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By Andy Oram, Greg Wilson

ISBN-10: 0596510047

ISBN-13: 9780596510046

How do the specialists resolve tough difficulties in software program improvement? during this certain and insightful ebook, best computing device scientists supply case stories that display how they discovered strange, conscientiously designed ideas to high-profile initiatives. it is possible for you to to seem over the shoulder of significant coding and layout specialists to determine difficulties via their eyes. this isn't easily one other layout styles publication, or one other software program engineering treatise at the correct and other way to do issues. The authors imagine aloud as they paintings via their project's structure, the tradeoffs made in its development, and while it was once very important to damage principles. attractive Code is a chance for grasp coders to inform their tale. All writer royalties may be donated to Amnesty overseas. tion.

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