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This practical research text provides an invaluable resource for all animal and veterinary scientists designing, analyzing and interpreting results from nutrition and feed experiments in pigs and poultry. The emphasis throughout is on practical aspects of designing nutrition experiments. The book builds on the basics and proceeds to describe the limitations of experiment design involving different ingredients. It then characterizes experimental diets including ingredient selection, composition and the minimum proximate analysis required. The text details measurements and the tools available for understanding diverse data sets, data analysis and the eventual publication of the research. This fully balanced and extensively referenced, yet practical, text is an invaluable resource to all animal, veterinary and biomedical scientists involved in the designing of nutrition experiments in pigs and poultry, and the publication of their research.
This book is a first attempt to combine insights from the two perspectives with regard to the question of meaning by examining a collection of theoretical and empirical works This volume therefore is destined to become an important addition to psychological literature: both from the viewpoint of the history of ideas (again this would be one of the first times that positive and existentialist psychologies meet) and from the viewpoint of theoretical and empirical research into the meaning concept in psychology.
This concise book walks you through how to get unit testing and test driven development done on Android, specifically using JUnit 4. You'll learn how to do agile development quickly and correctly, with a significant increase in development efficiency and a reduction in the number of defects. Up until now getting JUnit testing up and running in Android was not for the faint hearted. However, "now it's in Android Studio, there is no excuse," according to author Godfrey Nolan, president of RIIS LLC. Android developers are faced with their own set of problems such as tightly coupled code, fragmentation, and immature testing tools, all of which can be solved using existing agile tools and techniques that this short book will teach you. What you'll learn What is the Agile testing pyramid for Android What are the Android unit testing tools and how to use them, including those found in Android Studio What are and how to use third party tools like JUnit, Hamcrest, Roboletric, Jenkins and more What is and how to use mocking, including mocking frameworks like Mockito to mock out Web Services, Shared Preferences and SQLite databases How to do test driven development (TDD) in Android How to manage legacy code and applying TDD to existing projects Who this book is for Android developers and IT managers. Healthcare, financial, entertainment and government. Senior developers, software architects, lead developer, IT directors, CTOs, CISOs. Table of Contents Lesson 1: Introduction to Agile Learning objectives 1. 1 Understand the benefits of using an Agile approach to Android development 1. 2 Understand common defects in Android Applications 1. 3 Explore the Agile Testing Pyramid for Android Lesson 2: Android Unit Testing Tools Learning objectives 2. 1 Create Hello World Unit Test in Android 2. 2 Run Unit Tests from the command line 2. 3 Explore Android Assertions 2. 4 Test for common defects in Android Applications 2. 5 Setup and Teardown 2. 6 Grouping tests 2. 7 Adding unit tests to a Twitter client 2. 8 Explore more Android Assertions 2. 9 Run your tests using Gradle Lesson 3: Third Party Tools Learning objectives 3. 1: Understand the difference between jUnit3 and jUnit4 3. 2: Create jUnit4 Unit Test in Android Studio 3. 3: Run code coverage tools in Android 3. 4: Test activities on multiple devices using Spoon 3. 5: Create an Android project in Github Lesson 4: Mocking Learning objectives 4. 1 Stubs vs test double vs mocking frameworks 4. 2 Using a stub to mock out a SQLite database 4. 3 Using a test double to mock out a SQLite database 4. 4 Using EasyMock to mock out a SQLite database Lesson 5: Dependency Injection Learning objectives 5. 1 Understanding Compile Time Dependency Injection 5. 2 Create an Android unit test using Dagger 5. 3 Using Dagger to mock a SQLite databases Lesson 7: Test Driven Development Learning objectives 7. 1 Understanding Test Driven Development 7. 2 Writing Testable Code 7. 3 Refactoring code 7. 4 Writing a Twitter client using TDD Lesson 8: Dealing with Legacy Code Learning objectives 8. 1 Applying TDD to an Existing Project 8. 2 Ring Fence Existing Project 8. 3 Refactoring Existing Code to increase Code Coverage
