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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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Clean Code

Robert C. Martin

An extremely pragmatic method for writing better code from the start, and ultimately producing more robust applications.

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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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Modern C++ Design

Andrei Alexandrescu

This title documents a convergence of programming techniques - generic programming, template metaprogramming, object-oriented programming and design patterns. It describes the C++ techniques used in generic programming and implements a number of industrial strength components.

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Programming Windows

Charles Petzold

Comprehensive, complete coverage is given of Windows programming fundamentals. Fully revised for Windows 98, this edition covers the basics, special techniques, the kernel and the printer, data exchange and links, and real applications developed in the text.

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Pro ASP.NET MVC Framework

Steven Sanderson

Steven Sanderson has seen the ASP.NET MVC framework mature from the start, so his experience, combined with comprehensive coverage of all its features, including those in the official MVC development toolkit, offers the clearest understanding of how this exciting framework could improve your coding efficiency—and you'll gain invaluable awareness of security, deployment, and interoperability challenges. The ASP.NET MVC Framework is the evolution of Microsoft's ASP.NET web platform. It introduced a radical high–productivity programming model that promotes cleaner code architecture, test–driven development, and powerful extensibility, combined with all the benefits of ASP.NET 3.5. An integral benefit of this book is that the core Model–View–Controller architectural concepts are not simply explained or discussed in isolation, but demonstrated in action. You'll work through an extended tutorial to create a working e–commerce web application that combines ASP.NET MVC with the latest C# 3.0 language features and unit–testing best practices. By gaining this invaluable, practical experience, you can discover MVCs strengths and weaknesses for yourself—and put your best learned theory into practice.

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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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Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design

Brett McLaughlin, Gary Pollice, David West

Provides information on analyzing, designing, and writing object-oriented software.

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Learning OpenCV

Gary Bradski, Adrian Kaehler

Describes the features and functions of OpenCV along with information on how to build applications using computer vision.

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Enterprise Integration Patterns

Gregor Hohpe, Bobby Woolf

Would you like to use a consistent visual notation for drawing integration solutions? "Look inside the front cover." Do you want to harness the power of asynchronous systems without getting caught in the pitfalls? "See "Thinking Asynchronously" in the Introduction." Do you want to know which style of application integration is best for your purposes? "See Chapter 2, Integration Styles." Do you want to learn techniques for processing messages concurrently? "See Chapter 10, Competing Consumers and Message Dispatcher." Do you want to learn how you can track asynchronous messages as they flow across distributed systems? "See Chapter 11, Message History and Message Store." Do you want to understand how a system designed using integration patterns can be implemented using Java Web services, .NET message queuing, and a TIBCO-based publish-subscribe architecture? "See Chapter 9, Interlude: Composed Messaging." Utilizing years of practical experience, seasoned experts Gregor Hohpe and Bobby Woolf show how asynchronous messaging has proven to be the best strategy for enterprise integration success. However, building and deploying messaging solutions presents a number of problems for developers. " Enterprise Integration Patterns " provides an invaluable catalog of sixty-five patterns, with real-world solutions that demonstrate the formidable of messaging and help you to design effective messaging solutions for your enterprise. The authors also include examples covering a variety of different integration technologies, such as JMS, MSMQ, TIBCO ActiveEnterprise, Microsoft BizTalk, SOAP, and XSL. A case study describing a bond trading system illustrates the patterns in practice, and the book offers a look at emerging standards, as well as insights into what the future of enterprise integration might hold. This book provides a consistent vocabulary and visual notation framework to describe large-scale integration solutions across many technologies. It also explores in detail the advantages and limitations of asynchronous messaging architectures. The authors present practical advice on designing code that connects an application to a messaging system, and provide extensive information to help you determine when to send a message, how to route it to the proper destination, and how to monitor the health of a messaging system. If you want to know how to manage, monitor, and maintain a messaging system once it is in use, get this book. 0321200683B09122003

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Applying Domain-driven Design and Patterns

Jimmy Nilsson

A practical guide to applying patterns in building a customized architecture for the application you are developing.

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The Design of the UNIX Operating System

Maurice J. Bach

This is the first, and still, the most comprehensive book to describe the sophisticated workings of the UNIX System V kernel--the internal algorithms, the structures that form the basis of the UNIX operating system, and their relationship to the programming interface. System programmers will gain a better understanding of how the kernel works and will be able to compare algorithms used in the UNIX system to algorithms used in other operating systems. Programmers on UNIX systems will gain a deeper understanding of how their programs interact with the system and can thereby code more efficient programs.

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Operating Systems

Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Albert S. Woodhull

Featuring an introduction to operating systems, this work reflects advances in OS design and implementation. Using MINIX, this book introduces various concepts needed to construct a working OS, such as system calls, processes, IPC, scheduling, I/O, deadlocks, memory management, threads, file systems, security, and more.

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Beautiful Code

Andy Oram, Greg Wilson

A group of computer programmers provide insights into software design and engineering.

