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5.0 out of 5 stars Philosophical, insightful., April 27, 2012
This review is from: Code Simplicity: The Fundamentals of Software (Kindle Edition)
Great read. I would recommend this book for a few reasons.

1. For me (I am a beginning / intermediate programmer), my programming education came down to mainly syntax, how to make stuff work with some "tricks" for organization and maintainability along the way. But what was left out was the philosophy of how to approach a software problem and what your goal is beyond getting it to "just work". This book filled that gap for me, providing the most fundamental laws of the subject that I have found yet. For this reason, this book reads more "philosophically" than "technically" - which I liked.

2. As a manager of programmers, I have struggled with other's kludgy code, and from the complaints of others who had to inherit it. The principles in this book are well suited for a programming team to adopt as a point of their culture. The very experienced programmers may have already learned some of these lessons, or intuitively apply them. But for the whole team to be on the same page, it is necessary to have these points clearly stated in a short way that anyone can understand. I think this short (~90 page) book does that job very well.
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Initial post: Nov 13, 2013 8:19:17 AM PST
Very useful.

-Andy Halperin
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