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  • Blog Post: Technical Book Club: Code Complete – Measure Twice Cut Once: Architecture Prerequisite

    Consider getting a call from someone to ask if you can send them a dress.  When you hang up you realize that in the context of the situation you assumed it was “a dress” but later you realize that there was some ambiguity and perhaps they meant “address”.  Software projects have confusion like...
  • Blog Post: Technical Book Club: Code Complete – Measure Twice Cut Once: 6 Influences on Software Methodology

    Steve discusses costs associated with iterative and sequential development approaches. He presents many good best practices and charts in Chapter 3 worth reviewing but comes down to these 6 factors that influence software methodology for the project. Deciding between a mix of iterative and sequential...
  • Blog Post: Technical Book Club: Code Complete – Measure Twice Cut Once: Problem Definition, Requirements, and Changing Requirements

    The next sections are fairly straight-forward.  Here’s a summary of some of the keypoints: Without a good problem definition, you might spend a lot of time solving the wrong problem … and never solve the right one. Requirements enable the user to agree/disagree before programming begins, which keeps...
  • Blog Post: Technical Book Club: Code Complete – Measure Twice Cut Once: The Importance of Prerequisites

    In answer to the question from last week’s section , according to Code Complete, software construction can account for up to 65% of the total project cost! One of the challenges we all face is working on a team with others. Typically others on your team will have a different background and set of expertise...
  • Blog Post: Technical Mom Picture Time: Mom’s with O’Reilly Books

    Pictures of technical moms with their pictures are starting to arrive!  Check them out at: http://oreilly.com/go/techmoms O’Reilly is collecting pictures of Technical Moms for their O’Reilly Mother’s Day Page and discount.  Take a pic with your O’Reilly books and send it into press@oreilly...
  • Blog Post: Technical Book Club: How to Participate

    Our Technical Book Club is underway with our first book Code Complete , but it’s never too late to join!  Some people have written to ask how to get involved, so I thought I’d pull together a post. Buy, beg, or borrow :  Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction 2nd edition...
  • Blog Post: Technical Book Club: Code Complete – Software Construction: Building Software

    Code Complete is all about Software Construction.  What? You probably never faced a course on software construction in school … or did you.  Some key points from this chapter: Software Construction includes detailed design, coding, debugging, integration, unit, and integration testing. ...
  • Blog Post: Technical Mom Picture Time: Send in Pics with O’Reilly Books

    O’Reilly is collecting pictures of Technical Moms for their O’Reilly Mother’s Day Page and discount.  Take a pic with your O’Reilly books and send it into press@oreilly.com .  They plan to post a picture page of technical mom’s with their books. Don’t forget to order your Mother’s Day O’Reilly...
  • Blog Post: O’Reilly Offers Mother’s Day Discounts on Technical Books

    In just 24 hours, O’Reilly responds to my tweet for mother’s day discounts on technical books !  Give a technical book for Mother’s day using the code MDAYT for 40% discount at http://oreilly.com . What are you getting for the technical women in your life? And now, the really hard question … which...
  • Blog Post: Challenge: Technical Books Discounts for Technical Moms

    My challenge to you :  What discounts can you offer for technical moms on Mother’s Day to tell the Women in Tech Story? On Thursday I had a fantastic interaction on Twitter with Tim O’Reilly , co-author of the upcoming Twitter Book , founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media .  Let me tell you my story...
  • Blog Post: Technical Book Club: Code Complete – Software Metaphors

    My husband was a philosopher before becoming a computer scientist and uses the following metaphor to describe his work in failure locality. Think back to Christmas time prior to the 80s.  Remember decorating the tree or the house with long strands of Christmas lights.  When one of the lights...
  • Blog Post: In Remembrance of the Inventor of Cliffs Notes

    Before the “ For Dummies ” series swept the category of yellow books, a smaller more targeted set of books helped students everywhere get to know their literature classics called Cliffs Notes . Without these books I would not have understood most of the literature I read in high school. As tech students...
  • Blog Post: Technical Book Club: Code Complete - Motivation

    The first book for our technical book club will be Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction by Steve McConnell.    Why did I choose Code Complete? In conversations with recent college grads and college students, there are 2 books that stand out as books they highly recommend...
  • Blog Post: Technical Book Club: Code Complete Book #1

    The first book we’re reading for our Technical Book Club is Code Complete. Order it today if you want to read along. I’ll provide summaries and insights as we go along. Here are some other book recommendations and books I'm considering for this year for the Technical Book Club . Read this post on...
  • Blog Post: Technical Book Club

    When I was in college, I didn’t really know what books to read outside of class.  Internships can often help out a lot with this to get a feel for what others are reading and these days there are some great online lists from technical role models.  I’m thinking of starting a book club that...
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