Swift is Apple's new, native, fast, and easy to learn programming language for iOS, watchOS, tvOS and OS X app development. It's their "Objective-C without the C". If you are an iOS developer or planning to become one, learning Swift is your #1 priority, and Learn Swift 2 on the Mac tells you everything you need to get up to speed, well, swiftly. The language is evolving very quickly, Apple has released version 2. 1 of the langugae. You'll start with the Swift Playground and an introduction to object-oriented programming so you can immediately see Swift in action. You then learn about all of the key language features like functions, closures, protocols, classes, methods, extensions, and how Swift works just as well as Objective-C when it comes to easy memory management with ARC. Finally, you'll learn how to use Swift alongside Objective-C as well as with Core Data, and you'll learn how to put all of the pieces together with REST base application. What you'll learn Object-oriented basics with Swift and the Swift Playground How to use key language features like functions and classes in Swift How to mix and match Swift and Objective-C How to use RESTful services with Swift Who this book is for Beginning to intermediate iOS and OS X developers who need to learn Swift or migrate to Swift from Objective-C. Table of Contents 1. Hello Swift 2. The Swift Playground in Xcode 3. Accessing Swift's Compiler and Interpreter: REPL 4. Constants, Variables, and Data Types 5. Expressions 6. Operators 7. Flow Control 8. Functions 9. Classes and Structures 10. Methods 11. Access Control 12. Inheritance 13. Extensions 14. Memory Management and ARC 15. Protocols 16. Generics 17. Expressions 18. Interoperability with Objective-C 19. Mix and Match 20. Working with Core Data 21. Consuming RESTful Services 22. Bringing it All Together
Oracle Database Transactions and Locking Revealed provides much-needed information for building scalable, high-concurrency applications and deploy them against the Oracle Database. Read this short, 150-page book that is adapted from Expert Oracle Database Architecture to gain a solid and accurate understanding of how locking and concurrency are dealt with by Oracle Database. Also learn how the Oracle Database architecture accommodates user transactions, and how you can write code to mesh with how Oracle Database is designed to operate. Good transaction design is an important facet of highly-concurrent applications that are run by hundreds, even thousands of users who are all executing transactions at the same time. Transaction design in turn relies upon a good understanding of how the underlying database platform manages of the locking of resources so as to prevent access conflicts and data loss that might otherwise result from concurrent access to data in the database. Oracle Database Transactions and Locking Revealed covers in detail the various lock types, and also different locking schemes such as pessimistic and optimistic locking. Then you'll learn about transaction isolation and multiversion concurrency, and how the various lock types support Oracle Database's transactional features. You'll learn some good tips for transaction design, as well as some bad practices and habits to avoid. Coverage is also given to redo and undo, and their role in concurrency. This is an important book that anyone developing highly-concurrent applications will want to have handy on their shelf. What you'll learn Understand locks and their implication for concurrent applications Manage transaction isolation to meet business needs while not impeding concurrency Design effective transactions and choose the correct atomicity level for your needs Take advantage of features such as deferrable constraints and autonomous transactions Build multi-database applications with needed atomicity through distributed transactions Investigate and troubleshoot redo and undo problems that can impede concurrency Who this book is for Oracle Database Transactions and Locking Revealed is the definitive book on transactions and locking for Oracle Database developers and architects who are developing highly-concurrent applications. Readers should already have good understanding of SQL and PL/SQL. Experience in application development is also beneficial. Table of Contents 1. Building for Concurrency 2. Locking and Issues 3. Lock Types 4. Concurrency and Multiversioning 5. Transactions 6. Redo and Undo 7. Investigating Undo 8. Investigating Undo
Developing apps for Apple's broadening platform of devices is an exciting topic these days. Apple created the Swift programming language to build state-of-the-art apps using the latest Apple technologies. In this 200-page book, author Scott Gardner articulates the similarities and differences between traditional Objective-C based programming and Swift, revealing what you need to know from syntax changes to emerging best practices and paradigm shifts, to write powerful, expressive, and flexible code in Swift. Written at a brisk pace and in a methodical style, you'll learn how to apply your Objective-C skills to successfully transition to programming in Swift. In this book, you'll learn: - What is Swift and how does it compare to Objective-C- How to become proficient in Swift by leveraging your existing Objective-C skills- How to take advantage of new capabilities in Swift- What are the emerging best practices in Swift programmingTransitioning to Swift reaches out to all developers who are interested in creating state-of-the-art apps for Apple's broadening platform of devices for both consumers and enterprise. Apple's introduction of the new Swift programming language raises many questions. This book addresses those questions directly, and prepares developers for building the next generation of apps in Swift to surprise and delight users the world over.
