Chapter 3. Introducing the Project

You’re sitting in your office, surfing the . . . I mean, reading up on the latest technology issues most pressing to software developers. You’re minding your own business, when boom, someone walks up to your desk, and offers to pay you money to write them a program. It happens every day, all over corporate America; and sometimes it just makes me sick.

But enough about my health problems. This desk-hovering somebody informs you that you must develop a software application, possibly a database application with a user-friendly interface. Although the feature set will be specified by the primary users, you, as the lead (or only) programmer, will design, document, develop, and deliver discs dripping with distinguished, ...

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