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Collaborative Web Development: Strategies and Best Practices for Web Teams
Collaborative Web Development: Strategies and Best Practices for Web Teams
by Jessica Burdman
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 29.60
35 used & new from CDN$ 0.02

1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless, Oct. 27 2000
I found this book practically worthless; I had hoped it would cover and the table of contents seemed to indicate that it would have practical advice in the following areas:
- a web development methodology: it doesn't at all - it vaguely even covers a process - techniques for successful implementation: it doesn't it provides some moderatley useful guidance, but hardly techniques that provide a foundation for best practices - examples/recommendations of appropriate standards that should be adopted: few if any recommendations were made and even funnier was the recommendations ofr tools, standards, and methods paragraph on page 79: I quote "Once you have taken a look at your communications structure, you can start to put some best practices into effect." That is it - that is the whole paragraph! - what are the challenges to developing a dynamic - data driven website with real applications: these are largely ignored or glossed over. This book focuses on typical "uploading content as static web pages" type projects.
I could rant on several more, but it woudl be pointless. There are some inconsistencies in advice - almost like the book was written at very different times, or by different people. Page 39 supposedly gives you guidance on managing virtual teams, but then page 182 says there is nothing more effective than basically doing MBWA (that's management by walking around - a type of management style advocated many moons ago by professionals and such...). Hmmm... how do I virtually walk around - needless to say, page 39 had not enough detail to help.
Recommendation: Save your money and forget this one, buy a standard software project management book focused on RAD/JAD development.

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