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Code Complete (Developer Best Practices) Kindle Edition
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Steve McConnell is recognized as one of the premier authors and voices in the development community. He is Chief Software Engineer of Construx Software and was the lead developer of Construx Estimate and of SPC Estimate Professional, winner of Software Development magazine's Productivity Award. He is the author of several books, including Code Complete and Rapid Development, both honored with Software Development magazine's Jolt Award.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00JDMPOSY
- Publisher : Microsoft Press; 2 edition (9 June 2004)
- Language : English
- File size : 4251 KB
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- Print length : 960 pages
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Some of the detailed nuts and bolts advice on construction is sound but in this day and age it seems odd that it needs saying as nobody would consider doing otherwise (would they?). For instance multiple injunctions to consider maybe possibly using source control are hopefully no longer doing useful work on the reader.
The notion that Visual Basic is a credible choice of programming language also seems peculiar now, but I can't remember a time when that wasn't true 😜 You can easily spot sections that are new or revised in the 2nd edition because they are aware that C# exists.
The book still gives a good overview of a range of topics, though many of them are covered better and in more detail in other books like The Pragmatic Programmer, Refactoring (Fowler) and Clean Code (Martin) . I'd like to say that this book is a good introduction and starting point, but without a refresh to bring it more up to date it's not an easy pitch. I'm not sure there's anything that's as comprehensive but more up to date though?
The Golden age of books about the art and craft of software engineering does seem to be behind us... I guess with all the resources available online now there's not enough of a market, but blog posts and video tutorials can never quite replace the insight you get from reading the thoughts of an experienced programmer who's spent time thinking about what they do and how they do it, and on consolidating those thoughts into a doorstop for communication. There is a perspective, a world view, a joined up pattern of ideas presented here that is more than the sum of the occasionally questionable parts, and there's value in that.
This book is worth a read for all of us, at any level. Ok, maybe a beginner wouldn't get it, but if you've been hacking code long enough to know the modern languages are abstractions and simplifications of what came before then you'll read through the parts that seem less obvious.
Maybe or maybe not a spoiler, but if in doubt, try writing a test case, see how it pans out. Simple and obvious. Most of what is in this book is simple and obvious, but then we do all need that pointing out often and frequently!
It's not a bible of coding, there is no such thing, but it is something we should all have a go at. I didn't rail against anything Steve had to say (unlike, say, Cooper), but that isn't to say he or I are right. I do think he is sticking to making sensible observations about what he thinks is worth saying from a lifetime of coding, as oppose to trying to be exciting. For that alone, I recommend him.
Every company that develops software products should have this in their library: you do have a library of software development books don't you?
This last should be the 13th Joel Test.
Massive read though :)