Head First Software Development [NOOK Book]


Even the best developers have seen well-intentioned software projects fail -- often because the customer kept changing requirements, and end users didn't know how to use the software you developed. Instead of surrendering to these common problems, let Head First Software Development guide you through the best practices of software development. Before you know it, those failed projects will be a thing of the past.

With its unique visually rich ...

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Even the best developers have seen well-intentioned software projects fail -- often because the customer kept changing requirements, and end users didn't know how to use the software you developed. Instead of surrendering to these common problems, let Head First Software Development guide you through the best practices of software development. Before you know it, those failed projects will be a thing of the past.

With its unique visually rich format, this book pulls together the hard lessons learned by expert software developers over the years. You'll gain essential information about each step of the software development lifecycle -- requirements, design, coding, testing, implementing, and maintenance -- and understand why and how different development processes work.

This book is for you if you are:

  • Tired of your customers assuming you're psychic. You'll learn not only how to get good requirements, but how to make sure you're always building the software that customers want (even when they're not sure themselves)
  • Wondering when the other 15 programmers you need to get your project done on time are going to show up. You'll learn how some very simple scheduling and prioritizing will revolutionize your success rate in developing software.
  • Confused about being rational, agile, or a tester. You'll learn not only about the various development methodologies out there, but how to choose a solution that's right for your project.
  • Confused because the way you ran your last project worked so well, but failed miserably this time around. You'll learn how to tackle each project individually, combine lessons you've learned on previous projects with cutting-edge development techniques, and end up with great software on every project.
Head First Software Development is here to help you learn in a way that your brain likes... and you'll have a blast along the way. Why pick up hundreds of boring books on the philosophy of this approach or the formal techniques required for that one? Stick with Head First Software Development, and your projects will succeed like never before. Go on, get started... you'll learn and have fun. We promise.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449368159
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/20/2007
  • Series: Head First
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 498
  • Sales rank: 1,403,645
  • File size: 31 MB
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Meet the Author

Dan Pilone is a Senior Software Architect with Blueprint Technologies, Inc. He has designed and implemented systems for Hughes, ARINC, UPS, and the Naval Research Laboratory. He also teaches project management, software design, and software engineering at The Catholic University in Washington D.C. Dan has written several books on software development, including UML 2.0 in a Nutshell (0-596-00795-7) and UML 2.0 Pocket Reference (0-596-10208-9), both O'Reilly.

Russell Miles is a senior consultant for SpringSource in the UK where he works with various companies to help them take full advantage of the Spring Framework. To ensure that he has as little spare time as possible, Russ contributes to various open source projects while working on books for O'Reilly.

