Monday, February 13, 2012

Test-Driven Development - A Practical Guide

Author:          David Astels 
Published:    2003
Publisher:     Prentice Hall.
Paperback:  592 pages

This book explores Test-Driven Developmen (TDD)  through practical hand-on examples and a real project.
Recommended for programmers familiar with Java or any Object oriented programming language. Not a right choice for readers without programming background.
To read an extended summary of this book please visit my business blog.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tools for Complex Projects

Authors:      Kaye Remington and Julien Pollack 
Published: 2007
Publisher:  Gower Publishing Ltd. 
Hardcover: 230 pages
The authors have written this book based on the latest research in the areas of project management, complexity theory and systems thinking. Their aim is to provide a set of tools for understanding and managing the complex projects and programs.
An useful book for the Project Management community which should be in every corporate library and which every project manager should make time to read. It will widen their perspective and understanding of complex projects.
To read an extended summary of this book please visit my business blog.

Friday, February 3, 2012

The Secret of the Nagas

Author:         Amish
Published:   2011
Publisher:    Westland Ltd.
Paperback: 414 pages

The saga of  Shiva continues in this book which forms the second part of Shiva trilogy., the first being  - The Immortals of Meluha.
Shiva after leading Meluhans to their victory over the Chandravanshis of Swadweep finds that even Chandravanshis like Meluhans revere him and look upon him as a savior. So the real enemies of Meluhans seem to be the Nagas, a mysterious tribe which has carried out guerrilla warfare on Meluhans.
This book is mainly Shiva's hunt for the Nagas with the help of a combined army of Meluhans and Chandravanshis.

The plot is  fast-moving and very imaginative .The characters Kartik, Parasuram, Ganesha and Kali are introduced. And there is a yet another surprise ending to this book (though I had intuitively guessed it).
But unlike the first book, the characters in this book are not well developed, though there was enough opportunity to do so. As a result the book comes down to a level of a slightly above average thriller. 
Nevertheless I found this book a better read than the "Immortals of Meluha" mainly because it has more interesting twists and turns. Look forward to the concluding part of the trilogy which is likely to be released later this year.

  • The Shiva Trilogy website - Do watch the high quality and professionally produced video trailers of the book available in this website.
  • Read an excerpt from this book.

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