Computer Careers Annotated Bibliography

Computer Careers Annotated Bibliography
The following are references used in researching the articles on this site as well as any useful additional or related resources. A list of all reviews with summaries on the site can be found in the Computer Careers Shop.

General References

Brooks, Frederick P. Jr. The Mythical Man Month: Essays on Software Engineering: Anniversary Edition with Four New Chapters. (Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, 1995.)

A classic book of essays about computing projects and software engineering. Thirty-five years from original publication, these essays still contain valuable information for those of us involved in software engineering and other computer projects. [My review]

Michael Feathers. Working Effectively with Legacy Code. (Upper Saddle River, NJ:Prentice Hall, 2004.)

Using automated testing as a method to partition and rewrite legacy applications. [Buy at]

Martin Fowler. Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code. (San Francisco: Addison-Wesley, 1999.)

The classic book on refactoring. Also includes an excellent introduction to unit testing. [Buy at]
McConnell, Steve. Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction. 2nd Edition. (Redmond, WA: Microsoft Press, 2004).

A classic on writing good code. If you code, test, specifiy or supervise people who do any of the above, you should be familiar with this book. [Buy at]

References and Resources for Admiral Grace Hopper Pioneering Computer Scientist

Admiral Grace Hopper was a skilled early computer pioneer and teacher.

Dickason, Elizabeth. "Remembering Grace Murray Hopper: A Legend in Her Own Time." 21 March 2010. <>.

Memorial article with biography.

"Grace Murray Hopper." Proceedings of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. 1994. 21 March 2010. <>

Biography with strong emphasis on personality traits and accomplishments.

Maisel, Merry and Laura Smart. "Admiral Grace Murray Hopper." Women In Science: A Selection of 16 Significant Contributors. 21 March 2010. <>

Biography with emphasis on her contributions to computer science.

O'Connor, J.J. and E.F. Robertson. "Grace Brewster Murray Hopper." 21 March 2010. <>.

Solid biography with quotes and references to primary sources.

Schieber, Phillip. "The Wit and Wisdom of Grace Hopper." The OCLC Newsletter. March/April, 1987. No. 167. 21 March 2010. <>.

Includes a number of very telling quotes from Admiral Hopper herself as well as her biography.

Grace Hopper related t-shirts from the ComputerCareers CafePress Store

References and Resources for Captain Minnie Hill, Steamboat Pilot

Captain Minnie Hill was the first woman to receive a pilot's license on the technically difficult Columbia River.

Davidson-Peters, Patricia. "Capt. Minnie (Mossman) Hill, Steamboat Operator on the Columbia River." 2009. 21 August 2010. <>

Thorough biography by a descendent.

"Letters: Woman Pilot." Time. 3 March 1941. 21 August 2010. <,9171,851043,00.html>.

Short mention of Minnie Hill and a quote from her and her husband.

Lewis & Dryden's Marine History of the Pacific Northwest: An Illustrated Guide.

Captain Hill is mentioned and pictured on p.339, and singled out for her knowledge of the business, not just her abilty as a Master Pilot. This book is available on Google Books.

Signage on the Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge. Viewed August 21, 2010.

Short biographical sketch.

Time-Life. Old West: The Rivermen. (New York: Time-Life, 1975.)

Includes a sidebar on Minnie Hill.[Buy at]

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