ACCU Home page ACCU Conference Page
Search Contact us ACCU at Flickr ACCU at GitHib ACCU at Google+ ACCU at Facebook ACCU at Linked-in ACCU at Twitter Skip Navigation

Search in Book Reviews

The ACCU passes on review copies of computer books to its members for them to review. The result is a large, high quality collection of book reviews by programmers, for programmers. Currently there are 1918 reviews in the database and more every month.
Search is a simple string search in either book title or book author. The full text search is a search of the text of the review.
    View all alphabetically
Title:
A Requirements Pattern
Author:
Patricia Ferdinandi
ISBN:
0 201 73826 0
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley
Pages:
506pp
Price:
$39.99 (no UK
Reviewer:
Michael Pont
Subject:
management
Appeared in:
15-3
I found this book extremely difficult to fathom. The title - and table of contents - led me to expect a book of patterns for requirements engineering. That is, I expected to find a book along the lines of 'Design Patterns' by Erich Gamma et al., or 'Analysis Patterns' by Martin Fowler. In fact, there is pattern collection in this book, but it is 'hidden' in Appendix D and occupies only 20 pages out of a total of around 500.

In place of the pattern collection I had expected, this book consists of nine, rather long, chapters describing techniques that are intended to help the reader 'succeed in the Internet economy'.

Overall, I was perplexed by both the structure and contents of 'A Requirements Pattern'. I'm sure that Ferdinandi has considerable experience in the field of requirements engineering. However, I did not feel that she succeeded in communicating her experience to me through this book.