Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software
Construction. Redmond, Wa.: Microsoft Press, 880 pages,
1993. Retail price: $35. ISBN: 1-55615-484-4.
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Winner of the Jolt Excellence Award--1993. Winner of
the Society of Technical Communications Merit Award.
This practical handbook covers the art and science of software construction. Code
Complete provides a larger perspective on the software-development process and the
role of construction in the process that will inform and stimulate your thinking about
your own projects, enabling you to take strategic action rather than fight the same
battles again and again. Topics include: up-front planning, applying good design
techniques to construction, using data effectively, reviewing for errors, managing
construction activities, and relating personal character to superior software.
Examples are provided in C, Pascal, Basic, FORTRAN, and Ada--but the focus is on
programming techniques that can be used in all languages.