Global Perspectives on Well-Being in Immigrant Families addresses how immigrant families and their children cope with the demands of a new country in relation to psychological well-being, adjustment, and cultural maintenance. The book identifies cultural and contextual factors that contribute to well-being during a family's migratory transition to ensure successful outcomes for children and youth. In addition, the findings presented in this book outline issues for future policy and practice including preventive practices that might allow for early intervention and increased cultural sensitivity among practitioners, school staff, and researchers.
Multicultural aspects of psychology have received some attention in the literature in the last decade. A number of texts currently address these significant concerns, for example, Counseling the Culturally Different (Sue & Sue, 2008); Handbook of Multicultural Counseling ( Poterotto et l. , 2009); and Handbook of Multicultural Counseling Competencies (Pope-Davis & Coleman, 2005). In their most recent editions, several of these books address more nuanced complexities of diversity, for example, the intersections of gender or social class with race-ethnicity. Meanwhile, other texts have addressed gender issues in psychology (Handbook of Counseling Women, Counseling Men), with some attention paid to racial-ethnic and other diversity concerns. Clearly the progression of scholarship in this field reflects the importance of incorporating multiple aspects of diversity within psychology. However, no book currently exists that fully addresses the complexities of race-ethnicity and gender together. Better understanding of the dual impact of race-ethnicity and gender on psychological functioning may lead to more effective conceptualizations of a number of mental health issues, such as domestic violence, addictions, health-related behaviors and achievement. Exploring the impact of race-ethnicity and gender also may provide a broader understanding of self-in-community, as this affects individuals, families and other social groups and work and career development. Topics of interest may include identity development, worldviews and belief systems, parenting styles, interventions for promoting resilience and persistence and strategies for enhancing more accurate diagnostic and treatment modalities. Today's world is comprised of multiple and intersecting communities that remain in need of psychological models and interventions that support and promote both individual and collective mental health. We believe that utilizing unidimensional conceptual models (e. g. focusing solely on race-ethnicity or gender) no longer adequately addresses psychological concerns that are dynamic, complex and multi-faceted. The proposed Handbook will focus on timely topics which historically have been under-addressed for a number of diverse populations.
The complex intersecting of genetic, biological, and environmental factors can make intellectual impairments difficult for clinicians to assess and treat. When such comorbid conditions as substance abuse or bipolar disorder are part of the equation, so are increased risks for clinical uncertainties and therapeutic dead-ends. The Handbook of Psychopathology in Intellectual Disability reflects the diversity of its subject in prevalence and presentation, testing methods and treatment options. Besides focusing on specific pathologies as they affect the course of intellectual disability (ID), its coverage spans the field from in-depth analyses of psychosocial aspects of ID to promising new findings in genetics and the ongoing challenge of providing personalized care tailored to individual client needs. Expert contributors bridge gaps between the evidence base and best practices and improved policy for maximum utility. In addition, chapters are written to benefit the widest variety of professionals treating clients with ID across disciplines. Key areas featured in the Handbook include: General issues and assessment methods. Core etiological approaches, including neuroimaging. Comorbid psychopathology, including mood, anxiety, and personality disorders. Common clinical conditions, such as ADHD, autism, and behavior problems. Medical and psychological interventions as well as community and inpatient services. Future directions in research and evidence-based practices. The Handbook of Psychopathology in Intellectual Disability is an essential reference for researchers, professors, and graduate students as well as clinicians and other scientist-practitioners in clinical psychology, psychiatry, social work, rehabilitation medicine, public health, and neuropsychology.
