Software Design Decoded: 66 Ways Experts Think
Software Design Decoded: 66 Ways Experts Think

Author: Marian Petre, André Van Der Hoek and Yen Quach
Publisher: MIT Press
Pages: 184
ISBN: 978-0262035187
Print: 0262035189
Kindle: N/A
Audience: Software Designers
Rating: 3.8
Reviewer: Kay Ewbank

This book consists of sixty-six short one-page insights each putting forward an idea about how expert software designers think.

This is an interesting concept, and while some ot the ideas contained in the book seem quite obvious, when was the last time you stopped and thought about how the way you work?

The authors have spoken to a wide variety of expert software designers, and asked them for insights into how they work. The results of these interviews and observations have been distilled into eleven sections, each taking an overall idea and expanding it into a number of specifics.

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In each case, the ideas are put forward in a two-page illustrated spread, with the concept being discussed on one page, expanded into a short explanatory text of no more than a paragraph on one page, and a drawing on the facing page.

The sections are called Experts keep it simple; Experts collaborate; Experts borrow; Experts break the rules; Experts sketch; Experts work with uncertainty; Experts are not afraid; Experts iterate; Experts test; Experts reflect; and Experts keep going.

 

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The simple layout and the brevity of the text make this a book that's easy to underestimate, but the authors have made the choices to keep it simple quite deliberately.

When I first opened the book, I thought it was over simplified, and I couldn't see the point of the illustrations. However, if you treat the ideas almost as five minute 'thought for the day' essays, and really ask yourself whether you do what the authors are saying experts do, there are some useful insights in this text.

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Robot Programming

Author: Cameron and Tracey Hughes
Publisher: Que
Pages:400
ISBN: 978-0789755001
Print: 0789755009
Kindle: B01F06BBM4
Audience: Those interested in robots, preferably with access to one to try out ideas
Rating:  2
Reviewer: Harry Fairhead

Robots are the way of the future so any  [ ... ]



MySQL Cookbook, 3rd Ed

Author: Paul DuBois
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pages: 836 
ISBN: 9781449374020
Print:1449374026
Kindle: B00M7EN798
Aimed at: MySQL developers
Rating: 5
Reviewed by: Kay Ewbank 

Is MySQL Cookbook the best book on MySQL? This latest edition certainly keeps up its reputation as the go-to reference.


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