I. M. Wright´s Hard Code
Get an inside look at how one of Microsoft´s Engineering Excellence directors drives discussions about coding best practices. The popular column, I. M. Wright´s "Hard Code," was written by Eric Brechner´s alter-ego to help stimulate discussion among development engineers at Microsoft - a proven-effective idea. Deliberately provocative, ideas have been debated and pondered by thousands within Microsoft and have increasingly drawn attention from others in the industry.
With this book, these essays are now available to any developer. They are thematically arranged, each helping to spark the imagination, stimulate discussion, and promote debate about software development tasks and processes. They encourage developers to reexamine coding, testing, and software-development project-management practices - and gain insight into their own processes to help drive excellence in large, distributed business groups.
Get the unvarnished truth an how to:
- Improve software quality and value - from design to security
- Realistically manage project schedules, risks, and specs
- Trim the fat from common development inefficiencies
- Apply process improvement methods - without being an inflexible fanatic
- Drive your own successful, satisfying career
- Don´t be a dictator - develop and manage a thriving team!
Companion Web site includes:
- Agile process documents
- Checklists, templates, and other resources
About the Author Eric Brechner:
Eric Brechner, Director of Development Excellence at Microsoft Corporation, has more than two decades experience in the software industry. He began writing "Hard Code" in 2001 as a resource for Microsoft employees. Since then, the opinion column has ignited an ongoing discussion of best practices among the thousands of software development engineers at Microsoft-and now, to the rest of the development community.