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Rise & Resurrection of the American Programmer (Yourdon Press Computing Series) Paperback – September 26, 1997
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There are many valuable insights: the section on best practices, for example. The good thing is that Yourdon doesn't just talk about them: he lists a few. "User Manual as Specification" is so simple, so obviously good... why have we done anything else ever? "Good-enough software" is valuable as well, not because you're not doing that already, but because the key is making it a fully conscious and accepted process.
And then there are some chapters that I'd rather not talk about; the one about Java, for example. The author obviously got carried away. In hindsight, this is easy to say, but still: it lacked realism, even if Microsoft hadn't tried foiling Sun's plans since day 1.
Overall: read Yourdon's other books, they're worthier of your money. And if you haven't the classics like "MMM" (Brooks), go there first.
Yourdon's problem is that in his "Decline & Fall of the American Programmer", he got it all wrong, so he lacks credibility, but for most of the book he hasn't got any hard evidence to offer to support his new thesis. A lot of what he presents as revelation (e.g. "good-enough software" or cultural problems limiting the effectiveness of Indian software houses) will strike many IT professionals as glaringly obvious.
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Although I haven't yet finished this book I can't help but feel that he was closer to the mark with his first book. Read morePublished on June 8, 2000 by Mr. V. J. O'Sullivan
I had to buy this for my CASE tool class. First of all, Yourdon's reliance on "models" to illustate his concepts is ridiculous. The Maturity model, the SEI model... Read morePublished on April 14, 2000
I have read this book three years ago when I was a programming consultant. It is amazing to see the parallel between Yourdon's thoughts in the book and the current Software... Read morePublished on March 15, 2000 by Ashley
I just graduated with a degree in History, but have been entertaining the idea of getting involved in computers in some fashion. Read morePublished on November 3, 1997 by email@example.com