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Joel just sent me an email letting me know that the first edition of "Best Software Writing, I" has now gone live.

I'm quite honored to have have had one of my blog posts (Larry's rules of software engineering #2: Measuring Testers by Test Metrics doesn't) selected for inclusion in the book. 

I've got to say that it feels pretty cool to have my name up there in a listing on Amazon. 

It's also humbling to have my writing up there with articles by Raymond, Eric, and Rick.  Very, very neat.

Joel let me know about this back in January, it's been an "interesting" experience working through all the issues.

Sometime, over a beer, I'll talk about them.


  • Wait, so your blog posts cost $16.49 + P&P to read now?!

    ... OK you got me, do you accept PayPal? :)
  • Congrats Larry, IMHO your position amongst said luminaries is well deserved
  • Sound interesting... the beer is on me. :-)
  • hey sweet, Joel gets paid to compile a lot of other people's blog posts, and then gets the result publicized because all the said bloggers blog it.

    Good business plan.
  • even better, it's titled 'volume 1'. So a regular stream of these every year or so. 2 page introduction + a few hours reading blog = PROFIT!
  • Congrats!

    I couldn't find a comment link on the original post, so... I think the most telling problem with that metric (which you mention) is that it discourages real investigation on the part of the QA folks. I've worked with QA people who file tons of bug reports against me which then turn out to be either non-bugs or someone else's bugs, and I waste time chasing them down. The valuable QA people are the ones who ask themselves "I wonder why that is" and "I wonder if it happens more generally than in this specific case".
  • Joel may talk the talk but his recent attempt to walk the walk has proved disastrous.

    Thanks to overmarketing, his intern project has been leaked weeks before it was supposed to.

    The response? To continue to carry on as normal, even giving away 'super secrets' about the product.

    Not only that, it seems completely badly thought out business-wise...
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