Ship It! A Practical Guide to Successful Software Projects

ISBN-10: 0974514047
ISBN-13: 9780974514048
Edition: 2005
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Description: Ship It! is a collection of tips that show the tools and techniques a successful project team has to use, and how to use them well. You'll get quick, easy-to-follow advice on modern practices: which to use, and when they should be applied. This  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Pragmatic Programmers, LLC, The
Publication date: 6/11/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Ship It! is a collection of tips that show the tools and techniques a successful project team has to use, and how to use them well. You'll get quick, easy-to-follow advice on modern practices: which to use, and when they should be applied. This book avoids current fashion trends and marketing hype; instead, readers find page after page of solid advice, all tried and tested in the real world. Aimed at beginning to intermediate programmers, Ship It! will show you: Which tools help, and which don't How to keep a project moving Approaches to scheduling that work How to build developers as well as product What's normal on a project, and what's not How to manage managers, end-users and sponsors Danger signs and how to fix them Few of the ideas presented here are controversial or extreme; most experienced programmers will agree that this stuff works. Yet 50 to 70 percent of all project teams in the U.S. aren't able to use even these simple, well-accepted practices effectively. This book will help you get started. Ship It! begins by introducing the common technical infrastructure that every project needs to get the job done. Readers can choose from a variety of recommended technologies according to their skills and budgets. The next sections outline the necessary steps to get software out the door reliably, using well-accepted, easy-to-adopt, best-of-breed practices that really work. Finally, and most importantly, "Ship It! presents common problems that teams face, then offers real-world advice on how to solve them.

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Habitual Excellence
A Pragmatic Point of View
Road Map
Moving On
How Should I Read This Book?
Tools and Infrastructure
Develop in a Sandbox
Manage Assets
Script Your Build
Build Automatically
Track Issues
Track Features
Use a Testing Harness
On Choosing Tools
When Not to Experiment
Pragmatic Project Techniques
Work from The List
A Tech Leads
Coordinate and Communicate Every Day
Review All Code
Send Code Change Notifications
Putting It All Together
Tracer Bullet Development
Common Problems and How to Fix Them
Help! I've Inherited Legacy Code
Testing Untestable Code
Features Keep Breaking
Tests? We Stopped Using Them
But It Works for Me!
It Hurts When I Integrate Code
Can't Build the Product Reliably
Customers Are Unhappy
You've Got a Rogue Developer
Your Manager Is Unhappy
Team Doesn't Work Well Together
Can't Get "Buy-in" on Essential Points
The New Practice Didn't Help
There's No Automated Testing
We're Junior Developers, With No Mentor
We're on a "Death March" Project
Features Keep Creeping In
We're Never Done
Tip Summary
Source Code Management
Build Scripting Tools
Continuous Integration Systems
Issue Tracking Software
Development Methodologies
Testing Frameworks
Suggested Reading List
Bibliography

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