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20. Economic and Financial Analysis

1. Engineering Economy
by William G. Sullivan, Elin M. Wicks, James Luxhoj
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Asin: 0130673382
Catlog: Book (2002-07-15)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 58532
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars A practical guide for the manager
I first used this book as a student-I found it useful then, today I insist that all managers reporting to me review, and use, the concepts and techniques provided by the authors.

The book is useful, in that concepts are well explained, the examples are relevant, but most important for me is that it provides managers who have little or no experience in determining project costs with a handy means (including formulae and worked examples) of doing so.

I have tried to get copies of the most recent edition, the popularity seems to be such that the book is sold out. I most readily recommend this to anyone who needs to justify capital expenditure, who needs to do project costing, and who has to prepare proposals for submission to the boss (or the board of directors)in order to obtain funds for capital expansion, refurbishment or simply equipment upgrades. ... Read more


2. Engineering Economy
by Leland T Blank, AnthonyTarquin, Leland Blank, Anthony Tarquin
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Asin: 0072432349
Catlog: Book (2002-08-20)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
Sales Rank: 253739
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

This student-friendly text on the current economic issues particular to engineering covers the topics needed to analyze engineering alternatives. Students use both hand-worked and spreadsheet solutions of examples, problems and case studies. In this edition the options have been increased, with an expanded spreadsheet analysis component, twice the number of case studies, and virtually all new end-of-chapter problems. The chapters on factor derivation and usage, cost estimation, replacement studies, and after-tax evaluation have been heavily revised. New material is included on public sector projects and cost estimation. A reordering of chapters puts the fundamental topics up front in the text. Many chapters include a special set of problems that prepare the students for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.

This college-level text provides students and practicing professionals with a solid preparation in the financial understanding of engineering problems and projects, as well as the techniques needed for evaluating and making sound economic decisions. Distinguishing characteristics include learning objectives for each chapter, an easy-to-read writing style, many solved examples, integrated spreadsheets, and case studies throughout the text. Graphical cross-referencing between topics and quick-solve spreadsheet solutions are indicated in the margins throughout the text. While the chapters are progressive, over three-quarters can stand alone, allowing instructors flexibility for meeting course needs. A complete online learning center (OLC) offers supplemental practice problems, spreadsheet exercises, and review questions for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.

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1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible start for any financial studies.
This book is not a good book at all. The book has hardly any examples to help you learn the material. It is full of problems at the end of each chapter, but it is hard to solve any of them due to the lack of worked out example problems. The book is full of proofs of the financial formulas, which is a waste of time in the real world. The book is hard to read and even harder to understand. The only good use of this book is toilet paper and it wouldn't do a very good job at that either.

4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect start for Financial Evaluation Studies
This book offers a simple introduction to Financial Mathematics and Economic Engineering most of the chapters has wonderful examples for understanding and comprenhend the matters of this subject. If you are really interested in advanced skills on Financial Evaluation situations or proyects this is the perfect book to begin with. Start to read it and enjoy doing all the exercises this is real Analitic bussines and economic cases. ... Read more


3. Contemporary Engineering Economics (3rd Edition)
by Chan S. Park
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Asin: 0130893102
Catlog: Book (2001-07-06)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 130286
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good.
This is an excellent text for an engineering economics class. It concisely explains and demonstrates basic ideas and financial concepts in a logical manner. The only draw back I could detect was the author's nomemclature, which he introduces at the first of the text. If you don't memorize it early on, it becomes difficult to understand quickly. The professor who taught the Engineering Economics class I took was none other than Chan Park himself (guess what the required text was!). ... Read more


4. Engineering Economic Analysis
by Donald G. Newnan, Jerome P. Lavelle, Ted Eschenbach
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Asin: 0195168070
Catlog: Book (2004-02-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Sales Rank: 251076
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5. Advanced Engineering Economics
by Chan S.Park, Gunter P.Sharp-Bette
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Asin: 0471799890
Catlog: Book (1990-02-09)
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 619812
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Describes important and useful project evaluation and selection concepts and techniques that have developed over the past twenty years. These concepts and techniques--essential in making individual, corporate and public investment decisions--are presented in an integrated framework based upon traditional engineering economics principles. Four main sections--Basic Concepts and Techniques in Economics Analysis, Deterministic Analysis, Stochastic Analysis,Special Topics--cover a wide variety of subjects, including: accounting income, interest, inflation, the use of tranforms in cash-flow modeling, depreciation and corporate taxation, investment worth, utility theory, decision tree analysis and much more. A number of analysis techniques for public investments are described and decision rules for selecting among multiple alternatives are given. Features numerous case studies, illustrative examples, tables and end-of-chapter questions. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars douleia den eixa, egrafa kritikes...
basika, to biblio den to exw diabasei, par'ola ayta gamaei! alla as ta afhsoume ola ayta kai as enousoume ths fwnes mas gia na brontofonaksoume... "LEYTERIA STOUS GLAROUS THS INDONHSIAS"

