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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Big Java
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Cay Horstmann
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Not a good book for beginners


This is not a good book for Java beginners. I would recommend looking at some other book if your going to try and learn Java for the very first time. The book hops around on topics, does not present the information in a simple or straight forward way.
I would recommend looking for a different book if you are new to Java.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Head First Java, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book for beginneers!


Head First Java is an excellent recommendation for those who are afraid of programming books. The authors' style is inviting and takes all the fears away in an entertaining way and by using examples that just plainly make sense!
Even for me, who I have experience in programming, it has been an excellent tool to clarify some of the basic concepts of OOP and other Java principles.
I liked it so much, that I even got my cousin a copy of it.
Must read!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Crystal Reports .NET Programming
Publisher: Bischof Systems
Authors: Brian Bischof
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Finally


First there isn't much information for crystal reports in .net out there. (There is an other book, but it didn't help me much)
But now things are looking better. CR .NET Programming Covers about all aspects from making a report over runtime changes to deploying your applications w crystal reports. And it has extensive code examples.
I'm working w CR in .NET for about a year now and exept for the first few chapters (starter stuff) i found things i didn't know (even big things) every few pages. Impressive.
If you are struggeling w CR .NET or want to get more out of it you should have this.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Software Quality Assurance : From Theory to Implementation
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Daniel Galin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Solid college text + real world reference


Although written as a college text (the publisher also has instructor manual, syllabus and discussion guidelines, and test material), this book sufficiently reflects real world SQA to be used by working practitioners. My review focus is on the latter use.
Chapters that will be of interest to real world SQA include Chapter 3. Software Quality Factors (excellent foundation for a metrics initiative), Chapter 5. Contract Review (checklists for proposal and contract review are excellent), Chapters 7 (Integrating Quality Activities in the Project Life Cycle - especially the model for SQA defect removal effectiveness and cost) and 8 (Reviews, which includes supporting templates), and Chapter 11. Assuring The Quality of Software Maintenance, which is an often overlooked aspect of SQA.
Note that this book has been written to support ISO 9001 and contains chapters that are specifically slanted towards that approach. Included are chapters on document and configuration control, auditing, and attaining ISO 9001 certification. The author also provides solid information on ISO/IEC Quality Assurance standards, IEEE/ANSI Standards, and MIL-STD-498, as well as on common assessment approaches (CMM and SPICE).
As a textbook the coverage of every facet of SQA from why and what, to testing, metrics and its role in organizations and projects are thoroughly covered. The fact that the material is up-to-date and truly reflects the real world makes this one of the better texts for college level courses because it does prepare students for roles as practitioners.