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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Lessons Learned in Software Testing
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Cem Kaner, James Bach, Bret Pettichord
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Promises Much, Delivers [little]


When I am asked for suggested solutions to software-testing problems, my standard answer has always been "The solutions depend on the context of the problems, external variables such as technology, process, people, and politics, and the specific objectives one hopes to achieve." I've also wished that there were a reliable, experience-based resource that I could refer my testing friends to that had answers to these commonly asked questions. Thankfully, Kaner, Bach and Pettichord have made my wish a reality. Packed with hundreds of lessons gleaned from numerous testing contexts, Lessons Learned in Software Testing offers sound advice from the three authors and many of their colleagues. Whether you're confronting test project management issues, looking for fresh testing techniques, or hoping to improve your effectiveness in working with developers, you will find valuable ideas here. I enjoyed reading these lessons and take pleasure in sharing them with my fellow testers.
Today, I can confidently say to my colleagues that "Take a look in Lessons learned in Software Testing-You'll probably find your answers there."



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint
Publisher: Graphics Pr
Authors: Edward R. Tufte
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The "dumbing down" of corporate presentations


Tufte is "spot on" with his assessment of the adverse affects that PowerPoint can have on "un-suspecting" audiences. Tufte is a master articulator. A must have for anyone who uses PowerPoint!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cocoa(R) Programming for Mac(R) OS X (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Aaron Hillegass
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Same approach...better wording...


The primary problem with Aaron's excellent book is the same problem every Cocoa book thus far suffers from. You have to read at least three other books in order to fully grasp just what in God's name he's talking about.
While the book will work wonders for you if you have a mid-to-heavy foundation in either Objective-C or Java, it does little good for would be developers who are approaching the library from a zero entry point. To begin to even consider programming in Cocoa, you'll need to skip right over this book for now, and instead read through Apple's developers documentation, and then revisit this, and other Cocoa works, once you understand the foundations and theories behind object-oriented programming.
Aside from the above flaw, Aaron's book is the best available for Cocoa, although you will need to augment it with a few other books to have a real Cocoa reference library.
Aaron approaches you as though he were right there with you as you read the book, giving the text a personal, and less intimidating feel then O-Reilly's Learning Cocoa. He attacks each topic one by one, and attempts to get you to understand each topic thoroughly before you move on. Every chapter builds upon the previous, thus creating a flow that many Dev books lack.
All in all, a definite must for the mid-level developer approaching Cocoa, useless of a newbie, and probably equally useless for a seasoned pro.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Data Web Controls Kick Start
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Scott Mitchell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Must have if you work with datagrids!


If you are going to work with the datagrid control (and we all do) this book is a must have. So far, this is the only book I have found that covers the datagrid to this depth. It has saved my bacon!