Hacknot: Essays on Software Development

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  • Author: hacknot.info
  • Format: PDF
  • Price: free

This book contains 46 essays, each of which was originally published on the former HackNot site between July 2003 and October 2006.

Chapters include:

  • The A to Z of Programmer Predilections
  • The Hazards of Being Quality Guy
  • A Dozen Ways to Sustain Irrational Technology Decisions
  • My Kingdom for a Door
  • Interview with the Sociopath
  • The Art of Flame War
  • Testers: Are They Vegetable or Mineral?
  • Corporate Pimps: Dealing With Technical Recruiters
  • Developers are from Mars, Programmers are from Venus
  • To The Management
  • Great Mistakes in Technical Leadership
  • The Architecture Group
  • The Mismeasure of Man
  • Meeting Driven Development
  • Extreme Deprogramming
  • New Methodologies or New Age Methodologies?
  • Rhetorical AntiPatterns in XP
  • The Deflowering of a Pair Programming Virgin
  • XP and ESP: The Truth is Out There!
  • Thought Leaders and Thought Followers
  • Dude, Where’s my Spacecraft?
  • User is a Four Letter Word
  • The Folly of Emergent Design
  • The Top Ten Elements of Good Software Design
  • Oral Documentation: Not Worth the Paper it’s Written On
  • FUDD: Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt and Design Documentation
  • Get Your Filthy Tags Out of My Javadoc, Eugene
  • Naming Classes: Do it Once and Do it Right
  • In Praise of Code Reviews
  • Web Accessibility for the Apathetic
  • SWT: So What?
  • Debugging 101
  • Spare a Thought for the Next Guy
  • Six Legacy Code AntiPatterns
  • The Skeptical Software Development Manifesto
  • Basic Critical Thinking for Software Developers
  • Anecdotal Evidence and Other Fairy Tales
  • Function Points: Numerology for Software Developers
  • Programming and the Scientific Method
  • From Tulip Mania to Dot Com Mania
  • The Crooked Timber of Software Development
  • From James Dean to J2EE: The Genesis of Cool
  • IEEE Software Endorses Plagiarism
  • Early Adopters or Trend Surfers?
  • Reuse is Dead. Long Live Reuse
  • All Aboard the Gravy Train


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