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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Software Project Management: A Unified Framework
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Walker Royce
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Valuable Reductionist Essentials

Royce's text provides a lucid, straightforward explanation from an elitist management perspective of how UML can be applied in various business and technical settings. The perspective offered brilliantly summarizes how a technical management methodology can be used to exclude software engineers from asserting control over the production processes in which they participate. The premise set down is that managers must impose rationality in software development organizations only from above and that software developers are basically their own worst enemies. "Rationalized" processes implemented from the top enable managers to bring control and conformity to software engineering environments and ultimately reduce software developers to a depersonalized, production-line condition that has the result of forcing them to increase efficiency and the reliability of their products while at the same time shortening the time to delivery.
The approach advocated by Royce seeks a maximum of intervention at every conceivable level of software development by those who impose and assert software development methodologies. In this way, the costly freedoms often exercised by software developers bent on maintaining an old-style guild or shop attitude in the workplace (often disguised as "pride in individual workmanship") is eliminated. Engineering methodologies replace the personalities and, indeed, even the personhood of the lone software developer, and the organization's top managers are ensured that their control of the working environment will not be challenged.
Such a summary of the ultimate implications of the application of a UML management methodology as a replacement for the "culture" of development organizations is much needed. The high-level, abstract discussions of the real reasons for the use of corporate educational efforts to "normalize" software developers ("workers") usually veil the real intent. Royce has veiled nothing.
The message rings out clearly: software development as a realm of individualized creativity and exploration is now a thing of the past. Software companies must impose conformity and Taylor-like authoritarian control. Software developers should be made to realize that they are nothing more than cogs in a wheel, and that management is justified in intervening in every aspect of their working life. Only through such measures will companies reach the efficiency required for survival in a competitive economy characterized by a break-neck pace of product innovation.
Probably the only criticism to be offered is that the book is not altogether open in its declaration of intent to its assumed audience. While the reduced status of the engineer is clearly portrayed, the extent to which the "method" likewise demands the conformity of the manager is left unstated. But then those embracing such a total model of technical management may be assumed to tacitly acquiesce to the notion that the ultimate goal of efficiency management models in technology is to entirely eliminate personalized cultures in the companies that embrace such models.
An excellent work!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Web Design With Macromedia Studio Mx 2004 (Internet Series)
Publisher: Charles River Media
Authors: Eric Hunley
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
An overview.. not instructional

I bought this book based on the other reviews on this page. Maybe I didn't read them thourough enough. This seems to be more of an overview than an instructional manual, which I was looking for. Rarely are there steps to any of the excercises.. more of a 'Look at the example in 5-2..". One thing that really bothered me is when there was numbered steps the examples always seemed to be on the flip page.. not on the opposing page making you turn the page back and forth. I've gotten thru 1/2 of chapter 5 now and it's agonizing. It does tell you about all the new features but I think it assumes that you've got a bit of experience with the products already. I'm going to look for a more step by step book or online training.

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
Great book but for Advanced Java Developer*

If u need to know about EJB here is the book. This book has good examples, very detail in explaining presistence,CTM, mapping, transaction. This is a Bible for people writing EJB.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced CORBA(R) Programming with C++
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Michi Henning, Steve Vinoski
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fabulous, just what I needed.

One of the best I have seen