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Expert SQL Server 2008 Development by Adam Machanic, Alastair Aitchison

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Chapter 2. Best Practices for Database Programming

Software development is not just a practical discipline performed by coders, but also an area of academic research and theory. There is now a great body of knowledge concerning software development, and lengthy academic papers have been written to propose, dissect, and discuss different approaches to development. Various methodologies have emerged, including test-driven development (TDD), agile and extreme programming (XP), and defensive programming, and there have been countless arguments concerning the benefits afforded by each of these schools of thought.

The practices described in this chapter, and the approach taken throughout the rest of this book, are most closely aligned with the philosophy ...

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