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Geeks Guide 2 from Register BooksReg Bookshop Geeks Guide2 Let’s face it; all software development projects have their fair share of problems. While some are particularly minor, some could result in catastrophic project failure. However, such failures are not always the fault of a single software developer’s error; instead a multitude of technical and non-technical issues are commonly at fault.

Solid Code is a book that presents itself as a step forward to helping us avoid project pitfalls. It provides an array of practical advice from experienced engineers that can be put to use by professional or casual application developers during development cycles. This advice is supplemented by real world examples from several engineering teams from within Microsoft including the Windows Live Hotmail and Live Search teams.

As might be expected, the book features the gritty technical underbelly to be associated with a programming book, helping you write more robust, bug-free code. Therefore you should have a basic understanding of programming concepts and object orientated programming in C#. However unlike some books, it balances this perfectly with project management discussion.

The book is project focused, grouping chapters to fit within the four key principles of application development. For example, Focus on Design and Defend and Debug emphasise the significance of thoughtful design to improve overall product quality, and the importance of understanding the pitfalls to delivering bug-free code.

It is in these two sections that we get to explore the technical aspects of development with metaprogramming, performance, scalability and security, memory management, defensive programming techniques and debugging.

In contrast you have Improve Processes and Attitudes which is a less technical piece which focuses on how engineering processes and corporate culture can asphyxiate quality development.

Solid Code supports any level of developer in improving the design, and implementation of development projects, and with the handy tips you’ll hopefully boost the quality of your code.

Interested? Solid Code is available from Register Books with the usual Geeks Guide240% discount on the RRP – that’s £18.89 and a £12.60 saving to Reg readers.

Plus you also receive a £25 Microsoft Online Learning training course completely free.

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