Category: Books

“Pitfalls of Modern Software Engineering”: an update

“Pitfalls of Modern Software Engineering”: an update

| May 29, 2008 | Reply

One of the books I’m currently writing is Pitfalls of Modern Software Engineering, a greatly expanded and updated version of a book I published back in the 1990s. I’ve been posted new and revised pitfalls over at my Bruce F. Webster & Associates (bfwa.com) website. To make the pitfalls a bit easier to browse, I’ve […]

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A good introduction to H. P. Lovecraft

A good introduction to H. P. Lovecraft

| April 12, 2008 | Reply

I’m a fan of Howard Phillip Lovecraft, not because I think he was a great writer (his prose is a bit purple by today’s standards), but because he really was the father of 20th Century post-Gothic horror. Sadly, all the film adaptations of Lovecraft’s work to date have been mediocre at best and usually wretched, […]

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“But what about Bradbury?”

“But what about Bradbury?”

| March 19, 2008 | 1 Reply

I’ve gotten some feedback on my memorial for Arthur C. Clarke, both direct and indirect, that the “Big Three” should include Ray Bradbury, either by expanding it to the “Big Four” or by dropping one of the “Big Three” (usually Heinlein). My response is that Bradbury doesn’t belong in that group for two critical reasons. […]

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House to House: An Epic Memoir of War (a brief review)

House to House: An Epic Memoir of War (a brief review)

| September 10, 2007 | Reply

I just finished reading House to House: An Epic Memoir of War by SSG David Bellavia (with John R. Bruning). Bellavia took part in the US battle for Fallujah (Iraq) in November 2004; his squad was one of the first to enter the city, in which insurgents had spent months entrenching themselves and booby-trapping much […]

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — A Review

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — A Review

| July 21, 2007 | 4 Replies

It is common in “serious” reviews of J. K. Rowling’s works to start with disclaimers regarding her writing — awkward, overly long, inconsistent, filled with excessive and irrelevant details about this ‘magic’ world, and so on. Give me a break. Rowling has managed to create one of the greatest phenomenons in the history of literature, […]

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Starting to post pitfalls

Starting to post pitfalls

| June 16, 2007 | Reply

I’ve begun the process of updating and generalizing the original pitfalls (in Pitfalls of Object-Oriented Development) for Pitfalls of Modern Software Engineering (or PMSE). Just scroll past the introductory text, and you’ll see an outline of the actual live content. As with The Art of ‘Ware, feedback and contributions are encouraged. ..bruce..

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Swamped, but here’s a bit of fresh meat

Swamped, but here’s a bit of fresh meat

| June 5, 2007 | Reply

I’m finishing up an expert report for a patent case that I’m working on, so I haven’t been able to push forward with PMSE. However, I am posting a PDF of Chapter 2 from the original Pitfalls of Object-Oriented Development (M&T Books, 1995). This should be useful for those of you interested in contributing to […]

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Beginning work on PMSE

Beginning work on PMSE

| June 3, 2007 | Reply

While waiting for feedback on the web-based and PDF versions of The Art of ‘Ware, I have started work on Pitfalls of Modern Software Engineering (or, as I call it, PMSE or ‘pimsee’). I have done a first (and very preliminary draft) of the introduction to PMSE. My next step will be to take the […]

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Electronic/hard copy of The Art of ‘Ware [version 2.0] now available

Electronic/hard copy of The Art of ‘Ware [version 2.0] now available

| June 1, 2007 | Reply

Due to multiple requests, I have taken the current draft of The Art of ‘Ware [version 2.0] and made it into a PDF file (573 KB, 104 pages), which you can now download, distribute, print, and so on. As I explain in the document itself: In making this draft version available, I retain my copyright […]

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The Art of ‘Ware [version 2.0] now online

The Art of ‘Ware [version 2.0] now online

| May 29, 2007 | 2 Replies

Twelve years ago, I published The Art of ‘Ware, a reinterpretation of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War as applied to developing and marketing technology. I am now working on updating it and have the entire work-in-progress posted here on the blog (see the ‘Pages’ section in the right-hand column). I am particularly interested in […]

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