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6. Cost Estimator's Reference Manual (New Dimensions In Engineering Series)
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Asin: 0471305103
Catlog: Book (1995-03)
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
Sales Rank: 448416
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This updated and expanded edition describes how to estimate accurate costs for engineering projects as well as where to find additional in-depth material on specific aspects of cost estimating. Contains new chapters on software estimating, design-to-cost techniques and cost implications of novel concurrent engineering and systems engineering approaches to the planning, development and delivery of products, processes, projects and services. Scores of examples demonstrate how to apply cost estimating methods to specific industries. ... Read more


7. The Selection Process for Capital Projects (Wiley Series in Engineering and Technology Management)
by Hans J.Lang, Donald N.Merino
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Asin: 0471634255
Catlog: Book (1993-08)
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
Sales Rank: 185831
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Reviews basic principles and presents techniques for evaluating and making decisions about investments and the acquisition of capital projects in industry and the private sector. Provides management and control techniques for construction of facilities or installation and operation of machinery and equipment. Covers sensitivity analysis and methods for ranking projects. Discusses the limitations of various methods. Explains how to carry out economic studies for the proper allocation of capital spending. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Concepts
While there is no disagreeing that this book is written at an advanced level, it does clearly present key concepts that are often difficult to understand apart from each other. I used a newer version of this book in Merino's class, and it really is the best book in its class.

Some of the more complex topics like multi-attribute analysis and risk management are presented well. After-tax analysis is not presented in as much depth as I would have liked, but after going through the examples the topic becomes clear.

Overall this book is excellent. It is a must read for those aspiring to go into management or get an MBA one day.

1-0 out of 5 stars This book does not live up to its name!
Having used the book in the course taught by Merino, I have noticed that the examples given at the end of each chapter are erroneous in nature. Many a time, I have found that the book lacks the basic elements of engineering economics. This book is definitely not for undergraduates. ... Read more


8. Schaum's Outline of Engineering Economics
by Jose A. Sepulveda, William E. Souder, Byron S. Gottfried
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Asin: 0070238340
Catlog: Book (1984-06-01)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Sales Rank: 56945
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Remarkable technological advances still elave us basing most major engineering decisions on economic considerations. So, this clear and concise examination of the principles of engineering economics should benefit all undergraduate students, regardless of their area of interest. Students will learn about compound interest and the time value of money, depriciation and taxes and more, and then find out how to use this information to make real-life decisions. Includes hundreds of practise problems with answers.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good supplement of an engineering economics book
This is a good compendium of pills and problems useful for practicing and for quick reviewing engineering economics concepts. It does not, however, stands alone as a book on the subject because it lacks unity and completeness in its treatment. The book was helpful for me to revisit some points and to clarify a few others, and I think that was the main purpose of the authors. For the price it is a very good deal.

4-0 out of 5 stars Schaum's Outline of Enginering Economics
Very useful for the Industrial Engineering student or someone interest in engineering economics. It had many typical situations that help in evaluating engineering projects. ... Read more


9. Fundamentals of Engineering Economics
by Chan S. Park
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Asin: 0130307912
Catlog: Book (2003-10-21)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 348656
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New from the author of the best-selling Contemporary Engineering Economics book, Fundamentals of Engineering Economics offers concise, but in-depth coverage of all fundamental topics of Engineering Economics.A four-part organization outlines an understanding of money and its management, how to evaluate business and engineering assets, .the development of project cash flows, and special topics in engineering economics.For individuals interested in the field of industrial, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering. ... Read more


