Code Complete

ISBN-10: 0735619670

ISBN-13: 9780735619678

Edition: 2nd 2004 (Revised)

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For more than a decade, Steve McConnell, one of the premier authors and voices in the software community, has helped change the way developers write code--and produce better software. Now his classic book, CODE COMPLETE, has been fully updated and revised with best practices in the art and science of constructing software. Whether you're a new developer seeking a sound introduction to the practice of software development or a veteran exploring strategic new approaches to problem solving, you'll find a wealth of practical suggestions and methods for strengthening your skills. Topics include design, applying good techniques to construction, eliminating errors, planning, managing construction activities, and relating personal character to superior software.
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List price: $54.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 6/9/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 960
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.904
Language: English

Steve McConnell, the Chief Software Engineer at Construx Software, graduated from Whitman College and received an M. A. in software design from Seattle University, where he later taught. In addition to writing books, articles, reviews and columns, McConnell provides a consulting service to several companies. His books "Code Complete" (1993) and "Rapid Development" (1996) have both won Software Development magazine's Jolt award. The latter also won Windows Tech Journal's Star Tech award.

List of Checklists
List of Tables
List of Figures
Laying the Foundation
Welcome to Software Construction
What Is Software Construction?
Why Is Software Construction Important?
How to Read This Book
Metaphors for a Richer Understanding of Software Development
The Importance of Metaphors
How to Use Software Metaphors
Common Software Metaphors
Measure Twice, Cut Once: Upstream Prerequisites
Importance of Prerequisites
Determine the Kind of Software You're Working On
Problem-Definition Prerequisite
Requirements Prerequisite
Architecture Prerequisite
Amount of Time to Spend on Upstream Prerequisites
Key Construction Decisions
Choice of Programming Language
Programming Conventions
Your Location on the Technology Wave
Selection of Major Construction Practices
Creating High-Quality Code
Design in Construction
Design Challenges
Key Design Concepts
Design Building Blocks: Heuristics
Design Practices
Comments on Popular Methodologies
Working Classes
Class Foundations: Abstract Data Types (ADTs)
Good Class Interfaces
Design and Implementation Issues
Reasons to Create a Class
Language-Specific Issues
Beyond Classes: Packages
High-Quality Routines
Valid Reasons to Create a Routine
Design at the Routine Level
Good Routine Names
How Long Can a Routine Be?
How to Use Routine Parameters
Special Considerations in the Use of Functions
Macro Routines and Inline Routines
Defensive Programming
Protecting Your Program from Invalid Inputs
Error-Handling Techniques
Barricade Your Program to Contain the Damage Caused by Errors
Debugging Aids
Determining How Much Defensive Programming to Leave in Production Code
Being Defensive About Defensive Programming
The Pseudocode Programming Process
Summary of Steps in Building Classes and Routines
Pseudocode for Pros
Constructing Routines by Using the PPP
Alternatives to the PPP
General Issues in Using Variables
Data Literacy
Making Variable Declarations Easy
Guidelines for Initializing Variables
Binding Time
Relationship Between Data Types and Control Structures
Using Each Variable for Exactly One Purpose
The Power of Variable Names
Considerations in Choosing Good Names
Naming Specific Types of Data
The Power of Naming Conventions
Informal Naming Conventions
Standardized Prefixes
Creating Short Names That Are Readable
Kinds of Names to Avoid
Fundamental Data Types
Numbers in General
Floating-Point Numbers
Characters and Strings
Boolean Variables
Enumerated Types
Named Constants
Creating Your Own Types (Type Aliasing)
Unusual Data Types
Global Data
Organizing Straight-Line Code
Statements That Must Be in a Specific Order
Statements Whose Order Doesn't Matter
Using Conditionals
if Statements
Case Statements
Controlling Loops
Selecting the Kind of Loop
Controlling the Loop
Creating Loops Easily--From the Inside Out
Correspondence Between Loops and Arrays
Unusual Control Structures
Multiple Returns from a Routine
Perspective on Unusual Control Structures
Table-Driven Methods
General Considerations in Using Table-Driven Methods
Direct Access Tables
Indexed Access Tables
Stair-Step Access Tables
Other Examples of Table Lookups
General Control Issues
Boolean Expressions
Compound Statements (Blocks)
Null Statements
Taming Dangerously Deep Nesting
A Programming Foundation: Structured Programming
Control Structures and Complexity
Code Improvements
The Software-Quality Landscape
Characteristics of Software Quality
Techniques for Improving Software Quality
Relative Effectiveness of Quality Techniques
When to Do Quality Assurance
The General Principle of Software Quality
Collaborative Construction
Overview of Collaborative Development Practices
Pair Programming
Formal Inspections
Other Kinds of Collaborative Development Practices
Developer Testing
Role of Developer Testing in Software Quality
Recommended Approach to Developer Testing
Bag of Testing Tricks
Typical Errors
Test-Support Tools
Improving Your Testing
Keeping Test Records
Overview of Debugging Issues
Finding a Defect
Fixing a Defect
Psychological Considerations in Debugging
Debugging Tools--Obvious and Not-So-Obvious
Kinds of Software Evolution
Introduction to Refactoring
Specific Refactorings
Refactoring Safely
Refactoring Strategies
Code-Tuning Strategies
Performance Overview
Introduction to Code Tuning
Kinds of Fat and Molasses
Summary of the Approach to Code Tuning
Code-Tuning Techniques
Data Transformations
Recoding in a Low-Level Language
The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same
System Considerations
How Program Size Affects Construction
Communication and Size
Range of Project Sizes
Effect of Project Size on Errors
Effect of Project Size on Productivity
Effect of Project Size on Development Activities
Managing Construction
Encouraging Good Coding
Configuration Management
Estimating a Construction Schedule
Treating Programmers as People
Managing Your Manager
Importance of the Integration Approach
Integration Frequency--Phased or Incremental?
Incremental Integration Strategies
Daily Build and Smoke Test
Programming Tools
Design Tools
Source-Code Tools
Executable-Code Tools
Tool-Oriented Environments
Building Your Own Programming Tools
Tool Fantasyland
Software Craftsmanship
Layout and Style
Layout Fundamentals
Layout Techniques
Layout Styles
Laying Out Control Structures
Laying Out Individual Statements
Laying Out Comments
Laying Out Routines
Laying Out Classes
Self-Documenting Code
External Documentation
Programming Style as Documentation
To Comment or Not to Comment
Keys to Effective Comments
Commenting Techniques
IEEE Standards
Personal Character
Isn't Personal Character Off the Topic?
Intelligence and Humility
Intellectual Honesty
Communication and Cooperation
Creativity and Discipline
Characteristics That Don't Matter As Much As You Might Think
Themes in Software Craftsmanship
Conquer Complexity
Pick Your Process
Write Programs for People First, Computers Second
Program into Your Language, Not in It
Focus Your Attention with the Help of Conventions
Program in Terms of the Problem Domain
Watch for Falling Rocks
Iterate, Repeatedly, Again and Again
Thou Shalt Rend Software and Religion Asunder
Where to Find More Information
Information About Software Construction
Topics Beyond Construction
A Software Developer's Reading Plan
Joining a Professional Organization
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