Code Quality: The Open Source Perspective
- By Diomidis Spinellis
- Published Apr 3, 2006 by Addison-Wesley Professional. Part of the Effective Software Development Series series.
- Copyright 2006
- Dimensions: 7-3/8x9-1/4
- Pages: 608
- Edition: 1st
- ISBN-10: 0-321-16607-8
- ISBN-13: 978-0-321-16607-4
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Diomidis Spinellis has been developing the concepts presented in this book since 1985, while also writing groundbreaking software applications and working on multimillion-line code bases. Spinellis holds an M.Eng. degree in software engineering and a Ph.D. in computer science from Imperial College London. Currently he is an associate professor in the Department of Management Science and Technology at the Athens University of Economics and Business.
- Page 26: How can I avoid off-by-one errors?
- Page 143: Are Trojan Horse attacks for real?
- Page 158: Where should I look when my application can't handle its workload?
- Page 256: How can I detect memory leaks?
- Page 309: How do I target my application to international markets?
- Page 394: How should I name my code's identifiers?
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Diomidis Spinellis' first book, Code Reading, showed programmers how to understand and modify key functional properties of software. Code Quality focuses on non-functional properties, demonstrating how to meet such critical requirements as reliability, security, portability, and maintainability, as well as efficiency in time and space.
Spinellis draws on hundreds of examples from open source projects--such as the Apache web and application servers, the BSD Unix systems, and the HSQLDB Java database--to illustrate concepts and techniques that every professional software developer will be able to appreciate and apply immediately.
Complete files for the open source code illustrated in this book are available online at: http://www.spinellis.gr/codequality/
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Spinellis: The Anti-Kernighan,
This review is from: Code Quality: The Open Source Perspective (Paperback)First of all, this author is a serious academic. The book is worth reading and probably will be for a long time to come. It's also a fine production typesetting-wise. The previous review's complain about copy-editing errors in the book is really missing the point, because those could be easily overlooked when you read books of such a grand scale.
The good points aside, however, I'm honestly a little surprised that there was only one review prior to the current one. This seems to indicate it's neither that popular, nor that obviously destined to be a classic, as the author probably had in mind when he was composing it.
One drawback, which it shares with its older sister, "Code Reading" (2003), is a pompous writing style. Lots of words and pages are wasted dwelling on the obvious, and in quite a few spots the way too obvious. Just go through one of those end-of-a-chapter points to take home, you'll know what I mean. As couple of more specific examples, take a look... Read more
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Important information, but it's not an easy read...,
This review is from: Code Quality: The Open Source Perspective (Paperback)Code Quality by Diomidis Spinellis is the follow-up volume to Code Reading. Like the first one, there's a lot of wisdom in the writing, but the Unix/C++ and computer majors will get the most out of it.
Contents: Introduction; Reliability; Security; Time Performance; Space Performance; Portability; Maintainability; Floating-Point Arithmetic; Source Code Credits; Bibliography; Index; Author Index
Spinellis uses examples from open source code and software to discuss what makes for quality code. In most cases, the examples are designed to show what's *not* good. This might include buffer overruns, algorithms that don't scale well, and other various and sundry items. Each chapter ends with an Advice To Take Home section, which recaps all the suggestions and practices in a series of one to two line summaries (with references back to the detailed discussion). Because each chapter pretty much stands alone, you can focus on areas that make the most sense to you in... Read more
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Good book, marred by copy editing errors,
This review is from: Code Quality: The Open Source Perspective (Paperback)This book has a great deal of interesting and practical advice. A few people learn much of this advice through years of experience, but from what I have seen, most do not. This book would be most useful to beginning and intermediate software developers who have not yet discovered the wisdom by trial and error, or experienced developers who want to communicate the information to less knowledgable colleagues in an easily digestible format.
Unfortunately, I was disappointed by by the quality of copy editing. I would have given the book 4 stars otherwise. However, I would still recommend the book, even with the errors, because it's worth it.
I wrote an email to the author, using the email address given on his website, giving in detail the errors I found in the book (First Printing, March 2006).
The author kindly emailed me promptly to inform me that he had added to the errata page the errors I had identified. Thanks to the author for the prompt reply and action.
I hope... Read more
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Table of Contents
List of Tables xv
List of Figures xvii
Chapter 1: Introduction 1
1.1 Software Quality 1
1.2 How to Read This Book 9
2.1 Input Problems 17
2.2 Output Problems 21
2.3 Logic Problems 26
2.4 Computation Problems 42
2.5 Concurrency and Timing Problems 51
2.6 Interface Problems 56
2.7 Data-Handling Problems 69
2.8 Fault Tolerance 85
3.1 Vulnerable Code 102
3.2 The Buffer Overflow 106
3.3 Race Conditions 112
3.4 Problematic APIs 115
3.5 Untrusted Input 125
3.6 Result Verification 131
3.7 Data and Privilege Leakage 134
3.8 Trojan Horse 143
3.9 Tools 146
4.1 Measurement Techniques 156
4.2 Algorithm Complexity 173
4.3 Stand-Alone Code 179
4.4 Interacting with the Operating System 182
4.5 Interacting with Peripherals 190
4.6 Involuntary Interactions 191
4.7 Caching 194
5.1 Data 209
5.2 Memory Organization 227
5.3 Memory Hierarchies 231
5.4 The Process/Operating System Interface 239
5.5 Heap Memory Management 246
5.6 Stack Memory Management 264
5.7 Code 274
6.1 Operating Systems 290
6.2 Hardware and Processor Architectures 296
6.3 Compilers and Language Extensions 302
6.4 Graphical User Interfaces 307
6.5 Internationalization and Localization 309
7.1 Measuring Maintainability 326
7.2 Analyzability 351
7.3 Changeability 403
7.4 Stability 418
7.5 Testability 432
7.6 Effects of the Development Environment 451
8.1 Floating-Point Representation 466
8.2 Rounding 478
8.3 Overflow 481
8.4 Underflow 483
8.5 Cancellation 487
8.6 Absorption 491
8.7 Invalid Operations 495
Appendix A: Source Code Credits 503
Author Index 563
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