1. Great Contemporaries: Churchill Reflects on FDR, Hitler, Kipling, Chaplin, Balfour, and Other Giants of His Age

Winston Churchill


  
    Churchill Sizes Up the Giants of His Age, Offers Wisdom for Our Own
  


    Winston Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on the strength of “his mastery of historical and biographical description.” Nowhere is that mastery more evident than in Great Contemporaries(1937), which features Churchill’s brief lives of those he called “Great Men of our age.”
  


     
  


    ISI Books is proud to publish a brand-new, illustrated edition of this neglected classic. Great Contemporaries profiles towering figures ranging from Franklin Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, Lawrence of Arabia, and Leon Trotsky to Charlie Chaplin, H. G. Wells, Rudyard Kipling, and George Bernard Shaw. This edition—the first in twenty years—includes five essays that have never appeared in any previous version, some thirty black-and-white photographs, and an enlightening introduction and annotations by noted Churchill scholar James W. Muller.
  


     
  


    Written in the decade before Churchill became prime minister, the essays in Great Contemporaries focus on the challenges of statecraft at a time when the democratic revolution was toppling older regimes based on tradition and aristocratic privilege. Churchill’s keen observations take on new importance in our own age of roiling political change.
  


     
  


    Ultimately, Great Contemporaries provides fascinating insight into the statesman’s perspective. Churchill’s objective is clear: he tries to learn from these giants what makes a man great. He approaches his subjects with a measuring eye, finding their limitations at least as revealing as their merits.
  


     
  


    This handsome new edition of Great Contemporaries brings back Churchill’s unmatched insights and unforgettable prose for a new generation of readers and leaders.

    Great Contemporaries: Churchill Reflects on FDR, Hitler, Kipling, Chaplin, Balfour, and Other Giants of His Age

    Winston Churchill

    Churchill Sizes Up the Giants of His Age, Offers Wisdom for Our Own

    Winston Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on the strength of “his mastery of historical and biographical description.” Nowhere is that mastery more evident than in Great Contemporaries(1937), which features Churchill’s brief lives of those he called “Great Men of our age.”

     
    ISI Books is proud to publish a brand-new, illustrated edition of this neglected classic. Great Contemporaries profiles towering figures ranging from Franklin Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, Lawrence of Arabia, and Leon Trotsky to Charlie Chaplin, H. G. Wells, Rudyard Kipling, and George Bernard Shaw. This edition—the first in twenty years—includes five essays that have never appeared in any previous version, some thirty black-and-white photographs, and an enlightening introduction and annotations by noted Churchill scholar James W. Muller.

     
    Written in the decade before Churchill became prime minister, the essays in Great Contemporaries focus on the challenges of statecraft at a time when the democratic revolution was toppling older regimes based on tradition and aristocratic privilege. Churchill’s keen observations take on new importance in our own age of roiling political change.

     
    Ultimately, Great Contemporaries provides fascinating insight into the statesman’s perspective. Churchill’s objective is clear: he tries to learn from these giants what makes a man great. He approaches his subjects with a measuring eye, finding their limitations at least as revealing as their merits.

     
    This handsome new edition of Great Contemporaries brings back Churchill’s unmatched insights and unforgettable prose for a new generation of readers and leaders.
  2. High Performance JavaScript (Build Faster Web Application Interfaces)

Nicholas C. Zakas




    If you’re like most developers, you rely heavily on JavaScript to build interactive and quick-responding web applications. The problem is that all of those lines of JavaScript code can slow down your apps. This book reveals techniques and strategies to help you eliminate performance bottlenecks during development. You’ll learn how to improve execution time, downloading, interaction with the DOM, page life cycle, and more.
  


    Yahoo! frontend engineer Nicholas C. Zakas and five other JavaScript experts — Ross Harmes, Julien Lecomte, Steven Levithan, Stoyan Stefanov, and Matt Sweeney — demonstrate optimal ways to load code onto a page, and offer programming tips to help your JavaScript run as efficiently and quickly as possible. You’ll learn the best practices to build and deploy your files to a production environment, and tools that can help you find problems once your site goes live.
  


