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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Software - easier than you think., 8 Nov 2009
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Mr. P. E. Bennett "HIDECS" (Oxfordshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Perfect Software: And Other Illusions About Testing (Paperback)
I liked this book from the point of view that it carries the message that you have to test software from early in the process and test often. It seems to have been written more with the larger development corporation in mind where they have separate departments for design, development and testing which probably covers the Microsoft, IBM and Oracle's of the industry. However, there was also plenty of pertinent content for the smaller developer, even the one-man band, to consider.

Chapter 8 in particular managed to pose the question all software engineers should ask themselves, whatever phase of the design they deal with, and certainly makes one think back to code one has written to question whether or not your own efforts were adequate. It seems in many cases these days there is still inadequate consideration of ensuring the best possible quality of output.

So, is there such a thing as "Perfect Software"? Well, following the underlying message in this book, in Gerald's other collaboration, "The Handbook of Walkthroughs, Inspections, and Technical Reviews", and applying a little more forethought to ones development process you can step a lot closer to achieving that aim.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for the stuff you kinda know but written in plain English, 8 May 2011
This review is from: Perfect Software: And Other Illusions About Testing (Paperback)
With out a doubt a must have on your desk for explaining misunderstood software testing and development issues to your colleagues. I have found myself on a regular basis reaching for the book when I'm struggling to convey a point to colleagues.

I regularly found myself laughing at how the situations I seem to encounter on a daily basis are played out almost word for word in this text.

The book is neatly organised into sections that are useful and helpful in their own right. The section summary at the end is a great synopsis and worth putting to memory.

Gerry Weinberg yet again hits the nail completely on the head.
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