This book introduces an interdisciplinary lens by bringing together vital research on culture, psychosocial development, and key aspects of health and disease to address a wide range of salient concerns. Its scholarship mirrors the diversity of the Arab American population, exploring ethnic concepts in socio-historical and political contexts before reviewing findings on major health issues, including diabetes, cancer, substance abuse, mental illness, and maternal/child health. And by including policy and program strategies for disease prevention, health promotion, and environmental health, the book offers practitioners--and their clients--opportunities for proactive care. Featured in the coverage: Family, gender and social identity issues Arab Americans and the aging process Acculturation and ethnic identity across the lifespan Arab refugees: Trauma, resilience, and recovery Cancer: Crossroads of ethnicity and environment Health and well-being: Biopsychosocial prevention approaches Arab American health disparities: A call for advocacy Rich in cultural information and clinical insights, Biopsychosocial Perspectives on Arab Americans is an important reference that can enhance health practices across the disciplines of medicine, nursing, rehabilitation, social work, counseling, and psychology.
Despite the recent advances made in the improvement of crucifer crops using conventional breeding techniques, the yield levels and the oil and meal quality could not be improved as expected. The understanding of genetic material (DNA/RNA) and its manipulation by scientists has provided the opportunity to improve crucifers by increasing its diversity beyond conventional genetic limitations. The application of the biotechnological techniques will have major impacts in two ways: first, it provides a number of techniques/methods for efficient selection for favorable variants and second, it gives an opportunity to utilize alien variation available in the crucifers by using the novel techniques of biotechnology to develop high yielding varieties with good nutritional quality, having resistance to insect, pest, and disease resistance.
The ADI Model Problem presents the theoretical foundations of Alternating Direction Implicit (ADI) iteration for systems with both real and complex spectra and extends early work for real spectra into the complex plane with methods for computing optimum iteration parameters for both one and two variable problems. This book provides application of theory to the solution of boundary value problems and description of stable similarity reduction of a full matrix to low-band upper Hessenberg form, with application to computation of eigenvalues and solution of Lyapunov and Sylvester equations. Also included are MATLAB programs and numerical verification of theory and applications.
Universities find themselves in dynamic change. They are confronted with growing expectations from their stakeholders, increasing international competition, and new technological challenges. Featuring insights and in-depth case studies from leading researchers and university decision makers from around the world, this book argues that institutions of higher education, in order to be successful, have to actively reflect on circumstances, visions, and strategies to master the future. Drawing from their experiences across a diverse array of institutions in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, the authors explore the pressures on today's universities and the opportunities for excelling in the contest for resources. They discuss operational issues, such as strategic management, IT governance, leadership development, and entrepreneurial culture, and broader concerns, such as the roles and responsibilities of universities in promoting technology transfer and economic and social development. The result is a resource that not only reveals and analyzes universities from an organizational perspective, but presents best practice models and concrete inspiration for management and policymaking.
The 'Arab Spring' of 2011 has affected the countries of the region to varying degrees, including the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members, comprising Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Bahrain. The GCC has become a significant regional bloc playing a vital economic and political role far beyond its shores, given its geopolitical strategic location, a preponderance of global energy reserves and a major international player through the use of accumulated financial reserves. A new Gulf is rising, one that is more self assertive, looking to expand its membership to other Arab countries such as Jordan and Morocco, while at the same time strengthening the bloc's relationship with current and emerging trading and strategic partners in Europe, USA and Asia. Regional and international realities, especially the uncertainties unleashed by the 'Arab Spring', are forcing Gulf leadership to initiate new policies involving closer cooperation amongst GCC countries to address emerging challenges. This volume brings together thirty renowned academics and specialists to examine a range of multifaceted social, political and economic issues facing the GCC in key areas such as: · Diversification from a high dependency on a narrow hydrocarbon base · Social transformation, youth employment and effective gender participation · Outward and inward foreign direct investment flows · Prospects for education reforms and e-learning. · Sustainable security in oil, renewable energy (including nuclear) and food · Corporate governance, transparency and enhancing the private sector's operating environment · The role and governance of Gulf Sovereign Wealth Funds in investing their surpluses. The volume also offers insights for challenges facing the GCC in monetary union, expanding the regional debt market and Sukuk issuance, GCC intellectual property rights application, detailed assessments of individual GCC country risk analysis, as well as the sustainability of long term government fiscal stimulus programs at the expense of private sector involvement.
