Engineering With Perl : Prototyping & Toolsmithing for Better Software-Sooner/Book and
by Carl Dichter, Mark Pease
Paperback, 282 pages/Published by Prentice Hall: May 1995/ISBN: 013016965X
Chapter 1: Introduction
Why We Wrote This Book, Software Tools Enable Big Productivity Gains,
Along Comes CASE, Little CASE's Larger History, Why Perl Is Good for
Software Engineering Tools, Testing Too, Software Development Processes
and Prototyping, How to Use This Book, Your Friends Along the Way,
Chapter 2: Why Perl?
What Is Perl?, Why Is Perl Useful for Rapid Prototyping?, "Functional
quickly", "Easy to modify", "A working model written in a
fourth-generation language", "Always rewritten in a procedural
language for implementation", "Always discarded", "Something that
models human interfaces to computers", "A miniature model of a
proposed system", "A model used to determine design correctness"
and "A quick way to approximate a problem solution", "Always used
with "live" data", How Perl Stacks Up, Perl Beats the Combined Forces,
Converting Existing Scripts to Perl, Really Learning Perl.
Chapter 3: Prototyping with Perl
Why Prototype?, Risk Area #1: Unknowns in Customer Requirements, Risk
Area #2: Unknowns in Technology, Risk Area #3: Unknowns in Interfaces,
The Waterfall Development Model, The Spiral Model, Structured Rapid
Prototyping, Object-Oriented Analysis and Design, Other Development
Methodologies, Prototyping Methods, Risks of Prototyping, The General
Case of Prototyping, Requirements Analysis, Design, Implementation and
Test, The Final Spin Cycle, Case History: Prototyping Power Estimation.
Chapter 4: Productivity Tools
Generic Tags File Generator Tool, Reuse Library System, Documentation
Extraction Tool, Reuse Browser, AutoDoc, Code Generators, Command-Line
Processing and Help Code Generator, Test Fixtures, Stretch Yourself on
Chapter 5: Software Metrics with Perl
Why Metrics?, What Are Software Metrics?, Counting Lines of Code,
Halstead's Metrics, McCabe's Metric, Using Software and Other Metrics,
Misusing Metrics, Metrics, Management, and Misconception, Not in My
Code, Look What I've Done, Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics, Those Who
Live By The Books..., Taken as Directed, Stretch Yourself on Software
Chapter 6: Configuration Management
The How and Why of Configuration Management, Two Ways of Managing
Versions, Revision Control System (RCS) Basics, Jumpstarting
Revisions, Viewing History, How Far Does It Take Us?, Identifying
Object Files, Automatic History, Handling Systems or Packages, Another
Option, RCS Perl Scripts, Smart ci and co Tools, Problem Reporting,
Stretch Yourself on Configuration Management.
Appendix A: Perl Quick Tour
Perl Data Types, Variables, Literals, Basic Syntax, Subroutines,
Packages, Operators, Regular Expressions, Special Variables,
Perl Formatting Capabilities, Wrapping Up.
Appendix B: Portable Perl
Appendix C: Toolkit Libraries
Langdef File Format and Access Routines, Langdef Regular Expressions,
Langdef Capabilities, Langdef Routines, Routines Found in main Package,
Useful Routines Found in "Langdef" Package, The Perl Forms System,
What Is a Form, Defining a Form, Attributes Common to All Fields,
Function Keys, Text Editing In Fields, Using Text Fields, Using
Hidden Text Fields, Using Cyclic Fields, Using Enumerated Fields,
Using The Forms System.
Appendix D: Software Engineering with Perl Scripts
Productivity Tools: Tags.pl, doc_builter.pl, doc_browser.pl,
AutoDoc.pl. Software Metrics with Perl: countlines.pl,
halstead.pl, mccabe.pl. Configuration Management: smart_diff.pl,
smart_ci.pl, smart_co.pl, send-pr.pl.
Appendix E: Bibliography
Appendix F: GNU General Public License