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Every PMO I have seen created ended up being a dumping ground for the duds in the organization. This is especially true in government. It usually comes to fruition through the failed efforts of project managers throughout the organization getting bad enough that the business owners nee...
This is a massive cookbook with tons of recipes. It covers a ton of material and it covers it in depth. Although this book is more of a reference than a cover to cover read, every time I use it to look something up I find myself getting sucked in and reading several topics, and sometim...
When I first started flipping through this book the diverse set of topics threw me for a loop. Then I read the introduction where the authors say, "This publication aims to provide development information on the intermediate-to-advanced topics that are otherwise not worthy of standalon...
This book is a great place to start with iOS 7 development. It is actually the first 13 chapters of what would have been Programming iOS 7 4th edition. The book Programming iOS 6 contained everything, but the book was getting too large to keep adding new material. This book now ends wh...
Although this book is written for the Java programmer, I would recommend reading it to any .NET or iOS developer as well. It is a must read for the Java developer, but is also a valuable read for developers of other languages because the guidelines are often built around a programmer's...
The main goal of this review is to highlight parts of the book and provide a personal experience that relates to them. This entire book is made of real world scenarios, but I will only be able to hit a few in a review. I have had the opportunity to be on many different types of project...
There are some books I think every CIO, IT Director, Enterprise Architect, Software Architect, Business Analyst, Developer, and Database Administrator should read. This book is one of them. This book is now part of that list. This book is not only packed with knowledge it also contain...
This review covers both Core Java Volume I--Fundamentals (9th Edition) and Core Java, Volume II--Advanced Features (9th Edition). Both books are part of the Prentice Hall Core Series. I actually got Volume II first and liked it so much I ordered Volume I. I felt like I was missing the...
QASymphony is the company behind qTest, a new test management tool that’s aiming to empower test teams. As software development has increasingly moved towards Agile methodology, with its focus on fast delivery, thorough documentation has fallen by the wayside and test cycles have short...
I was a little wary of this book when I first saw it. No real specific red flag came up, just the general thought of yet another TDD book that magically unlocks agility. The author caught me by surprise as I started to read the book. He starts off with the way we need to change our vi...
This book is THE book for the database beginner. It thoroughly covers design principles and process, and it covers them in depth. The book is broken into four parts, Part I: Relational Database Design, Part II: The Design Process, Part III: Other Database Design Issues, and Part IV: A...
This book is what it claims to be and that is a cookbook on advanced topics. I would follow the author's advice and if you are a beginner with Objective-C or iOS, this book is not the one you want to start with. This book is however an excellent book for experienced developers. The fi...
If you want to learn iOS 6 development, this is a great place to start. The book spends the first several chapters covering the basics. The author first shows you how to get your system setup and how to install Xcode. He then covers the Xcode interface and the iOS simulator. After tha...
Finally, a low-cost cloud-based QA testing tool hits the market. After an extensive beta program by software testers at 500 companies from 23 countries, QASymphony announced general availability of qTest, a cloud-based enterprise test management solution. The testing tool is aimed at ...
Murach's SQL Server 2012 for Developers by Brian Syverson and Joel Murach is an introduction to SQL Server 2012 and to developing key T–SQL (Transaction SQL) skills to become a successful developer. T-SQL is the language used by SQL Server to communicate with SQL Server databases. This...
On any significant size project I am going to have a team of developers reporting to me. Over the years those numbers have varied greatly. I have managed 1 developer and teams of developers. I have the most fun on projects where I have between 4 and 10 developers. I also prefer to be ...
I have been waiting for this book for a long time, so the first thing I would like to do is thank Aya, the author's wife. In the acknowledgements the author thanks her for making him man up and finish the book. The second thing I would like to do is thank the author for listening. A pr...
Anything that can speed up software development by taking the pain out of tracking down bugs and fixing them is a boon for developers. There are several enterprise-level systems available for defect capture, tracking, and reporting. In addition to these systems, there are specialized t...
This book does what it patterns book should do. It defines a language for enterprises to use to develop SOA solutions using REST. The book starts off with two chapters. The first chapter is an introduction and shows how the book is laid out. Chapter 2 introduces two case studies that ...
