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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Advice for Anyone With a Passion for Their Work, March 14, 2010
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This review is from: Getting Real: The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Successful Web Application (Paperback)
I recently purchased both this book and Rework (a slightly newer version of this book) from Amazon.

Both books contain invaluable information about business and development that is critical for anyone who loves excelling at their work, running their own business, or thinking of starting their own business.

The book is broken up into short chapters, each only a few pages in length, that contain practical advice regarding the chapter topic.

Bits of information like:

- Be honest and open with your customers.
- Infuse your personality into your software.
- Build only the most essential features for your product.

Are prevalent throughout the book, and presented in an entertaining and insightful way that really makes you question the way you work, the way your business works, and ways to do your work better.

I can't recommend that you read both this AND Rework, as the material in both books is very similar, but you should definitely read one of them as they will change your perspective, and help you become better at your job.

This book is getting 5 stars because it offers amazing information, and has changed the way I look at development.

The best way I can describe the way I felt while reading this book is: it felt like I was reading the Hacker's Manifesto for the first time.

If you're wondering whether or not you should get this book or Rework, the answer is yes. Get it. Now.

Amazing stuff.
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Initial post: Jan 29, 2011 9:12:05 AM PST
I just read Rework. Does it cover "Getting Real" as well or should I also read that?

Thanks, Plato

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2011 2:15:22 PM PST
I read Rework before Gettiing Real, but I'd still recommend checking it out. It does have information overlap, but it's still really good.

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 1:27:59 AM PST
Sola Fide says:
Which book is more recommendable, this one or Rework?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2011 2:15:17 PM PST
If I had to pick one, I'd pick Rework. The reason being that is has a good majority of the content as Getting Real, and also has really memorable pictures and graphics that I found highly stimulating.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 1:20:59 PM PST
Yoraf Shiraz says:
I actually preferred Getting Real over Rework, but since Getting Real costs nearly double, I bought Rework and read this one for free online. There's too much overlap to justify buying both.
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