1. "xUnit Test Patterns: Refactoring Test Code" by Gerard Meszaros

    My first reaction to the book xUnit Test Patterns: Refactoring Test Code by Gerard Meszaros (Addison-Wesley) was shock: 800 pages on writing unit tests? Isn't that taking things a little too far?

    I have a problem calling such an omnibus a "patterns" book. At 800 pages, xUnit Test Patterns is …

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  2. Book Design

    Charles Petzold and Jeff Atwood have gotten in a bit of a kerfluffle that, I think, is an unfortunate example of how online writing can escalate and over-dramatize disagreements between even two talented writers. I'm sure that Atwood appreciates Petzold's work and I'm sure that Petzold appreciates constructive criticism. I'm …

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  3. 2007 Jolts Awards

    The Jolt Awards were announced last night. The list of winners is below. We had some particularly competitive categories this year (in Technical Books, I advise you to simply fill your shopping cart with the finalists). Most delightful, this was a year where there was some real innovation, which I'll …

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  4. iPower, my pwned host, boasts of being "Hacker safe"

    I wasn't going to name names, because I do not know the vulnerability which allowed a rootkit to be installed on my system. I may well have been the source of whatever vulnerability by which the system was compromised.

    But this "Hacker Safe" blaze front and center on the iPower …

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  5. Jolt Book Finalists: Incredibly Strong

    Normally, I don't have a lot of problems making decisions like this, but I've changed my mind 3 times about which book will get my top vote in this year's Jolt Awards for Technical Books. This is a very, very good set of books:

    Books (Technical)

    Code Quality (Addison-Wesley) by …

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  6. Peter Coffee Leaves eWeek for Salesforce

    Peter Coffee, who's been providing some of the most insightful, technically-based discussions of the IT and software industries for 18 years, has left eWeekto become Director of Platform Research at Salesforce.com. This is a significant loss to the field (although I am sure a great benefit to Salesforce.com …

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