Book Reviews

Books I've been reading
Book Review – Pro .NET 2.0 Extreme Programming
Pro .NET 2.0 Extreme Programming By Greg Pearman and James Goodwill Published by Apress 2006 ISBN: 1-59059-480-0 I know there’s mixed feelings out there about Extreme Programming, especially in the defense industry where I work and everything seems to be the exact opposite of XP, but here’s a book worth looking at if you’re at all curious about the subject. I was especially pleased to find that Part I was so short since based on the title alone I had expectations the book would ......

Posted On Monday, October 9, 2006 4:37 PM | Comments (0)

Book Review: Honeypots for Windows
Title: Honeypots for Windows – Configure and Manage Windows Honeypots Author: Roger A. Grimes Publisher: Apress ISBN: 1-59059-535-9 This book provides immediate and useful information whether you have previous experience with Honeypots or hadn’t even heard of one until you picked up the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever been interested in network and systems security as it pertains to a Microsoft Windows environment, especially in light of the fact that most previous ......

Posted On Friday, April 22, 2005 3:33 PM | Comments (0)

Book Review – The Rational Guide to SQL Server Notification Services
The Rational Guide to SQL Server Notification Services By Joe Webb Published by Rational Press 2004 ISBN: 0-9726888-1-1 I recently received the task to get myself familiar with SQL Notification Services for a project I’m working on…basically our customer requested that we use SQL-NS and nobody on the team had experience with it so I got the task. I was kind of looking forward to it because it seems like cool technology but was kind of hesitant because there seems to be so little information out there ......

Posted On Monday, February 19, 2007 1:19 PM | Comments (0)

A Trip down memory lane...
I recently finished Steve Wozniak's iWoz and it was a real treat to get into the mind of the guy who basically built the device responsible for so many hours spent doing things other than homework as a kid. I still remember the day my dad came home when I was a kid and brought me a big ol' box and said it was a computer. I said “What's that” and he said “Well, open it and find out”. So my journey began. Of course he already knew what it was and what it could do and had been ......

Posted On Thursday, October 12, 2006 4:39 PM | Comments (1)

Book Review – Eric Sink on the Business of Software
Eric Sink on the Business of Software By Eric Sink Published by Apress 2006 ISBN: 1-59059-623-4 It’s been said that writing software well is a complex task and running a business well is equally complex (at least in my eyes). For someone to span both realms and speak about them with authority and experience is a pretty sweet deal…and Eric Sink does just that. Two things I’ve enjoyed since my younger days were programming and the idea of running a business. In my youthful days mixing the two were ......

Posted On Monday, October 30, 2006 10:09 PM | Comments (1)

Book Review – Software Engineering with Microsoft Visual Studio Team System
Software Engineering with Microsoft Visual Studio Team System By Sam Guckenheimer with Juan J. Perez Published by Addison-Wesley 2006 ISBN: 0-321-27872-0 This book stands out among Visual Studio Team System books because it’s not so much a “cook book” or “how to use” manual for VSTS as much as it is a book about how to engineer software using VSTS. That may sound confusing at first, but let’s read on. When a friend first referred me to this book, he gave me the same disclaimer – “Lou, this isn’t ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 24, 2006 8:19 PM | Comments (1)

Book Review – Professional Software Development
Professional Software Development By Stephen McConnell Published by Addison-Wesley 2004 ISBN: 0-321-19367-9 The best “short attention span” summary I can think of is actually a quote from the back cover of the book: “If you are a programmer, software developer, engineer, or work in software development, you should READ THIS BOOK” (caps are in the original quote!) This book is a very easy and enjoyable read. McConnell’s writing style flows very smoothly and he engages you with relevant anecdotes based ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 24, 2006 7:44 PM | Comments (0)