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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex (23 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078214327X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0782143270
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,163,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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" Two thumbs up"
Gregory V. Wilson, Dr. Dobbs Journal (October 2004)

No one can disparage the ability to write good code. At its highest levels, it is an art.

But no one can confuse writing good code with developing good software. The difference in terms of challenges, skills, and compensation is immense.

Coder to Developer helps you excel at the many non–coding tasks entailed, from start to finish, in just about any successful development project. What′s more, it equips you with the mindset and self–assurance required to pull it all together, so that you see every piece of your work as part of a coherent process. Inside, you′ll find plenty of technical guidance on such topics as:

  • Choosing and using a source code control system
  • Code generation tools when and why
  • Preventing bugs with unit testing
  • Tracking, fixing, and learning from bugs
  • Application activity logging
  • Streamlining and systematizing the build process
  • Traditional installations and alternative approaches
To pull all of this together, the author has provided the source code for Download Tracker, a tool for organizing your collection of downloaded code, that′s used for examples throughout this book. The code is provided in various states of completion, reflecting every stage of development, so that you can dig deep into the actual process of building software. But you ll also develop softer skills, in areas such as team management, open source collaboration, user and developer documentation, and intellectual property protection. If you want to become someone who can deliver not just good code but also a good product, this book is the place to start. If you must build successful software projects, it s essential reading.

About the Author

Mike Gunderloy is the lead developer for Lark Group, Inc., an independent software consulting firm in eastern Washington. He has worked with Microsoft data access and web technologies for more than a decade. He is the author of ADO and ADO. NET Programming, and co–author of .NET Programming 10–Minute Solutions, Mastering Visual C# .NET, .NET E– Commerce Programming, and the best– selling Access 2002 Developer′s Handbook series, all from Sybex.


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1/3 a quick round up of things a developer should know about, unit tests, source code control, extreme programming.
1/3 a catalogue of .Net c# utilities
1/3 a "missing manual" of Visual studio tweaks.
The developer material will not be new to anyone who reads joelonsoftware or any other programmer groups. You will still need to read the real books on these topics to get any use.
It's very .Net + c# specific and will date quickly as the tools mentioned disappear / change.
May be useful if you are new to Visual Studio or you have only read the "learning X in N days" type books and you need to bluff about software engineering topics.
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Makes for very light reading, hard to put down. Short chapters giving overviews on the areas of software project development. Has particular focus on using .NET, and describes various tools available to help you with a view to your budget.
Recommended for the new programmer or manager joining or leading a software development team. Also worth having a look over for established teams as a sanity check to make sure they are following the good advice and practises detailed here. As part of a busy software team myself it drew my attention to some alternative and new products we could be using for build management and continuous integration.
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This is probably the first dev book that I have read cover to cover . If you are a developer working on your own or are responsible for a small team of devs then this book is a must read. The book gives a good overview of the various things that need to be considered before you should think about writing a single line of code.
The author does a good job of rounding up a list of the various tools a dev team needs. This book will help put in place a productive environment and encourages you to put upfront effort into decidng on your own best practices.
This book is not a manual. It discusses the various things you should be thinking about to make sure you have the tools and processes available to create high quality software.
The author's writing style is very readable and the contents are very easy to digest - most of the suggestions amount to common sense.
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As a single developer, I wish I had read this book 2 years ago.
In a simple, no-nonsense style, it guides you through the essentials of planning, managing, deploying and selling your software. I develop asp.net websites and have found this book extremely useful to follow "good practice" in my development process.
I does not advocate expensive software and spells out in detail the pros and cons of the various software solutions it mentions (eg. for source control, bug tracking, build management etc).
The author writes from personal experience and is obviously aware of the issues faced by lone developers or small development teams on a tight budget. The book gave me a good grounding in best practices, something which other programming books assume that every developer already knows.
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