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The Clean Coder

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Table of Contents

Foreword xiii Preface xix Acknowledgments xxiii About the Author xxix On the Cover xxxi Pre-Requisite Introduction 1 Chapter 1: Professionalism 7 Be Careful What You Ask For 8 Taking Responsibility 8 First, Do No Harm 11 Work Ethic 16 Bibliography 22 Chapter 2: Saying No 23 Adversarial Roles 26 High Stakes 29 Being a "Team Player" 30 The Cost of Saying Yes 36 Code Impossible 41 Chapter 3: Saying Yes 45 A Language of Commitment 47 Learning How to Say "Yes" 52 Conclusion 56 Chapter 4: Coding 57 Preparedness 58 The Flow Zone 62 Writer's Block 64 Debugging 66 Pacing Yourself 69 Being Late 71 Help 73 Bibliography 76 Chapter 5: Test Driven Development 77 The Jury Is In 79 The Three Laws of TDD 79 What TDD Is Not 83 Bibliography 84 Chapter 6: Practicing 85 Some Background on Practicing 86 The Coding Dojo 89 Broadening Your Experience 93 Conclusion 94 Bibliography 94 Chapter 7: Acceptance Testing 95 Communicating Requirements 95 Acceptance Tests 100 Conclusion 111 Chapter 8: Testing Strategies 113 QA Should Find Nothing 114 The Test Automation Pyramid 115 Conclusion 119 Bibliography 119 Chapter 9: Time Management 121 Meetings 122 Focus-Manna 127 Time Boxing and Tomatoes 130 Avoidance 131 Blind Alleys 131 Marshes, Bogs, Swamps, and Other Messes 132 Conclusion 133 Chapter 10: Estimation 135 What Is an Estimate? 138 PERT 141 Estimating Tasks 144 The Law of Large Numbers 147 Conclusion 147 Bibliography 148 Chapter 11: Pressure 149 Avoiding Pressure 151 Handling Pressure 153 Conclusion 155 Chapter 12: Collaboration 157 Programmers versus People 159 Cerebellums 164 Conclusion 166 Chapter 13: Teams and Projects 167 Does It Blend? 168 Conclusion 171 Bibliography 171 Chapter 14: Mentoring, Apprenticeship, and Craftsmanship 173 Degrees of Failure 174 Mentoring 174 Apprenticeship 180 Craftsmanship 184 Conclusion 185 Appendix A: Tooling 187 Tools 189 Source Code Control 189 IDE/Editor 194 Issue Tracking 196 Continuous Build 197 Unit Testing Tools 198 Component Testing Tools 199 Integration Testing Tools 200 UML/MDA 201 Conclusion 204 Index 205

About the Author

Robert C. Martin ("Uncle Bob") has been a programmer since 1970. He is founder and president of Object Mentor, Inc., an international firm of highly experienced software developers and managers who specialize in helping companies get their projects done. Object Mentor offers process improvement consulting, object-oriented software design consulting, training, and skill development services to major corporations worldwide. Martin has published dozens of articles in various trade journals and is a regular speaker at international conferences and trade shows. He has authored and edited many books, including: Designing Object Oriented C++ Applications Using the Booch Method Patterns Languages of Program Design 3 More C++ Gems Extreme Programming in Practice Agile Software Development: Principles, Patterns, and Practices UML for Java Programmers Clean Code A leader in the industry of software development, Martin served for three years as editor-in-chief of the C++ Report, and he served as the first chairman of the Agile Alliance. Robert is also the founder of Uncle Bob Consulting, LLC, and cofounder with his son Micah Martin of The Clean Coders LLC.


"`Uncle Bob' Martin definitely raises the bar with his latest book. He explains his expectation for a professional programmer on management interactions, time management, pressure, on collaboration, and on the choice of tools to use. Beyond TDD and ATDD, Martin explains what every programmer who considers him- or herself a professional not only needs to know, but also needs to follow in order to make the young profession of software development grow." -Markus Gartner Senior Software Developer it-agile GmbH "Some technical books inspire and teach; some delight and amuse. Rarely does a technical book do all four of these things. Robert Martin's always have for me and The Clean Coder is no exception. Read, learn, and live the lessons in this book and you can accurately call yourself a software professional." -George Bullock Senior Program Manager Microsoft Corp. "If a computer science degree had `required reading for after you graduate,' this would be it. In the real world, your bad code doesn't vanish when the semester's over, you don't get an A for marathon coding the night before an assignment's due, and, worst of all, you have to deal with people. So, coding gurus are not necessarily professionals. The Clean Coder describes the journey to professionalism . . . and it does a remarkably entertaining job of it." -Jeff Overbey University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign "The Clean Coder is much more than a set of rules or guidelines. It contains hard-earned wisdom and knowledge that is normally obtained through many years of trial and error or by working as an apprentice to a master craftsman. If you call yourself a software professional, you need this book." -R. L. Bogetti Lead System Designer Baxter Healthcare

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