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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Exam Prep (4th Edition)
Publisher: Rmc Pubns Inc
Authors: Rita Mulcahy
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
It takes all sorts

I was very frightened of taking the exam as I did not take any of the 1000+ dollar courses. Instead I ordered this book, got the flash cards and studied for about a month every day. I found this book to be extremely helpful and I passed the first time!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Embedded Linux: Hardware, Software, and Interfacing
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Craig Hollabaugh
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

I picked this book up -- in a word, excellent. Much of the work in this book is very similar to the current embedded project that my company is working on.
The specific hardware related topics, and the pictures of oscilliscopes and block diagrams will make the hardware people in my company happy -- the scripts and code will me the software people happy.
This book is well written, comprehensive, and a high recommended text for companies undergoing embedded linux project development.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Agile and Iterative Development: A Manager's Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Craig Larman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Finally. Evidence.

I was expecting a lot from this book, having read and enjoyed Larman's prior work. On the other hand, I expected it to be somewhat simplistic as the title implied the target group being managers, which I am not. One of these expectations was correct.
Larman's latest presents a wonderful introduction into what iterative and evolutionary development is about. The word "agile" in the title seems a bit displaced as the text mostly discusses about "iterative" and "evolutionary" rather than "agile", but that really is no big deal because what's inside the covers is pure gold for any one.
After a thorough introduction to the theory, Larman drops a bomb on the table; the chapter titled "Evidence" is worth the salt alone. Larman has collected an impressive list of references to early, large projects employing iterative and evolutionary development. He also reminds us how the creators of predictive planning based methods have themselves preferred an iterative approach from day one.
The book also packs nice descriptions of four iterative and evolutionary processes, namely XP, Scrum, UP, and Evo. The descriptions are clear but, to some degree, repetitive.
Although the chapter on evidence is definitely the gold chip, the last 70 pages proved to be a very pleasant surprise. Larman presents a list of practical tips and tricks for adopting and running iterative processes, as well as answers the toughest questions in a Q/A section.
Highly recommended. Have your boss read it as well.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

I was looking at this book based on the subject; but, Greg Goebel's review made me want to buy it. I've since read it. I could comment on all of the details of how great this book is but, Goebel said it first and correctly. If you're not sure you want to splurge the extra money, read his review and know it's the truth.