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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Testing Computer Software, 2nd Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Cem Kaner, Jack Falk, Hung Q. Nguyen
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Too broad of an overview with some outdated perspectives.


Suddenly thrust into a QA management position after a decade in software technical writing, I scrambled to find good information about the task before me. I have some familiarity with the software QA process after this many years in the industry, and was therefore very surprised that this book does *not* cover some topics I had hoped to find, such as smoke testing and negative testing.
This book makes some assertions about process that actually vary from company to company. This could confuse those inexperienced in the software industry. For example, the book says that as software nears Alpha test, the "documentation plan is probably ready for review." Where I work, the the *documentation itself* better be substantially complete by Alpha test, or there's no hope of the documentation shipping with the product.
The chapter on testing documentation misses the mark, as well, focusing heavily on user manuals. Traditional user manuals are decreasingly common as usage information moves online. The book barely discusses online help and overlooks embedded user assistance and electronic performance support tools.
Finally, I wish this book had been organized in a more expository manner. Chapters are loosely grouped by general subject. I had hoped to begin reading on page one and let the book teach me about testing. Instead, this book seems to be better suited for use as a reference guide when I need information about a particular subject. Given that I have not found information about some subjects, as I mentioned earlier, my confidence in this book's ability to help me is very low.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book, easy to read with excellent examples


I purchased this book several years ago. It is an easy read and makes very good points which are also illustrated by great examples. I was able to take what I learned from this book and significantly improve the layout of my documents, resume, etc.
I've given several copies of this book to friends who have all found it very helpful. Sometimes when I am asked to review someone else's resume or document I find significant layout problems. It is often difficult to describe the concepts involved (e.g. alignment issues). I've found that I can just reach for this book on my shelf, thumb to an appropriate page that shows before and after examples, and watch the light bulbs go on in the other person's face. It is so much easier to get the concept across by having good examples to refer to. This book contains great examples.



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
Don't leave home without it!


I am a professional Web developer. I used the 3rd edition all the time for reference and it has even gotten me out of a couple sticky spots. I recommend this book when people ask me what to read. I can't wait to get ahold of the 4th edition!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I'm sorry but this goes in spanish


Soy (pretendo ser a los 47 a?os) matem?tico, amo la musica y la pintura. Jam?s hubiera imaginado el tremendo impacto que me ha dejado la lectura de este libro (tengo una copia en espa?ol), en mi formaci?n profesional. Este libro vive a mi lado, ampliamente lo recomiendo a qui?n se deleita con la m?sica, la l?gica en general, el arte, y la computaci?n, que es de lo que vivo. No puedes ganar nada m?s de lo que ganas con su lectura; El mejor premio.