Reliable Source: Lessons from a Life in Software Engineering
Wednesday, 26 January 2022

This book provides a retrospective, not of a single project or subproject, but on an entire career in the software industry. James Bonang conveys solutions to the eclectic problems you'll encounter as a software professional. The book provides encounters with interesting software engineering personalities, homicidal computers, ancient gods and an extra-solar interloper. You'll match wits with the world's greatest (fictional) detective and discover how top engineers determine the root cause of the most catastrophic software failures. You'll absorb a lifetime of experience without all the fuss.



Author: James Bonang
Date: January 2022
Pages: 608
Kindle: ‎B09QCBVJ9V
Audience: General interest
Level: Intermediate
Category: Methodology

Topics covered:


  • Improve your technical writing skills
  • Prepare and give succinct, impactful technical presentations
  • Teach and mentor
  • Employ estimates and analytic confidence measures
  • Find reliable sources of information
  • Conduct retrospectives
  • Perform code inspections
  • Perform case studies
  • Use checklists
  • Employ the Delphi Method
  • Employ pre-, post- and invariant conditions to improve software reliability
  • Write defensive code
  • Perform root cause analyses
  • Tackle the most difficult types of software defects
  • Guard against floating point errors
  • Identify future career paths (including fields accelerated by the pandemic)

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Date: February 2022
Pages: 272
ISBN: 978-1617298370
Print: 1617298379
Kindle: B09Q3PJQC5
Audience: General
Rating: 4
Reviewer: Ian Elliot
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Kindle: B09BF6CS9T
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Rating: 2
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