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Humans Vs Computers Hardcover – September 1, 2017
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About the Author
Gojko Adzic is a partner at Neuri Consulting LLP, winner of the 2016 European Software Testing Outstanding Achievement Award, and the 2011 Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Award. Gojko's book Specification by Example won the Jolt Award for the best book of 2012, and his blog won the UK Agile Award for the best online publication in 2010.
Gojko is a frequent keynote speaker at leading software development conferences and one of the authors of MindMup and Claudia.js. As a consultant, Gojko has helped companies around the world improve their software delivery, from some of the largest financial institutions to small innovative startups.
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Needless to say, I love the book. It's a great idea and the author tell the stories with such a wonderful tone and humor. The last chapter adds a nice touch of usefulness to the book as I get some very practical (and now funny) tips on how to avoid the problems described and make a more trustworthy, reliable and stable system.
This is a book full of stories seasoned developers love to tell each other in the after-the-talks-pub. Keep one close and you'll be the center of attention at any good conference bar.
I'm reading each page with a gentle smile on my lips, bursting out in laughter every few pages. What a bizarre world of exceptions we live in. What a mess we create trying to shoehorn that exceptional world into conformist models of the computer.
In the "February 2038" chapter I could not control myself anymore; I created an event called Boom on 1/2 2038. A lot of strangeness happens with the calendar input control on an iPhone after that ... Fun to be able to break systems in real time!
Congratulations! It's an awesome book.
Gojko wrote a terrific book that explains how things got that way. Even better, he has an entire chapter on what we could do about it: The Inverse Monkey Rule. If you are not sure of how you might mistake-proof your code, or create better tests, read that chapter. Yes, both developers and testers should read that chapter. If you're a manager or project manager, and you want your team to skimp on testing, read the rest of the book. Then, read that chapter. The additional testing won't take much longer and will prevent the kind of sad/funny defects Gojko explains in the rest of the book.
Read this, and sigh (if you're like me) or weep. Then, get to work.
The stories make you think about things that at first look simple, but in practice aren't. Like the story on post code that differ in length, where some countries don't have them, and not all of them are numeric; in the Netherlands we actually have four digits and two characters. Think about that when you design a input form and ask the user to enter the post code and validate it before giving the error message "Post code should be five digits".
The book also provides ideas that will help you prevent problems and make software more human friendly. Thank you Gojko!
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