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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Waltzing With Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects
Publisher: Dorset House Publishing Company, Incorporated
Authors: Tom Demarco, Timothy Lister
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Useful for managers of medium to large groups of people


There are a ton of wonderful anecdotes and motivational examples for doing risk management. Also, he takes a very pragmatic approach towards what's actually possible in different corporate climates. Rather than only telling you what right thing to do is, he helps you decide what the appropriate thing is.
The explanation of the relationship between risk and benefit analysis was both insightful and seemed like it would be useful. It provides a pragmatic framework for a lot of what are considered 'good engineering practices', such as incremental deliverables that can be measured and verified in meaningful ways.
The only downside is that it's very difficult to understand how to take advantage of some of the frameworks he provides without being in a management position already. Individual contributors won't get a lot out of this.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming in Ada 95 (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: John Barnes
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellant Ada Bible


This book is an excellant book for Ada95. It covers almost all subjects on powerful capability of Ada95. I don't want to recommand this book for beginners as a tutorial but no one could deeply understand Ada95 without this book. However, readers may not recognize much important idea if they do not concetrate since the book is lack of well-organized summary. That's the only thing that I am disappointed with.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Handbook of Applied Cryptography
Publisher: CRC Press
Authors: Alfred J. Menezes, Paul C. Van Oorschot, Scott A. Vanstone
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
academic style


Menezes et. al. provide a thorough review of the field of cryptography. It's the first book I grab when I'm looking for something. Much more in depth than Bruce Scheier's "Applied Cryptography"



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Structured Computer Organization (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Andrew S. Tanenbaum
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book makes everything click!


This book, probably the oldest of the Tanenbaum tetralogy, is in my opinion, the finest. This can double up as a first course in Operating Systems as well as Computer Architecture/Organization. I wish our school had used this as the textbook for our first year CO class. The material covered is fundamental yet very readable. Coverage of microprogramming(including some good stuff about x86 Micro Architecture), virtual memory, instruction set design, RISC v CISC, multicomputers. The tenet of this book is that a computer can be viewed as a series of layered machines, with chapters describing each machine. Overall a great value for anybody who wants to have a better idea of what goes under computer systems, without too much pains.