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31.10 Further Reading

Robust programming—the art of writing programs that work correctly and handle errors gracefully—is a topic of great interest, often in the guise of “secure programming.” Kernighan and Plauger’s book [1039] describes the principles and ideas underlying good programming style. Kernighan and Pike [1040] also discuss style and other elements of good programming. Stavely’s book [1819] combines formalisms with informal steps. Maguire’s book [1234] is much more informal, and is a collection of tips on how to write robust programs. Martin [1257] focuses on robust practices for agile programming, while McConnell [1277] discusses robust programming in the general context of software construction.

Howard and LeBlanc [926] discuss secure coding, emphasizing the Windows and .NET environment. Howard, LeBlanc, and Viega’s book [927] describes 24 serious but common software flaws and how programmers can avoid them.

Much focus is on the C and C++ programming languages, because of their wide use, lack of type-safe features, and ability to manipulate memory directly. Seacord [1704] and Viega and Messier [1935] discuss ways to make programs in these languages more robust and secure. Sutter and Alexandrescu [1843] present a set of coding standards for C++. Similarly, developing robust, secure web applications is critical, and several books [119, 1241, 1393, 1734] discuss how to do so.

Graff and van Wyk [804] provide a general overview of principles and practice, and much sound advice. Viega and McGraw’s book [1932] is also general, with many examples focusing on UNIX and Linux systems. Its design principles give good advice. McGraw [1287] expands on these in a later book. Garfinkel, Schwartz, and Spafford [747] has a wonderful chapter on trust, which is must reading for anyone interested in security-related programming. Wheeler [2000] also provides valuable information and insight.

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