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helpful for the developers’ whole careers; the question is how to fit them into one book. Similarly, no one questions the emphasis on testing; the question is how to get novices to embrace it. Thus, we needed an up-to-date software methodology that also works well with legacy code, emphasizes testing, integrates non-technical customers, and embraces working in teams rather than as lone wolves. Coincidentally, about the same time that SaaS appeared on the scene, a group of developers proposed the The Agile Manifesto , which was a radical change from prior methods. One of the founding tenets of Agile is “responding to change over following a plan,” so it is a much better match to the quickly evolving nature of SaaS than traditional “Plan-and-Document” methodologies like Waterfall, Spiral, or RUP. Another Agile tenet is “customer collaboration over contract negotiation,” which leads to weekly
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meetings with non-technical customers. Two critical Agile foundations are behavior-driven design and test-driven development , which means tests are written before the code, so testing really is a first class citizen in Agile. Agile ideas like pair programming and scrum emphasize working with others. Agile techniques are even a good match to evolving legacy code, as well shall see. Therefore, the second half of the book explains Agile in the context of building and deploying a SaaS application implemented using Ruby on Rails. In addition, each chapter gives the perspective of the Plan-and-Document methodologies on topics like requirements, testing, management, and maintenance. This contrast allows readers to decide for themselves when each methodology is appropriate for SaaS and non-SaaS applications. Fulfilling the Most Recent Curriculum Standard The Instructors’ Manual, downloadable from , treats the instructor-facing topics of this chapter in depth. From an instructor’s perspective, these dual views of software development allow the book to be used for software engineering courses. For example, we’ve made sure that the material fulfills all the requirements of the 2013 ACM/IEEE curriculum standard for Software Engineering; in fact, roughly 45 of the end-of-chapter exercises come directly from the learning outcomes in the standard. (We label them with a special margin icon, at right.) Stated alternatively, about 40% of the learning outcomes of the standard are specific exercises and another 40% map directly onto book chapters or sections, which in combination far exceed the 45% minimum that a course needs to conform to the standard. Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to Aid Teachability We had already decided to write a textbook when we were recruited in October 2011 to offer the first part of the UC Berkeley course as a free Massive Online Open Course (MOOC). We ultimately developed two MOOCs through BerkeleyX (the UC Berkeley partnership with the nonprofit edX) covering the introductory and advanced material: CS169.1x and CS169.2x, available at saas-class.org .
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