      Identify problem code and use faster alternatives to accomplish the same task
    
    
      Improve scripts by learning how JavaScript stores and accesses data
    
    
      Implement JavaScript code so that it doesn’t slow down interaction with the DOM
    
    
      Use optimization techniques to improve runtime performance
    
    
      Learn ways to ensure the UI is responsive at all times
    
    
      Achieve faster client-server communication
    
    
      Use a build system to minify files, and HTTP compression to deliver them to the browser

    High Performance JavaScript (Build Faster Web Application Interfaces)

    Nicholas C. Zakas

    If you’re like most developers, you rely heavily on JavaScript to build interactive and quick-responding web applications. The problem is that all of those lines of JavaScript code can slow down your apps. This book reveals techniques and strategies to help you eliminate performance bottlenecks during development. You’ll learn how to improve execution time, downloading, interaction with the DOM, page life cycle, and more.

    Yahoo! frontend engineer Nicholas C. Zakas and five other JavaScript experts — Ross Harmes, Julien Lecomte, Steven Levithan, Stoyan Stefanov, and Matt Sweeney — demonstrate optimal ways to load code onto a page, and offer programming tips to help your JavaScript run as efficiently and quickly as possible. You’ll learn the best practices to build and deploy your files to a production environment, and tools that can help you find problems once your site goes live.

    • Identify problem code and use faster alternatives to accomplish the same task
    • Improve scripts by learning how JavaScript stores and accesses data
    • Implement JavaScript code so that it doesn’t slow down interaction with the DOM
    • Use optimization techniques to improve runtime performance
    • Learn ways to ensure the UI is responsive at all times
    • Achieve faster client-server communication
    • Use a build system to minify files, and HTTP compression to deliver them to the browser
  3. Working Effectively with Legacy Code

Michael Feathers

**Get more out of your legacy systems: more performance, functionality, reliability, and manageability **

Is your code easy to change? Can you get nearly instantaneous feedback when you do change it? Do you understand it? If the answer to any of these questions is no, you have legacy code, and it is draining time and money away from your development efforts.

In this book, Michael Feathers offers start-to-finish strategies for working more effectively with large, untested legacy code bases. This book draws on material Michael created for his renowned Object Mentor seminars: techniques Michael has used in mentoring to help hundreds of developers, technical managers, and testers bring their legacy systems under control.

The topics covered include

Understanding the mechanics of software change: adding features, fixing bugs, improving design, optimizing performance
Getting legacy code into a test harness
Writing tests that protect you against introducing new problems
Techniques that can be used with any language or platform?with examples in Java, C++, C, and C#
Accurately identifying where code changes need to be made
Coping with legacy systems that aren’t object-oriented
Handling applications that don’t seem to have any structure
This book also includes a catalog of twenty-four dependency-breaking techniques that help you work with program elements in isolation and make safer changes.

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

    Working Effectively with Legacy Code

    Michael Feathers

    **Get more out of your legacy systems: more performance, functionality, reliability, and manageability **

    Is your code easy to change? Can you get nearly instantaneous feedback when you do change it? Do you understand it? If the answer to any of these questions is no, you have legacy code, and it is draining time and money away from your development efforts.

    In this book, Michael Feathers offers start-to-finish strategies for working more effectively with large, untested legacy code bases. This book draws on material Michael created for his renowned Object Mentor seminars: techniques Michael has used in mentoring to help hundreds of developers, technical managers, and testers bring their legacy systems under control.

    The topics covered include

    • Understanding the mechanics of software change: adding features, fixing bugs, improving design, optimizing performance
    • Getting legacy code into a test harness
    • Writing tests that protect you against introducing new problems
    • Techniques that can be used with any language or platform?with examples in Java, C++, C, and C#
    • Accurately identifying where code changes need to be made
    • Coping with legacy systems that aren’t object-oriented
    • Handling applications that don’t seem to have any structure

    This book also includes a catalog of twenty-four dependency-breaking techniques that help you work with program elements in isolation and make safer changes.

    © Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

  4. Web Analytics 2.0: The Art of Online Accountability and Science of Customer Centricity

Avinash Kaushik

Adeptly address today’s business challenges with this powerful new book from web analytics thought leader Avinash Kaushik. Web Analytics 2.0 presents a new framework that will permanently change how you think about analytics. It provides specific recommendations for creating an actionable strategy, applying analytical techniques correctly, solving challenges such as measuring social media and multichannel campaigns, achieving optimal success by leveraging experimentation, and employing tactics for truly listening to your customers. The book will help your organization become more data driven while you become a super analysis ninja!
Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

    Web Analytics 2.0: The Art of Online Accountability and Science of Customer Centricity

    Avinash Kaushik

    Adeptly address today’s business challenges with this powerful new book from web analytics thought leader Avinash Kaushik. Web Analytics 2.0 presents a new framework that will permanently change how you think about analytics. It provides specific recommendations for creating an actionable strategy, applying analytical techniques correctly, solving challenges such as measuring social media and multichannel campaigns, achieving optimal success by leveraging experimentation, and employing tactics for truly listening to your customers. The book will help your organization become more data driven while you become a super analysis ninja! Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

  5. The Tangled Web: A Guide to Securing Modern Web Applications

Michal Zalewski


  “Thorough and comprehensive coverage from one of the foremost experts in browser security.” —Tavis Ormandy, Google Inc.Modern web applications are built on a tangle of technologies that have been developed over time and then haphazardly pieced together. Every piece of the web application stack, from HTTP requests to browser-side scripts, comes with important yet subtle security consequences. To keep users safe, it is essential for developers to confidently navigate this landscape.In The Tangled Web, Michal Zalewski, one of the world’s top browser security experts, offers a compelling narrative that explains exactly how browsers work and why they’re fundamentally insecure. Rather than dispense simplistic advice on vulnerabilities, Zalewski examines the entire browser security model, revealing weak points and providing crucial information for shoring up web application security. You’ll learn how to:
      Perform common but surprisingly complex tasks such as URL parsing and HTML sanitization
    
    
      Use modern security features like Strict Transport Security, Content Security Policy, and Cross-Origin Resource Sharing
    
    
      Leverage many variants of the same-origin policy to safely compartmentalize complex web applications and protect user credentials in case of XSS bugs
    
    
      Build mashups and embed gadgets without getting stung by the tricky frame navigation policy
    
    
      Embed or host user-supplied content without running into the trap of content sniffing
    
  For quick reference, “Security Engineering Cheat Sheets” at the end of each chapter offer ready solutions to problems you’re most likely to encounter. With coverage extending as far as planned HTML5 features, The Tangled Web will help you create secure web applications that stand the test of time.

    The Tangled Web: A Guide to Securing Modern Web Applications

    Michal Zalewski

    “Thorough and comprehensive coverage from one of the foremost experts in browser security.”
    —Tavis Ormandy, Google Inc.

    Modern web applications are built on a tangle of technologies that have been developed over time and then haphazardly pieced together. Every piece of the web application stack, from HTTP requests to browser-side scripts, comes with important yet subtle security consequences. To keep users safe, it is essential for developers to confidently navigate this landscape.

    In The Tangled Web, Michal Zalewski, one of the world’s top browser security experts, offers a compelling narrative that explains exactly how browsers work and why they’re fundamentally insecure. Rather than dispense simplistic advice on vulnerabilities, Zalewski examines the entire browser security model, revealing weak points and providing crucial information for shoring up web application security. You’ll learn how to:
    • Perform common but surprisingly complex tasks such as URL parsing and HTML sanitization
    • Use modern security features like Strict Transport Security, Content Security Policy, and Cross-Origin Resource Sharing
    • Leverage many variants of the same-origin policy to safely compartmentalize complex web applications and protect user credentials in case of XSS bugs
    • Build mashups and embed gadgets without getting stung by the tricky frame navigation policy
    • Embed or host user-supplied content without running into the trap of content sniffing
    For quick reference, “Security Engineering Cheat Sheets” at the end of each chapter offer ready solutions to problems you’re most likely to encounter. With coverage extending as far as planned HTML5 features, The Tangled Web will help you create secure web applications that stand the test of time.
  6. Scalability Rules: 50 Principles for Scaling Web Sites

Martin L. Abbott


  “Once again, Abbott and Fisher provide a book that I’ll be giving to our engineers. It’s an essential read for anyone dealing with scaling an online business.”



