By Ferdinand Wagner, Ruedi Schmuki, Thomas Wagner, Peter Wolstenholme

The identify "Modeling software program with Finite country Machines", and the accompanying web-site [...], proclaim a brand new and fantastic strategy to layout, strengthen and enforce software-solutions. this system, so the authors kingdom, will carry the engineering again into software program development.

To my brain, these statements are ludicrous, very biased and uninformed and so it made it fairly very challenging for me to learn the ebook. The tendentious kind penetrates pretty well the complete first 3rd of the publication. As besides the fact that i wanted an outstanding evaluation of useful use of state-machine (for a non-hardware problem), I endured.

Chapters four, eight and nine gave me what i wished, even though back the cloth is gifted in a pseudo-academic, know-it-all variety. the educational fabric on Finite Automata i've got learn has a tendency to be beautiful impractical, when this booklet takes a realistic strategy and as i am getting the influence, that the authors are skilled of their fields, that used to be more than enough for me.

The final 3rd of the e-book (Chapters 10 to 17), specialise in StateWorks. As i don't intend to shop for that product, this gave me little details i'll use.

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Fm Page 37 Tuesday, March 7, 2006 8:48 PM The Price of Weakness Ⅲ 37 anyway we are in a hurry at that moment and maybe we will improve it some time later. We do a few such dirty tricks several times, so corrupting the software. Eventually the software does not have any coherent architecture and documents describing its design will have completely lost their value. I once did a search for the word “friend” in some software whose authors had been trying to get working for several months. I found a few hundreds of “friend” declarations — any C++ programmer knows what it means: a few hundreds of global functions accessing private items, which really should not have been global.

While developing software, even closely involved persons have difficulty making any reliable estimation or prediction. For the outside world, including management, the progress is hidden. Numbers of written code lines, passed tests, done code reviews are elements of the fictive world, which is there to convince management of the progress. For instance, spending a day adding comments to the code greatly improves certain software statistics. Hence, it is not rare that the fiasco of the project is only disclosed at the last moment when it is too late to react.

Perhaps some of our comments are not quite fair, but should we really accept and even discuss any proposal which is so foreign to real life? ” The explanation stems from the definition of software that we discuss later. We mention here only that there are no known large software projects that successfully use the eXtreme Programming idea — the explanation is linked to the size of the developed software. We found the following characterization of Agile methods by Whittaker12: If taken “to the extreme,” agile development is a completely unstructured, chaotic process that employs unrepeatable processes and bypasses much of the testing and design phases.

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