The Software Craftsperson’s Pocket Book
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The Software Craftsperson’s Pocket Book

A Mind-map Based Guide to Software Excellence

About the Book

After completing the second edition of "Craft Your Code," I found myself exploring ideas for my next book. While several concepts crossed my mind, I felt compelled to maintain continuity with the themes explored in my previous book. Hence, the book you hold in your hands at this moment came into existence. Even if you haven't had the opportunity to read my earlier book, don’t worry, this book serves as both a roadmap for budding engineers and a refresher for seasoned professionals.

One of the main motivations behind writing this book originates from my experience, belonging to a generation of developers who witnessed the evolution of programming languages, frameworks, and IDEs firsthand. Reflecting on the nascent stages of my career, C# was in its infancy at version 1.1, while Java was at version 2. JavaScript, was used in web pages (not on the server). Now JavaScript is widespread alongside TypeScript and other languages. Notably, the robust IDEs of today, did not have functionalities we now take for granted, such as refactoring methods, renaming variables and classes. I was using Visual Studio 2003. Features as fundamental as generics debuted only with the advent of C# 2.0. Today, as I pen this preface, C# has matured to version 12, while Java boasts Version 21.

Welcome to the "The Software Craftsperson's Pocket Book". In software development, craftsmanship serves as the foundation of excellence. This pocket book endeavors to capture the essence of software craftsmanship into a succinct and accessible format, catering to novices and seasoned practitioners alike. Beyond mere coding proficiency, craftsmanship embodies a holistic approach to software development, encapsulating principles, practices, and a mindset geared towards perpetual refinement. "Craft Your Code" taught you how to write high quality code, whereas this book takes you to the next level. In this book, you will find a collection of resources, insights, strategies, and techniques to refine your craft and elevate your skills to the next level.

Whether you are a software engineer, a team leader, or an aspiring craftsperson, this book serves as your companion on the journey towards mastery. It contains structured chapters, followed by a mind map, covers an array of topics encompassing code quality, design principles, and effective collaboration and communication strategies. As you start this journey on software craftsmanship, please bear in mind that mastery is not a destination but a continuum of learning and growth. May this pocket book serve as your guide, empowering you to unlock your fullest potential as a software craftsperson.

Happy crafting!

About the Author

Srihari Sridharan
Srihari Sridharan

Srihari Sridharan is a seasoned Software Architect and Engineer with a hands-on approach. He is a renowned speaker, conducting courses and delivering talks on software craftsmanship and writing clean code. Srihari's areas of expertise encompass refactoring, design patterns, enterprise application architectural patterns, integration patterns, and cloud-native design patterns. He possesses practical knowledge in a wide range of technologies, including C#, .NET Core, React, TypeScript, JavaScript (a.k.a ECMAScript), Azure, ASP.NET Web API, ReST, WCF, WPF, Windows Forms, HTML5, CSS3, Unity, Entity Framework, Node.js, Express.js, MongoDB, etc. He is a firm believer in Agile methodologies, Extreme Programming (XP), Test-Driven Development (TDD), and the principles of writing clean code and refactoring.

Apart from his role in a leading company that provides premium software services to global clients, Srihari is an esteemed reviewer and a senior technical proof-reader for Manning Publications Co. He was the technical proof-reader for the following Manning titles:

  1. Get Programming with Node.js
  2. Testing JavaScript Applications
  3. ASP.Net Core Security
  4. BDD In Action Second Edition

He has contributed to the review process of several other Manning titles, including:

Srihari actively serves as a member of the 'Board of Studies - Department of Information Technology' at B.S Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute of Science & Technology, where he strives to bridge the gap between academic curriculum and industry expectations. His responsibilities include framing and reviewing syllabi for various subjects.

Table of Contents

1. Software Development & Software Craftsmanship
2. Contributing to Open Source and Communities
3. The Software Craftsperson's Toolbox
4. Test-Driven Development
5. Behavior Driven Development
6. Mutation Testing
7. Maximizing Results with Pair and Mob Programming

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