10. Cost Analysis and Estimating for Engineering and Management
by Phillip F. Ostwald, Timothy S. McLaren
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Asin: 0131421271
Catlog: Book (2003-07-25)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 418822
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This popular book supplies readers with the latest principles and techniques for the evaluation of engineering design. The emphasis is on analysis and estimating. Included in this new edition is a chapter that introduces principles that deal with bringing inventions to the marketplace.It analyzes labor, material, accounting, and forecasting; then the theme of estimating is developed, with a study of methods, operations, and products.A versatile and extremely usable book, it's the perfect resource for engineers, managers, and entrepreneurs. ... Read more


11. Trade-Offs in Analog Circuit Design - The Designer's Companion
by C. Toumazou, Barrie Gilbert, George S. Moschytz, Chris Toumazou
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Asin: 1402070373
Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
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Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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As the frequency of communication systems increases and the dimensions of transistors are reduced, more and more stringent performance requirements are placed on analog circuits. This is a trend that is bound to continue for the foreseeable future and while it does, understanding performance trade-offs will constitute a vital part of the analog design process. It is the insight and intuition obtained from a fundamental understanding of performance conflicts and trade-offs, that ultimately provides the designer with the basic tools necessary for effective and creative analog design.Trade-offs in Analog Circuit Design, which is devoted to the understanding of trade-offs in analog design, is quite unique in that it draws together fundamental material from, and identifies interrelationships within, a number of key analog circuits. The book covers ten subject areas: Design methodology, Technology, General Performance, Filters, Switched Circuits, Oscillators, Data Converters, Transceivers, Neural Processing, and Analog CAD. Within these subject areas it deals with a wide diversity of trade-offs ranging from frequency-dynamic range and power, gain-bandwidth, speed-dynamic range and phase noise, to tradeoffs in design for manufacture and IC layout. The book has by far transcended its original scope and has become both a designer's companion as well as a graduate textbook. An important feature of this book is that it promotes an intuitive approach to understanding analog circuits by explaining fundamental relationships and, in many cases, providing practical illustrative examples to demonstrate the inherent basic interrelationships and trade-offs.

Trade-offs in Analog Circuit Design draws together 34 contributions from some of the world's most eminent analog circuits-and-systems designers to provide, for the first time, a comprehensive text devoted to a very important and timely approach to analog circuit design. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Don't waste your money only becasue they are rare though... ... Read more


12. Manufacturing at Warp Speed: Optimizing Supply Chain Financial Performance
by Eli Schragenheim, H. William Dettmer
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Asin: 1574442937
Catlog: Book (2000-09-28)
Publisher: CRC Press
Sales Rank: 172020
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Manufacturing systems don't exist in a vacuum, isolated from the rest of the company, but they are often managed that way. A truly effective, highly competitive manufacturing company integrates its manufacturing, marketing, sales, purchasing, and financial functions into a well-coordinated whole. Manufacturing at Warp Speed: Optimizing Supply Chain Financial Performance explains in detail how to coordinate all these functions to maximize sales revenue while controlling inventory and overhead costs. Ultimately, the effects of applying the new Simplified-Drum-Buffer-Rope (DBR II) introduced by the authors include dramatically faster manufacturing cycle times, shorter order-to-delivery lead times, higher on-time delivery reliability, and better customer satisfaction.The book gives you everything a typical production professional needs to implement this new DBR approach. A supplemental feature - the Management Interactive Case Study Simulator (MICSS) - is included with the book. This CD-ROM sets up a virtual company where you can test and practice the processes you learn in the book before implementing them in your organization. The book and software together constitute the complete package for learning how to streamline manufacturing operations. The first book available on second generation Drum-Buffer-Rope, Manufacturing at Warp Speed: Optimizing Supply Chain Financial Performance describes the simplest, most efficient methods for reducing manufacturing cycle time and increasing the speed of manufacturing yet devised. Fully illustrated, with numerous examples, case studies, and manufacturing scenarios, the book is so easy to read that even the novice can understand it. Correct use of this new method practically assures your company has the competitive advantage. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A terrific for book for those wanting to bridge the gap between reading "The Goal" and putting it into everyday practice. The authors explain the fundamentals of Theory of Constraints and drum-buffer-rope scheduling, and present seductive logic for a new simplified drum-buffer-rope called S-DBR.

