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What Can I Do to Help My Child with Math When I Don't Know Any Myself?
What Can I Do to Help My Child with Math When I Don't Know Any Myself?
by Tahir Yaqoob
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Book, 28 Mar. 2011
A lot of this book is about more general study skills than specific Math skills, but I found lots of useful tips in it.

For instance I enjoyed the section about the difference between passive and active memory.

There is also a crib sheet for adults about all the Math concepts your child will cover if you need to brush up yourself.


Leading Lean Software Development: Results are Not the Point (Addison-Wesley Signature)
Leading Lean Software Development: Results are Not the Point (Addison-Wesley Signature)
by Mary Poppendieck
Edition: Paperback
Price: £29.44

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all who lead software teams., 15 Jan. 2010
Yet another great book by Mary and Tom Poppendieck. It follows on from their first 2 books, introducing more principles of lean software management.

This is a book for anyone managing a software team, dept or company. I'm sure the book will generate some good ideas and insights for your team, no matter who you work for.

For example, the book discusses Failure Demand ( the amount of time you spend doing things because the system doesn't work well - ie answering support calls and fixing bugs ).

As always this stuff seems obvious once it's been pointed out - but it isn't obvious.


Growing Object-Oriented Software, Guided by Tests (Beck Signature)
Growing Object-Oriented Software, Guided by Tests (Beck Signature)
by Steve Freeman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.64

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Demonstrates Evolutionary Design, 15 Jan. 2010
This book is excellent, showing you not only how to do great TDD, but also how to do great design.
I would recommend it to all programmers out there who can read Java.
(The one caveat is that the book is all in Java, and so if you find reading Java hard you won't get as much out of the book.)

Steve and Nat walk you though a non-trivial example over many chapters which allows you to see how they think and how they write code.
Of course they use evolutionary design. So if you haven't got much experience with evolutionary design this book will show you how it works in practice.

TDD has improved and evolved over the years, making many of the earlier books on TDD seem outdated.

This books is full of personality and show how Steve and Nat approach TDD today.

I liked the state transition diagrams they used to visualise the system, and show which bits have been tested, and which bit is currently being worked on.


Changing Software Development: Learning to Become Agile
Changing Software Development: Learning to Become Agile
by Allan Kelly
Edition: Paperback
Price: £29.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking, 18 Oct. 2009
One of the useful idea I gained by reading this book was that in order to change, you must first learn a new way of doing things.

This thoughtful book explains how to help a software team to change, and challenges the idea that developing software is an engineering discipline. Instead Kelly proposes it is an exercise in learning and knowledge creation.

This book explains how to promote knowledge and learning within your company, with the end goal being to create a learning organisation. It also talks about change and how to make it happen.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve a software team, department or company.
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Reader Rabbit Reading - Ages 4-6
Reader Rabbit Reading - Ages 4-6
Price: £5.09

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, 20 April 2006
I like reader rabbit, and some of their software is excellent, but not this one.

The whole CD had to be done in order, and when my son closed down and started again, he had to start back at the begining again.

There is really only one game, and that was finding a word from a selection of three words. My son knows his first letters, but can't read at all, but because the three words all had different first letters he could always work it out.

But it didn't get progressively harder, ie show 3 words with the same first letter.

So I don't think he learnt anything.


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