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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
Theory and Practice


I had the good fortune to be asked by Dr. Cem Kaner, James Bach, and Bret Pettichord to review this book while they were working on it. It was a real pleasure to read, full of good ideas and insights, clearly expressed, pithy, and provocative. I agree with much of what the authors have to say. If you've read my book or some of my articles, you'll probably notice when you read this book that I also have a few disagreements. Those disagreements made this book even more worth reading for me, because I had to ask myself, "Why DO I do things the way I do?" That's a question practitioners should ask themselves, and this book helped me ask it.
People starting out in the field of software testing will probably help themselves avoid a good two or three dozen--if not gross--headaches by reading this book first. The authors do a great job of talking about the people issues. As software testers, our job is to effectively communicate an assessment of quality to the project team. This book will give you more than a few ideas about communicating with coworkers, peers, and managers.
As for the political correctness issue raised by another reviewer, as an author and speaker I understand the lengths that one must go to to avoid such problems. During the review process, I saw the diligent effort the authors made to be evenhanded in terms of gender and other bias issues. It would be unfortunate for this book to get passed over by anyone because of such concerns. I know the gentlemen who wrote this book personally, and I can say without hesitation that you would be hard-pressed to find a more unbiased, fair-minded, and thoughtful bunch. This book is a great book, brimming with wisdom on tap in the sphere of software testing.
Rex Black, PrincipalRex Black Consulting Services, Inc.rex_black@rexblackconsulting.com



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Incident Response and Computer Forensics, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Chris Prosise, Kevin Mandia, Matt Pepe
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
a interesting book


Story,code,method,software and operating system.I think it is useful book.Read the book without boring time.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: High Performance MySQL
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jeremy D. Zawodny, Derek J. Balling
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Focused, practical advice on MySQL


If you are thinking about rolling out a large MySQL installation this book is for you. Chapter five, on query performance tuning is worth the price of admission, and the rest of the book is good in addition. In particular the backup and replication chapters are also very good. The tone of the book is light, which makes it's scant 250 pages a quick read. Graphics are used sparingly and to good effect.

For systems administrators and DBAs this is a must have book. For engineers it might be worth a look. It's probably not worth the money if you are just using MySQL on an ISP and doing low volume work.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Managing Contacts with ACT! 2005
Publisher: Muska & Lipman/Premier-Trade
Authors: Edward Kachinske
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
With More than 200 new Features You need a new book


Is there anyone out there that doesn't know about ACT?

For eighteen years this has a been a program fitting the needs of the businessman, salesman, theatrical agent, social butterfly, and God only knows how many other professions. ACT is a contact manager -- a database, letter writer, e-mail tool, activity scheduler, notepad, report writer, Internet research tool and lots more.

I think that every database book somewhere says you can use a database to keep track of your contacts. Sure you can. But with ACT, the work is already done for you. And in fact more is done for you than you ever could have thought you needed. It's not just the database that makes ACT what it is, after all the database is Microsoft SQL Server. It's the understanding of what you need to keep track of about a prospect or customer. It's the understanding, before you ever thought of it, of what you'd want to communicate to that customer that makes ACT what it is.

These are the things that this book tells you about. Here's the basic simple rules of how to keep tract of phone numbers, but also here's sophisticated sorting to decide what to send to whom in a mass e-mailing.

The book is on ACT 2005, the newest version, and a complete re-write of the earlier ACT packages. More than 200 new features have been added, and are covered here. It's a must have for the beginner and the pro-user.