Welcome to the DEITEL™ DEVELOPER SERIES. At Deitel & Associates, we write college programming textbooks, professional programming books and e-learning materials, and we present instructor-led, corporate-training courses. Over the last several years, the programming community has embraced the Internet and the Web in every aspect of software design, implementation and distribution. Internet usage is becoming pervasive, allowing people worldwide to communicate and interact easily and bringing social, cultural, professional and political change. To capture the global import of the Internet, we have selected "world landmarks" as the cover theme for our new series. The first six covers depict famous places from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, North America and South America. We will soon have an Antarctica cover as well. We hope that you will enjoy the books in the DEITEL™ DEVELOPER SERIES and that you will have the good fortune to visit several of the landmarks shown on the covers.
Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is one of Sydney Harbour’s defining structures and one of the most recognizable symbols of Australia. In the early 1950s, the musical director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sir Eugene Goosens, wanted to create a music hall that would house both opera and orchestra performances. Supporters of the idea established an international architectural competition, enabling anyone in the world to submit designs for the new structure.
Jorn Ultzon’s design was selected from over 230 submissions, and work began on the project in 1959. Due to design complications and other construction obstacles, the opera house was not completed until 1973. The building measures 185 meters long and 120 meters wide (590.6 feet x 393.7 feet). Its most unique aspect is its roof. Designed to resemble the sails of a ship, these structures weigh over 15 tons each and were the most time-consuming and difficult portions of the opera house to build.
Officially opened on October 20, 1973, the Sydney Opera House hosts more than 3,000 events annually. Every year, more than 2 million people attend concerts at the opera house, and an additional 200,000 take guided tours of the building. The opera house is open 24 hours a day, 363 days per year to visitors from all over the world.
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