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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Microsoft Windows XP Professional: Exam 70 270 (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
MS Press not thinking - Needs trial software

MS Press seems to have a very hard time conceptualizing what they are selling - a packaged training experience. Their "MCSE 2000 Core Four" package has the trial version of the Windows 2000 Server CD, but no Professional CD for the Professional section. The XP Training Kit doesn't include a trial of the XP software - though these things can be obtained for free from Microsoft for the asking and waiting a few weeks. Get it together and put everything necessary in the box!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Software Engineering: A Practitioner's Approach
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Authors: Roger S. Pressman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
All about managing software engineering projects.

I am a software project manager and owns a few books on both the managerial and technical aspects of software engineering.
This book will not give you a specific process to follow for your software engineering projects and needs. It will not give you technical solutions to common software engineering technical problems either.
This book is about the "art" of software engineering and what methods, tools and techniques exist today to achieve success in managing software engineering projects. I believe the people giving bad reviews were actually looking for something either more technical or more specific to a process.
The book is clearly written. The format is very effective and the information is presented well (icons for advice, quotes, recommendations...). The layout is very convenient and I think there is a lot of information available. I agree that it is a little too pricey and maybe missing a few areas of software engineering. But the foundation are there.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Got Game: How the Gamer Generation Is Reshaping Business Forever
Publisher: Harvard Business School Press
Authors: John C. Beck, Mitchell Wade
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Gaming - A whole new dimension

Boy am I old! As Beck and Wade so painfully point out, there is a generation gap between baby boomers like myself and members of the gamer generation. This book opened my eyes to the existence of a whole new generation and how gaming has shaped their attitudes toward achievement and work. Having a 15-year old daughter who does not game, I was truly amazed to learn about this new generation.

In this easy to read, well-written book, Beck and Wade walk the reader though the impact of the gamer generation on work. The book includes personal interviews as well as the results of a survey designed to explore the impact of gaming on the gamer generation. Beck and Wade highlight specific areas in which gaming has a positive impact on this future generation of employees and managers. For example, in the world of gaming, failure is not an option. If one strategy to blow up the world doesn't work, try another. The belief that failure is not an option has the potential to create employees who are innovative and look for alternative solutions when "plan A" doesn't work.

Got Game also lays to rest the belief that gaming has "no nutritional value" and is simply another way for teenagers to rot their brains. It is the application of their survey results to address these issues and others like them that makes Got Game an important book for non-gamers. Quite simply, we need to understand what drives this new generation and how the skills of gaming can be harnessed to create and build better managers and better businesses.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning XML, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Erik T. Ray
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
A kind of boring...

I bought this book to have some knowledge of XML, but his book is so boring....This is my third week and I am in chapter 2, and believe me I am pushing myself to read it. I think I will buy another XML book or just go straight to a XHTML book. I understand that without theory you cannot explain anything, but this is too much...to much theory.