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Table of Contents

Advance Praise for Head First Software Development;
Praise for Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design;
Praise for Head First Design Patterns;
Author(s) of Head First Software Development;
How to use this Book: Intro;
Who is this book for?;
We know what you’re thinking;
We know what your brain is thinking;
Metacognition: thinking about thinking;
Here’s what WE did;
Read Me;
The technical review team;
Safari® Books Online;
Chapter 1: Great Software Development: Pleasing your customer;
1.1 Tom’s Trails is going online;
1.2 Most projects have two major concerns;
1.3 The Big Bang approach to development;
1.4 Flash forward: two weeks later;
1.5 Big bang development usually ends up in a BIG MESS;
1.6 Great software development is...;
1.7 Getting to the goal with ITERATION;
1.8 Each iteration is a mini-project;
1.9 Each iteration is QUALITY software;
1.10 The customer WILL change things up;
1.11 It’s up to you to make adjustments;
1.12 Iteration handles change automatically (well, sort of);
1.13 Your software isn’t complete until it’s been RELEASED;
1.14 Tools for your Software Development Toolbox;
Chapter 2: Gathering Requirements: Knowing what the customer wants;
2.1 Orion’s Orbits is modernizing;
2.2 Talk to your customer to get MORE information;
2.3 Bluesky with your customer;
2.4 Sometimes your bluesky session looks like this...;
2.5 Find out what people REALLY do;
2.6 Your requirements must be CUSTOMER-oriented;
2.7 Develop your requirements with customer feedback;
2.8 User stories define the WHAT of your project... estimates define the WHEN;
2.9 Cubicle conversation;
2.10 Playing planning poker;
2.11 Put assumptions on trial for their lives;
2.12 A BIG user story estimate is a BAD user story estimate;
2.13 The goal is convergence;
2.14 The requirement to estimate iteration cycle;
2.15 Finally, you’re ready to estimate the whole project...;
2.16 Tools for your Software Development Toolbox;
Chapter 3: Project Planning: Planning for success;
3.1 Customers want their software NOW!;
3.2 Prioritize with the customer;
3.3 We know what’s in Milestone 1.0 (well, maybe);
3.4 If the features don’t fit, reprioritize;
3.5 More people sometimes means diminishing returns;
3.6 Work your way to a reasonable Milestone 1.0;
3.7 Iterations should be short and sweet;
3.8 Comparing your plan to reality;
3.9 Velocity accounts for overhead in your estimates;
3.10 Programmers think in UTOPIAN days...;
3.11 Developers think in REAL-WORLD days...;
3.12 When is your iteration too long?;
3.13 Deal with velocity BEFORE you break into iterations;
3.14 Time to make an evaluation;
3.15 Managing pissed off customers;
3.16 The Big Board on your wall;
3.17 How to ruin your team’s lives;
3.18 Tools for your Software Development Toolbox;
Chapter 4: User Stories and Tasks: Getting to the real work;
4.1 Introducing iSwoon;
4.2 Do your tasks add up?;
4.3 Plot just the work you have left;
4.4 Add your tasks to your board;
4.5 Start working on your tasks;
4.6 A task is only in progress when it’s IN PROGRESS;
4.7 What if I’m working on two things at once?;
4.8 Your first standup meeting...;
4.9 Task 1: Create the Date class;
4.10 Standup meeting: Day 5, end of Week 1...;
4.11 Standup meeting: Day 2, Week 2...;
4.12 You have to track unplanned tasks;
4.13 Unexpected tasks raise your burn-down rate;
4.14 Velocity helps, but...;
4.15 We originally calculated velocity as...;
4.16 So we have this much “float”...;
4.17 ... but it may not be enough!;
4.18 We have a lot to do...;
4.19 ...but we know EXACTLY where we stand;
Chapter 5: Good-Enough Design: Getting it done with great design;
5.1 iSwoon is in serious trouble...;
5.2 This design breaks the single responsibility principle;
5.3 Spotting multiple responsibilies in your design;
5.4 Going from multiple responsibilies to a single responsibility;
5.5 Your design should obey the SRP, but also be DRY...;
5.6 The post-refactoring standup meeting...;
5.7 Unplanned tasks are still just tasks;
5.8 Part of your task is the demo itself;
5.9 When everything’s complete, the iteration’s done;
Chapter 6: Version Control: Defensive development;
6.1 You’ve got a new contract—BeatBox Pro;
6.2 And now the GUI work...;
6.3 And a quick test...;
6.4 And Bob does the same...;
6.5 Demo the new BeatBox for the customer;
6.6 Standup meeting;
6.7 Let’s start with VERSION CONTROL;
6.8 First set up your project...;
6.9 ...then you can check code in and out.;
6.10 Most version control tools will try and solve problems for you;
6.11 The server tries to MERGE your changes;
6.12 If your software can’t merge the changes, it issues a conflict;
6.13 Now show the customer...;
6.14 More iterations, more stories...;
6.15 Standup meeting;
6.16 We have more than one version of our software...;
6.17 Good commit messages make finding older software easier;
6.18 Now you can check out Version 1.0;
6.19 (Emergency) standup meeting;
6.20 Tag your versions;
6.21 Tags, branches, and trunks, oh my!;
6.22 Fixing Version 1.0...for real this time.;
6.23 We have TWO code bases now;
6.24 When NOT to branch...;
6.25 We fixed ersion 1...;
6.26 ... and Bob finished ersion 2.0 (so he says);
