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Publisher Comments:

Get the brutal truth about coding, testing, and project management—from a Microsoft insider who tells it like it is. I. M. Wright’s deliberately provocative column “Hard Code” has been sparking debate amongst thousands of engineers at Microsoft for years. And now (despite our better instincts), we’re making his opinions available to everyone.

In this collection of 49 columns, Eric Brechner’s alter ego pulls no punches with his candid commentary and best practice solutions to the issues that irk him the most. He dissects the development process, examines tough team issues, and critiques how the software business is run—with the added touch of clever humor and sardonic wit. His ideas aren’t always popular (not that he cares), but they do stimulate the discussion and imagination needed to drive software excellence.

Get the unvarnished truth on how to:

  • Improve software quality and value—from design to security
  • Realistically manage project schedules, risks, and specs
  • Trim the fat from common development inefficiencies
  • Apply process improvement methods—without being an inflexible fanatic
  • Drive your own successful, satisfying career
  • Don’t be a dictator—develop and manage a thriving team!

Companion Web site includes:

  • Agile process documents
  • Checklists, templates, and other resources

Book News Annotation:

Brechner collects 49 "Hard Code" columns written by his alter ego I.M. Wright as a resource for Microsoft software developers and their managers, clarified here so that the writing is accessible to all software engineers and engineering managers. The columns were written between 2001 and 2007 and touch on subjects such as project management, process improvement, inefficiency, software quality and design, career development, relationships between developers and other disciplines, managing, and Microsoft itself. Each column has added "Eric Asides" that explain Microsoft terms and updates, or give additional context. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Eric Brechner, Director of Development Excellence at Microsoft Corporation, has more than two decades experience in the software industry. He began writing “Hard Code” in 2001 as a resource for Microsoft employees. Since then, the opinion column has ignited an ongoing discussion of best practices among the thousands of software development engineers at Microsoft—and now, to the rest of the development community.

Table of Contents

Reader Acclaim for I. M. Wrights "Hard Code" ColumnForewordIntroductionChapter 1: Project MismanagementChapter 2: Process Improvement, Sans MagicChapter 3: Inefficiency EradicatedChapter 4: Cross DisciplinesChapter 5: Software Quality—More Than a DreamChapter 6: Software Design If We Have TimeChapter 7: Adventures in Career DevelopmentChapter 8: Personal Bug FixingChapter 9: Being a Manager, and Yet Not Evil IncarnateChapter 10: Microsoft, You Gotta Love ItGlossaryAbout the Author

Product Details

Brechner, Eric
Microsoft Press
Microsoft Press
Programming - Software Development
Computer software
Software Development & Engineering - General
Computer software -- Development.
Microsoft corporation
Software Engineering-General
Server Computing
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Trade Paper
Developer Best Practices
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9 x 7.5 x 0.7 in 1.05 lb

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