Software Engineering for Self-Directed Learners
  • Using This Book

    Browser Compatibility

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    Information Layers

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    Less important info

    Less important info

    Less important info

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        Some textual description of X


    Video describing X

    Dotted underlines indicate tool tips (activated by hovering over it) and dashed underlines indicate modal windows (activated by clicking) containing additional information.

    Additional information
    Additional information

    Conventions Used

    Shorthand Headings

    Meaning of some shortened headings:

    • What : the meaning of the concept in concern

    • Why : the motivation behind the concept in concern

    • How : the usage of the concept in concern

    • When : the pros and cons of the concept in concern, when to use the concept

    Boxed-Text Styles

    additional info warning positive message important message an error to avoid tip definition

    Meaning of Icons

    tangential : tangential info, can be ignored if not interested
    : direct link to the LO. Ctrl+Click to open the LO in new window/tab.
    : learning outcomes
    : prerequisite learning outcome
    : examples
    : resources
    : exercises
    : printable version
    : preview/more info
    : video
    >_ : a command to be run in a terminal
    : textual description
    : slides
    : output produced by running code
    question without answer
    question with answer


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