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Issue No.01 - January (1996 vol.13)
pp: 128-129
<p><b>Prospecting for programmer's gold.</b></p><p><it>Software practitioners are subjected to a barrage of advice about effective development practices. The search for effective practices — programmers' gold — can be almost as chancey as the search for the precious yellow metal itself. Some mediocre practices are overhyped and don't pan out; many valuable practices are buried under the hype heaped on other practices. This column aims to separate the gold from the ore by providing a practitioner's appraisal of past and present development practices. Future columns will take up practitioner-oriented topics ranging from "Whatever happened to information hiding?" to "The estimation story — defending unpopular estimates."</it></p><p>—<it>Steve McConnell</it></p>
Steve Mcconnell, "Who Cares About Software Construction?", IEEE Software, vol.13, no. 1, pp. 128-129, January 1996, doi:10.1109/52.476305
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