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1. Book Review
- Practical Software Engineering: Analysis and Design for the .NET Platform

2. Announcements
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3. New from Windows IT Library
- Protocol Negotiation
- Server Types and Security Modes

4. New Books in Print
- Hacking: The Art of Exploitation
- Programming .NET Windows Applications

5. New eBooks
- Migrating to Windows Server 2003, Active Directory, and Exchange 2003
- Windows 2003: Active Directory Administration Essentials

6. Windows IT Library Top Five
- A+ Certification: How to Pass Your Exams
- Microsoft Windows NT Server Administrator's Bible: Option Pack Edition
- Microsoft Windows NT Secrets: Option Pack Edition
- The Microsoft Outlook E-Mail and Fax Guide
- Undocumented Windows NT

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==== 1. Book Review ====

Practical Software Engineering: Analysis and Design for the .NET Platform
Author: Enricos Manassis
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
Published: September 2003
ISBN: 0321136195
Paperback, 304 pages
Price: $39.99

So much "fluffy stuff" has been written about the "art" of software engineering that many professional developers (myself included) have adopted a rather cynical attitude regarding what's possible and what isn't. But a new book, "Practical Software Engineering: Analysis and Design for the .NET Platform," has grabbed my attention, partly because it concentrates on the analysis and design of software-engineering tasks associated with the Microsoft .NET platform.

I like books that use real-life examples to back up the theory the author is discussing. So, I like this book, with its accompanying BooksREasy demo (which I discuss later). If your work and professional interests are aligned with the .NET platform, this book could be a perfect fit for you.

In writing "Practical Software Engineering," Enricos Manassis had several objectives in mind, the primary one being to give readers a "holistic view of software development for distributed e-commerce systems." Manassis wrote this book for two types of IT developers: those just starting out and those who want to build on acquired experience. With both sets of readers in mind, the book presents a rigorous approach to system specification, analysis, and design that should underpin all software development.

If you're an experienced analyst, developer, software architect, tester, or project manager and you believe that you're beyond this book, don't dismiss it too quickly. You'll find "Practical Software Engineering" useful as a refresher course or as a means to catch up on the latest advances in software engineering. The text also can be a timely reminder of those IT areas in which you or your software development team has become lax or inefficient.

"Practical Software Engineering" is divided into two parts. Three chapters in Part One concentrate on system specification, touching on the business model, system requirements, and the user-experience model, respectively. In Part Two, the discussion turns to system analysis and design, with six chapters focusing on the analysis model, the design model, the implementation model, role-based security, testing, and traceability, respectively. Manassis defines traceability as "defining formalized relationships between the items of information," in which an "item of information" refers to the realization of a "piece of knowledge."

To ensure that the book is practical, the author uses a case study (a sample Web application for .NET) throughout his discussion to show how theory is actually applied. You'll find the companion Web site to "Practical Software Engineering," which includes the complete case study, at http://www.booksreasy.com.

The demonstration system that you'll find on this site is a fictitious online bookstore, BooksREasy. From a user perspective, the site should provide more information about how to start the demonstration, but after you learn how to start it, taking the system for a test drive is straightforward. The first and most important step is to create an account by clicking Create Account. Then, you can roam the site at leisure as if you were in a real online bookstore.

From a software-engineering perspective, the case-study site serves two major purposes. First, the site is an excellent learning resource because it provides a practical application of the system that the book addresses from a theoretical perspective. Second, you can download the source code for Visual Studio .NET and the complete models for Rational XDE Professional v2002 .NET Edition. And the case-study site isn't just a one-off exercise. Manassis suggests that you could "use all the material \[the online case study, the downloads, and the book\] as a robust basis for your own development projects." To help you get an immediate feel for "Practical Software Engineering," I recommend that you go to the publisher's Web site (http://www.awprofessional.com), initiate a search by using the book's ISBN number (0321136195), and read the sample chapter, "Testing." This chapter is an excellent choice as the sample chapter because bulletproof testing is one of the most misunderstood and, in many cases, the most poorly executed stage of the software-development process. But as Manassis states, even "a seemingly peripheral issue like testing can actually be integrated within an overall engineering approach to software development."

Tony Stevenson
mkdsoftware@trump.net.au
Windows IT Library Guest Reviewer

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Protocol Negotiation
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Hacking: The Art of Exploitation
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Programming .NET Windows Applications
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==== 6. Windows IT Library Top Five ====

A+ Certification: How to Pass Your Exams
This book walks you through all the skills tested in the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) A+ Core Hardware exam and A+ OS Technologies exam.
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Microsoft Windows NT Server Administrator's Bible: Option Pack Edition
This book provides specific coverage of the Windows NT 4.0 Option Pack add-ons to help you plan, install, configure, manage, optimize, and connect NT Server 4.0 to the Internet.
http://www.WindowsITlibrary.com/documents/book.cfm?documentid=405

Microsoft Windows NT Secrets: Option Pack Edition
Packed with the kind of notes, tips, and workarounds that come only from years of working day in and day out with a product, this book will help you optimize the performance, reliability, and security of your network.
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The Microsoft Outlook E-Mail and Fax Guide
Written for Microsoft Outlook end users and the administrators who support them, this volume explains all the real-world tasks that you're likely to encounter when working with Outlook and includes many timesaving techniques that take you beyond the basics.
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Undocumented Windows NT
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