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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Requirements Engineering Handbook (Artech House Technology Management and Professional Development Library)
Publisher: Artech House Publishers
Authors: Ralph Rowland Young, Ralph R. Young
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Practical desktop reference guide for Requirements Analysts

I was eager to get a copy of this follow-up to Dr Young's "Effective Requirements Practices" (ERP) because ERP is one of my favourite requirements books -- and on first review, its sibling looks to be an excellent companion volume. Where ERP laid out 10 key requirements practices and focused on *what* to do, the Requirements Engineering Handbook (REH) covers *how* to do it -- the process, tools, and techniques to help identify what Dr Young calls "REAL" requirements.
The REH discusses the roles, skills, and characteristics a Requirements Analyst (RA) needs to be effective. It defines over 20 types of requirements, and tells you how to gather and manage them. Like Steve McConnell does in his excellent project management books, Ralph Young sets all of this in a context that helps if you're using the CMMI, but doesn't require it. He also adds case studies and sidebar commentaries from both luminaries and run-of-the mill RAs (which helped convince me I could really do this stuff on my project!)
Like ERP, REH is extensively footnoted, with a very complete and current set of references & URLs that makes it essentially an index into the requirements body of knowledge. This Handbook is concise (215 pp, plus glossary & 10 pg bibliography), so when looking for references, it's sometimes even faster than Google, because you get several footnotes that summarize the most appropriate literature, and help you get directly to relevant additional sources.
You don't get a CD like ERP had, but many of the techniques reference templates or guides that can be freely downloaded from the author's website. It's an easy read, and nicely laid out so you can find things when thumbing through. Good Stuff!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Unified Modeling Language User Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Grady Booch, James Rumbaugh, Ivar Jacobson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
An average book

I found the UML Language Reference Guide to be an invaluablework for understanding UML in greater depth. I frequently return to itas a source of UML modeling information. It's concise, practical, very readable, and serves as an excellent reference for those interested in more advanced material, without the hazards posed by many academically oriented books on the topic.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon--The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Authors: Steven L. Kent
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5

Since I have bought this book I havent been able to put it down. The book is filled with in depth information about all the major video game companies. From "Tennis For Two" to the Xbox, its all here in this well written book, including stories about the mafia, drugs, in-fighting,mistakes made, court cases,rise and fall of companies, and lots more interesting stuff that I would have never of known about if I hadnt had bought this book. The book is full of quotes from people in the video game/software business, that help show two sides of the stories. I have read many books on video games, but most just skim the surface. This is by far the best. The only reason that I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is the lack of pictures and illustrations, there are only a few pages of black and white photos in the centre of the book, most of wich are of programers or company managers.So if you are into Video Games, give this book a go.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Analysis Patterns : Reusable Object Models (Addison-Wesley Object Technology: Addison-Wesley Object Technology Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Martin Fowler
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
If convert to UML, all the relations are association.

This book is good and offers lot of business applications to various design patterns. It actually explains how and where the patterns can be used. However, it does require that you know the basics of the patterns.
This book forms a good follow-up to the Gang of 4 book.