Through the use of diagrams called clouds, most people will immediately recognise a host of the day-to-day production problems that they face and the solutions for their removal. There is an important discussion of V, A, and T plant configurations that will help managers to better understand their own plants. The financial, tactical, and strategic implications of TOC are also investigated. Integral to the text is CD-ROM simulation that allows you to run various plants for a significant period of time in order to experience the undesirable effects and their solutions first-hand.

People who are serious about rapidly improving the bottom line performance of their organisations should read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must Read
The authors have shown us how the the Theory of Constraints can improve your business quickly and effectively. They clearly explain how it operates within existing legacy systems or can be used as the basis for a much improved brand new solution. If you are looking for the definitive reference source that answers those questions you have about TOC in a supply chain solution, then look no longer. "Manufacturing at Warp Speed" is a must read for those investigating leading edge solutions and for the seasoned TOC experts.

1-0 out of 5 stars Missed the point
Sorry guys.....but this is a very POORLY written book. It has a tendency to bounce all over the place and leaves the reader wondering what point are they trying to make? It also discusses neanderthal technology. Haven't these guys heard of the "Three Step Method", or "Control Point Theory". I think if I were wanting information about how to "Manufacture at Warp Speed" I would think they should at least know how to get to warp speed. This books doesn't have the answers.......it missed the point. ... Read more


13. Applied Economic Analysis for Technologists, Engineers, and Managers (2nd Edition)
by Michael S. Bowman
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Catlog: Book (2002-05-20)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 576570
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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This book provides a practical approach to making integrated financial decisions in contemporary organizations. While mathematics is used throughout, it focuses on the application of the math techniques used in real-world settings. Examples, Questions, Problems, and Discussion Cases balance quantitative analysis, team based decisions, technical factors, and qualitative information.A four-part organization covers financial concepts, financial analysis and time value of money, financial decision making, and continuous financial improvement.For those working in design, process and manufacturing engineering, purchasing, and financial analysis in both manufacturing and service organizations; for members of financial improvement teams; and for technical and senior managers. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars easily to understand for students
To whom it may concern: Do you publish the applied economic analysis for answers of problem and question in each chapter? We would like to buy this solution book. Which ISBN is the solution of this textbook?

Jim. ... Read more


14. Estimator's Equipment Installation Man-Hour Manual (Estimator's Man-Hour Library)
by John S. Page
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Asin: 0884152871
Catlog: Book (1999-05-24)
Publisher: Gulf Professional Publishing
Sales Rank: 578031
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This new edition is expanded to include 26 new man-hour tables on compressors, dryers, dampers, filters, coolers, and heaters. This manual eliminates guesswork and enables you to produce fast, accurate equipment installation labor estimates. ... Read more


15. Financial Engineering and Computation: Principles, Mathematics, and Algorithms
by Yuh-Dauh Lyuu
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Asin: 052178171X
Catlog: Book (2001-11-12)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Sales Rank: 455957
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Nowadays students and professionals intending to work in any area of finance must master not only advanced concepts and mathematical models but also learn how to implement these models computationally. This comprehensive text combines the theory and mathematics behind financial engineering with an emphasis on computation, in keeping with the way financial engineering is practiced in today's capital markets. Unlike most books on investments, financial engineering, or derivative securities, the book starts from very basic ideas in finance and gradually builds up the theory.It offers a thorough grounding in the subject for MBAs in finance, students of engineering and sciences who are pursuing a career in finance, researchers in computational finance, system analysts, and financial engineers. Along with the theory, the author presents numerous algorithms for pricing, risk management, and portfolio management.The emphasis is on pricing financial and derivative securities: bonds, options, futures, forwards, interest rate derivatives, mortgage-backed securities, bonds with embedded options, and more.Each instrument is treated in a short, self-contained chapter for ready reference use.Many of these algorithms are coded in Java as programs for the Web, available from the book's home page (www.csie.ntu.edu/~lyuu/Capitals/capitals.htm) ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Most impressive extension of the term
The term financial engineering is appearing increasingly in the title of various works. What it actually means remains nebulous, for even natural sciences and engineering remain irresolvable at their respective cores. This is evidently addressing another boon of the digital age, where equations and approximations can be done both automatically, and with extreme rapidity. It is only natural for the advantages of this to trickle into research of finance and economics, only now it is becoming a steady stream, and, with the inclusion of this work, a most sound one at that.

It is inferred that the author views this phrase, "financial engineering," as the level of control over precision of computation, and then the resulting accuracy of projected results (with an occasional forecast of unanticipated outcome). His credentials validate this as well.

