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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Systematic Process Improvement Using ISO 9001:2000 and CMMI(sm)
Publisher: Artech House Publishers
Authors: Boris Mutafelija, Harvey Stromberg
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Interesting integration of two major quality frameworks

This book is also available as an e-book (see ISBN B0000AJ68G). Regardless of which format you choose, the content is one of the best descriptions of ISO 9001:2000 and the CMMI - and how to use them as an integrated approach to achieve a high level of capability maturity.
The authors provide a summary of process improvement approaches, including frameworks and interrelationships among them. There is excellent background information on the CMMI and how it evolved from the older CMM. This also includes early work by the FAA with its iCMM approach.
In the parts of the book dealing with ISO 9001 the authors show the key differences between ISO 9001:94 and ISO 9001:2000, and provide a context and value proposition for them. The significant changes between the 1994 and 2000 versions of ISO 9001 are covered in detail. W
Another key feature of this book is the section on making the transition from legacy standards. This is where the differences between CMM and CMMI, and ISO 9001:1994 and ISO 9001:2000 are clearly highlighted. If you are currently operating under either the older CMM or ISO 9001:94 framework, this section of the book also provides clear guidance for making the transition to the CMMI and ISO 9001:2000. This guidance is in the form of a five-step approach for either implementing anew, or making the transition from a legacy framework - (1) initiating, (2) diagnosing, (3)establishing, (4) acting, and (5) learning. The authors also provide ISO 9001:2000->CMMI and CMMI->ISO 9001:2000 document mapping, which will cut through the maze and show how to reduce unnecessary documentation by integrating documentation where possible.
The authors have produced a book that is exceptionally well written, clarifies two complex frameworks, and shows how they can be used in conjunction with one another.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best beginning html book ever

Really makes me want to see the other quick start quides. For beginning html or web designers: the best book ever.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: A. Keyton Weissinger
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Get "Active Server Pages 3.0" by Wrox

ASP in a Nutshell should have really been titled "Quick Reference Guide". And even then, it's not really too complete. I found myself still going to other books or online to find stuff that I really just needed a reminder on, syntax wise.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Designer's Guide to VHDL
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Peter J. Ashenden
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent, BUT with a practical caveat

This book is really TOO good at teaching VHDL. It is excellent at conveying both the concepts AND details of good VHDL programming. The downside, which I don't think should be a mark against the author, is that most VHDL tools tend to support only a small subset of what this book teaches. So, when you begin applying what you've learned, you will likely find yourself re-learning the language as used by your particular implementation tools. However, I would definitely recommend that you learn it the right way first by reading this book, so you are prepared to understand the language no matter which implementation tools you use. Besides, I don't think there is any easier way to learn VHDL.