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The Proper Care and Feeding of Programmers

Developers are a unique bunch. They tend to have innate characteristics that cause them to approach problems in ways that leave their managers scratching their heads. Discover what natural behaviors are likely to cause conflicts and what you can do to work with those instinctual traits, instead of against them.

Mike Cohn's picture Mike Cohn
Good Tool. Bad Application

Excel does a great job as a spreadsheet, but when you try to push it into service as a database you may be in for some rude surprises.

Chris McMahon's picture Chris McMahon
A Look at Worksoft Certify

Need to get the scoop on the latest software tools and trends? You've come to the right place. Get one reviewer's opinion of Certify’s test automation tool for nonprogrammers.

Geoff Stewart's picture Geoff Stewart
Divide and Conquer

When taking on a new job or even a new project, the sheer number of tasks can seem overwhelming. Find out how a few stacks and applied prioritization can help you cut through the clutter and clear a path to success.

Douglas Hoffman's picture Douglas Hoffman
Art, Upgrades, and Algorithms

Get the software engineering slant on items from the recent news.
 

Heather Shanholtzer's picture Heather Shanholtzer
Stale Plans Are the Devil's Workshop

Turn to The Last Word, where software professionals who care about quality give you their opinions on hot topics. This month, see why it is important to keep your plans up to date.

Payson Hall's picture Payson Hall
Welcome, Programmers

We're pleased to bring you technical editors who are well respected in their fields. Get their take on everything that relates to the industry, technically speaking. In this issue, read about the changes we're making to Better Software this year.

Brian Marick's picture Brian Marick
Tell Me Where It Hurts

Even the healthiest applications don't always thrive in new environments. Deployment errors can occur despite extensive testing—and can be very difficult and expensive to correct. Find out how to give your deployed application the ability to self-diagnose so you can avoid making an eleventh-hour house call.

Mike Clark's picture Mike Clark
Testing Without a Map

When faced with the task of testing an unfamiliar application, it's sometimes difficult to know where to begin. Discover how exploring with heuristics in mind can help you uncover bugs—even when you don't know what the system specifications are.

Michael Bolton's picture Michael Bolton
It's All In How You Slice It

Most incremental releases resemble grandma's fruitcake-ad hoc pieces of customer requested functionality cobbled together in no particular order. What if, instead, you took a more structured approach—dividing your product into working layers, each one functional enough to use on a daily basis? Learn this foolproof recipe for project success.

Jeff Patton's picture Jeff Patton

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