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Making Software--New from O'Reilly Media
What Really Works, and Why We Believe It
Sebastopol, CA--Many claims are made about how certain tools, technologies, and practices improve
software development. But which claims are verifiable, and which are merely wishful thinking? In
"Making Software: What Really Works, and Why We Believe It" (O'Reilly Media, $44.99 USD), leading
thinkers such as Steve McConnell, Barry Boehm, and Barbara Kitchenham offer essays that uncover the
truth and unmask myths commonly held among the software development community. Their insights may
- Are some programmers really ten times more productive than others?
- Does writing tests first help you develop better code faster?
- Can code metrics predict the number of bugs in a piece of software?
- Do design patterns actually make better software?
- What effect does personality have on pair programming?
- What matters more: how far apart people are geographically, or how far apart they are in the org
"We call ourselves "engineers," but programming processes are mostly dictated by comfort and
momentum instead of being driven by data. With this wealth of empirical data about writing code,
finally our processes can be as scientific as our personalities."
--Jason Cohen, founder, Smart Bear and founder, WPEngine
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About the Editors
Andy Oram is an editor at O'Reilly Media, a highly respected book publisher and technology
information provider. An employee of the company since 1992, Andy currently specializes in free
software and open source technologies. His work for O'Reilly includes the first books ever
published commercially in the United States on Linux, and the 2001 title Peer-to-Peer. His modest
programming and system administration skills are mostly self-taught.
Greg Wilson holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh, and has worked on
high-performance scientific computing, data visualization, and computer security. He is the author
of Data Crunching and Practical Parallel Programming (MIT Press, 1995), a contributing editor at
Doctor Dobb's Journal, and an adjunct professor in Computer Science at the University of Toronto.
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ISBN: 9780596808327, 624 pages
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