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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Software Configuration Management Patterns: Effective Teamwork, Practical Integration
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Stephen P. Berczuk, Brad Appleton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Essential SCM resource for all experience levels

I'm a fan of patterns because of the succinct way they convey knowledge and practices, so I rushed out to purchase this book. I was not disappointed for a number of reasons. First, it is true to the concept of patterns, and second, it is all practical with no ivory tower preaching.
The patterns given in this book comprise a complete picture of software configuration management, and will allow you to fully understand the scope and complexity of implementing, managing and continuously improving an SCM process. From the following list you'll see that these patterns are end-to-end:- Mainline and active development line, both of which are designed to manage baselines, as well as to promote stability in the code base.- Private Workspace, repository, private versioning, and private system build patterns are the essence of SCM as well as reflecting best practices in team-oriented integration and testing while preserving the integrity of the code base.- Third party codeline is an interesting pattern that I've not encountered, but one that is highly useful when you are working with subcontractors, or have outsourced some development. The patterns for task level commit and task branches are also useful approaches to team-oriented development, whether internal or distributed among subcontractors.- Codeline policy, smoke and unit test patterns govern the SCM process and prepare for the transition from development to QA. These are core patterns that are directly tied to the development process.- Release line, release prep codeline, and regression test patterns cover the promotion to QA and release management portions of the development process.
In addition to the patterns, which are the main value of this book, the clearly articulated chapters on pattern language, SCM concepts, and other contextual information further enhance this book, and is yet another reason why anyone interested in SCM should make reading this book a priority. The supporting web site (ASIN B0000AA6G3) contains errata, a downloadable quick reference card, and sample chapters from this book. If you are still undecided visit the site and you'll find sufficient information with which to decide.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming & Customizing PICmicro Microcontrollers
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics
Authors: Myke Predko
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
This one is going back to the bookstore

The CD-ROM has a nice course in basic electronics that I worked through from start to finish--I've searched the web and have never seen such a nice primer. The software to program PIC processors, also on the CD-ROM... has a really cool step-by-step assembly guide in it that prompts you to solder in a few components then test your work with an inexpensive multimeter before moving on to the next step--the program even interacts with the board so that you can make sure it is communicating with your PC properly. Each step is illustrated showing what parts are installed and where to read the voltages from...
Myke Predko's amazing book is full of real intellectual property: original circuits, sample programs, experiments, circuit boards, tutorials and utilities... There is no shovelware on this CD-ROM it's all great stuff.
I would agree that this book is not trivial to work through, but who ever said programming an embedded RISC processor in assembly language was easy? If you think you need some more hand holding (I know I do), buy this book plus another book like "Easy Pic'N", which is allegedly easier to understand.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCAD Developing and Implementing Windows-based Applications with Microsoft Visual C# .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram 70-316)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Kalani Kirk Hausman, Amit Kalani, Priti Kalani, Ed Tittel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Must have!!!

This is the best book to study for the 70-316. I hate buying books to use one time but I love having this book. Best bang for your money.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: OCA/OCP: Introduction to Oracle9i SQL Study Guide
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Chip Dawes, Biju Thomas
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good Reference

The book cover all the Oracle objectives exam, but it does not dig into the interesting/hard topics. Too many pages are dedicated to references stuff like single row and group functions which are not so deeply asked in the real exam. The exams included in the CDrom are not to tide to the Books material and go beyond exam objectives, watch out because these questions can mislead you on how well you are prepared for the exam.I recommend using Self Test Software as well with this book and the one from Oracle Press.