Professional Software Development: Shorter Schedules, Higher Quality Products, More Successful Projects, Enhanced Careers

Series
Addison-Wesley
Author
Steve McConnell  
Publisher
Addison-Wesley
Cover
Softcover
Edition
1
Language
English
Total pages
272
Pub.-date
June 2003
ISBN13
9780321193674
ISBN
0321193679
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Renowned software expert Steve McConnell helps software students transition to the role of software professionals. Significant developments are afoot that will impact the future careers of student programmers, including initiatives in education, professional development, certification, and licensing. Some of these developments are well thought out and positive; others are being forced and need to be improved before they are standardized. Software development is changing, whether programmers recognize it or not. Programmers who are not paying attention could easily find themselves working as twenty-first century software janitors. This book describes the occupation of computer programming as it exists today and the profession of software engineering as it can exist in the future.

Features

Illustrates how programmers, developers, and software engineers can make their work a profession; not just a job!

° Renowned software expert Steve McConnell presents his latest thoughts on the condition of the software engineering profession

° Helps software developers regain the sight of the big-picture reasons why their jobs matter

° A thinking man's guide to the current state of software

Table of Contents



Acknowledgments.


Introduction.

I. THE SOFTWARE TARPIT.

 1. Wrestling with Dinosaurs.
 2. Fool's Gold.
 3. Cargo Cult Software Engineering.
 4. Software Engineering, Not Computer Science.
 5. Body of Knowledge.
 6. Novum Organum.

II. INDIVIDUAL PROFESSIONALISM.

 7. Orphans Preferred.
 8. Raising Your Software Consciousness.
 9. Building the Community.
10. Architects and Carpenters.
11. Programmer Writing.

III. ORGANIZATIONAL PROFESSIONALISM.

12. Software Gold Rushes.
13. Business Case for Better Software Practices.
14. Ptolemaic Reasoning.
15. Quantifying Personnel Factors.
16. Construx's Professional Development Program.

IV. INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALISM.

17. Engineering a Profession.
18. Hard Knocks.
19. Stinking Badges.
20. The Professional's Code.
21. Alchemy.
Index.
About the Author. 0321193679T04082003

Back Cover

Can you deliver 90% of your software on time, within budget, and fully meet the user's real requirements? Would you like to? Best-selling author Steve McConnell provides a compelling argument for turning software success into an everyday habit by advancing the software profession itself-at the individual, organizational, and industry levels. Expanding on the contents of his previous book After the Gold Rush, the author dispels common myths of software development.

If you are a programmer, software developer, engineer, or work in software development, you should READ THIS BOOK.

Why do so many companies use outdated and ineffective software development practices? See page 103

What is "cargo cult" software development, and who uses it? See page 23

How large is the return on investment for better software practices? Can you prove it? See page 115

How do you create career paths for software professionals? See page 143

Which affects projects more--good personnel or good process? See page 135

How much difference is there between the worst software companies and the best? See page xv



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