Monday, September 20, 2004

Reliable Advice

Attached is a description of the new edition of John Musa's book, Software Reliabilitiy Engineering: More Reliable Software Faster and Cheaper. Thanks to Professor Bernstein for forwarding John's notice to me. Software reliability is one of the key "ilities" (along with usability, enhance-ability, ...) of interest when developing a software architecture. John's book has been a classic in this area and provides the reader with tons of practical advice and even free software to deal with software reliability issues.

Has anyone else used or read Musa's book? I would be interested in your comments. Later!

Musa's description of the book:

The new edition of "Software Reliability Engineering: More Reliable Software Faster and Cheaper," now available, focuses on making software practitioners more competitive without working longer. This is a necessity in a world of globalization and outsourcing where professionals want more time for their personal lives.

John D. Musa has written what is essentially a new book. It reflects the latest software reliability engineering (SRE) practice. Reorganized and enlarged 50% to 630 pages, the material was polished by thousands of practitioners in the author's classes at a wide variety of companies worldwide.

One of the book's new features is a series of workshops for applying each area that you learn to your project. The frequently asked questions (answered, of course) were doubled to more than 700. All the popular features of the previous edition have been updated and rewritten. These include the step-by-step process summary, the glossary, the background sections, and the exercises. The user manual for the software reliability estimation program CASRE, downloadable at no charge from the Internet, reflects the latest version. The list of published articles by SRE users of their experiences now numbers more than 65. Everything is exhaustively indexed to make the most detailed topic easily accessible to those using it as a deskside reference.

The book separates basic practice from special situations for faster learning. Musa presents the material in a casual, readable style, with mathematics placed in separate background sections. All this was done to make the book especially effective for self learning. It also furnishes everything you need to implement SRE in your organization, even discussing the most effective methods of how to persuade people to adopt the practice.

One of the first Print on Demand (POD) professional books, it is coupled with a web site where you can browse and order the book. The web site has a complete detailed Table of Contents and extensive samples from the book that simulate the bookstore browsing experience. POD uses the latest automated technology to custom print each order and ship it anywhere in the world. It is as fast as you can obtain a traditionally published professional book. The cost is similar. POD technology makes it economic to keep the book in print for as long as even a handful of people want it.

Musa is one of the founders of the field of software reliability engineering. He is an IEEE Fellow and is Engineer of the Year in 2004. Listed in Who's Who in America since 1990, Musa is a prolific researcher, international consultant and teacher, and experienced and practical software developer and manager. ACM Software Engineering Notes noted for the first edition, "The author's experience in reliability engineering is apparent and his expertise is infused in the text."

The book, published by AuthorHouse, comes in hard cover and paperback editions. It contains 630 pages, including prefaces and appendices.

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