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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Ultimate VB .NET and ASP.NET Code Book
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Karl Moore
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fantastic Tips, must have for new .net developer

The best thing about this book is that it tells you how to do simple tasks that you WANT to do in .NET. Everytime I think of something, from file uploads in ASP.NET to using the registry or event log, this is your one stop "I do I do this now book.
I give it 5 stars and definetly recommend this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Testing Computer Software, 2nd Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Cem Kaner, Jack Falk, Hung Q. Nguyen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A computer classic - still valuable

I've had the 2nd edition for about 7 years and still enjoy re-reading this book. Sure, the examples are getting dated now, but in some ways that makes it more interesting (the description of how to populate a printer test room by begging demo printers from the manufacturers always makes me smile). But don't be misled - the core text and concepts are absolutely as relevant today as they ever were.
Software testing and quality can be SUCH dry subjects, but the authors do a wonderful job of bringing them to life. This is a very practical book in the sense that testing processes are described from the point of view of someone who has tried almost everything and knows which approaches are great in theory vs those which actually work. Unlike many others, the book doesn't skirt around human resources issues (such as internal politics, motivation and staff retention) but tackles them head on in the last chapter (it really is worth reading cover-to-cover!).
It is not really a step-by-step instruction manual, more a series of ideas and tips bound together by a coherent story. Us readers really need to think about the topic and work out for ourselves which aspects to apply. That said, some parts are more like a cookbook - there's a good description of a bug tracking process, for example, with some example bug reporting forms and, as always, some excellent advice about cooking your own.
Testing Computer Software has been a great help to me in my role as a computer auditor dealing with numerous application development groups. Project teams rarely have the skills to plan and manage testing properly, and never (in my experience) get the resources to do everything that "needs" to be done before the product ships (just how many groups never really get around to completing the documentation they promised so many months before?). Testing comes at the most time-critical point in the project lifecycle, when everyone is under intense pressure to deliver, fast. This book helps the team plan ahead, preparing the testing organisation and processes to make the inevitable nightmare period pass as smoothly as possible. That includes the audit team, by the way!
The appendix lists 400 types of bugs with their descriptions. As I write this note, I'm using the list to think about tests planned by the project teams I'm currently auditing, looking for holes in their test coverage (no, not 'tick and bash' - I'm trying to help!).
The bottom line: a must read for anyone involved in releasing software.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming in RPG IV, Third Edition
Publisher: 29th Street Press
Authors: Bryan Meyers, Judy Yeager, Brian Meyers, Judy Yaeger, Judy Programming in Rpg IV Yaeger
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Better than my last AS/400 - RPG text

I am currently entering my 2nd semester using this book! the book itself is excellant and well written, especially for the beginner! But take care of which version you get! The only Dif. is the number on the inside cover, and the color of the printer spacing charts in the exercises, while the good oone has all black charts. The book with 123456KP10987 under the ISBN number on the inside page FALLS APART! (Happened to EVERY classmate who used it!), the BAD version also has blue green colored charts in the chapter exercises. BUT ... IT IS A GREAT BOOK TO LEARN FROM!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise JavaBeans, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Richard Monson-Haefel, Bill Burke, Sacha Labourey
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The EJB bible

The best book. Covers everything you need to know about EJB.