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2.0 out of 5 stars out of date, April 2, 2002
By A Customer
This review is from: Rapid Development: Taming Wild Software Schedules (Paperback)
This will teach me to check a book's publication date before I grab it. The first couple of chapters seemed curiously old-fashioned, so I flipped through the rest of the book. That's when I spotted a Line of Code section that used Basic, Pascal and 'Macro Assembler' as example languages.
I could almost wax nostalgic over the idea that rapid development is exemplified by a nine month in-house automation project for sales people. Those were the days - 1996 to be exact.
I still have Steve McConnell's 1993 Code Complete, which is a classic. And his 1997 Project Survival Guide, which is still relevant. All I can say about Rapid Development is that it was probably a good anthology of current practice when it was written.
This posting is anonymous because McConnell fans will probably flame this review.
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Initial post: Apr 5, 2010 4:19:30 PM PDT
Thinking of buying this book so your review is interesting to me.

Did you read the book, because you say you "flipped through" it? Do you mean that you only didn't like that Basic and Pascal was present? Granted - I don't know either of those old languages, but maybe other ideas are useful?

Cheers,

Posted on Feb 12, 2012 10:56:01 AM PST
This is a must-have book about the process of software development.
The problems from 1996 are the same as the problems of today.
I would not be concerned about any out of date references to long ago projects or languages, it is irrelevant.
This book changed my life - get it, read it, live it!
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