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students to determine what they learned from the projects and where they had difficulty; the Instructors’ Manual distills these “seven habits of highly effective projects” based on several offerings of the course at UC Berkeley and elsewhere. Why Write a New Book? Prospective authors wouldn’t write a new book if they thought the old ones were up-to-date and easy to teach from. Our dissatisfaction differs depending on the part of the book.
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Figure 1: These 12 books contain more than 5000 pages. Your authors read more than 50 books to prepare this text. Most of these books are listed in the To Learn More sections at the end of the appropriate chapters.
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Figure 2: Another 12 books your authors read also contain more than 5000 pages. Most of these books are listed in the To Learn More sections at the end of the appropriate chapters. For Part 1, the problem isn’t that there are too few good books on the SaaS topics, but that there are too many! Our first step in writing was to read them. Figures 1 and 2 show just 24 of the 50+ books we consulted, and just these 24 represent more than 10,000 pages! The sheer mass of these books can intimidate beginners. Therefore, one reason we wrote a new book is simply to offer a coherent introduction and up-to-date overview of all SaaS topics within a single relatively slim, inexpensive volume. As one reviewer of the Alpha edition complained, there is nothing new in Part 1, as long as you have the budget and time to buy and read dozens of books. We can live with that critique! Regarding Part 2, there are a few choices of textbooks on software engineering, but none that you would call up-to-date, slim, or inexpensive. While the reviews of the SaaS books we consulted are often excellent—4 out of 5 stars or higher on Amazon.com—that is not the case for these software engineering textbooks. The two most widely-used textbooks get ratings between 2 and 3 stars, and the reviewer comments are unkind. One reason may be that these books are primarily long, qualitative surveys of the literature—listing many options on each topic based published research papers and books—but offer few concrete clues or methods on how to pick from among them. Another reason may be that the first editions were written long before SaaS and Agile appeared on the scene, and it is difficult to gracefully integrate up-to-date perspectives into older material. This is déjà vu, as one of your authors had the same feelings about computer architecture textbooks 25 years ago; they were just long, qualitative surveys of related products and research papers with no framework for readers to pick between the implementation options. Moreover, there had been a dramatic and (at the time) controversial change in computer architecture that was not reflected in these books. This dissatisfaction led one of your authors and a friend to write a book that was very different from conventional computer architecture textbooks.
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