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This book is a really nice overview of the current state of modern software development processes. There isn't a better collection of information on SDLC in one place that I have seen.  It gives a great overview of the Unified Process, MBASE. Scrum, XP, Lean, FDD, Agile-Up, and Lean-Agile. After the book thoroughly explains what SDLC 3.0 is, it shows how it relates to current processes like PMBOK, Enterprise Unified Process, TOGAF, Zachman, and Acquisition (COTS). The author has created a plugin for IBM Rational Method Composer, but it is not available to the public. It is used during the author's consulting engagements. Having the process repository available in a configurable format is a must to make it usable for anything beyond an educational resource. I really like the fact that the author introduces Systems Thinking. One major resource the author missed is the boo... (more)

Microsoft Silverlight 5 Beta Offline Documentation Available for Download

Microsoft has posted the Microsoft Silverlight 5 Beta Offline Documentation. Below is an overview taken from the new documentation that outlines the new features covered in the documentation. Overview (From Documentation) Silverlight 5 Beta includes several new features that are based on customer suggestions. This topic introduces some of the new features and improvements in Silverlight 5 Beta. This topic contains the following sections: Controls Out-of-Browser User Interface XAML Data Application Model Media 3D Graphics Text Related Topics Controls ItemsControl Search A user can now s... (more)

Java for Programmers (2nd Edition)

I have had several Deitel books in the past and I would say my biggest disappointment with this one was finding out that there were no Deitel bugs to find on the cover. I have not had a Deitel book for a while and really enjoyed having one back in my hands. If you have never owned a Deitel book, you owe it to yourself to get one sometime. If you are a Java developer, or want to be a Java developer, I would recommend starting with this one. I am from the .NET camp and I am doing my best to go all out learning Java. This book has definitely helped with goal. This book covers a ton of... (more)

Book Review: SOA with REST

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 are used throughout the book to provide examples of how the patterns can be applied to real-world situations. After the first two chapters of the book is broken down into six parts. I have listed the parts below with their associated chapters. Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Case Study Background Part... (more)

Tool for Reverse-Engineering SharePoint 2007 / 2010 / 2013

I have upgraded the tool I created for reverse engineering SharePoint 2007 and 2010 into HTML, Text, and DGML Sitemaps to work with SharePoint 2013. The tool is now versioned at 1.5.  You have to copy the appropriate folder instead of just the file (Version 1.0 was only one file) because the tool is dependent on the WPF Toolkit. The folder includes the WPF Toolkit DLL. There are no new features with this version.  It is just an upgrade to work with SharePoint 2013. Current features include generating DGML diagrams which allow Root Sites to be put into groups, reports include info... (more)