The tools utilized include the complete discipline of algorithmics, and numerous branches of mathematics, along with tools assisting with and automating graphics and formatting, such as Latex and Mathematica, all channelled into this most profitable and competitive field of finance.

The approach for most sections begins with a brief discussion of motivation, typically condensed to one or a few paragraphs, followed by an equation representing an historical approach to the problem. This is followed by one or more expanded sections building algorithms, expressed in mathematics and pseudocode, as well as plots of typical results. The section then concludes with a broader discussion of how computation and finance become intertwined through this particular application. The author is extremely well versed in both. There are numerous exercises as well.

The book has the look and feel of an adept computer scientist, applying his honed skills to the financial realm. The typesetting is extremely well done, and even for sections initially unfamiliar, the reader feels confident and motivated to become fluent in time. Many of the exercises have solutions provided in an appendix.

At the time of its original publish date the book was unique in the field due to its approach and concise depth of mathematics, all available from a single resource. The author clearly exerted an extraordinary amount of time and energy to producing this work, and each section attests to this meticulous attention detail.

This work is highly-recommended as a reference, for a plethora of well-constructed algorithms in pseudocode are provided; Java examples are also provided via a website. Some considerable level of sophistication in topics typically relegated to computer science and mathematics are required, for which the intrepid reader can find additional resources. When time and motivation are sufficient, there is a wealth of mathematically sound information, providing depth of understanding and a mature foundation to build upon just what financial engineering means.

4-0 out of 5 stars Integrated treatment
The text covers quite a broad range of topics. It assumes that the reader has a fairly good grasp of statistics and mathematics (senior undergraduate level). Introductory financial material reads ok. The algorithmic approach is useful and so are the answers to select problems. However, some could find the material too tightly packed. ... Read more


16. Control and Management of Capital Projects
by John W. Hackney, Kenneth K. Humphreys, Kenneth King Humphreys, American Association of Cost Engineers
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Asin: 0070012598
Catlog: Book (1991-09-01)
Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill (Tx)
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17. Web Design on a Shoestring
by Carrie Bickner
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Asin: 0735713286
Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
Publisher: Pearson Education
Sales Rank: 149864
Average Customer Review: 4.55 out of 5 stars
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At the height of those flush dot-com days, Carrie Bickner, in her role as Web developer for the New York Public Library, was about to embark on an ambitious site redesign project, one that would entail bringing aboard information architects, graphic designers, editors, and writers. Then the stock market suddenly tanked and the bottom fell out of her budget. Reduced to a two-person staff, she quickly learned how to do a lot with a little. And with, Web Design on a Shoestring, a lean but power-packed book, Bickner, along with some fellow "shoestring warriors," shares this knowledge and shows how each phase in site development can trimmed back without losing control, quality, or beauty.

Using case studies and countless anecdotes throughout the book, she begins with some steps for good project planning: find a clear focus for the site, figure out what resources (hardware, software, people) are already available, and, (this will cause a knowing smile for many readers) keep the number of decision makers small. She outlines how to document the goals and requirements, both functional and technical, and advises keeping this documentation where every team member can see it. The book covers user testing, proving that usability checking needn’t be sacrificed when money’s tight, and there’s helpful advice on what makes good written and visual content.

But the pot of gold in this book is in the chapter on content-management systems (CMS), especially ones that save money like templates, cascading style sheets (CSS), server-side includes (SSI), and open-source CMS solutions. Bickner discusses how employing good markup and adhering to Web standards can make your site work on the widest range of browsers and devices and even goes over some fine points of proper XHTML. She finishes with some sage words on choosing and registering a domain name and comparison shopping for domain hosting.

The checklists at the start of each chapter and little "Budget Threat" sidebars make Web Design on a Shoestring a handy desk companion for any money-strapped office. And isn’t that every office these days? --Angelynn Grant ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Solid advice for novices & professionals alike!
On a tight budget? Overwhelmed and overchoiced by your design options? Read this book and learn how to create spectacular web sites without cramping your wallet or your client's image. Carrie Bickner guides you through the ups and downs, ins and outs of designing great web sites while keeping your budget low and your sanity in check. Chapter 5 is especially meaty giving good examples on the use of colors, typography, and images; and the benefits of separating content from design with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). She also tells you how to minimize your web site costs by piggy-backing on other web site domains until you can afford your own DSN.

