Between 2007 and 2013 our enrollments followed Moores 75 115 165 and

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ambition, and popularity, embracing the rapid improvements in the Rails tools along the way. Between 2007 and 2013, our enrollments followed Moore’s Law: 35, 50, 75, 115, 165, and 240. A colleague suggested that this would be excellent material for the software engineering course that has long been taught at Berkeley, so one of us (Fox) taught that course with this new content. The results were so impressive that the other of us (Patterson) suggested that writing a textbook would let others benefit from this powerful curriculum. These ideas crystallized with the emerging viability of electronic textbooks and the possibility of avoiding the costs and delays of a traditional publisher. In March 2011, we made a pact to write the book together. We were equally excited by making the material more widely available and about rethinking what an electronic textbook should be, since up until then they were essentially just the PDFs of print books. We talked to others about the content. We attended conferences such as SIGCSE (Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education), the Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training, and the Federated Computing Research Conference both to talk with colleagues and to send them a survey to get their feedback. Given the perspective of educators and industrial colleagues, we proposed an outline that we thought addressed all these concerns, and started writing in June 2011. Given Fox’s much greater expertise on
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the subject, the plan was for him to write roughly two-thirds of the chapters and Patterson the rest. Both of us collaborated on the organization and were first reviewers for each other’s chapters. We’ve ended up writing some sections each other’s chapters, so it’s a little more mixed than we expected. Fox authored Chapters 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 8 , 9 , 11 , 12 , Appendix A , and Sections 10.4 to 10.6 , while Patterson wrote Chapters 1 , 7 , 10 , the Preface, the Afterword, the Instructors’ Manual, and the Plan-and-Document Perspectives in Sections 7.10 , 8.9 , 9.7 , 10.7 , 11.8 , and 12.10 . Fox also created the LaTeX pipeline that let us produce the many formats of the book for the various electronic and print targets. We offered an Alpha edition of the textbook for 115 UC Berkeley students and thousands of MOOC students in the Spring semester 2012. Based on their feedback, the Beta edition was ready by Fall 2012, when it was used at Berkeley and several other schools. A Second Beta edition in May 2013, with new material based on careful study of the 2013 ACM/IEEE Computer Society curriculum standard, was tested again by Berkeley and MOOC students in Fall of 2013, leading to this (very well tested!) first edition. Specific SaaS Companies and Products Where possible, we focus on free and/or open-source software and services so that students can get hands-on experience with the examples without incurring additional out-of-pocket costs. A number of companies in the SaaS ecosystem have agreed to provide special trial offers of useful tools and services; the book’s website lists the constantly-evolving set of special offers available to instructors and students using this book. None of this affected the book’s content, which was frozen long before these arrangements were made.
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