This book sets the questions of energy and the environment in the North in the global context and further addresses historical developments, views on energy taxation and tariffs, and effects of EU energy policy. Climate change appears more frequently than ever on the top of global and national policy agendas. In the current situation traditional environmental concern and environmental policy may not suffice in the face of the global challenge as manifested by climate change and the depletion of fossil energy resources. But as new data comes to light, new energy policies and changes in economic structures are crucial for putting into action global climate policy. Crucial tasks in environmental policy are the sustainable utilisation of natural resources and the conservation of natural and human-made habitats. One of the areas of the world where this comes into play the most is in the Nordic countries. Northern societies are predominantly high tech, high consumption and high energy supply societies. And with the transition from older energy sources (wood for heating and stream water for power production) to newer ones (oil and nuclear energy) discussions on the environmental impact have led to public and corporate action. The Northern countries have been at the forefront in finding sustainable alternatives to solve conflicts arising from the rise in energy needs. However, these countries have taken different pathways with different policies in attempting to achieve this. As the needs and concerns from climate change arise, a Northern dimension, involving policies that contrast to European and global trends, emerges. Energy, Policy, and the Environment: Modeling Sustainable Development for the North explores that dimension.
Understanding the key components of the diagnosis, assessment and management of inflammatory arthritis patients is essential to improving patient care. This book aims to cover these areas. It places inflammatory arthritis into a historical context; deals with the epidemiology, pathology, clinical assessment and investigation of inflammatory arthritis patients and provides a comprehensive overview of currently available treatment options. It provides insight into stratified medicine, an area of emerging importance in the management of heterogeneous diseases like RA. Finally, it provides an overview of what treatments strategies are in development.
Hughes Syndrome: Highways and Byways is a handy and easy-to-read guide to the main features of Hughes syndrome. There has been worldwide interest in this 'new' syndrome (first described in 1983). A clotting tendency which can potentially affect any organ in the body, it is: * responsible for 1 in 5 recurrent miscarriages (now successfully treated with aspirin and heparin) * responsible for 1 in 5 young (under 45) strokes * a major cause of early heart attacks * responsible for 1 in 5 deep vein thromboses * an important cause of migraine. Hughes Syndrome: Highways and Byways is a valuable resource for professionals with an interest in the subject, as well as general practitioners and patients.
Expert Oracle SQL: Optimization, Deployment, and Statistics is about optimizing individual SQL statements, especially on production database systems. This Oracle-specific book begins by assuming you have already identified a particular SQL statement and are considering taking steps to improve its performance. The book describes a systematic process by which to diagnose a problem statement, identify a fix, and to implement that fix safely in a production system. You'll learn not only to improve performance when it is too slow, but also to stabilize performance when it is too variable. You'll learn about system statistics and how the Cost-Based Optimizer uses them to determine a suitable execution plan for a given statement. That knowledge provides the foundation from which to identify the root cause, and to stabilize and improve performance. Next after identifying a problem and the underlying root cause is to put in place a solution. Expert Oracle SQL: Optimization, Deployment, and Statistics explains how to apply various remedies such as changing the SQL statement, adding hints, changing the physical design, and more, and how they can be brought to bear on fixing a problem once and for all. Rolling a change out smoothly is an important topic when dealing with tuning and optimization. Expert Oracle SQL: Optimization, Deployment, and Statistics does not let you down in this critical area. The book contains two chapters of good information from an experienced professional on how to safely deploy changes into production so that your systems remaining running and available throughout the deployment process. Describes a systematic approach to tuning Oracle SQL Explains how things are supposed to work, what can go wrong, and how to fix it Takes you through the steps needed to stabilize performance in your production systems What you'll learnDetermine the root cause of poor performance in a SQL statement Decipher each line of an execution plan and how it relates to its source SQL statement Know the various options and transformations available for the Cost-Based Optimizer Interpret the diagnostic data from Active Session History, SQL Performance Monitor, and from other sources Apply optimizer hints, SQL profiles, and SQL baselines when they are best used, and avoid them otherwise Manage object statistics used by the optimizer to ensure efficient execution plans Who this book is for Expert Oracle SQL: Optimization, Deployment, and Statistics is aimed at Oracle Database administrators who are interested in performance troubleshooting. The book is also of interest to people in development roles who wish to be knowledgeable in the underlying technologies on which their applications run. Table of Contents PART I: Basic Concepts1. Basic SQL Statement Structure2. The Cost Based Optimizer3. Basic Execution Plan Concepts4. The Runtime Engine5. Optimization6. Object Statistics and DeploymentPART II: Advanced Concepts7. Advanced SQL Concepts8. Advanced Execution Plan Concepts9. Inputs to the CBOPART III: The Cost Based Optimizer10. Access Methods11. Join Methods12. Query Optimization13. Query TransformationsPART IV: Optimization14. Why Do Things Go Wrong?15. Physical Database Design Changes16. Rewriting Queries17. Optimizing Sorts18. Changing Optimizer Transformations19. Advanced TechniquesPART V: Managing Statistics with TSTATS20. Managing Statistics with TSTATS "
