Mythical Man-Month, The: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition by Frederick P. Brooks Jr.

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Chapter 17. "No Silver Bullet" Refined

Every bullet has its billet.WILLIAM III OF ENGLAND, PRINCE OF ORANGEWhoever thinks a faultless piece to see,Thinks what ne'er was, nor is, nor e'er shall be.[1]ALEXANDER POPE, AN ESSAY ON CRITICISM

On Werewolves and Other Legendary Terrors

"No Silver Bullet—Essence and Accident of Software Engineering" (now Chapter 16) was originally an invited paper for the IFIP '86 conference in Dublin, and it was published in those proceedings.[2] Computer magazine reprinted it, behind a gothic cover illustrated with stills from films such as The Werewolf of London.[3] They also provided an explanatory sidebar "To Slay the Werewolf," setting forth the (modern) legend that only silver bullets will do. I was not aware ...

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