  —Chris Lalonde, VP, Technical Operations and Infrastructure Architecture, Bullhorn



   



  “Abbott and Fisher again tackle the difficult problem of scalability in their unique and practical manner. Distilling the challenges of operating a fast-growing presence on the Internet into 50 easy-to understand rules, the authors provide a modern cookbook of scalability recipes that guide the reader through the difficulties of fast growth.”



  —Geoffrey Weber, Vice President, Internet Operations, Shutterfly



   



  “Abbott and Fisher have distilled years of wisdom into a set of cogent principles to avoid many nonobvious mistakes.”



  —Jonathan Heiliger, VP, Technical Operations, Facebook



   



  “In The Art of Scalability, the AKF team taught us that scale is not just a technology challenge. Scale is obtained only through a combination of people, process, and technology. With Scalability Rules, Martin Abbott and Michael Fisher fill our scalability toolbox with easily implemented and time-tested rules that once applied will enable massive scale.”



  —Jerome Labat,VP, Product Development IT, Intuit



   



  “When I joined Etsy, I partnered with Mike and Marty to hit the ground running in my new role, and it was one of the best investments of time I have made in my career. The indispensable advice from my experience working with Mike and Marty is fully captured here in this book. Whether you’re taking on a role as a technology leader in a new company or you simply want to make great technology decisions, Scalability Rules will be the go-to resource on your bookshelf.”



  —Chad  Dickerson, CTO, Etsy



   



  “Scalability Rules provides an essential set of practical tools and concepts anyone can use when designing, upgrading, or inheriting a technology platform. It’s very easy to focus on an immediate problem and overlook issues that will appear in the future. This book ensures strategic design principles are applied to everyday challenges.”



  —Robert Guild, Director and Senior Architect, Financial Services



   



  “An insightful, practical guide to designing and building scalable systems. A must-read for both product-building and operations teams, this book offers concise and crisp insights gained from years of practical experience of AKF principals. With the complexity of modern systems, scalability considerations should be an integral part of the architecture and implementation process. Scaling systems for hypergrowth requires an agile, iterative approach that is closely aligned with product features; this book shows you how.”



  —Nanda Kishore, Chief Technology Officer, ShareThis



   



  “For organizations looking to scale technology, people, and processes rapidly or effectively, the twin pairing of Scalability Rules and The Art of Scalability are unbeatable. The rules-driven approach in Scalability Rules makes this not only an easy reference companion, but also allows organizations to tailor the Abbott and Fisher approach to their specific needs both immediately and in the future!”



  —Jeremy Wright, CEO, BNOTIONS.ca and Founder, b5media



   


** 
  50 Powerful, Easy-to-Use Rules for Supporting Hypergrowth in Any Environment



   



  Scalability Rules is the easy-to-use scalability primer and reference for every architect, developer, web professional, and manager. Authors Martin L. Abbott and Michael T. Fisher have helped scale more than 200 hypergrowth Internet sites through their consulting practice. Now, drawing on their unsurpassed experience, they present 50 clear, proven scalability rules–and practical guidance for applying them.



   



  Abbott and Fisher transform scalability from a “black art” to a set of realistic, technology-agnostic best practices for supporting hypergrowth in nearly any environment, including both frontend and backend systems.



   



  For architects, they offer powerful new insights for creating and evaluating designs. For developers, they share specific techniques for handling everything from databases to state. For managers, they provide invaluable help in goal-setting, decision-making, and interacting with technical teams. Whatever your role, you’ll find practical risk/benefit guidance for setting priorities–and getting maximum “bang for the buck.”