The last decade has seen a growing body of research about globalization and climate change in the Caribbean. This collection is a significant addition to the literature on a topic that is of critical importance to the region. It explores research from a number of Caribbean islands dealing with a range of issues related to agriculture and food in the context of globalization and climate change. Using a broad livelihoods perspective, the impacts on rural livelihoods are explored as well as issues related to community level resilience, adaptability and adaptations. The volume is strengthened by gendered analyses of issues and discussions informed by a diverse range of research methods and methodologies. Scholars of Caribbean studies and studies pertaining to social, cultural, economic and environmental issues facing Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will greatly benefit from this book.
This book explores the multiple portrayals of the actor and theatre manager Colley Cibber, king of the dunces, professional fop, defacer ofShakespeare and the cruel and unforgiving father of Charlotte Charke. Butthese portraits of Cibber are doubly partial, exposing even as they paper overgaps and biases in the archive while reflecting back modern desires andmethodologies. The Colley Cibber 'everybody knows' has been variouslyconstructed through the rise of English literature as both a culturalenterprise and an academic discipline, a process which made Shakespeare the'nation's poet' and canonised Cibber's enemies Pope and Fielding; theatrehistory's narrative of the birth of naturalism; and the reclamation andcelebration of Charlotte Charke by women's literary history. Each of thesestories requires a Colley Cibber to be its butt, antithesis, and/or bête noir. Thismonograph challenges these partial histories and returns the theatre manager,playwright, poet laureate and bon viveur to the centre of eighteenth-centuryculture and cultural studies.
Learn to use some of the most exciting and powerful tools to deliver world-class quality software with continuous delivery and DevOps About This Book * Get to know the background of DevOps so you understand the collaboration between different aspects of an IT organization and a software developer * Deploy top-quality software and ensure software maintenance and release management with this practical guide * This course covers some of the most exciting technology available to DevOps engineers, and demonstrates multiple techniques for using them * Real-world and realistic examples are provided to help you as you go about the implementation and adoption of continuous delivery and DevOps Who This Book Is For This course is for developers who want to understand how the infrastructure that builds today's enterprises works, and how to painlessly and regularly ship quality software. What You Will Learn * Set up and familiarize yourself with all the tools you need to be efficient with DevOps * Design an application that is suitable for continuous deployment systems with DevOps in mind * Test the code using automated regression testing with Jenkins Selenium * Managing the lifecycle of hosts, from creation to ongoing management using Puppet Razor * Find out how to manage, use, and work with Code in the Git version management system * See what traps, pitfalls, and hurdles to look out for as you implement continuous delivery and DevOps In Detail Harness the power of DevOps to boost your skill set and make your IT organization perform better. If you're keen to employ DevOps techniques to better your software development, this course contains all you need to overcome the day-to-day complications of managing complex infrastructures the DevOps way. Start with your first module - Practical DevOps - that encompasses the entire flow from code from testing to production. Get a solid ground-level knowledge of how to monitor code for any anomalies, perform code testing, and make sure the code is running smoothly through a series of real-world exercise, and develop practical skills by creating a sample enterprise Java application. In the second module, run through a series of tailored mini-tutorials designed to give you a complete understanding of every DevOps automation technique. Create real change in the way you deliver your projects by utilizing some of the most commendable software available today. Go from your first steps of managing code in Git to configuration management in Puppet, monitoring using Sensu, and more. In the final module, get to grips with the continuous delivery techniques that will help you reduce the time and effort that goes into the delivery and support of software. This Learning Path combines some of the best that Packt has to offer in one complete, curated package. It includes content from the following Packt products: * Practical DevOps by Joakim Verona * DevOps Automation Cookbook by Michael Duffy * Continuous Delivery and DevOps : A Quickstart Guide - Second Edition by Paul Swartout Style and approach This course is an easy to follow project based guide for all those with a keen interest in deploying world-class software using some of the most effective and remarkable technologies available.
