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Book recommendations to give to a new sw dev mgr

Bill Compton
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I'm doing a project for a large company where the IT manager is starting to take on custom sw projects. She is a former school teacher and has almost no experience with custom development. She's asked me for book recommendations. Spolsky and McConnel are good for her but she also needs some very basic stuff (why/how to test, basics of source control, ...). Can anyone recommend books that cover introductory topics like this?

Thanks!
Ilja Preuss
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Most, if not all, titles from http://www.pragmaticprogrammer.com/bookshelf/index.html are exceptionally good.

I also have a list of books I enjoyd at http://bookshelved.org/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?IljaPreuss

But can you tell us more about what you are searching for? (I was a little bit surprised about "how to test" for a manager, for example.)


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Bill Compton
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Thanks for the suggestions. This is a traditional IT team (sys admin, Windows help desk) who is going to take on some custom programming tasks. So, they need basic skills, like why/how to:
have a separate testing environment from production,
maintain source control
track bugs from identification through resolution, fix, test, and release
 
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