   



  •  Simplifying architectures and avoiding “over-engineering”



  •  Scaling via cloning, replication, separating functionality, and splitting data sets



  •  Scaling out, not up



  •  Getting more out of databases without compromising scalability



  •  Avoiding unnecessary redirects and redundant double-checking



  •  Using caches and content delivery networks more aggressively, without introducing unacceptable complexity



  •  Designing for fault tolerance, graceful failure, and easy rollback



  •  Striving for statelessness when you can; efficiently handling state when you must



  •  Effectively utilizing asynchronous communication



  •  Learning quickly from mistakes, and much more

    Scalability Rules: 50 Principles for Scaling Web Sites

    Martin L. Abbott

    “Once again, Abbott and Fisher provide a book that I’ll be giving to our engineers. It’s an essential read for anyone dealing with scaling an online business.”

    Chris Lalonde, VP, Technical Operations and Infrastructure Architecture, Bullhorn

     

    “Abbott and Fisher again tackle the difficult problem of scalability in their unique and practical manner. Distilling the challenges of operating a fast-growing presence on the Internet into 50 easy-to understand rules, the authors provide a modern cookbook of scalability recipes that guide the reader through the difficulties of fast growth.”

    Geoffrey Weber, Vice President, Internet Operations, Shutterfly

     

    “Abbott and Fisher have distilled years of wisdom into a set of cogent principles to avoid many nonobvious mistakes.”

    Jonathan Heiliger, VP, Technical Operations, Facebook

     

    “In The Art of Scalability, the AKF team taught us that scale is not just a technology challenge. Scale is obtained only through a combination of people, process, and technology. With Scalability Rules, Martin Abbott and Michael Fisher fill our scalability toolbox with easily implemented and time-tested rules that once applied will enable massive scale.”

    Jerome Labat,VP, Product Development IT, Intuit

     

    “When I joined Etsy, I partnered with Mike and Marty to hit the ground running in my new role, and it was one of the best investments of time I have made in my career. The indispensable advice from my experience working with Mike and Marty is fully captured here in this book. Whether you’re taking on a role as a technology leader in a new company or you simply want to make great technology decisions, Scalability Rules will be the go-to resource on your bookshelf.”

    Chad Dickerson, CTO, Etsy

     

    Scalability Rules provides an essential set of practical tools and concepts anyone can use when designing, upgrading, or inheriting a technology platform. It’s very easy to focus on an immediate problem and overlook issues that will appear in the future. This book ensures strategic design principles are applied to everyday challenges.”

    Robert Guild, Director and Senior Architect, Financial Services

     

    “An insightful, practical guide to designing and building scalable systems. A must-read for both product-building and operations teams, this book offers concise and crisp insights gained from years of practical experience of AKF principals. With the complexity of modern systems, scalability considerations should be an integral part of the architecture and implementation process. Scaling systems for hypergrowth requires an agile, iterative approach that is closely aligned with product features; this book shows you how.”

    Nanda Kishore, Chief Technology Officer, ShareThis

     

    “For organizations looking to scale technology, people, and processes rapidly or effectively, the twin pairing of Scalability Rules and The Art of Scalability are unbeatable. The rules-driven approach in Scalability Rules makes this not only an easy reference companion, but also allows organizations to tailor the Abbott and Fisher approach to their specific needs both immediately and in the future!”

    Jeremy Wright, CEO, BNOTIONS.ca and Founder, b5media

     

    **

    50 Powerful, Easy-to-Use Rules for Supporting Hypergrowth in Any Environment

     

    Scalability Rules is the easy-to-use scalability primer and reference for every architect, developer, web professional, and manager. Authors Martin L. Abbott and Michael T. Fisher have helped scale more than 200 hypergrowth Internet sites through their consulting practice. Now, drawing on their unsurpassed experience, they present 50 clear, proven scalability rules–and practical guidance for applying them.

     

    Abbott and Fisher transform scalability from a “black art” to a set of realistic, technology-agnostic best practices for supporting hypergrowth in nearly any environment, including both frontend and backend systems.

