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March 10, 2009

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» Test driven : practical TDD for Java developers

Test driven : practical TDD and acceptance TDD for Java developers / Lasse Koskela, Manning, 2008

TDD (Test Driven Development) takes a surprising amount of thought to do it right. Here are the techniques that lead to better software faster. 500 pages.

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» Agile web development with Rails

Agile web development with Rails : a Pragmatic guide / Dave Thomas, Pragmatic Bookshelf, 2006

This book is not ‘recent’ but it is the best Rails book in the library. It is very readable and practical, with many examples. 500 pages.

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March 2, 2009

Rick Leir
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» Professional CodeIgniter

Professional CodeIgniter / Thomas Myer, Wiley, 2008

Structure your PHP web app using a MVC framework. This book on the CodeIgnitor framework starts by comparing it to the Symfony and CakePHP frameworks. Then agile programming is discussed, and you dive into code examples with a shopping cart, a dashboard and a WYSIWYG editor. The book has 300 very readable and practical pages.

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February 25, 2009

Rick Leir
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» Manage it! : your guide to modern, pragmatic project management

Manage it! : your guide to modern, pragmatic project management / Johanna Rothman, The Pragmatic Bookshelf, 2007

Here is the best book on software project management that I know of.

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February 23, 2009

Rick Leir
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» Code leader

Code leader : using people, tools, and processes to build successful software / Patrick Cauldwell, Wiley, 2008

Here is a book to help you make the move up to team leader. It is one thing to be technically sharp, and quite another to organize a group to be technically sharp together. Philosophy, Process, Code Construction: all at a practical level, and concise at 200 pages. Very good!

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February 5, 2009

Rick Leir
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» Pragmatic thinking and learning

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Pragmatic thinking and learning : refactor your wetware / by Andy Hunt, Pragmatic Bookshelf, 2008.

Here is a book about how the brain works, written by programmers for programmers.  It is general, and will be interesting to anyone trying to learn to think better.  The ‘pragmatic’ movement joined with others in 2001 to form the ‘agile manifesto’.

Get it here, from OPL.