in these different markets, this reliable resource quickly reveals a good deal about what trading involves and how market design impacts trading decisions.Provides a virtual platform that gives users hands-on experience in making tactical trading decisionsShows exactly how prices are established in the marketplaceTeaches how the structure of a marketplace influences participant decisionsLearning to trade through study is like learning about a roller coaster ride verbally. You may get the idea of going up and down and around curves, but will lack the actual experience. Mastering the Art of Equity Trading Through Simulation will get you as close as possible to the markets-without actually going in them-and prepare you to profit once you're really there.
Clear, practical, step-by-step guidance through the nonprofit merger processUsing real-world examples, case studies, and enduring frameworks, Nonprofit Mergers and Alliances, Second Edition offers clear, practical, step-by-step guidance through the merger and alliance development process.From assessing feasibility and planning for implementation to post-merger integration, this ground-breaking work points out pitfalls and offers insightful commentary in every chapter.Provides a comprehensive framework for designing and implementing effective collaborations of all kindsOffers the tools needed to effectively collaborate with potential partnersShows how nonprofit mergers are fundamentally different from for-profit mergers-and why board members need to know thisFocuses on the needs of the nonprofit sector, including cultural compatibility and compassionate management practicesShows nonprofit managers and board members how to make their way through the merger process without repeating Wall Street's mistakesInsightful and realistic, Nonprofit Mergers and Alliances, Second Edition equips you with the tools and knowledge you need to create effective collaborations.
Praise for VALUE MAPS"Equivocator, Explorer, Experimenter, Exploiter, Extender--Chapter 12 might be well served as mandatory reading for all subject matter experts! SPARC is not a valuation, per se, but rather a separate consulting engagement that might interest a client--especially if that client is preparing for a sale or planning an exit strategy. Miller has taken the good ideas from five disciplines and married them with value enhancement, creating what could become a very good 'add-on' consulting engagement. NACVA recommends, and looks forward to, further dialogue related to this new approach. This book will open your eyes to new opportunities."--Parnell Black, MBA, CPA, CVA, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA)"No one illuminates the murky intersection where business strategy and private company value creation meet better than Warren Miller. Now he's focused his extensive professional training and real-world experience to produce this intellectually rich, yet down-to-earth and fun-to-read road map we can all use. Business owners and leaders, financial analysts, management consultants, wealth managers, CPAs, business brokers, private equity investors, business appraisers--no one should plan to increase the value of an enterprise without Value Maps in their passenger seat."--David Foster, CEO, Business Valuation Resources"Private-equity analysts do not often come across scholarly and technical professional reading laced with laugh-out-loud moments! Yet this is exactly what one finds in Value Maps. Warren Miller's advice stems from his career as a finance executive, a CPA, a valuation analyst, and a 'recovering academic.' With pitch-perfect balance, Warren has created both a must-have professional reference guide and a best-practices road map designed to enhance the profitability of your client's business and your own--all in a very readable style with just a 'spoon-full of sugar.' Enjoy the read!"--Gary M. Karlitz, ASA, CPA, Partner-in-Charge, Valuation Services, Forensic Services, and Forensic Accounting, Citrin Cooperman & Company, LLP"Extremely readable, with numerous real-world examples--valuation specialists who don't read this book will soon be looking for a new profession. Miller takes the term 'valuation' to new levels, suggesting that appraisers can indeed add real value to their clients' businesses. Clients should demand that a valuation professional read this book before he or she will be hired."--Alfred M. King, Vice Chairman, Marshall & Stevens, Inc.
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