As a web designer myself, I have definitely gained some insight into developing my online writing style, balancing client expectations with realistic work loads, and the undeniable advantages of using web standards at all costs. Buy this book, you need it!

4-0 out of 5 stars Practical advice for the low-budget designer
Web Design on a Shoestring is divided into two parts: Production covers planning the site and marshaling assets; The Tools covers content management, standards compliance, and web hosting and domain registration.

Ms. Bickner's theme is that proper planning will keep your project in line and your clients' expectations in check. The point almost goes without saying, but the value in this book is its practical approach that is backed up with checklists and planning documents to put the advice into play.

Plenty of real-world examples inform this book. Chapter 7, for instance, shows a step by step transformation of a web page built on tables and presentation tags into a standards-compliant page based on CSS. I have read a couple of other makeover articles, but Ms. Bickner does a superior job of showing the before and after and describing how to get there. In the process, she makes a compelling case for the value of standards compliance in terms of efficiency and results.

Some sections I found difficult to understand, and while it might be me, I think some editing was needed.

My notes have a number of sections to re-read for solutions to problems I have encountered and for things I want to do better. The sections on planning a site are required reading, and I personally found the CSS makeover to be instructive and actually inspiring. The style is informal but not overly chatty, with good charts and instructive examples, and with suggestions based on sound judgment.

Despite some unevenness, this book has value for anyone making the step from tagging pages to developing full web sites. While the focus is on the small-scale or part-time designer, Web Design on a Shoestring has lessons for anyone who works with limited time or resources.

5-0 out of 5 stars Building a new site? Read this first...
I was talking with a friend who had just had a web site built. It was a simple site with attractive graphics and probably fewer than 10 separate pages. It had no shopping cart, and suffered from the typical Flash intro that interrupted visitors before they had time to explore what they wanted. I offered a gentle critique, and then casually asked him how much he paid to build the site. I could hardly contain my shock when he waved his hand in the air and said, "oh, about $20,000".

If he (and I aim this at any solo entrepreneur, or anyone else with limited resources) had read Carrie Bickner's book first, he might have spent as little as a tenth of his eventual cost, with greater satisfaction, and the ability to update his site more easily and inexpensively in the future. Bickner takes a holistic view, looking at the fabric of the site from initial planning, to hosting, to web standards. She's also ready with suggestions along the way to economize, whether it's by backing-off features you can't afford, through savvy design choices, or in careful selection of service providers.

Be warned: this book assumes a fairly broad array of skills and knowledge that one person alone might not likely hold. You may gloss over her suggestions for planning, usability, copywriting, and design without understanding their necessity. Likewise, the technical discussions of CSS, XHTML, content-management, and web hosting may be too detailed or obscure for your liking or experience. This is not a guide for beginners. If you've never launched a site before, use this book with trusted colleagues who have, and who are willing to share Bickner's perspective.

Though she mentions it only in passing, her New York Public Library Style Guide is a wonderful parallel resource that ties her into the web standards community. Once you tap into Jeffrey Zeldman, Eric Meyers, or other folks in and around alistapart.com, you'll appreciate even more how Carrie Bickner's simple little book is tied to the cloth of the web universe. This is a handbook (not a cookbook) that you might have around for a while.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good ROI on this book
from a review I wrote for DMXzone.com

The title of this book is both accurate and simultaneously misleading; it does teach how to make web sites on a shoestring, but it also suggests it's going to tell you how to use that copy of FrontPage that you got with MS Office, together with some clipart and animated GIFs in order to make a table-heavy, midi-muzakked "killer homepage".

I believe that, at some point during the writing, it was codenamed "how to make a site on a shoestring that looks a million dollars" which would be more accurate (although a little cumbersome and too big to fit on the book's spine!). It's a book for web designers with a low budget (whether in the public sector, freelancers or - let's be frank - practically everyone these days).

This book definitely does what it says on the cover and more; the sites you'll create if you follow its advice will be better looking than the majority of current web sites out there on the web. Even if you are an experienced developer or designer, there's sure to be some useful tips you'll pick up.

It's nice to see New Riders publishing practising what their author preaches; the book is cleanly and carefully laid-out in black and white (to keep the cover price down, presumably) and lacks the typographic excesses that polluted some previous books like blink tags on a Geocities web page.