What is a cloud computing platform? Is it simply automated provisioning systems coupled with a resource virtualization, where the workload is policy driven, and resources over committed and any resource contention handled by policy driven resolution? As it turns out technologies that p...
Now think about how organizations are starting to rely on Cloud-based services, such as Amazon S3 (storage) and Force.com (sales force automation). These services are not on-premises SOA service, so they are not in the SOA registry/repository. But the organization relies on these servi...
Robert Meek has written a book review about my Delphi 2009 Development Essentials, which is sold as paperback from Lulu.com, or offered as free bonus for anyone who purchases Delphi or one or more courseware manuals in PDF format from me.
The thing about book reviews, like movie reviews, is the interpretation by the reviewer is subjective. The trick is for you the review reader to work out does the reviewer have the same tastes and likes as you. If yes that should mean that the book review will be relevant to you potent...
Liquid XML Studio is a free graphical XSD Editor & XML Editor that can also be used to edit WSDL and other XML based standards. It has a simple intuitive interface that makes developing for the complex W3C XML Schema (XSD) standard quick and easy. A validator is provided that strictly ...
BPEL or Business Process Execution Language is an XML and Web standards-based SOA (service-oriented architecture) standard that allows business people to combine services into automated processes. As described in this review, Active Endpoints' ActiveBPEL product family includes a visua...
The folks at Active Endpoints carefully thought through how to support users in their move to WS-BPEL 2.0. This resulted in the ability of BPEL 1.1 and WS-BPEL 2.0 processes to co-exist during design, test, and execution in both the designer and the engine. This lets users migrate thei...
Berkeley DB XML (BDB XML) is a popular native XML database. It can be accessed through the shell or within another program. This month I will show you how to use BDB XML in Java. BDB XML has similar APIs for all supported languages such as Java and C++, therefore the ideas presented in...
HTML forms are one of the best-known techniques for gathering data from a user and submitting that data to a server. However, HTML forms are only simple tools and don't natively support some of the features needed by current Web applications such as sophisticated data validation. Also,...
Apache Software Foundation's Xindice is an open source native XML database. Apache provides great software to developers such as the Apache Web Server, Tomcat Application Server, Cocoon Web Development Framework, Struts Framework, Ant, and many more under an open source license. Apache...
XML Development - the term can mean many different things given the technologies currently available. At the center of it all is XML Schemas, DTDs and instance documents. Building out from the base there's XSL, Web Services and XQuery just to name a few. Because of this, it's not uncom...
XML's surface-level simplicity hides a deceptively complex beast. At first glance, creating an XML document does not take a lot of effort. Create some tags, ensure they are well-formed, and that's it. Throw in a DTD or Schema and now there are a set of rules against which the document ...
If you haven't heard of BlueDragon, you're either new to the ColdFusion/CFML community or you've been under a rock somewhere. Back in September 2002, New Atlanta forever changed the CF landscape when it introduced BlueDragon 3.0.
Datawatch recently released version 3.0 of VorteXML Designer. In addition to schema support, this new version includes several updates and features that further simplify the process of generating XML by enriching any text document.
A successful XML publishing project inspired this article. The project's leader, who claims that the financial return gained for his company 'made his career' there, achieved success for two reasons: he focused on the right goals and executed the project in the right way.
What do you get if you cross an early 21st-century visionary CTO with a late 19th-century employee of the Edison Electric Light Company? Answer: a fantastic keynote address at Web Services Edge 2003 West, held in Santa Clara last month.
On September 24 the W3C set in motion a process that could radically change not only how XML is used and how XML-based applications are developed - but XML itself right down to its beloved (or detested) pointyangle brackets.
XML Schemas are quickly becoming the industry standard that Document Type Definitions (DTDs) used to be. Much has been written about the advantages of XML Schemas over DTDs.
With Oracle9i RDBMS Release 2, Oracle has moved further along on the road to a more complete implementation of XML in its database. This release also marks, I believe, one of Oracle's most significant uses of the object-relational capabilities of the database.
This year's JavaOne provided a good overview of the state of Web services today. This show report focuses on XML and Web services coverage at the event.
Aggregation in XML is not trivial. Altova's XMLSPY offers a number of features facilitating this process. This article presents an example, including best practices and practical programming techniques - especially useful for those who don't like typing a lot of angle brackets.


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