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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...
25 Jun 2009
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...
18 Jun 2009
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...
21 May 2009
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...
15 May 2009
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...
7 May 2009
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. ...
7 May 2009
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...
30 Apr 2009
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...
23 Apr 2009
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...
16 Apr 2009
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...
26 Mar 2009
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