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Why Does Software Cost So Much? by Tom DeMarco

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<pre>Author/s : Tom DeMarco
Publisher : Dorset House Publishing
Category : Other
Review by : Mark A. Herschberg
Rating : 4 horseshoes
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I bought this book based on the name of the author alone. It is a collection of essays, some published, some unpublished by Tom DeMarco, over the last few decades. I must say I was a little disappointed by the book; although, in fairness, it is only because I hold the author in such high esteem and consequently expect so much from his works. The essays vary greatly in topic, from good software practices, to video equipment, to teamwork, to a recipe for pasta e fagioli. In that sense, a good half of the book really isn't relevant for many software engineers on the line. Of the other half, much of it is treated better in his book, Peopleware. Fortunately, Tom DeMarco is insightful enough, and a good enough writer, that what key points he does make which apply to most developers, are very valuable. Is the book worth the time and money it costs? Yes. There just may be other books which are more efficient under this metric.
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