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Working Effectively with Legacy Code

Michael C. Feathers

The average book on Agile software development describes a fairyland of greenfield projects, with wall-to-wall tests that run after every few edits, and clean & simple source code.


The average software project, in our industry, was written under some aspect of code-and-fix, and without automated unit tests. And we can't just throw this code away; it represents a significant effort debugging and maintaining. It contains many latent requirements decisions. Just as Agile processes are incremental, Agile adoption must be incremental too. No more throwing away code just because it looked at us funny.


Mike begins his book with a very diplomatic definition of "Legacy". I'l skip ahead to the undiplomatic version: Legacy code is code without unit tests.


Before cleaning that code up, and before adding new features and removing bugs, such code must be de-legacified. It needs unit tests.


To add unit tests, you must change the code. To change the code, you need unit tests to show how safe your change was.


The core of the book is a cookbook of recipes to conduct various careful attacks. Each presents a particular problem, and a relatively safe way to migrate the code towards tests.


Code undergoing this migration will begin to experience the benefits of unit tests, and these benefits will incrementally make new tests easier to write. These efforts will make aspects of a legacy codebase easy to change.


It's an unfortunate commentary on the state of our programming industry how much we need this book.

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Design Patterns

Ralph Johnson, Erich Gamma, John Vlissides, Richard Helm

Capturing a wealth of experience about the design of object-oriented software, four top-notch designers present a catalog of simple and succinct solutions to commonly occurring design problems. Previously undocumented, these 23 patterns allow designers to create more flexible, elegant, and ultimately reusable designs without having to rediscover the design solutions themselves. The authors begin by describing what patterns are and how they can help you design object-oriented software. They then go on to systematically name, explain, evaluate, and catalog recurring designs in object-oriented systems. With Design Patterns as your guide, you will learn how these important patterns fit into the software development process, and how you can leverage them to solve your own design problems most efficiently. Each pattern describes the circumstances in which it is applicable, when it can be applied in view of other design constraints, and the consequences and trade-offs of using the pattern within a larger design. All patterns are compiled from real systems and are based on real-world examples. Each pattern also includes code that demonstrates how it may be implemented in object-oriented programming languages like C++ or Smalltalk. 0201633612B07092001

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Domain-driven Design

Eric Evans

Describes ways to incorporate domain modeling into software development.

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Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture

Martin Fowler

This volume is a handbook for enterprise system developers, guiding them through the intricacies and lessons learned in enterprise application development. It provides proven solutions to the everyday problems facing information systems developers.

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Code Complete

Steve McConnell

Features the best practices in the art and science of constructing software--topics include design, applying good techniques to construction, eliminating errors, planning, managing construction activities, and relating personal character to superior software. Original. (Intermediate)

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Head First Design Patterns

Eric Freeman, Elisabeth Freeman, Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates

Provides design patterns to help with software development using the Java programming language.

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Test-driven Development

Kent Beck

Write clean code that works with the help of this groundbreaking software method. Example-driven teaching is the basis of Beck's step-by-step instruction that will have readers using TDD to further their projects.

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Introduction To Algorithms

Thomas H Cormen, Charles E Leiserson, Ronald L Rivest, Clifford Stein

An extensively revised edition of a mathematically rigorous yet accessible introduction to algorithms.

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Applying UML and Patterns

Craig Larman

This third edition again delivers a clear path for students and professionals to learn and apply object-oriented analysis and design.

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Agile Software Development

Robert C. Martin

Written by a software developer for software developers, this book is a unique collection of the latest software development methods. The author incudes OOD, UML, Design Patterns, Agile and XP methods with a detailed description of a complete software design for reusable programs in C++ and Java. Using a practical, problem-solving approach, it shows how to develop an object-oriented application -- from the early stages of analysis, through the low-level design and into the implementation. Walks readers through the designer's thoughts — showing the errors, blind alleys, and creative insights that occur throughout the software design process. Covers: Statics and Dynamics; Principles of Class Design; Complexity Management; Principles of Package Design; Analysis and Design; Patterns and Paradigm Crossings. Explains the principles of OOD, one by one, and then demonstrates them with numerous examples, completely worked-through designs, and case studies. Covers traps, pitfalls, and work arounds in the application of C++ and OOD and then shows how Agile methods can be used. Discusses the methods for designing and developing big software in detail. Features a three-chapter, in-depth, single case study of a building security system. For Software Engineers, Programmers, and Analysts who want to understand how to design object oriented software with state of the art methods.

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Refactoring Databases

Scott W. Ambler, Pramod J. Sadalage

Brings agile/object developers and database administrators together to develop a common language for better database design and change.

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Software Estimation

Steve McConnell

Covers software estimation techniques with information on how to successfully estimate scheduling, cost, and project activities.

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Agile Estimating and Planning

Mike Cohn

Goes beyond the strategy of just enough planning and estimating, and shows readers how to make agile practices truly work organizationally.

