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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Requirements Engineering Handbook (Artech House Technology Management and Professional Development Library)
Publisher: Artech House Publishers
Authors: Ralph Rowland Young, Ralph R. Young
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Practical desktop reference guide for Requirements Analysts

I was eager to get a copy of this follow-up to Dr Young's "Effective Requirements Practices" (ERP) because ERP is one of my favourite requirements books -- and on first review, its sibling looks to be an excellent companion volume. Where ERP laid out 10 key requirements practices and focused on *what* to do, the Requirements Engineering Handbook (REH) covers *how* to do it -- the process, tools, and techniques to help identify what Dr Young calls "REAL" requirements.
The REH discusses the roles, skills, and characteristics a Requirements Analyst (RA) needs to be effective. It defines over 20 types of requirements, and tells you how to gather and manage them. Like Steve McConnell does in his excellent project management books, Ralph Young sets all of this in a context that helps if you're using the CMMI, but doesn't require it. He also adds case studies and sidebar commentaries from both luminaries and run-of-the mill RAs (which helped convince me I could really do this stuff on my project!)
Like ERP, REH is extensively footnoted, with a very complete and current set of references & URLs that makes it essentially an index into the requirements body of knowledge. This Handbook is concise (215 pp, plus glossary & 10 pg bibliography), so when looking for references, it's sometimes even faster than Google, because you get several footnotes that summarize the most appropriate literature, and help you get directly to relevant additional sources.
You don't get a CD like ERP had, but many of the techniques reference templates or guides that can be freely downloaded from the author's website. It's an easy read, and nicely laid out so you can find things when thumbing through. Good Stuff!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential XML Quick Reference: A Programmer's Reference to XML, XPath, XSLT, XML Schema, SOAP, and More
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Aaron Skonnard, Martin Gudgin
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good even as no-nonsense overview

I was looking for a concise, no-nonsense book about the various XML technologies, including XPath, XSLT, and schemas. Although this book is billed as a reference, it was also a quick way to get up to speed on these ideas, without having to skim hundreds of pages of hype. The schema reference does not have as complete an overview as the other chapters, or I would have given 5 stars.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML Pocket Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jennifer Niederst
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Where is the Quality?

Not recommended! How can you create a web page without images? The <IMG> tag has been overlooked. There are other errors as well. This "reference" may have been a little too quick.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself ASP.NET in 21 Days (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Chris Payne
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not as good as the cover promises!

I have read through the book and I should say this book is like other last-minute-published ones, filled with numerous typos, especially in the code, (in snippets and the final project). The typos and lost parts make it a real challenge to learn ASP.Net using the book and impossible to do it in 21 days.If I remember correctly, this line of TY in 21 days, are supposed to help people learn new stuff in a short time, while in here we have a book which makes you wonder how to solve the writers mistakes and get the code working!!!