This slim book doesn't feel very big, and it isn't cheap at $24.99, but that's much cheaper than most computer software available and will certainly impact as much on your quality and productivity as most labour-saving software packages do. I recommend buying a copy, as it is full of good ideas, links, tips and project management suggestions that is almost certain to save you several multiples of the cover price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lots of great info in such a small book.
For me Ms. Bickner breaks no new ground in this book. However, the compilation of all this info in one place makes it so convenient and very useful. If you work on small budget web dev/design projects you owe it to yourself to keep this book within arms reach. Her thoughts on developing a project plan are great as are the content management tips. This book belongs on your desk. ... Read more


18. Essentials of Engineering Economic Analysis
by Donald G. Newnan, Jerome P. Lavelle, Ted G. Eschenbach
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Asin: 0195150015
Catlog: Book (2001-10-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Sales Rank: 439992
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Miserable
This book is very difficult to follow. The format makes learning the material extremely difficult and the few examples they give are not very helpful. It is a great struggle to try and grasp the relatively easy concepts the way this book presents these concepts. ... Read more


19. Technology Paradise Lost: Why Companies Will Spend Less to Get More from Information Technology
by Erik Keller
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Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: Manning Publications
Sales Rank: 71263
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Debunking many of today’s myths about the future prospects and growth of information technology, this book uses a variety of well-accepted economic, technological, and market data to come to the contrary conclusion that IT is poised to shrink and not grow. Discussed is how this conclusion does not imply that companies will slow their use of technology but rather all aspects will become much less expensive, thus halting traditional growth patterns. The argument is made that over the next three to five years, the same price performance gains that have been seen in the hardware area will be seen in software, external services, and labor spending. Outlined are the factors causing this change, which include open source software, Microsoft, offshore labor and services, new software tools to better manage IT assets, and the Internet. The book also argues that buyers of technology have become much savvier about its use and will be spending less overall to get more from their investments. With these changes in mind, survival strategies for buyers and sellers of technology to help them prepare for this long-term change in growth are prescribed.
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5-0 out of 5 stars New perspective on the realities of software development
Eric Keller really hits home with both facts and anecdotal evidence supporting his claims that there is a shift happening in the IT industry. HIs claim is that through a combination of outsourcing, project and asset management companies both on the buying and selling sides of the IT fence will spend less to get more.

The book is organized as you would expect. The first few chapters cover current problems in the industry with quality and project failures. Though the outlook is gloomy most chapters end with a 'survival guide' which gives some pragmatic advice to avoid the pitfalls and problems mentioned in the chapter.

The second part of the book lays out a set of IT spending and management paths. The path he would have you go on is the 'path to profits' which reduces and optimizes spending through outsourcing and intelligent use of local resources and assets.

The book is definitely in the same league as The Mythical Man Month, The Decline and Fall of the American Programmer, and the Rise and Resurrection of the American Programmer. I can't say if it's better or worse, but I'm not sure it's relevant. If you enjoyed any of these source works you will enjoy and learn from this book. ... Read more


20. Economic and Financial Analysis for Engineering and Project Management
by Abol Ardalan
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Asin: 1566768322
Catlog: Book (1999-10-13)
Publisher: CRC Press
Sales Rank: 1072924
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Economic and Financial Analysis for Engineering and Project Management is for engineers and others who must analyze the financial and economic ramifications of producing and sustaining capital projects. Unlike other books in the field, it offers straightforward and lucid explanations of all main formulas needed to carry out financial analyses. The math is kept simple and is fully explained, making the book accessible to non-technical personnel. Numerous sample problems are provided, and can be worked on standard spreadsheet programs, as well as using interest rate tables. The book shows how to link quantitative data to management decisions and to standard reporting forms and has been designed for practicing engineers and students alike.Economic and Financial Analysis for Engineering and Project Management is a "must have" for graduate students in engineering management departments; graduate and undergraduates taking courses in project management, engineering economics, and engineering finance. Practicing engineers will find this book THE handy reference for any project involving financial analyses. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Misleading Title
This book should not be recommended for engineering and project management. Its title is misleading.

Its contents are way too simple to be considered even as a text book for College. I work at a bank and I thought I was buying a book that would help me improve my skills as a project analyst... I feel deceived.

Another thing... its price is too high in relation to its quality (contents, design and materials used) ... Read more


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