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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Writing Effective Use Cases
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Alistair Cockburn
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A book of substance, written for the busy

About a year ago I came across the manuscript of Alistair's book and, as they say, THE BULB WENT ON in my head. My use cases were a mambo-jambo of business rules and wordy system descriptions at mixed levels. The book introduced me to the orderly science of "doing" use cases. In a VERY SIMPLE fashion it teaches to sort out the cases by levels, to choose appropriate format for each level, and to place non-functional reqs where they belong to. The author deserves a praise for "usability", because he structured a book with a busy person in mind (get to the "meat" fast). It is safe to say, that this book and works by Constintine & Lockwood are the best practical guidance available in SE literature today, if you'are writing reqs for highly interactive business systems.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Concepts of Programming Languages, Sixth Edition
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Robert W. Sebesta
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Too much Ada and Pascal

The concepts were described pretty well but there was too much emphasis on useless programmming languages. Although I realize this is a book on computer programming, they could have tried to make it a little more colorful. A mug shot of dorky computer scientists at the beginning of each chapter is not my idea of effective visual aid.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Gets you through the game but not perfect

This strategy does help you a lot but it leaves out a lot like battling the side quest monsters (the WEAPONS). You could really use help on these guys!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Shellcoder's Handbook : Discovering and Exploiting Security Holes
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Jack Koziol, David Litchfield, Dave Aitel, Chris Anley, Sinan "noir" Eren, Neel Mehta, Riley Hassell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Required reading

If you want to learn how to exploit software, this is is a MUST for your library. An awesome book despite a few errors in the text.

The only issue I have is with the numerous promises of additional resources on the web site that have never materialized.