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User Stories Applied

Mike Cohn

"Offers a requirements process that saves time, eliminates rework, and leads directly to better software. A great way to build software that meets users' needs is to begin with 'user stories': simple, clear, brief descriptions of functionality that will be valuable to real users. ... [the author] provides you with a front-to-back blueprint for writing these user stories and weaving them into your development lifecycle. You'll learn what makes a great user story, and what makes a bad one. You'll discover practical ways to gather user stories, even when you can't speak with your users. Then, once you've compiled your user stories, [the author] shows how to organize them, prioritize them, and use them for planning, management, and testing"--Back cover.

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Object-oriented Analysis and Design with Applications

The long-awaited revision of THE book on learning proper OO analysis and design, from UML founder Grady Booch is back!

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Agile Software Development with Scrum

Ken Schwaber, Mike Beedle

Arguably the most important book about managing technology and systems development efforts, this book describes building systems using the deceptively simple process, Scrum. Readers will come to understand a new approach to systems development projects that cuts through the complexity and ambiguity of complex, emergent requirements and unstable technology to iteratively and quickly produce quality software. BENEFITS Learn how to immediately start producing software incrementally regardless of existing engineering practices or methodologies Learn how to simplify the implementation of Agile processes Learn how to simplify XP implementation through a Scrum wrapper Learn why Agile processes work and how to manage them Understand the theoretical underpinnings of Agile processes

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Planning Extreme Programming

Kent Beck, Martin Fowler

A guide to XP leads the developer, project manager, and team leader through the software development planning process, offering real world examples and tips for reacting to changing environments quickly and efficiently.

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Extreme Programming Explained

Kent Beck, Cynthia Andres

An updated look at the roots, philosophies, stories, and myths associated with Extreme Programming (XP).

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The Clean Coder

Robert C. Martin

Presents practical advice on the disciplines, techniques, tools, and practices of computer programming and how to approach software development with a sense of pride, honor, and self-respect.

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Extreme Programming Explained

Kent Beck

Beck wants to encourage readers to re-examine their preconceptions of how software development ought to occur. He does just that in this overview of Extreme Programming, a controversial approach to software development which challenges the notion that the cost of changing a piece of software must rise dramatically over the course of time.

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Professional Refactoring in Visual Basic

Danijel Arsenovski

Provides information on managing and modifying code using refractoring tools and features.

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Head First Software Development

Dan Pilone, Russ Miles

Provides information on successful software development, covering such topics as customer requirements, task estimates, principles of good design, dealing with source code, system testing, and handling bugs.

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Exploring Requirements

Donald C. Gause, Gerald M. Weinberg

Negotiating a Common Understanding. Ways to the Get Started. Exploring the Possibilities. Clarifying Expectations. Greatly Improving the Odds of Success.

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Are Your Lights On?

Donald C. Gause, Gerald M. Weinberg

A Practical Guide for Everyone Involved in Product and Systems Development The fledgling problem solver invariably rushes in with solutions before taking time to define the problem being solved. Even experienced solvers, when subjected to social pressure, yield to this demand for haste. When they do, many solutions are found, but not necessarily to the problem at hand. Whether you are a novice or a veteran, this powerful little book will make you a more effective problem solver. Anyone involved in product and systems development will appreciate this practical illustrated guide, which was first published in 1982 and has since become a cult classic. Offering such insights as "A problem is a difference between things as desired and things as perceived, " and "In spite of appearances, people seldom know what they want until you give them what they ask for, " authors Don Gause and Jerry Weinberg provide an entertaining look at ways to improve one's thinking power. The book playfully instructs the reader first to identify the problem, second to determine the problem's owner, third to identify where the problem came from, and fourth to determine whether or not to solve it. Delightfully illustrated with 55 line drawings, the book conveys a message that will change the way you think about projects and problems.

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Pair Programming Illuminated

Laurie Williams, Robert R. Kessler

Written as instruction for pair programming newbies, with practical improvement tips for those experienced with the concept, this guide explores the operational aspects and unique fundamentals of pair programming; information such as furniture set-up, pair rotation, and weeding out bad pairs.

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Conceptual Blockbusting

James L. Adams

We all run up against mental blocks, and there’s no better map for getting around them than Conceptual Blockbusting . This proven and popular book is packed with eye-opening exercises and original thought problems that will stretch your mind. Whether you’re a student or a teacher, an artist or an executive, you need to think flexibly and creatively.

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Patrick M. Lencioni

In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick Lencioni once again offers a leadership fable that is as enthralling and instructive as his first two best-selling books, The Five Temptations of a CEO and The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive. This time, he turns his keen intellect and storytelling power to the fascinating, complex world of teams. Kathryn Petersen, Decision Tech's CEO, faces the ultimate leadership crisis: Uniting a team in such disarray that it threatens to bring down the entire company. Will she succeed? Will she be fired? Will the company fail? Lencioni's utterly gripping tale serves as a timeless reminder that leadership requires as much courage as it does insight. Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team. Just as with his other books, Lencioni has written a compelling fable with a powerful yet deceptively simple message for all those who strive to be exceptional team leaders.

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