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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Lessons Learned in Software Testing
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Cem Kaner, James Bach, Bret Pettichord
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Agile advice for agile testing


This is an excellent book for getting testers' heads straight about what software testing is and is not. The next time I head up a testing team, we'll grab copies of this book and work our way through it over lunch, a few sections each week.
One of the strengths of "Lessons Learned" is that the authors know there is not just one answer. Wisdom is general, and then it has to be applied specifically to the specific situation. "Lessons Learned" helps testers get their passions up about the best, most efficient, most useful ways to understand and work with the project's code, and the clearest, must useful ways to transmit that information to programmers, management, and stakeholders.
Oh, and it's humane and funny--a book you can read for fun, and get wise at the same time. A universe away from the understanding that thinks testing is just making lists and checking them off.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Flash Enabled: Flash Design and Development for Devices
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Phillip Torrone, Branden Hall, Glenn Thomas
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This Book blows you away!


I'm trying to create an application for the pocket pc with flash as the UI. I saw the good reviews and thought I'd give the book a try. Okay, the verdict is in, you must get this book. Did you know that you can do tv commercials and shorts, in flash! This book tells you how. There's also a whole chapter about using flash to commnicate with Java. This means you can extend flash and do things like access databases, etc, etc. I love this book. Buy it!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Establishing a System of Policies and Procedures
Publisher: Project Management Institute
Authors: Stephen Page
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Practice What You Preach


I am disappointed, and in agreement with P J Leigh. This book contains some useful information for a beginner, or for someone whose career is not primarily in writing. But there is little of substance for the professional business writer. I was expecting to find specific guidelines for integrating our "procedures" with our "polices" as two separate but related concepts. Beyond a definition of the two terms, nothing of help. Also this little tome abounds with typographical errors, more than I have ever seen in a publicly distributed book. Looks like it was self-edited and very poorly proofed. Makes for very annoying reading. Also it is a typographical nightmare. Heading styles are not sensible and the reader can't tell what heading is subordinate to another. (Author could benefit from some of Robin Williams' work, such as "The PC is Not a Typwriter," which is basic but wonderful.) This book needs some professional help before it goes to another printing. Also, it should cearly state that it is geared to people who do not consider themselves writers.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Blogging: Genius Strategies for Instant Web Content
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Biz Stone
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the best computer books I've read!


This book hits the mark on blogging!
Biz has such a straight forward style it's like he's speaking to you. He doesn't take himself too seriously and it shows. More importantly though, he delivers sound advice on blogging.
Wanting to see what blogging was all about, I bought his book. I learned about blogging, html, searching and all the useful add-ons in one concise, easy to read book. I can't recommend this any higher. It's the best computer book I've read in years.
Oh yeah, I signed up for BloggerPro and have started my own blog. Way to go Biz.