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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
Good Thoughts For Managers, Testers and Developer

This book is not a tutorial on "how to test." While it offers some suggestions, its aim is to pass on to the reader some significant considerations learned over the years by the authors.
While it does cover some rules of thumb for testing techniques, it goes further. It provides insight into the human element of testing and gives practical advice on how to communicate defects, trust in the doers to make estimates, understand the importance of a diverse culture and other areas that have a significant impact on the development process. This is all done well within the context of the impact to software testing.
If you're a development manager, I strongly recommend this book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: How I Trade for a Living (Wiley Online Trading for a Living)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Gary Smith
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5

In regards to the techniques discussed in the book, these divergence techniques NEVER work. They seem to catch the big movements, but they never do. They do an extremely poor job at timing the market. By the way, I LOST MONEY USING THESE TYPE OF STRATEGIES. The book is filled of pure basic techniques. I would definitely go with Trading For A Living by Alexander Elder. P.S. I did throw the book away.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: sed & awk (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Dale Dougherty, Arnold Robbins
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great book for beginners.

This book took me from a state of loathing and ignorance of awk, to a complete awk fanatic, nowadays most of my scripts have some awk in them somewhere. Use this book to learn about the tools, and keep it within reach of your command prompt and you will unlock the power of the tools discussed.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint
Publisher: Graphics Pr
Authors: Edward R. Tufte
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
OK, but...

Tufte's latest text is a short pamphlet on the cognitive style of PowerPoint, that is, how a rigidly hierarchical, perhaps Stalinist, piece of software shapes the thoughts of both the presenter and his or her audience. The results are not pretty.
He presents his case using real and fictional examples. An reimagnition of the Gettysburg Address as a deck demonstrates how the lapidary oratory of Lincoln can be rendered a hopeless mess. The results are as amusing as they are convincing.
More important is the use of NASA presentations on the Columbia disaster. Tufte illustrates how NASA's engineers and its vendors can turn critical information into a incomprehensible data junkyard. The consequences in this case illustrate the far reaching impact of the tool and its potentially tragic consequences.
After reading this very persuasive piece, it's clear to me exactly how PowerPoint can be misused to deceive, confuse, and bore. The problem in almost every case is the tool itself. PowerPoint forces its totalitarian nature on the user demanding that one "shape the facts to fit the deck" by oversimplifying and thoughtless structuring.
Ultimately, Tufte accepts that fact that PowerPoint is pervasive. He concludes by offering suggestions as to how to make the best of a bad situation. The design points alone are worth the price of the pamphlet.