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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Writing Effective Use Cases
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Alistair Cockburn
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Indispensable.


This book is filled with both information and examples on how to build use cases to do what they absolutely have to do -- communicate the requirements for software behavior to all involved stakeholders. While Cockburn is perhaps too quick in de-emphasizing most aspects of visual modeling, he is very correct in stating that the model is a small part of the story of the software to be. Happily, Cockburn does not focus much on elicitation techniques (as many other books of its ilk do); frankly, elicitation is probably mostly unteachable and certainly a manner of personal style. Instead, the author focuses on how to distill elicited information into written material that will actually move the project forward.
This book probably works very well for a novice. For the more experienced professional, it provides a wealth of ideas to return to. While there are a few bits (the cloud-kite-box indicator scheme comes to mind) that are probably not bound to make an appearance in the average analyst's repertoire, it is hard to imagine anyone dealing in problem domain engineering that wouldn't find considerable value here. Good books have been written on the subject, including ones by Armour and Miller, Kulak, and Conallen. While they might provide valuable context, the Cockburn manual easily stands on its own.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Oracle8i: The Complete Reference (Book/CD-ROM Package)
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Kevin Loney, George Koch
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book gets daily use.


I use this book on a daily basis to check on syntax and feature specifications. It gets pulled off my shelf at least 5 times a day. It is well indexed and contains many small snippets of code that mirror common real-life utilization, along with a very short lesson on normalization. The hardcover binding holds up quite well too given the size of the book and it lays open/flat quite nicely.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Scrapbooking With Photoshop Elements: The Creative Cropping Cookbook
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors:
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Foolproof and fun


This is the most complete and artistic of all the books I have read on Scrapbooking. The Photoshop instructions are clear and easy to follow. This is a MUST for anyone who is serious about their scrapbooking looking professional! I really enjoyed that the photos looked like ones all of us have and have not put together...yet! Joyce Cooper



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Object-Oriented Software Construction (Book/CD-ROM) (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bertrand Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent - Meyer is a great teacher


If you've been developping in C/Cobol... and you want to understand what's the big deal about OO, then this is the book. The subjects are introduced wisely, and the chapters are clear. Moreover, it is fascinating to read. This is the closest to a thriller a computer book might get.