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Practical API Design

Jaroslav Tulach

You might think more than enough design books exist in the programming world already. In fact, there are so many that it makes sense to ask why you would read yet another. Is there really a need for yet another design book? In fact, there is a greater need than ever before, and Practical API Design: Confessions of a Java Framework Architect fills that need! Teaches you how to write an API that will stand the test of time Written by the designer of the NetBeans API at Sun Technologies Based on best practices, scalability, and API design patterns

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Managing Gigabytes

Ian H. Witten, Alistair Moffat, Timothy C. Bell

In this fully updated second edition of the highly acclaimed Managing Gigabytes, authors Witten, Moffat, and Bell continue to provide unparalleled coverage of state-of-the-art techniques for compressing and indexing data. Whatever your field, if you work with large quantities of information, this book is essential reading--an authoritative theoretical resource and a practical guide to meeting the toughest storage and access challenges. It covers the latest developments in compression and indexing and their application on the Web and in digital libraries. It also details dozens of powerful techniques supported by mg, the authors' own system for compressing, storing, and retrieving text, images, and textual images. mg's source code is freely available on the Web. * Up-to-date coverage of new text compression algorithms such as block sorting, approximate arithmetic coding, and fat Huffman coding * New sections on content-based index compression and distributed querying, with 2 new data structures for fast indexing * New coverage of image coding, including descriptions of de facto standards in use on the Web (GIF and PNG), information on CALIC, the new proposed JPEG Lossless standard, and JBIG2 * New information on the Internet and WWW, digital libraries, web search engines, and agent-based retrieval * Accompanied by a public domain system called MG which is a fully worked-out operational example of the advanced techniques developed and explained in the book * New appendix on an existing digital library system that uses the MG software

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Jean J. Labrosse

This updated edition describes the design and implementation of the MicroC/OS-II real-time operating system and offers an extremely detailed and highly readable design study useful to students.

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Code Reading

Diomidis Spinellis

* *600 real-world examples that teach you how to identify good (and bad!) code *Identifies what exactly to look for when reading code, and how to improve code based on what you read *The latest in the excellent tradition of Addison-Wesley "programmer self help" books!

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Core J2EE Patterns

Deepak Alur, John Crupi, Dan Malks

Explains how to leverage Java's architecture and mechanisms to design enterprise applications and considers code modularity, nonduplication, network efficiency, maintainability, and reusability.

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ASP.NET MVC in Action

Jeffrey Palermo, Ben Scheirman, Jimmy Bogard

The Model-View-Controller pattern is widely accepted as a best practice for UI development. With Microsoft's first release of an MVC framework for ASP.NET development, web development on the .NET framework is both simplified and more flexible. ASP.NET MVC in Action is an advanced guide to developing long-lived applications with the ASP.NET MVC framework. It moves past simple introductions and dives deep into architectural techniques that lead to maintainable web applications with the MVC pattern. ASP.NET MVC in Action lays a flexible foundation based on Domain-driven design, the S.O.L.I.D. principles, TDD, and interface-based development. With best-practices woven into every chapter, the authors present the new ASP.NET MVC framework in a manner that leads to more maintainable .NET web applications. This book assumes that readers are already experienced with ASP.NET development and C#. Numerous popular open-source libraries, such as MvcContrib, are referenced throughout, and the book comes with the full source to CodeCampServer, a user group conference organizing application.

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Open Source ESBs in Action

Tijs Rademakers, Jos Dirksen

Provides information on two open source ESB implementations, Mule and ServiceMix, for use in a Java environment.

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Texturing & Modeling

David S. Ebert

This third edition has been thoroughly updated to ensure it continues to meet the needs of 3D graphics professionals and students. Included are all new chapters devoted to the latest issues in the field, real- time procedural shading, texture atlases, and procedural geometric instancing.

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Code Quality

Diomidis Spinellis

Page 26: How can I avoid off-by-one errors? Page 143: Are Trojan Horse attacks for real? Page 158: Where should I look when my application can't handle its workload? Page 256: How can I detect memory leaks? Page 309: How do I target my application to international markets? Page 394: How should I name my code's identifiers? Page 441: How can I find and improve the code coverage of my tests? Diomidis Spinellis' first book, Code Reading, showed programmers how to understand and modify key functional properties of software. Code Quality focuses on non-functional properties, demonstrating how to meet such critical requirements as reliability, security, portability, and maintainability, as well as efficiency in time and space. Spinellis draws on hundreds of examples from open source projects--such as the Apache web and application servers, the BSD Unix systems, and the HSQLDB Java database--to illustrate concepts and techniques that every professional software developer will be able to appreciate and apply immediately. Complete files for the open source code illustrated in this book are available online at: http://www.spinellis.gr/codequality/

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Legal Guide to Web & Software Development

Stephen Fishman

For people in the software industry, failure to understand the tangle of complex rules governing software development and protection can cost thousands of dollars. This book is their salvation -- it covers everything they need to know about: § copyrights and trademarks § trade secrets and patent protection § employment agreements § working with independent contractors and employees § development, publishing and consulting agreements § multimedia development.Includes the step-by-step instructions and forms needed to register a software copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office. All contracts, agreements and legal forms are provided on a dual platform CD-ROM.

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Pro Spring 2.5

Anirvan Chakraborty, Jan Machacek, Aleksa Vukotic, Jessica Ditt

A guide to the Spring Framework provides instructions for designing and building applications.

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The TeXbook

Donald Ervin Knuth

Volume A.

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