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Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering (Agile Software Development)
Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering (Agile Software Development)
by Robert L. Glass
Edition: Paperback
Price: 28.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely awful!, 10 Nov 2013
Robert L. Glass has been working as a self-taught software developer for many decades, and because he is so self-taught he keeps doing things wrong and mocking the industry all the way. Not only that, he is also mocking the research and academia. That all without any valid argument. His arguments are self-referenced, and always caused by a lack of knowledge. Everything in this book is basically what you believe as a person without proper software engineering education. In my interpretation, software engineering and state-of-the-art techniques were already coined in 1968. People like Robert L. Glass are too ignorant to apply these. Instead, they keep mocking all techniques for decades, without applying them, and their mockery is always caused by a lack of knowledge about how to apply them.

Let's suggest the following hypothesis: Glass is mocking everything and calling it immature because he is too dumb to ever get a good grasp of any software engineering technique. All he knows are the simple bits and pieces that all self-taught programmers know.

My hypothesis is supported by his mockery (papers and books) see them on wikipedia ([...] and also by his absolute lack of knowledge of any software engineering technique in-depth (see how dumb the Software Creativity 2.0 is, in which he reinvents wheel and makes it flat).

The only reason Robert L. Glass has any recognition is the number of decades he has been in the industry. Whoever sympathizes with Glass tends to similarly lack knowledge of proper software engineering techniques in-depth. I call these people pseudo-engineers, charlatans, and frauds.
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A Foreigner's Guide to US Immigration: How to Live, Study & Work in America
A Foreigner's Guide to US Immigration: How to Live, Study & Work in America
by C G Jacob
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.84

3.0 out of 5 stars If you cannot be bothered to google it buy this book, 13 Mar 2013
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For some strange reason, this book comes without page numbers and with many typos. There is however a table of contents which refers to chapters by page numbers. The fact that we, readers, have to count pages manually is quite disappointing.

I would characterize the book mostly as an excerpt from various sources, including the US immigration law (visas). The book gives some insight into the format of a US Resume, lodging, job interview, and some links to useful websites and portals such as craigslist.

On the other hand, there is little if anything for those of us who can do their own research. Hence, I would recommend this book only if you cannot be bothered to google or use the Internet at all.

If you are looking for a book which summarizes common knowledge of US immigration, perhaps it will do fine. For anything more than common knowledge, try looking elsewhere.

Algorithms & Data Structures
Algorithms & Data Structures
by William McAllister
Edition: Paperback
Price: 40.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Do you want to understand 100% of the official ACM CS103 curriculum? Go for this book!, 29 Dec 2012
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This book is the best so far at explaining highly complex topics. The knowledge is refined, optimized, and perfectly organized. The author has over 30 years of teaching experience and you will see it. As a result, this is the best book that can make you understand all relevant concepts without drowning in the complexity of mathematics. As a matter of fact, Math is not a concern there at all.

The book covers ACM CS103. That is a computer science curriculum for algorithms and data structures defined by the ACM (leading organization on computing). You will be learning from an approved contents.

The topics covered in the book are language neutral, meaning you can be a C++ practitioner and still go for this book. Java is used only as a modern and convenient tool for coding various examples, like sets, lists, trees, graphs, and other.

As mentioned in the book, the only thing better could be Algorithms and Data Structures - The Movie. :)

When you are finished grasping all key concepts from here, I highly recommend building on the rock-solid foundations the book gave you, i.e. go towards more scientific books with raw, unoptimized, unrefined content. They will already make sense!

Psp(SM): A Self-Improvement Process for Software Engineers (SEI Series in Software Engineering)
Psp(SM): A Self-Improvement Process for Software Engineers (SEI Series in Software Engineering)
by Watts S. Humphrey
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 44.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not suitable for software engineering professionals with several years of experience, 21 Dec 2012
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Originally, I bought this book looking for something that would contain additional indices for self-improvement and career growth. This is not it.

If you are an amateur and your managers are amateurs, there is no software process to follow, and that is where the book particularly applies.

Also since the book comes from the SEI, I'd expect a certain added value, some expert knowledge grounded in software engineering theory and research, but there is none. The PSP appears to be a creation of one particular person, the author, and it lacks the peer reviewing and sufficient scientific rigour, or any evaluation and validation of the techniques.

My perception of the book is simply that the author is publishing tips for dummies.
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