Spaghetti Code: Detangling Life and Work with Programmer Wisdom
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Other than disagreeing with the main premise, I thought the book had entertaining stories although presented in some-what rambling way.
Ali Julia review
The book is part historical account, part forward thinking (lots of references to the "Internet of Things to Come) and part champion of the sometimes-maligned/mocked computer programmer.
The book is written with programmers in mind, but even non programmers can get some good insight into the evolution of coding and how software coders have a dramatic effect on our daily lives. Spaghetti Code also provides great examples of problem solving tactics that coding engineers employ to make computers address real world issues - examples that can have application and purpose to those of us who don't know coding at all, but still have to solve problems in our lives.
As someone who grew up in the same era as Christoph, the book is an enjoyable read that gives reason to pause and marvel at how much our lives have been transformed by the emergence of computers, mobile devices, smartphones, voice assistants, smart refrigerators - even our computer-infused cars. Christoph celebrates the people and innovations that have happened since those first archaic PC devices hit the market in the early 1980s.
In this book, Christoph shows how to take lessons from the programming and marketing world to better your life.
From the title, you might think this is just a self-help book. It is not. Christoph spends most of the book describing the programming or marketing concepts that you need to understand his suggestions to improve yourself.
This book covers a lot of programming and marketing history from somebody who has been there and done that. Anybody who is interested in software engineering and/or marketing would get a lot out of this book.
The book covers wide ranges of software engineer topics but you probably already know most of them if you are a software engineer. You may enjoy this if you are coming for other professions.
The book is not well organized and contain lots of unrelated topics. For example, I read plastic bag in whale stomach in the freemium chapter, ergonomics keyboard in hotfix.
Some topic and ideas in the book are interesting but I was put off by this unrelated stuff.
Top international reviews
All in all a very entertaining read and a great first time book. Thank you Christoph!
No me puedo imaginar la vida sin internet y este libro ayuda a entender un poco mejor como se crean las páginas web, la lógica que se utiliza y el arte de solucionar problemas. Recomiendo su lectura!
Really interesting book - must read!
Einmal Angefangen gibt es kein Aufhören. Ich werde es meinen Freunden weiterempfehlen.
Not only does he offer a lot of insight how our civilisation is dependent on software in almost all aspects of how the modern life works. He also helps you derive actions steps in each chapter how you can take programming principles to build a better life.
And the areas of life where you can apply those principles are astonishingly ample - from learning problem solving skills to eating better to making better decisions with whom to spend time or who to hire... Christoph covers a multitude of topics and it is astonishing that you never have the feeling that one or the other comparison is too far of a stretch.
His writing style is fresh and he never hesitates to tell you the harsh truths, for example that introspection is needed if you want to become successful, that you need vision and that both means hard work.
To sum it up: A very interesting take on what makes life worth living from a perspective rarely seen before.