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Web Development Recipes 2nd Edition

Modern web development is so much more than just HTML and CSS with a little JavaScript mixed in. People want faster, more usable interfaces that work on multiple devices, and you need the latest tools and techniques to make that happen. This book gives you over 40 concise solutions to today’s web development problems, and introduces new solutions that will expand your skill set – proven, practical advice from authors who use these tools and techniques every day. In this completely updated edition, you’ll find innovative new techniques and workflows, as well as reworked solutions that take advantage of new developments.

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Your Code as a Crime Scene: Use Forensic Techniques to Arrest Defects, Bottlenecks, and Bad Design in Your Programs

Jack the Ripper and legacy codebases have more in common than you’d think. Inspired by forensic psychology methods, this book teaches you strategies to predict the future of your codebase, assess refactoring direction, and understand how your team influences the design. With its unique blend of forensic psychology and code analysis, this book arms you with the strategies you need, no matter what programming language you use.

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Pragmatic Unit Testing in Java 8 with JUnit

The Pragmatic Programmers classic is back! Freshly updated for modern software development, Pragmatic Unit Testing in Java 8 With JUnit teaches you how to write and run easily maintained unit tests in JUnit with confidence. You’ll learn mnemonics to help you know what tests to write, how to remember all the boundary conditions, and what the qualities of a good test are. You’ll see how unit tests can pay off by allowing you to keep your system code clean, and you’ll learn how to handle the stuff that seems too tough to test.

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Rails 4 Test Prescriptions: Build a Healthy Codebase

Does your Rails code suffer from bloat, brittleness, or inaccuracy? Cure these problems with a regular dose of test-driven development. Rails 4 Test Prescriptions is a comprehensive guide to how tests can help you design and write better Rails applications. In this completely revised edition, you’ll learn why testing works and how to test effectively using Rails 4, Minitest 5, and RSpec 3, as well as popular testing libraries such as factory_girl and Cucumber. Do what the doctor ordered to make your applications feel all better. Side effects may include better code, fewer bugs, and happier developers.

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101 Design Ingredients to Solve Big Tech Problems

Tough technology and business challenges face you at every stage of a project. The one-page ingredients in 101 Design Ingredients show you how to solve problems using practical examples you can apply right away. Case studies explain how leading companies combined these ingredients into their own unique recipes to catapult their businesses, and how you can, too. You’ll learn how to mix and match the high-level patterns in this quick, entertaining survey to build your own solutions tailored to your projects’ requirements.

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Explore It!: Reduce Risk and Increase Confidence with Exploratory Testing

Uncover surprises, risks, and potentially serious bugs with exploratory testing. Rather than designing all tests in advance, explorers design and execute small, rapid experiments, using what they learned from the last little experiment to inform the next. Learn essential skills of a master explorer, including how to analyze software to discover key points of vulnerability, how to design experiments on the fly, how to hone your observation skills, and how to focus your efforts.

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Pragmatic Guide to Sass

CSS is fundamental to the web, but it’s a basic language and lacks many features. Sass is just like CSS, but with a whole lot of extra power so you can get more done, more quickly. Build better web pages today with Pragmatic Guide to Sass. These concise, easy-to-digest tips and techniques are the shortcuts experienced CSS developers need to start developing in Sass today.

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The SPDY Book: Making Websites Fly

Building high performance websites is hard—let’s go shopping! Better yet, let’s take the best ideas from the past 10 years on how to improve HTTP and wrap them up in a brand new protocol named SPDY. In The SPDY Book, you will learn all of the secrets behind this new protocol from Google. Compression, multiplexing, writing directly to the browser’s cache are not only possible with SPDY, but easy. Google is already using it in production on all of their sites to make their services even faster. Why shouldn’t your websites do the same?

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Designed for Use: Create Usable Interfaces for Applications and the Web

Have you ever been angry at your computer or cell phone? This book is for designers, developers, and product managers who are charged with what sometimes seems like an impossible task: making sure products work the way your users expect them to. This book shows you how to design applications and websites that people will not only use, but will absolutely love.

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Test Driven Development for Embedded C

Still chasing bugs and watching your code deteriorate? Think TDD is only for desktop or web apps? It’s not: TDD is for you, the embedded C programmer. TDD helps you prevent defects and build software with a long useful life. This is the first book to teach the hows and whys of TDD for C programmers.

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The RSpec Book: Behaviour-Driven Development with RSpec, Cucumber, and Friends

Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) gives you the best of Test Driven Development, Domain Driven Design, and Acceptance Test Driven Planning techniques, so you can create better software with self-documenting, executable tests that bring users and developers together with a common language.

Get the most out of BDD in Ruby with The RSpec Book, written by the lead developer of RSpec, David Chelimsky.

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Test Driven Development

Test-driven development (TDD) is a programming technique that reverses the usual sequence of coding and testing. By writing tests just in advance of the code needed to satisfy them, programmers:

  • Work with confidence
  • Work on a series of achievable steps instead of tackling a big problem all at once
  • Ensure that software design meets the need of the actual code
  • Leave behind a suite of tests to help preserve the integrity of the code

Note: Although the ideas aren’t language specific the author does use Java in the examples.

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SQL Antipatterns: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Database Programming

Bill Karwin has helped thousands of people write better SQL and build stronger relational databases. Now he’s sharing his collection of antipatterns—the most common errors he’s identified in those thousands of requests for help.

Most developers aren’t SQL experts, and most of the SQL that gets used is inefficient, hard to maintain, and sometimes just plain wrong. This book shows you all the common mistakes, and then leads you through the best fixes. What’s more, it shows you what’s behind these fixes, so you’ll learn a lot about relational databases along the way.

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Language Implementation Patterns: Create Your Own Domain-Specific and General Programming Languages

Learn to build configuration file readers, data readers, model-driven code generators, source-to-source translators, source analyzers, and interpreters. You don’t need a background in computer science—ANTLR creator Terence Parr demystifies language implementation by breaking it down into the most common design patterns. Pattern by pattern, you’ll learn the key skills you need to implement your own computer languages.

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Debug It!: Find, Repair, and Prevent Bugs in Your Code

Professional programmers develop a knack of unerringly zeroing in on the root cause of a bug. They can do that because they’ve written a lot of buggy code and then gained experience fixing it. This book captures all this experience—use it, and you’ll find you write fewer bugs, and the ones you do write will become easier to hunt down.

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Release It!: Design and Deploy Production-Ready Software

“Feature complete” is not the same as “production ready.”

Whether it’s in Java, .NET, or Ruby on Rails, getting your application ready to ship is only half the battle. Did you design your system to survive a sudden rush of visitors from Digg or Slashdot? Or an influx of real world customers from 100 different countries? Are you ready for a world filled with flakey networks, tangled databases, and impatient users?

If you’re a developer and don’t want to be on call at 3AM for the rest of your life, this book will help you.

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The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master

Straight from the programming trenches, The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master cuts through the increasing specialization and technicalities of modern software development to examine the core process—what do you do, as an individual and as a team, if you want to create software that’s easy to work with and good for your users.

This classic title is regularly featured on software development “Top Ten” lists, and is issued by many corporations to new hires.

We wrote this book before we created our publishing business, and we do not publish it. The Pragmatic Programmer is published by Addison Wesley, and may not contain the same ebook features or format the same as our Pragmatic Bookshelf books. Paperbacks are available wherever old-fashioned paperback books are sold, and the ebook is available here—all available ebook formats for one price, with no restrictive DRM.

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