- Series: Robert C. Martin Series
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (May 23, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0137081073
- ISBN-13: 978-0137081073
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Clean Coder: A Code of Conduct for Professional Programmers 1st Edition
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“‘Uncle Bob’ Martin definitely raises the bar with his latest book. He explains his expectation for a professional programmer on management interactions, time management, pressure, on collaboration, and on the choice of tools to use. Beyond TDD and ATDD, Martin explains what every programmer who considers him- or herself a professional not only needs to know, but also needs to follow in order to make the young profession of software development grow.”
Senior Software Developer
“Some technical books inspire and teach; some delight and amuse. Rarely does a technical book do all four of these things. Robert Martin’s always have for me and The Clean Coder is no exception. Read, learn, and live the lessons in this book and you can accurately call yourself a software professional.”
Senior Program Manager
“If a computer science degree had ‘required reading for after you graduate,’ this would be it. In the real world, your bad code doesn’t vanish when the semester’s over, you don’t get an A for marathon coding the night before an assignment’s due, and, worst of all, you have to deal with people. So, coding gurus are not necessarily professionals. The Clean Coder describes the journey to professionalism . . . and it does a remarkably entertaining job of it.”
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“The Clean Coder is much more than a set of rules or guidelines. It contains hard-earned wisdom and knowledge that is normally obtained through many years of trial and error or by working as an apprentice to a master craftsman. If you call yourself a software professional, you need this book.”
–R. L. Bogetti
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From the Back Cover
Even bad code can function. But if code isn't clean, it can bring a development organization to its knees. Every year, countless hours and significant resources are lost because of poorly written code. But it doesn't have to be that way.
Noted software expert Robert C. Martin presents a revolutionary paradigm with "Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship." Martin has teamed up with his colleagues from Object Mentor to distill their best agile practice of cleaning code "on the fly" into a book that will instill within you the values of a software craftsman and make you a better programmer-but only if you work at it.
What kind of work will you be doing? You'll be reading code-lots of code. And you will be challenged to think about what's right about that code, and what's wrong with it. More importantly, you will be challenged to reassess your professional values and your commitment to your craft.
"Clean Code" is divided into three parts. The first describes the principles, patterns, and practices of writing clean code. The second part consists of several case studies of increasing complexity. Each case study is an exercise in cleaning up code-of transforming a code base that has some problems into one that is sound and efficient. The third part is the payoff: a single chapter containing a list of heuristics and "smells" gathered while creating the case studies. The result is a knowledge base that describes the way we think when we write, read, and clean code.
Readers will come away from this book understanding
How to tell the difference between good and bad codeHow to write good code and how to transform bad code into good codeHow to create good names, good functions, good objects, and good classesHow to format code for maximum readabilityHow to implement complete error handling without obscuring code logicHow to unit test and practice test-driven developmentThis book is a must for any developer, software engineer, project manager, team lead, or systems analyst with an interest in producing better code.
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Top Customer Reviews
Although I've been around IT for some time, I've only recently started working directly with professonal developers. That was my motivation for buying the book -- so I could do a better job and maybe earn a bit of respect. It did introduce me to Test Driven Developement (that in itself ought to reinforce that professional coding is new to me). After just one day of trying it I find that I pick up after distractions much faster, cover more cases to test, and even write in such a way the code seems to document itself without the huge effort I've had to make in the past just to get so-so results. And it seems to make even some of the dreary parts more fun because you can almost imagine it as a game you play against yourself. So I'm sold on TDD.
I'd begun to realize the importance of having good estimates and honest, timely reappraisals before starting to read the book, but the author certainly drives home how very critical this is to a professional coder and the rest of the team.
If you've programmed essentially for yourself (as a systems admin or database admin) but are moving toward true development, this is an essential book to read. It will show you bad habits to avoid and drive home the professional behavior that will earn you respect. I admit that is based on only about three months of experience in working with developers, but over the past two weeks (since I started the book) I'm sure that I sense a greater acceptance and respect.
I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars because I can see some younger programmers failing to get invested in the narrative of this book, simply because there is a lot of examples provided of how things were back in the 70s and 80s doing development on paper tape and punch cards, and if you fail to grasp that these are stories that elucidate where the bad practices we deal with today originate, then you may yawn, skip, or simply put down the book.
Tips to potential readers of this book: the talk about the old days of programming, read it with the understanding that it is a history lesson into why the SDLC has faults, where they come from and why they exist. The talk about FITNesse being the absolute solution to all your woes is sadly a really bad attempt at self-promotion, so you should take away why you would use FITNesse, and draw your own conclusions as to whether it or another tool would do the same task for your business. Also, don't be discouraged by your business in that you can't change all the bad practices overnight, just remember, there are measures you can control, so do so and encourage other developers in your section to do the same, eventually you can at least carve out a little professionalism in your day to day.
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