6.27 Version control can’t make sure your code actually works...;
6.28 Tools for your Software Development Toolbox;
Chapter 6 ½: Building your Code: Insert tab a into slot b...;
7.1 Developers aren’t mind readers;
7.2 Building your project in one step;
7.3 Ant: a build tool for Java projects;
7.4 Projects, properties, targets, tasks;
7.5 Good build scripts...;
7.6 Good build scripts go BEYOND the basics;
7.7 Your build script is code, too;
7.8 New developer, take two;
7.9 Tools for your Software Development Toolbox;
Chapter 7: Testing and Continuous Integration: Things fall apart;
8.1 Things will ALWAYS go wrong...;
8.2 Standup meeting;
8.3 There are three ways to look at your system...;
8.4 Black-box testing focuses on INPUT and OUTPUT;
8.5 Grey-box testing gets you CLOSER to the code;
8.6 White-box testing uses inside knowledge;
8.7 Testing EVERYTHING with one step;
8.8 Automate your tests with a testing framework;
8.9 Use your framework to run your tests;
8.10 At the wheel of CI with CruiseControl;
8.11 Testing guarantees things will work... right?;
8.12 Standup meeting;
8.13 Testing all your code means testing EVERY BRANCH;
8.14 Use a coverage report to see what’s covered;
8.15 Getting good coverage isn’t always easy...;
8.16 Standup meeting;
8.17 Tools for your Software Development Toolbox;
Chapter 8: Test-Driven Development: Holding your code accountable;
9.1 Test FIRST, not last;
9.2 So we’re going to test FIRST...;
9.3 Welcome to test-driven development;
9.4 Your first test...;
9.5 ... fails miserably.;
9.6 Get your tests to GREEN;
9.7 Red, green, refactor...;
9.8 In TDD, tests DRIVE your implementation;
9.9 Completing a task means you’ve got all the tests you need, and they all pass;
9.10 When your tests pass, move on!;
9.11 Different task, same process;
9.12 Red: write (failing) tests;
9.13 Green: write code to pass tests;
9.14 Simplicity means avoiding dependencies;
9.15 Always write testable code;
9.16 When things get hard to test, examine your design;
9.17 The strategy pattern provides for multiple implementations of a single interface;
9.18 Keep your test code with your tests;
9.19 Testing produces better code;
9.20 More tests always means lots more code;
9.21 Strategy patterns, loose couplings, object stand ins...;
9.22 We need lots of different, but similar, objects;
9.23 What if we generated objects?;
9.24 A mock object stands in for real objects;
9.25 Mock objects are working object stand-ins;
9.26 Good software is testable...;
9.27 It’s not easy bein’ green...;
9.28 A day in the life of a test-driven developer...;
9.29 Tools for your Software Development Toolbox;
Chapter 9: Ending an Iteration: It’s all coming together...;
10.1 Your iteration is just about complete...;
10.2 ... but there’s lots left you could do;
10.3 Standup Meeting;
10.4 System testing MUST be done...;
10.5 ... but WHO does system testing?;
10.6 System testing depends on a complete system to test;
10.7 Good system testing requires TWO iteration cycles;
10.8 More iterations means more problems;
10.9 The life (and death) of a bug;
10.10 So you found a bug....;
10.11 Anatomy of a bug report;
10.12 But there’s still plenty left you COULD do...;
10.13 Time for the iteration review;
10.14 Some iteration review questions;
10.15 A GENERAL priority list for getting EXTRA things done...;
10.16 Tools for your Software Development Toolbox;
Chapter 10: The Next Iteration: If it ain’t broke... you still better fix it;
11.1 What is working software?;
11.2 You need to plan for the next iteration;
11.3 Velocity accounts for... the REAL WORLD;
11.4 And it’s STILL about the customer;
11.5 Someone else’s software is STILL just software;
11.6 Customer approval? Check!;
11.7 Testing your code;
11.8 Houston, we really do have a problem...;
11.9 Standup meeting;
11.10 Trust NO ONE;
11.11 You without your process;
11.12 You with your process;
Chapter 11: Bugs: Squashing bugs like a pro;
12.1 First, you’ve got to talk to the customer;
12.2 Standup meeting;
12.3 Priority one: get things buildable;
12.4 We could fix code...;
12.5 ... but we need to fix functionality;
12.6 Figure out what functionality works;
12.7 NOW you know what’s not working;
12.8 Spike test to estimate;
12.9 What do the spike test results tell you?;
12.10 Your team’s gut feeling matters;
12.11 Give your customer the bug fix estimate;
12.12 Things are looking good...;
12.13 ... and you finish the iteration successfully!;
12.14 AND most importantly the customer is happy;
12.15 Tools for your Software Development Toolbox;
Chapter 12: The Real World: Having a process in life;
13.1 Pinning down a software development process;
13.2 A good process delivers good software;
13.3 Formal attire required...;
13.4 Some additional resources...;
13.5 More knowledge == better process;
13.6 Tools for your Software Development Toolbox;
13.7 It’s time to leave a mark on the board world!;
Leftovers: The top 5 topics (we didn’t cover);
#1. UML class diagrams;
Class diagrams show relationships;
#2. Sequence diagrams;
#3. User stories and use cases;
#4. System tests vs. unit tests;
#5. Refactoring;
Techniques and Principles: Tools for the experienced software developer;

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