Book Review: “The End of Membership As We Know It”

Book review by STC Houston member Noel Atzmiller The End of Membership As We Know It By Sarah L. Sladek ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership - 2011 Washington, DC This is a book about change—societal and organizational—and what associations must do to deal with this. The author, Sarah Sladek, is an experienced marketing and … Continue reading Book Review: “The End of Membership As We Know It”

Book Review – Three Keys to the Past – The History of Technical Communication

Review by Noel Atzmiller Three Keys to the Past – The History of Technical Communication, edited by Teresa C. Kynell and Michael G. Moran; Ablex Publishing Corporation, Stamford, Connecticut 1999. If you are interested in essays about the history of technical communication, you might try reading this book. It is the final volume of the … Continue reading Book Review – Three Keys to the Past – The History of Technical Communication

Book Review – Spring Into Technical Writing for Engineers and Scientists

by Noel Atzmiller Spring Into Technical Writing for Engineers and Scientists, by Barry J. Rosenberg; Pearson Education, Inc., Addison-Wesley Publishers, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 2005. Have you ever tried to teach engineers or scientists how to improve their writing? If you agree to provide a course that will quickly benefit them, where can you … Continue reading Book Review – Spring Into Technical Writing for Engineers and Scientists

Book Review – Books Before Typography

Books Before Typography by Frederick W. HamiltonPublished by the Committee on Education, United Typothetae of America, Chicago, Ilinois,1918.Source file: http://www.Gutenberg.org/files/30803/30803-h/30803-h.htmby Noel Atzmiller Did you know that ancient Peruvians used a series of knots that they tied on colored cords to convey messages? What is the difference between an ideogram and a phonogram? Which people are credited … Continue reading Book Review – Books Before Typography

Book Review – Clear and to the Point

by Noel Atzmiller, Manager, Technical Publications, Baker HughesClear and to the Point by Stephen M. KosslynOxford University Press 2007Have you ever viewed a PowerPoint presentation that was difficult to understand? Was the information on the slides confusing or obscure? Did you struggle to determine the most important point displayed?If you had these experiences, it might be … Continue reading Book Review – Clear and to the Point

Review: Apprenticeship patterns – guide for the aspiring software craftsman

Dave H. Hoover and Adewale Oshineye O’Reilly Books, 2010 137 pages http://press.oreilly.com/pub/pr/2436 Review by Robert Delwood, Senior Programmer Writer If school prepares us to enter our careers, it seems there is little to prepare us for developing those careers. Apprenticeship Patterns: Guide for the Aspiring Software Craftsman looks into taking those first steps in a career … Continue reading Review: Apprenticeship patterns – guide for the aspiring software craftsman

Slide:ology to PowerPoint’s Rescue

"Slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations" by Nancy Duarte O’Reilly Books, 2008 Pages: 294 ISBN 10: 0-596-52234-7/ISBN 13: 9780596522346 MSRP: $34.99 http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596522346/ by Robert Delwood, STC Houston Member and Senior Programmer Writer “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him PowerPoint." This would … Continue reading Slide:ology to PowerPoint’s Rescue

Book Review

Microsoft Word for Medical and Technical Writers ISBN-13: 978-1604024456 Peter G. Aitken PhD and Maxine M. Okazaki PhD Reviewed by Robert Delwood, Senior Programmer Writer The myriad of Microsoft Word books on the market may be a disservice to the readers. Word is a deep application and many of the books try to cover all … Continue reading Book Review

Book Review

 Mastering Regular Expressions Third Edition ISBN 10: 0-596-52812-4/ISBN 13: 9780596528126 [Pages: 542] by Jeffrey E. F. Friedl Reviewed by Robert Delwood The mundane text search has been long overlooked. DOS users remember the DIR command to find files (such as DIR *.txt), Windows users have the Start >Search feature, and Microsoft Word, the Find dialog. … Continue reading Book Review