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Modern Software Engineering David Farley

Doing What Works to Build Better Software Faster

June 29, 2022 - 161 words - 1 min Found a typo? Edit me
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This book presents software development as an engineering practice at every level. To master software engineering, we must become experts at learning and managing complexity.

Optimize for learning

To optimize for learning, the book presents five behaviors to consider:

  • Working iteratively
  • Feedback
  • Incrementalism
  • Empiricism
  • Being Experimental

The main idea is to work on small steps, collect feedback, and adjust.

Optimize for managing complexity

The book presents other five ideas to manage complexity:

  • Modularity
  • Cohesion
  • Separation of Concerns
  • Information Hiding and Abstraction
  • Managing Coupling

We need to manage the complexity of our systems.

Tools to support engineering in software

Going deeper into some ideas that were already discussed in the book, like:

  • Testability
  • Deployability
  • Controlling the variables
  • Continuous Delivery

A great video explaining the core ideas behind this book by his author:

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