MSR Books

Back in 2010, Andy Oram and I edited a book called Making Software: What Really Works, and Why We Believe It. In it, some of the leading lights of empirical software engineering research presented their favorite results and the methodologies behind them. My hope was that it would spark development of a better software engineering course; that hasn’t happened yet, but there are signs that the tide is running the right way. One is a trio of books that are both broader and deeper than Making Software:

Another hopeful sign is Derek Jones’ Empirical Software Engineering Using R; while still a draft, it is closer to being a textbook than the three collections linked above. It may take another decade for evidence-based introductions to software engineering to supplant the courses we have today, but I really do believe it’s going to happen.

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