     

    For architects, they offer powerful new insights for creating and evaluating designs. For developers, they share specific techniques for handling everything from databases to state. For managers, they provide invaluable help in goal-setting, decision-making, and interacting with technical teams. Whatever your role, you’ll find practical risk/benefit guidance for setting priorities–and getting maximum “bang for the buck.”

     

    •  Simplifying architectures and avoiding “over-engineering”

    •  Scaling via cloning, replication, separating functionality, and splitting data sets

    •  Scaling out, not up

    •  Getting more out of databases without compromising scalability

    •  Avoiding unnecessary redirects and redundant double-checking

    •  Using caches and content delivery networks more aggressively, without introducing unacceptable complexity

    •  Designing for fault tolerance, graceful failure, and easy rollback

    •  Striving for statelessness when you can; efficiently handling state when you must

    •  Effectively utilizing asynchronous communication

    •  Learning quickly from mistakes, and much more

  7. Beautiful Teams: Inspiring and Cautionary Tales from Veteran Team Leaders

Andrew Stellman




    What’s it like to work on a great software development team facing an impossible problem? How do you build an effective team? Can a group of people who don’t get along still build good software? How does a team leader keep everyone on track when the stakes are high and the schedule is tight?Beautiful Teams takes you behind the scenes with some of the most interesting teams in software engineering history. You’ll learn from veteran team leaders’ successes and failures, told through a series of engaging personal stories — and interviews — by leading programmers, architects, project managers, and thought leaders. This book includes contributions from:
  




      Tim O’Reilly
    
    
      Scott Berkun
    
    
      Mark Healey
    
    
      Bill DiPierre
    
    
      Andy Lester
    
    
      Keoki Andrus
    
    
      Tom Tarka
    
    
      Auke Jilderda
    
    
      Grady Booch
    
    
      Jennifer Greene
    
    
      Mike Cohn
    
    
      Cory Doctorow
    
    
      Neil Siegel
    
    
      Trevor Field
    
    
      James Grenning
    
    
      Steve McConnell
    
    
      Barry Boehm and Maria H. Penedo
    
    
      Peter Gluck
    
    
      Karl E. Wiegers
    
    
      Alex Martelli
    
    
      Karl Fogel
    
    
      Michael Collins
    
    
      Karl Rehmer
    
    
      Andrew Stellman
    
    
      Ned Robinson
    
    
      Scott Ambler
    
    
      Johanna Rothman
    
    
      Mark Denovich and Eric Renkey
    
    
      Patricia Ensworth
    
    
      Andy Oram
    
    
      Tony Visconti
    
  
    Beautiful Teams is edited by Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene, veteran software engineers and project managers who have been writing bestselling books for O’Reilly since 2005, including Applied Software Project Management, Head First PMP, and Head First C#.

    Beautiful Teams: Inspiring and Cautionary Tales from Veteran Team Leaders

    Andrew Stellman

    What’s it like to work on a great software development team facing an impossible problem? How do you build an effective team? Can a group of people who don’t get along still build good software? How does a team leader keep everyone on track when the stakes are high and the schedule is tight?

    Beautiful Teams takes you behind the scenes with some of the most interesting teams in software engineering history. You’ll learn from veteran team leaders’ successes and failures, told through a series of engaging personal stories — and interviews — by leading programmers, architects, project managers, and thought leaders.

    This book includes contributions from:

    • Tim O’Reilly
    • Scott Berkun
    • Mark Healey
    • Bill DiPierre
    • Andy Lester
    • Keoki Andrus
    • Tom Tarka
    • Auke Jilderda
    • Grady Booch
    • Jennifer Greene
    • Mike Cohn
    • Cory Doctorow
    • Neil Siegel
    • Trevor Field
    • James Grenning
    • Steve McConnell
    • Barry Boehm and Maria H. Penedo
    • Peter Gluck
    • Karl E. Wiegers
    • Alex Martelli
    • Karl Fogel
    • Michael Collins
    • Karl Rehmer
    • Andrew Stellman
    • Ned Robinson
    • Scott Ambler
    • Johanna Rothman
    • Mark Denovich and Eric Renkey
    • Patricia Ensworth
    • Andy Oram
    • Tony Visconti

    Beautiful Teams is edited by Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene, veteran software engineers and project managers who have been writing bestselling books for O’Reilly since 2005, including Applied Software Project Management, Head First PMP, and Head First C#.

