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Getting Real: The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Successful Web Application Paperback – 2006
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The book itself is simple, easy to read and broken up into bite-sized chunks.
I can really appreciate this because many authors go on and on talking about topics that aren't relevant and telling long-winded stories.
Jason Fried and DHH put their egos aside when they wrote this book. They share what has worked for them and why.
Building a software app used to seem daunting to me now, and no doubt, it's hard and complex. But, by making improvement daily over a long period of time, you can really build something special.
This is not only about building software but also a common sense approach to building a business. I would give this 6 stars if I could.
The principles in Getting Real match what I've learned over years of successful software development. I've shared my copy with team members and it was very well received. One of my coworkers is the sort that has to plan everything out in advance - so much so that he often becomes paralyzed because he can't determine the ideal way to accomplish what he wants. After reading Getting Real, he said he needs to work on adopting more of the practices in the book so he can become more productive. Another coworker, who teaches programming at a local university and at a local college on the side, recommended this book to a fellow teacher to be used as a textbook.
Not everything in this book will apply to every situation. Our team works for the government as contractors; we are required to produce a lot of documentation to fulfill our contractual obligations. Outside of our paper deliverables, though, this book is spot on with software development. Getting Real isn't full of theories - it's full of techniques that work. I know this from my experience...the book was a great help in giving that knowledge to my coworkers as well.
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