Making Software

Andy Oram; Greg Wilson

Many claims are made about how certain tools, technologies, and practices improve software development. But which claims are verifiable, and which are merely wishful thinking? In this book, leading thinkers such as Steve McConnell, Barry Boehm, and Barbara Kitchenham offer essays that uncover the truth and unmask myths commonly held among the software development community. Their insights may surprise you.

  • Are some programmers really ten times more productive than others?
  • Does writing tests first help you develop better code faster?
  • Can code metrics predict the number of bugs in a piece of software?
  • Do design patterns actually make better software?
  • What effect does personality have on pair programming?
  • What matters more: how far apart people are geographically, or how far apart they are in the org chart?

Contributors include:

  • Jorge Aranda
  • Tom Ball
  • Victor R. Basili
  • Andrew Begel
  • Christian Bird
  • Barry Boehm
  • Marcelo Cataldo
  • Steven Clarke
  • Jason Cohen
  • Robert DeLine
  • Madeline Diep
  • Hakan Erdogmus
  • Michael Godfrey
  • Mark Guzdial
  • Jo E. Hannay
  • Ahmed E. Hassan
  • Israel Herraiz
  • Kim Sebastian Herzig
  • Cory Kapser
  • Barbara Kitchenham
  • Andrew Ko
  • Lucas Layman
  • Steve McConnell
  • Tim Menzies
  • Gail Murphy
  • Nachi Nagappan
  • Thomas J. Ostrand
  • Dewayne Perry
  • Marian Petre
  • Lutz Prechelt
  • Rahul Premraj
  • Forrest Shull
  • Beth Simon
  • Diomidis Spinellis
  • Neil Thomas
  • Walter Tichy
  • Burak Turhan
  • Elaine J. Weyuker
  • Michele A. Whitecraft
  • Laurie Williams
  • Wendy M. Williams
  • Andreas Zeller
  • Thomas Zimmermann

Type of Publication: Book
Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Pages: 624
TitleMaking Software
Publication TypeBook
AuthorsOram, A, Wilson, G