  8. User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development

Mike Cohn

The concept of user stories has its roots as one of the main tenets of Extreme Programming. In simple terms, user stories represent an effective means of gathering requirements from the customer (roughly akin to use cases). This book describes user stories and demonstrates how they can be used to properly plan, manage, and test software development projects. The book highlights both successful and unsuccessful implementations of the concept, and provides sets of questions and exercises that drive home its main points. After absorbing the lessons in this book, readers will be able to introduce user stories in their organizations as an effective means of determining precisely what is required of a software application.

    User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development

    Mike Cohn

    The concept of user stories has its roots as one of the main tenets of Extreme Programming. In simple terms, user stories represent an effective means of gathering requirements from the customer (roughly akin to use cases). This book describes user stories and demonstrates how they can be used to properly plan, manage, and test software development projects. The book highlights both successful and unsuccessful implementations of the concept, and provides sets of questions and exercises that drive home its main points. After absorbing the lessons in this book, readers will be able to introduce user stories in their organizations as an effective means of determining precisely what is required of a software application.

  9. Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software

Erich Gamma

Capturing a wealth of experience about the design of object-oriented software, four top-notch designers present a catalog of simple and succinct solutions to commonly occurring design problems. Previously undocumented, these 23 patterns allow designers to create more flexible, elegant, and ultimately reusable designs without having to rediscover the design solutions themselves. * The authors begin by describing what patterns are and how they can help you design object-oriented software. They then go on to systematically name, explain, evaluate, and catalog recurring designs in object-oriented systems. With Design Patterns as your guide, you will learn how these important patterns fit into the software development process, and how you can leverage them to solve your own design problems most efficiently.

    Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software

    Erich Gamma

    • Capturing a wealth of experience about the design of object-oriented software, four top-notch designers present a catalog of simple and succinct solutions to commonly occurring design problems. Previously undocumented, these 23 patterns allow designers to create more flexible, elegant, and ultimately reusable designs without having to rediscover the design solutions themselves. * The authors begin by describing what patterns are and how they can help you design object-oriented software. They then go on to systematically name, explain, evaluate, and catalog recurring designs in object-oriented systems. With Design Patterns as your guide, you will learn how these important patterns fit into the software development process, and how you can leverage them to solve your own design problems most efficiently.
  10. Release It!: Design and Deploy Production-Ready Software (Pragmatic Programmers)

Michael T. Nygard




    Whether it’s in Java, .NET, or Ruby on Rails, getting your application ready to ship is only half the battle. Did you design your system to survivef a sudden rush of visitors from Digg or Slashdot? Or an influx of real world customers from 100 different countries? Are you ready for a world filled with flakey networks, tangled databases, and impatient users?
  


    If you’re a developer and don’t want to be on call for 3AM for the rest of your life, this book will help.
  


    In Release It!, Michael T. Nygard shows you how to design and architect your application for the harsh realities it will face. You’ll learn how to design your application for maximum uptime, performance, and return on investment.
  


    Mike explains that many problems with systems today start with the design.

    Release It!: Design and Deploy Production-Ready Software (Pragmatic Programmers)

    Michael T. Nygard

    Whether it’s in Java, .NET, or Ruby on Rails, getting your application ready to ship is only half the battle. Did you design your system to survivef a sudden rush of visitors from Digg or Slashdot? Or an influx of real world customers from 100 different countries? Are you ready for a world filled with flakey networks, tangled databases, and impatient users?

    If you’re a developer and don’t want to be on call for 3AM for the rest of your life, this book will help.

    In Release It!, Michael T. Nygard shows you how to design and architect your application for the harsh realities it will face. You’ll learn how to design your application for maximum uptime, performance, and return on investment.

    Mike explains that many problems with systems today start with the design.