Winner of the National Poetry SeriesMothers masquerading as witches and sepulchral bellhops who reveal themselves to be fathers: in Justin Boening's debut collection of poems, selected for the National Poetry Series by Wayne Miller, nothing is as it seems.Peopled by figures both uncanny and tragic-lionesses who dance and cry, surgeons who carry with them the trauma of past lives, an opera singer whose notes go awry-Not on the Last Day, but on the Very Last uses the language of dreams and of fairy tales to deliver a keenly felt exploration of family, grief, regret, and belonging. Here everything stands for something else. But though the Freudian mother and father lurk behind every sequined costume, continue to strip away the masks, Boening suggests, and you'll find an even more primal absence at the center-Nobody, No One, mortality, death. Beyond that, we find, lies only the truth of our relationships with each other.Shot through with mournfulness, gorgeously spangled in its language-"a squall of chrysanthemums / and the weird"-Not on the Last Day, but on the Very Last is an unforgettable collection about our human failings and the grace we each seek.
"It works, we're in business, yeah Babe!" So begins this remarkable selection from a forty-year correspondence between two artists who survived their time as wives in the Beat bohemia of the 1960s and went on to successful artistic careers of their own. From their first meeting in 1960, writer Hettie Jones--then married to LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka)--and painter and sculptor Helene Dorn (1927-2004), wife of poet Ed Dorn, found in each other more than friendship. They were each other's confidant, emotional support, and unflagging partner through difficulties, defeats, and victories, from surviving divorce and struggling as single mothers, to finding artistic success in their own right. Revealing the intimacy of lifelong friends, these letters tell two stories from the shared point of view of women who refused to go along with society's expectations. Jones frames her and Helene's story, adding details and explanations while filling in gaps in the narrative. As she writes, "we'd fled the norm for women then, because to live it would have been a kind of death." Apart from these two personal stories, there are, as well, reports from the battlegrounds of women's rights and tenant's rights, reflections on marriage and motherhood, and contemplation of the past to which these two had remained irrevocably connected. Prominent figures such as Allen Ginsberg and Timothy Leary appear as well, making Love, H an important addition to literature on the Beats. Above all, this book is a record of the changing lives of women artists as the twentieth century became the twenty-first, and what it has meant for women considering such a life today. It's worth a try, Jones and Dorn show us, offering their lives as proof that it can be done.
Featuring the work of more than fifty poets writing across the last eight decades, Only the Road / Solo el Camino is the most complete bilingual anthology of Cuban poetry available to an English readership. It is distinguished by its stylistic breadth and the diversity of its contributors, who come from throughout Cuba and its diaspora and include luminaries, lesser-known voices, and several Afro-Cuban and LGBTQ poets. Nearly half of the poets in the collection are women. Only the Road paints a full and dynamic picture of modern Cuban life and poetry, highlighting their unique features and idiosyncrasies, the changes across generations, and the ebbs and flows between repression and freedom following the Revolution. Poet Margaret Randall, who translated each poem, contributes extensive biographical notes for each poet and a historical introduction to twentieth-century Cuban poetry.