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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced .NET Remoting (C# Edition)
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Ingo Rammer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent


Aside from being a #1 guide to .net remoting this book should be used as an example on how to write programming volumes with words 'advanced' and 'professional' in the title.
Around 400 pages with absolutely 0% beginner material and no useless content is what i expect when i buy an 'advanced' book. And its exactly what what this one is.
Good job Mr.Rammer. Will be checking out all your publications in the future.
Update:I've been writing a rather contrived remoting based application and the chapters 7, 8 and 9 have been really worth it for me. However, these chapters give a little too brief coverage of MessageSinks and underlying plumbing. I do appreciate the strong focus on details, but so many things are left unexplained that it becomes really frustrating if you are trying to really understand what's going on.One particular problem in my application was to forward the threads CurrentPrincipal to the thread on the remoting server via MessageSinks. I still am not sure exactly why I am using ClientChannelSink vs just doing it with IMessageSink... previous chapters lead you to believe that IMessageSink is designed for something like this. This is just one example and there are other instances where a similar thing might throw you off a bit. Nevertheless, if you are looking at a guide to just using Remoting (not playing around with its plumbing) you wont go wrong with this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy IX Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Dan Birlew
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Unlike any strategy guide before..... unfortunately...


I have never regretted buying a strategy guide. Until now.
There is very little in the way of spoilers, some good information, and a little ad saying "go to playonline.com to see all the things we should have put in the strategy guide but decided not to to make it more interesting for you!"
Excuse me?
I just have to say, don't buy this book. 99% of it is available at playonline.com In fact, more information is available at playonline.com than is available in the book. No, that doesn't contradict the earlier statement. There are a few things only in the book and there are a TON of things only online. True the website actually has to load(which it rarely does) and navigating it is best described as a futile act of random clicking, but hey, it's "groundbreaking" and "innovative!"
I think not.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Painless Project Management With Fogbugz
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Mike Gunderloy
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
FogBugz isn't just used for tracking bugs.


Despite the name, FogBugz isn't just used for tracking bugs. The product covers all the essentials such as streamlined bug submission (if it's not easy people won't do it), accepting and replying to email submissions and dividing your workload into different projects and releases (with the aid of a nifty autosorter). Over time FogBugz has grown to include discussion groups, tracking of tasks via RSS and email on the technical side, and due dates and escalation reports on the management front. This book provides a worthy introduction to all these.

If you are looking for an introduction to FogBugz and its main features, or an easy to follow end user guide you can hand out, then this book is worth 7/10. It's concise, easy to follow, covers the important features and should be included with FogBugz.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Agile Project Management with Scrum (Microsoft Professional)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Ken Schwaber
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book! Learn Scrum by reading stories of its use


Agile Project Management with Scrum is a wonderful book. The author, Ken Schwaber (one of the originators of the Scrum process), informs us through case studies and anecdotes. If you like learning by example, this book is for you. Scrum is quite likely the best starting point for most companies interested in pursuing an agile development process. The readability and excellent anecdotes in this book make it a fantastic starting point for any journey into agile development.
I loved seeing how Schwaber applied Scrum in many varying situations. Rather than introducing each case study one at a time, the book is organized around key areas. Multiple anecdotes are given for each key area. Throughout each chapter, Schwaber brings the anecdotes together in Lessons Learned sections and the chapters conclude by helping point out the conclusions we learn to draw from the anecdotes.
I appreciated that Schwaber was not shy about mentioning projects that didn't go perfectly-including one he got fired from for being too zealous in his role of sheepdog guarding his flock of developers.
Although this book is ostensibly about software development, Scrum has its roots in general new product development and can (and has been) applied to a wide variety of development projects. A problem with a process like Scrum is that it is best learned by "feeling it" rather than being told about it. There are many subtle differences between Scrum and a more command-and-control management process. Learning Scrum by reading a book filled with examples like this is the best way to get the feel for how to use it on your own projects.