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by Joel Spolsky

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Very engaging, often informative or insightful. I especially liked the essay on character encoding. Spolsky also gives good tips on office environment, productivity, and must-haves in a development environment -- encouraging you to take on those projects that seem peripheral to the work but make a world of difference. ( )
  anna3lc | Jan 14, 2011 |
You know Spolsky's type, most likely: the extremely well-informed blowhard. He knows a lot, particularly in his specialty, and he's good at seeing connections, so you pay attention to what he says, but you're pretty sure that he's going to say everything with perfect confidence, so everything he says, you take with a grain of salt.
But what he says is always useful, in that it gives you a pretty clear and well-laid out reason for believing whatever it is he thinks to be the case. Then it's up to you to go out and figure out what else there is to be said. As long as you don't get taken up in his "of course I'm right, I'm from New York" mode of writing, you'll come away with some stuff to think about in software development. ( )
1 vote kiparsky | Oct 5, 2009 |
In this book, Mr Spolsky writes about programming at work. It contains a lot of stuff, but to me personally the most important content is tips and motivation to be a better software developer at work.
Giving me a new belief in humanity (this time embellished with the realization that even though things suck, they do work) is also a plus.
Recommended for people who work in any capacity with programmers/software developers. ( )
  dishdasha | Feb 23, 2008 |
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A selection of essays that will appeal to programmers and their managers is culled from the author's Web site which covers every imaginable aspect of software programming from writing code to designing an office in which to write code.

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