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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: VHDL Starter's Guide
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Sudhakar Yalamanchili
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good intro to VHDL


Mr Yalamanchili does a great job of introducing the reader to VHDL. The book is long enough to get you to understand the VHDL language, without being so long as to bore you to tears. After reading the book, I feel that I could design most any simple-medium complexity digital circuit in VHDL without much difficulty. My only complaint is the author's poor indenting of his code. This makes it difficult at times to follow the flow of his code. Other than this minor flaw, the book is perfect.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Project Management Professional Study Guide (Certification Press)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Joseph Phillips
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good companion with PMBOK


It is a very good companion book with PMBOK. You can read them side-by-side as this book elaborates all the concepts in PMBOK + general management concepts (like motivation, conflict management, etc.) which are not in PMBOK but you will be tested on the exam. I read PMBOK once, 2 times on this book and I passed the exam.



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
A treasure trove of suggestions


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: Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Step by Step--Version 2003 (Step By Step (Microsoft))
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Halvorson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Beginners Only


If you are an experienced developer, particularly with VB, this is NOT the book to buy. I recommend Cornell and Morrison's Programming VB.Net: A Guide for Experienced Developers. However, if you are new to programming, I highly recommend this book. It presents basic subject matter in a clear and readable style. Additionally, the author steps the reader "step-by-step" through how to perform basic programming tasks in the VB .Net environment. I have taught hundreds of students how to develop in Visual Basic, and although this is not the BEST book out there, my students have really enjoyed and benefited greatly from this material.